SPECIAL EVENTS
AT ELP
 
ELP sets itself apart from other Woodlands preschools by providing unique Special Events throughout the year.  Although classroom preparation is an important part of our curriculum; we believe that children need experiences to enable them to apply what they learn in the classroom and allow them to excel in their understanding and application of their knowledge.
 
From the day a child is born, pathways (Brain Plasticity) are being built and changed constantly.  It is difficult to determine a child’s Cognitive Learning Style (Analytic or Global) and a child’s Learning Preference (Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic) at an early age.  Our unique mix of classroom curriculum and special events give every child, regardless of learning style, the opportunity to begin to build pathways that allow them to effectively apply the classroom knowledge to real life experiences.  Creating complex pathways early makes way for children to transition from the simple preschool curriculum to the more complicated Elementary, Middle School and High School Curriculum.

SEPTEMBER

SENSORY DAYS
 
The children see it as simple fun, parents see it as a mess, but we see it as SQUISHING, SQUEEZING, POURING, FEELING, SMELLING.  A child must experience objects before they can learn what they are.  This is our first activity of the school year to begin building those brain pathways as building block for the rest of the year’s curriculum.

OCTOBER

PETTING ZOO
 
We don’t live on this great earth alone.  God put us in charge of the animals, so we like to introduce the  children to some of them.  After the petting zoo, when we read a book about a rabbit or a goat, the children KNOW what that animal is: how it feels, smells, moves, etc.  Children can only build a comprehensive understanding by using all the senses.

NOVEMBER

BIG PICNIC
 
We focus on Jesus & spiritual growth at ELP.  What can be more important than family, sharing and learning about God and all he provides?  Based on the Bible story in Matthew 14 where Jesus miraculously feeds thousands, the ELP staff performs a skit focused on sharing.  The skit gives the children real-life visual and auditory experiences in order to reinforce how God always provides.

DECEMBER

NATIVITY ANIMALS
 
December is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus.  The children listen to how it happened and who was there.  Here at ELP, we bring stories to life because children use sensory experiences to learn about their environment.  We talk all about the birth of Jesus in Chapel. Allowing the children to experience how the Wise Men rode in on camels to see Jesus, they remember this important event.   

JANUARY

SNOW DAYS
 
Here in Houston we only get two months of cold, so we like to celebrate the lower temperatures at ELP.  Sledding and snowballs are popular this month.  Parents are welcome to participate with their children and show them how fun snow can be.  Come build a snowman and ride a sled down our ramp.  

FEBRUARY

GO TEXAN RODEO
 
What says Houston more than Rodeo.  This month we bring out the lasso and the cowboy hat to celebrate all that is Houston.  Milking the cow, branding the bulls, and lassoing the calf are a few of the activities you may see the children participating in.  Don’t be surprised when you hear a popular country song and the teachers doing the 2-step.

MARCH

ROAD RALLY
 
Spring in The Woodlands!  Pull out your child’s RIDE, air up the tires, grease the chain and put on your helmet cause we are Ridin’ like the wind this month.  ELP doesn’t have any TVs, so the children get outside and move.  Parents are encouraged to be the PIT CREW for their kids as they race around on their souped up, kid-powered, bike, trike, big-wheel, scooter or any other manual vehicle.
   

APRIL

SPRING FLING
 
NEW LIFE!  We celebrate all life God has given us this month and the children are up to their ankles in this celebration.  Our Spring Fling brings the children into our side yard to experience NEW LIFE.  Flowers, Lady Bugs, Worms, Tadpoles and anything else our amazing teachers come up with.  Smiles abound as your children play games with their friends and learn about God’s glorious world.

MAY

WET ART in the PARK
 
When we say ‘WET’ we mean it!  In Chapel children learn about Noah’s Ark and the rains.  Children need a bathing suit this month.  That’s not enough!  GOOEY & MESSY!  Along with the suit, children need extra clothes because they play with PAINT in the side yard.  OMG!!! – Pendulum paint, Sling-Shot paint, Splatter paint, and more.  Even Shaving Cream shows up to excite their little fingers.  Come out and watch the activities.

ELP’s Special Events

September
Sensory Days
 
October
Fall Festival and Petting Zoo
 
November
Thanksgiving “Big Picnic”
 
December
Live Nativity
(Camel and Donkey Rides)
 
January
Snow Days!
 
February
Go Texan Days
 
March
Road Rally
 
April
Easter Spring Fling
 
May
Wet Art in the Park
Science Fun
 
Basic CMYK
 
   Science Fun is offered for Pre-K and Transition students. It is a half day science-based, hands-on curriculum enriched with activities to provide the children with opportunities for creative expression, cooperative play and individual growth.
 
   Science Fun is available on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Noon-3:00 and Friday mornings 9:00-Noon.
Friends and Fun
 
The Friends and Fun program is an optional extended day for preschoolers and offers additional enrichment in a less structured environment. The extended day consists of indoor and outdoor exercise, learning centers, art activities, stories, rest time (when appropriate) and lots of fun and discovery.
 
Friends and Fun is available Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 to 3:00pm for morning students and offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm for afternoon students.
 
Reservations can be made at the beginning of the month at a cost of $15.00 per day. Children without a reservation may attend for $17.00 a day. Space is limited to availability.
SUMMER TIME!!!
 
Play, Learn and Travel!  Everyday is a new day and you get to enjoy your little human that God created special for you.  Show them one thing new everyday about the amazing world we live in.  Inside the house, outside the house, in the waters, in space.  There will never be a day you can’t find something they don’t know about.  Instill in them to never stop learning and that learning can be fun.
 
Your children are watching you every day and learning how to be an adult from you.  You teach them by what you do AND what you don’t do.  God, through Jesus, gave us Grace because He knows we are imperfect and we will make mistakes.  God wants us to raise our children the same way.
 
Babies are a blank canvas.  During their years, that canvas is filled with the colors of experiences of their life which turns into a beautiful picture when they are grown.  What colors are you going to give your children this summer?
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ELP’s Annual Night Tree Event
The Early Learning Program
of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
4881 W. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381
281 / 298-2464