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"Gardening with children is like most sensory experiences with three and four year-olds. It’s messy, it’s chaotic, and the more children you add to the scenario, the more instruction goes out the window and you just hope something is getting through. The amazing...

Guest post by Angie Williams With the weather finally warming up, my daughter and I have had the chance to get out for a few walks around the neighborhood. On our first walk of the season, she spent much of the time meandering up people’s...

It is important that adults use effective questioning techniques when speaking with children. Asking numerous questions is not always a useful technique. Instead, ask fewer questions that require more thought on the child’s part. Give the child time to process the question and listen to...

Guest Post by Allison ZomerI have to admit it, I have a pretty great job. Every day I get to talk with parents, teachers, doctors and community leaders and focus on one simple question – how can we help our kids reach their full...

As 2013 comes to a close, we want to thank you for choosing Especially for Children. We can't say often enough how privileged we are to partner with you in caring for your child. The year was a wonderful one - from field...

"Children can learn almost anything if they are dancing, tasting, touching, seeing, and feeling information." - Jean Houston, Educating the Possible HumanAs we announced earlier this week, Especially for Children is introducing a formalized Spanish program for preschoolers at each center. We thought it would...

For this month's blog we thought it would be fun to show off some of the classroom boards from September. It is amazing to see what the children have been learning! We know that pick up and drop off are busy times, and it is...

As we mentioned in our newsletter last month, we will be participating in the TC Family Events this October. We hope you will join us for this great community and family day. There are events for children and adults of all ages, and it is...

Guest Post by Angie Williams (daughter of EFC owners Steve and Priscilla and new mom to Abby, who attends EFC Edina/W 70th Street) Even though my daughter is only 10 months old, I imagine that there are times when she would like to launch...

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.- Pablo PicassoCreative thinking and expression require free time to think and explore. In our busy lives as adults, it is difficult to keep up on our "To Do"...

With spring on the horizon, we are all getting excited for more time outdoors. At Especially for Children, time spent outdoors is an important and meaningful part of our curriculum. Children have the opportunity to run and play in open spaces, develop new social interactions,...

The authors of The Creative Curriculum, the curriculum used at Especially for Children, have developed a set of LearningGames for parents to use at home. Check out a sampling of these games here and learn more about this resource here....