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as a Ministry of 
The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church
ELP Gems
     This has been an awesome year for all of us at ELP! Every day at ELP, we are grateful to have the opportunity to serve The Lord 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. We are not only able to see what child like faith looks like, but as early childhood teachers, we are called to slow down and stand in awe of even the tiniest miracles God gives us. This spring we have been sharing God’s “wonderful things” together, like caterpillars turning into butterflies, seeds turning into flowers, and tadpoles turning into frogs! This child like view and anticipation is what we should all cling to, especially in our complex world and hectic daily schedules.
     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, and remember WHO gets the credit. May we remember to praise HIM, our Heavenly Father, for the time we have shared together. We have seen your children blossom in the past 9 months, and indeed this is a WONDERFUL THING. They have all left a mark on our hearts forever.
     Our focus this May will be water and all that it offers. Ms. Breanne, 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 schedule! 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 the 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 14 Board members met each month 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 August. Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions over the summer, Chantal and I will be here prepping for another great year ahead!

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
Sept 3-6=> Gradual Entry
Sept 11&13=> Science Fun
Sept 17-20=> Friends & Fun
Sept 24-26=> Sensory Days!
Oct 9&10=> Open House
                   (Family Night!)
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     


==>  Milk Carton Birdhouse



Clean and Dry Recycled Milk or Juice Carton
White Paint
Sheet of Chipboard or Recycled Cardboard
School Glue
Foam Paintbrush
Tissue Paper Squares in Assorted Colors
Wooden Spoon
X-Acto Knife (if needed, parental use only)
Mod Podge or Spray Sealer (optional)



Start by giving the recycled milk and juice cartons a light coat of white spray paint so that the package lettering wouldn’t bleed and show through the tissue paper.

Have the children coat the sides of the carton with school glue and apply the tissue paper squares in any arrangement that they’d like.  After your child is done applying the tissue, gently brush the tissue squares with the sponge brush to ensure that all the edges are glued down and secure. Allow to dry.
To create the roof, fold a piece of chipboard (or recycled cardboard) in half width-wise. Cover the chipboard with glue and tissue paper squares. Set aside and let dry.
Cut an opening for the door. About an inch below the door, use the X-Acto knife [Adults Only] to cut two small slits in an “X” shape and insert the handle of a wooden spoon to create your perch. Before you push it all the way to the back of the carton, add a generous dab of glue to securely attach the end of the spoon to the interior back of the carton.
On your roof piece, cut two small slits about 2″ apart, and thread through the ends of your twine. Tie a knot securely on the underneath side so it won’t show. Using the school glue (or hot glue if you don’t want to wait for school glue to dry!), attach the roof to your carton.
Give the milk carton birdhouses a couple of coats of outdoor Mod Podge or spray varnish, and hang them up outside.
==>  Sidewalk Chalk Paint


You will need:
1/2 cup Cornstarch
2/3 cup Water
Food Coloring



Mix together the water and cornstarch, and stir until the cornstarch dissolves. Our chalk paint recipe generally calls for a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch and water, but since we were painting on the sidewalk instead of paper, I incorporated just a bit more water and found that we liked it even better. We were able to paint longer brushstrokes without needing to reload the paintbrush with paint, which is always great for younger kids. Divide the paint mixture into the wells of a muffin tin or similar painting tray, and add food coloring to achieve the desired colors – note that the colors will dry much lighter on the sidewalk than they appear in the tin!

==>  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