Spending time in the kitchen and cooking new recipes helps children to develop a positive connection to all different types of foods including fruits and vegetables. Forming a positive experience with fresh foods is so important because healthy foods are the foundation for good nutrition. Children will also learn basic cooking skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. They can help prepare food and cook.
Cooking with kids provides practical experience with many essential skills such as reading, following directions, and measuring. Getting involved in cooking helps your child to develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, and even early concepts of math and science. Cooking with kids is great family time. It is an opportunity to meal plan, look for recipes and share ideas on why and how to make meals healthier for the whole family.
Our home economics summer sessions offer easy to make recipes for kids to follow along and learn the joys of cooking. We will be exploring things like no bake, and savory recipes that could be done using only a microwave! Letting kids become independent and confident with preparing meals and desserts and getting comfortable using new and exciting ingredients. It’s a great course for kids who enjoy helping out in the kitchen, maybe watching Food Network in their spare time, and kids who just really enjoy trying new things! It’s also good for kids who are a little apprehensive in the kitchen this way they’re in charge of seeing how things are prepared and venturing out of their comfort zone. Each virtual summer session will include a savory microwavable recipe and a no bake dessert recipe taught by Team ELM members along with other children who are also taking the course! We are so excited to get busy with food and fun this summer in our home economics session!
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Here at Team ELM we realize that during these difficult times schedules have been off, plans have been canceled, and things like summer camp may not happen for your children this year. Our plan this summer was to offer our summer sessions, which would have been held at our new store. Our goal was to offer a fun new learning experience filled with different activities for your children that we were equally as excited about to be a part of and to watch your children grow and learn. The new plan is to offer summer sessions virtually, we have sent out applications for parents to fill out for any of the summer sessions listed below that you may be interested in. Our new goal is to do our best to give your children a little bit of normalcy, fun and a way to occupy them this summer. All summer sessions will be led by one or two Team ELM members along with other children that have signed up for those sessions. Below is a detailed description of each summer session offered. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 732-301-7015! We look forward to seeing our kiddos (virtually) this summer!
Two Hour Sessions
11:30 am- 1:30 pm
Art Exploration- Let the artist in your life flourish and explore all the amazing things art has to offer. Let them be creative using paint, chalk pastels and crafts.
Mind Games– This summer session focuses on brain teasers, mind games, magic tricks, charades, and much more! Helping children learn how to apply problem-solving and logic skills.
STEM- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Finding out how things work through fun, hands-on projects.
Sensory Motor- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction.
Building Character - Confidence is believing in yourself and feeling comfortable and who you are. We will be exploring trust and team activities, icebreakers, to get everyone working together.
Three Hour Sessions
2:00 pm- 5:00pm
Home Economics- In this program we will be doing no bake cooking classes, as well as teaching sewing and doing fun sewing activities like latch hook encouraging teams to work together and share victories!
Art History- In this program we will be teaching children about classic artists, and about their signature style! Kids feel good while they are creating! Art helps boost self confidence.
Science Discovery- Hands-on science encourages those children to do something, observe, ask questions, touch, smell, experiment. Allowing children to really get into science gives them the chance to make discoveries on their own.
Play Writing- In this summer session will be letting kids' imagination run wild, thinking, writing and acting out their own play.
World Voyages- This program focuses on learning about different countries and all the amazing things they have to offer. While it may be difficult to go there physically, it doesn’t mean we can’t learn about those different countries and take our own virtual trips there!
The spread of the Corona virus has been a trying time for everyone, and the need for social distancing has left people feeling like their lives are falling apart. From planned vacations to social events, everything is being pushed aside in order to keep the virus under control. For students set to graduate, this especially, well, stinks!
You and your student have worked so hard for years in preparation of this moment! If your graduate can't walk across the stage in cap and gown to receive their diploma — if you can't throw the unforgettable bash they've been dreaming of, with family and friends gathering from near and far — what can you do to make the day feel special?
Video Chat Parties
Though it might feel bittersweet to celebrate over a computer camera, you're still letting your student know you’re proud of their accomplishments. Regardless of the medium, it’s always nice to see your loved ones' faces and this is an easy way to include everyone as well as a fun excuse to get a little dressed up during quarantine. Your student is sure to be excited for the chance to wear their cap and gown for you even if they never leave the house. Take the opportunity to mix it up a little. Set a theme and decorate your video chat background! Everyone can wear costumes, pajamas, formal attire or whatever your student might want. Or set up a surprise theme for your grad — maybe something that commemorates a special childhood memory. Keep the surprises coming by inviting guests they don't expect to see.
Your graduate will appreciate being the center of everyone's love and attention, and sharing tears, smiles and laughter.
Create an Online Wish List
Let’s be honest, receiving gifts at graduation is the cherry on top of all your hard work. Your friends and family want to reward your achievement, but that can be hard to do when you can’t exchange gifts in person. Luckily, you can create an online wish list so that your loved ones can browse for presents virtually and have them shipped to your house. Don’t forget the thank-you letters!
Deck the Halls
You can still have a graduation party, but this year it will just be more intimate. Decorate your front door or yard with your school colors – add some streamers and giant letters and you’ve got a great start! On the inside of the house hang balloons, more streamers and some of your favorite photos to add to the festive décor.
Themed Graduation Photo shoot
Use this extra time to get creative with the grad photos you’ll keep forever! You and your student can decide what theme you like best and even build a custom backdrop for the shoot. Can’t agree on just one theme? Why not do them all? It’ll be a fun way to spend time together, alleviate quarantine boredom and create treasured memories.You can ask friends and family for photo requests. Maybe the grandparents would like something more traditional and serious, but aunts and uncles want something silly. You and your grad can use these photos to send out custom graduation announcements when the time comes, and reuse photo shoot backdrops and props for parties (whether in person or over video).Looking on the bright side, only a select few will be able to say they graduated during a major historical event.
Record a Video Tribute
Have friends and family members record messages to your student and compile a celebratory video. Encourage people to include words of advice and inspiration, share a story from the past, or whatever else they want! This personal, affectionate celebration will be a time capsule of wisdom, humor and memories — something to cherish forever.
However you decide to celebrate with your graduate, remember to support each other during this time. Everyone's feeling incredibly frustrated and disappointed by the recent turn of events, but there is a bright side. Your student is graduating! They've earned their moment in the sun, and even if their commencement will be unconventional, you can find ways to help them sparkle and shine.
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