ELP Seasonal Resources     SEASONAL INFORMATION
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ELP Gems
     March often begins with many of us eagerly anticipating the coming spring weather and activities. After school and weekend sporting events and practices are beginning, especially if there are older children in the house. Spring Break and Easter are just around the corner too! This month will be fun and full of opportunities to hopefully do the many things we didn’t have the opportunity to do last spring.
     At ELP, we will be teaching the promise that “God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). As we come and go to school, travel, or just head to the parks, it is comforting to know that He is right there beside us. It is a simple verse to teach children at a young age, yet very easy to forget as adults. God doesn’t just meet us at church on Sunday mornings, we have access to Him all the time!



     Today, turn off the TV and put away the screen devices. Your child is going to work! Yes, work! Play is a child’s work!
     Get out of the house and find a swing set. It can be a tire swing or a set of single swings. Just SWING!
     Do you remember swinging as a child? I do! I loved it! I would day dream, find shapes in the clouds, sing, or count. It was calming, centering and I remember having the feeling that I could do anything. It was hard to be sad on a swing.
     You are never too old to reap the benefits or swinging. If you have a school age child that needs to use up a little energy after school, before having to focus on homework, find a swing!

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.

ELP Parents' Post
MARCH 2021
Mar 8-11=>  GO TEXAN!!!
                        Dress Western
Mar 12=>  ELP closed
Mar 15-19=>  Spring Break
Mar 29=>  Virtual Book Fair
APRIL 2021
Apr 5-8=>  ROAD RALLY!!!
                        Bring a Bike/Toy
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.
Dear God,
Thank you for the wonderful food. Thank you for everything you provide for us. Thank you for everything we have.

 From Henry Poole      

PreK Cardinal snack prayer     


==>  Paper Roll Snowman


  • 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
  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



  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.
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