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ELP is a 501c3 School
as a Ministry of 
The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
ELP Gems
    Your children are precious to us and we thank you for allowing us into your lives and families each and every day. It is an honor that we get to serve your family by caring for and teaching your child. There is nothing more important than you entrusting us to care for and love your child in your absence.      We feel like a family here at ELP, and we consider each and every one of you as part of the family too. We start off our days here at ELP with a staff prayer and devotional time. We love to pray for each other and for your families and children too. This week one of our devotional activities included the teachers each naming the things that they are thankful for at ELP. It hopefully comes as no surprise to learn that the teachers named, “friendship, support, family, love, and joy” as some of their most treasured things they love about being a teacher at ELP.      We love your children and we wish your family a very merry and Christ filled Christmas this year!                               Cindy
A Super Easy and Calming Activity
(and it takes only 10 minutes)
Here’s a favorite PLAYDOUGH RECIPE shared by Kristi Zerangue, Flamingo, PreK teacher (found at:      1 cup flour      1 cup water      2 teaspoons cream of tartar      1/3 cup salt      1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil      Food coloring      Wax paper In a 2 qt. saucepan, add 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, and 1/3 cup salt. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of oil. On med/low, and stir. It will be a little lumpy. That’s okay. Keep stirring until it starts getting a little solid. If the stove is preheated this could take only 20-30 seconds. Once it is a little more solid, add food coloring. Keep stirring … as it thickens. Once it starts sticking to the spoon, you know you are about done. Remove dough and put on wax paper to cool. Once cool, knead it 1 to 2 minutes. Feel free to add your holiday scents too! Store well and enjoy!
By Jacqueline Burt Cote from Parents Magazine

Some parents believe there shouldn’t ever be conflicts with their children,” says Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., author of the 1-2-3 Magic series of discipline books. However, the reality is that kids need the structure that setting limits provides—and some, like mine, aren’t getting it at home. Discipline helps them learn self-control and appropriate behavior. In fact, researchers have shown that children of lenient parents are more likely to act aggressively at school and are at greater risk for underage drinking.

Mistake 1 – You don’t follow through on consequences

Mistake 2 – You ask for cooperation rather than insist on it

Mistake 3 – You let your child bend the rules

Mistake 4 – You try to keep your child happy at all costs

ELP Parents' Post
Dec 4-6=> Rice Babies in
Dec 5=> Night Tree Celebration
Gather at 6 PM
Dec 11-13=> Live Nativity
Dec 15=> WCPC Parent’s Night
Out – 4 to 8 PM
Dec 19=> Last Day of School
Dec 20-Jan 7=> Christmas
Jan 8=> First Day Back


Love is not blind – 
It sees more, not less
But because it sees more,
It is willing to see less.

From A Parent     


==>  Melting Ice Experiment

Fill 6 small dixie cups with water. Freeze overnight. Cut the frozen water out of the cups (adult help may be required for this step). Place one in each of the compartments in the muffin tin. Pour hot water on one, cold water on another, steam on another, salt on another, and sugar on another. Leave one alone so that it can act as the control. Adult supervision is important, particularly with the steam and hot water.

==>  Snow Dough
1.  Combine: 1 cup Baking Soda; 1/2 cup Corn Starch; 1T vegetable oil; 1/2 cup + 1 T water. At first it will seem like you don’t have enough liquid in your mixture, but keep stirring. Eventually you will end up with a very soupy liquid.

2. Place the pan over medium heat. Stir continuously. The mixture will remain soupy for about 5 minutes, and then all of a sudden begin to thicken.

3. Continue stirring until your mixture is quite thick.

4. Dump the mixture out onto a sheet of wax paper or other surface to cool. Be careful! The mixture will be 
really hot – even hotter than regular homemade playdough right out of the pan.
==>  Online Crafts
Nurture your little one’s creativity with creative art projects. For free inspiration and detailed how-to instructions, check out the internet search engines for kids crafts and kid-oriented activities: You’ll find classroom activities, seasonal crafts and a mix of art, baking, and science fun for kids.
ELP Timeless
Messy Play or Sensory Play?
     You might have seen the terms ‘messy play’ or ‘sensory play’ when you search online. Both can be used interchangeably and mean the same thing.      So what exactly is messy play and sensory play? In short, it is an activity that engages a child’s senses including eyes, ears, nose, mouth, touch, balance, or movement.
     According to Piaget’s theory of development, children from the age of zero to eight are in two different stages of development: the sensorimotor stage from ages zero to two and the preoperational state from age two to around seven or eight.
     In both of these stages, play through experimenting and exploring their environment is critical for development.
     The sensorimotor stage from birth to two is all about using the senses to explore this brand new world. How things feel, taste, sound, look like, and how your baby moves in order to explore these things aids in their cognitive learning. They quickly learn how much strength they need to pick up a block or if something feels soft or hard.
Growing Hands On Kids, November 2018
Early Years are Priceless

We all have a small window of time where we can build good education at home.  It begins in infancy.  Brain studies show that children’s ability to learn depends largely on their experiences in the first years of life.  In short, the more you talk and read to your children, the better they can learn.

     Read to your children every day. . .
     Talk with your children. . .
     Respond to your children. . .
     Give encouragement. . .
     Demand proper behavior. . .
Remember, think long term.
How To Be An Effective Father
A key difference that separates effective fathers from all other fathers is that they really know their children.
The Early Learning Program
of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
4881 W. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381
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