EC3 Newsletter - 11/7/1421

Published: 2014-11-21

EC3 is Closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th

The staff at EC3 will be spending time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. The EC3 staff has much to be thankful for – we are especially grateful that you entrust us with your children each week.

Looking for fun ways to keep the kiddos occupied during the long Thanksgiving weekend? Check out EC3’s Pinterest page for lots of age-appropriate crafts and activities.

Baby, it’s Cold Outside!

EC3 classrooms (including infants and toddlers) go outside every day, even during the winter. Please make sure your child has snowpants, boots, hats, and mittens available each day so we can get some fresh air! (And rest assured that we will be prudent about whether and for how long they are exposed when it’s really cold!)

Encouragement for Handling the Holidays with Young Children

As many parents have discovered the hard way, young children are unpredictable when their regular schedules are interrupted. Traveling long distances, spending time with large groups, or changing sleep habits can bring about unexpected behaviors. The best advice parents can heed in these times is to keep expectations low and be flexible. It is normal and natural for even the most mild-mannered children to manifest oppositional behavior at these times—even if they are surrounded by “fun” things and loving people. There is also an increased risk of illness (for children AND their parents) during holidays, so be prepared with appropriate remedies. Overall, the more you’re able to take things in stride, the more you and your family will enjoy the time off.


10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant-Toddler

Recent research shows that infants and toddlers are far more empathetic than once thought. While they have short fuses, and don’t cope well with sharing, they are capable of being compassionate. With this in mind, check out ten techniques used in the classroom to help infants and toddlers become pro-social that families can also try at home.

REACH Studio Art Center

REACH Studio Art Center is a nonprofit community art studio located in REO Town. REACH offers out-of-school visual art education for youth and adults, taught by local artists and art educators. REACH believes that art is a powerful tool to change and improve the lives of our community’s youth.

REACH offer classes for every age, including two specific classes geared towards the toddler and preschool set. Creative Tots (ages 2-5) allows young artists to create process-focused art with their parent/caregiver under the guidance of an art teacher. Parents gain resources for playing creatively with their child. Children spend time with their parent having fun exploring different art materials and methods. Story Art Time (ages 2-5) incorporates story time with hands on activities. Preschoolers will enjoy story time with REACH staff and then make art inspired by each book. Imagine what fun they’ll have making a Very Hungry Caterpillar or their own Wild Thing monster!

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1st Annual Threatened and Endangered Species Gala

Please join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a night of fun in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Threatened and Endangered Species Act. This special celebration dinner will take place on December 9th at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference. The event is semi-formal and will begin with appetizers at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30, and programming at 7:30 with a silent auction to follow. There is a $100 registration fee with all proceeds benefiting the DNR Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.


Weekend Family Fun

Maker Studio Workshop - Gingerbread Architecture
ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing
Saturday, November 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join The East Lansing Public Library in the maker studio to make gingerbread houses and buildings using their supplies and your imagination. This is a program for all ages.

MSU Global Festival – MSU Union
Sunday, November 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The MSU Global Festival showcases the cultures and celebrates the diversity of the MSU community. Exhibits, demonstrations, and live performances bring to life cultures from the 130 countries represented at MSU, and families can participate in children’s games and hands-on activities. Admission to the festival is free.

Peacock Road Tree Farm – Santa Experience
Starting Saturday, November 22nd
Take the Peacock Express to see Santa. The train leaves the Station every half hour. You will travel past a herd of reindeer, go over the river and through the woods to reach Santa's cabin. Watch carefully, Santa will be waiting for you as you come around the bend.

After your visit with Santa, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and roast a marshmallow or two over the fire, while waiting for the train to return.

The Santa Experience is very popular. RESERVATIONS are strongly encouraged. Please call 517-651-9193 to make your reservations today. If you have reservations, please plan to arrive at the farm at least a half hour prior to purchase your tickets. If the phone line is busy, please call back.

The Nutcracker – Wharton Center
Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th
The Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan heralds the onset of the holiday season with its 34th annual production of The Nutcracker. Creative Director Gregory M. George will transform MSU Wharton Center for Performing Arts into a winter wonderland.

The adventure begins in a Toy Shop as Uncle Drosselmeyer is creating magical toys for a Christmas party. Clara receives a nutcracker doll that magically transforms into a handsome prince. He leads her through an enchanted forest to the Land of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and are entertained by the exotic residents including Mirliton Reed Flutes, Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea and Russian Candy Canes.


Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 11/24: Tuition invoices e-mailed
* Thursday, 11/27: EC3 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
* Friday, 11/28: EC3 Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
* Monday – Friday, 12/1 – 12/5: Scholastic Book Fair


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