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ELP Gems
THIS MONTH’S GEMS
 
 
FROM THE DIRECTOR
 
    “Look at the wonderful things god made.” Job 37:14
    We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve The Lord this year by teaching and loving on your children! Among many wonderful joys, we are blessed to be able to view the world from a child’s perspective. Through this ministry we have been able to witness and apply what child like faith really is; as early child-hood teachers we are called to slow down and stand in awe of even the tiniest mira-cles God gives us. This spring we have been sharing God’s “wonderful things” to-gether, like caterpillars turning into butterflies, seeds turning into flowers, and tad-poles turning into frogs! This child like view and anticipation is what we should all cling to, especially in our complex world.
     Our days for this remaining school year together are few, but our hope is that you and your children will find time to enjoy all the wonderful things this year has provided, even though the obstacles were great. My hope and prayer for every-one is the remembrance of what Jesus has given us and the constant reminder that He is still in in control and the victory is ours eternally through Him. May we re-member to keep praising our Heavenly Father even as we stand in a valley. It is cer-tainly easier to shout from the highs of a mountain top, but it is the valley where we can grow and bear fruit. We are honored for the opportunity to haven been here for your child in this critical period of their development and in this trying time. They have all left a mark on our hearts that will last forever.
     This May will be having fun and exploring with water! Ms. Kendra, Ms. Corky, and even Ms. Melinda have planned all sorts of wet and wild water activities for our outdoor learning centers on the playground and chapel. So, for the last month of school, please send your child in cool, casual play clothes and remember to put a full change of clothes, including socks and shoes, in your child’s backpack each day. Also, please look in your child’s back pack this week for our last special event sched-ule! We will be having “Yard Art and Water Days” coupled with a wet Noah’s Ark chapel! This day will be especially wet and messy, and your children will be excited to wear their swimsuits to school!
     Thank you parents for supporting he ELP staff this year! Each one of you makes our day brighter, and we feel so loved by you. Thank you also to our ELP Board of Directors for an exceptional year as well. The Board members met each month and sometimes long and late hours and volunteered their precious time to ensure that ELP remains the absolute best preschool program available. The passion behind the scenes is just as strong as it is on the front line throughout the building! What a joy and an honor this year has been in so many ways. Thank you all!
     We will miss all of our kiddos that are headed to kindergarten next fall, and we wish them the very best! We will be anxious to see all of our returning families in late August. Look for letters from your next year’s teachers in the mail mid Au-gust. Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions over the summer, Chantal and I will be here prepping for another great year ahead!
                                                                                          Cindy

 

RISK IS ESSENTIAL

Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. –Ruth Gordon

“We are a nation of pushy helicopter parents, writes Kate Blincoe in an article in The Guardian, project managing a schedule of activities and waiting below our children on the monkey bars in case they should slip. It’s no wonder that the simulated risk of computer games is so compelling and addictive– the real world seems tame in comparison. Yet humans are designed to experience a degree of fear-manage it out of their lives and they will seek it elsewhere, on the internet, or with self-destructive behavior.

So how can we put some of that danger and excitement back into the loves of our cosseted children? The answer is step-by step and in our age-appropriate way. First, the outdoors is key. Outdoor time every day is essential…encourage the toddler to poke around under hedges and permit your primary-age children to leave your sight. Unsupervised time…might lead to more cuts and scrapes, or fights between siblings, but it is what many of us did as children, and it teaches them how to make risk-related decisions for themselves. Risk perception is like a muscle that needs to be developed and flexed.”

Article taken form Exchange Everyday, March 7, 2019
  
WORDS OF WISDOM

from our chapel teacher

Spring break is just a couple weeks away and it’s one of my favorite times of the year to take a trip. I have one big rule when traveling. If the suitcase doesn’t have wheels, it doesn’t go with me. It doesn’t make the cut. My own kids don’t appreciate this attitude because they never knew the neck, shoulder, and arm pain of toting around heavy bags. But I do. Living through those experiences helped me become wiser. Actually, it wasn’t just living through pain that made me a more savvy traveler, it took a good amount of reflection, too and figuring out if there was a better way.

 
TESTIMONIAL
“Wow!  Fischer came home so excited about Scruffy (as he does most Fridays), and told me all about his heart pocket and the Bible verse. It makes me teary eyed to hear my 4 year old speak sweet words from the Bible. He can repeat it and is sharing it with his siblings and grandparents. ‘God is with you, wherever you go.’  Such a sweet reminder for us all.
Thank you for your passion and for spreading the love of Jesus on all the kiddos at ELP. You are so appreciated!” (March 2021)
 
 
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ELP Parents' Post
 
 
MAY 2021
 
May 12 & 14=>  GROWING UP!!!
       Family Ceremonies for PreK
            and Transition Families
May 17-21=>  WATER DAYS !!!
May 21=> Last Day at ELP
 
AUGUST 2021
 
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Calendar
 
PARENTS’ POST
2020-21
 
 
New Year’s Resolutions for Parenting
 
1.  I will listen to my children
2.  I will calm down and relax.
3.  I will foster a loving relationship between myself and my spouse
4.  I will allow them to make mistakes.
5.  I will pray with them and for them.
6.  I will appreciate their uniqueness.
7.  I will remember that childhood years are fleeting years and enjoy and savor every single moment.
Past Posted Parenting Periodicals
 
New articles and books are written every day about children, their development and parenting them.  It is impossible to post here, much less read, everything that is produced.  On this page, we present our parents with some information that we hope can help shorten the learning curve of parenting.  To read documents that have been posted in the past, click HERE.
QUOTEWORTHY
 
 
“You know what? This kinda makes Jesus a Super Hero!”

 From Aiya      

3 YO during discussion of what Jesus has done for us.     

TODAY!
I WILL HELP A CHILD REACH A GOAL
 
SEASONAL INFORMATION
 
ELP
 
WINTER
 
WINTER CRAFTS/ACTIVITIES
 

==>  Paper Roll Snowman

Supplies:

  • toilet paper rolls or kitchen paper rolls (you can buy paper craft rolls online)
  • white paper or white paint
  • colored paper (orange is a must for carrot nose)
  • black marker
  • scissors
  • glue
Instructions:
  1. Cut the white paper and glue it around the paper roll. Alternatively you can also paint the paper roll white. Cut a strip of colored paper for the scarf and a carrot shape out of orange paper.
  2. Wrap the strip of paper around the paper roll (just above the middle).
  3. Glue together to make a scarf.
  4. Draw eyes, mouth and buttons with a black marker.
  5. Glue on the nose and your Paper Roll Snowman Craft is done!
 
==>Paper Roll Christmas Tree Craft

 

You will need:
  • paper roll (paper towel roll, toilet paper rolls)
  • green and brown craft paint
  • colorfull glitter (biodegradable)
  • modge podge or white school glue
  • gold glitered strechy elastic
  • sequined balls
  • various other decorations, really
  • paint brushes
  • low temp glue gun
  • scissors

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut your paper towel roll into five pieces, starting at 4″ and each one getting smaller as you cut
  2. Paint four of them green and one of the smallest ones brown and let dry.
  3. Hot glue your pieces together by stacking them from largest to smallest and saving the brown piece for the bottom.
  4. Paint of a thin layer of mod podge or glue on the front of your tree and sprinkle with glitter.
    Now cut and glue your glittered elastic in sections at an angle starting at the bottom left corner and working your way to the top.
    Now hot glue your sequin balls (or any other small decorations you can think of) all over the tree.
 
==>  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.
 
TIMELESS INSPIRATION
 
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.
 
 
How To Put an End to Difficult Behavior
 

Getting your 3-year-old to behave can be a challenge. The trick is consistency and learning to pick your battles.

Acting authoritative — without becoming authoritarian — isn’t easy to do, especially in the heat of the moment. These techniques can help:
    Pick your Fights
    Practice Prevention
    Stay Calm
    Listen Carefully
    Explain Your Rules
    Offer Choices
    Provide Alternatives
    and more…
The Early Learning Program
of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
4881 W. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381
281 / 298-2464