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ELP Parenting Toolbox1
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!

How academic preschools are
ruining your child’s development

     According to a recent article in the Washington Post, The decline of play in preschoolers – and the rise in sensory issues,by occupational therapist Angela Hanscom: “Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences.”
     Dr Kristy Goodwin, “Kids don’t have the dexterity, the fine and gross motor skills. They don’t have the (required) sense of their vestibular system – which is basically their sense of balance – and kids literally get that through rolling and rocking, all these sorts of incidental play experiences that they’re not getting.”
Every Day I have My Child To Raise Over Again
Every day I have my child to raise over again.
I will build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I will finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I will do less correcting and more connecting.
I will take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I will care to know less and know to care more.
I will take more hikes and fly more kites.
I will stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I will run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I will do more hugging and less tugging.
I will be firm less often and affirm much more.
I will model less about the love of power, and more
about the power of love.
ELP Parents' Post
Dec 2=> Monday Moms
         [Christmas Wreaths]
Dec 4 @ 6pm=> Night Tree
Dec 9=> Monday Moms
     [Shopping @ Lakeshore]
Dec 10-12=> Nativity Animals
Dec 16=> Monday Moms
         [Drop and Go!]
Dec 19=> Last Day of 2019 ELP
Jan 8 => First Day 2020 ELP
Jan 14-16=> SNOW DAYS!
New Year’s Resolutions for Parenting in 2019
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