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February 7th: This week in Gardening Club at the ELC

Dear Garden Club,

It was great to see many of you last week and I enjoyed the new format to chat with everyone about their gardens.  We learned a lot from each other!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, I wanted to recommend a gardening book which keeps our climate in mind.  Most gardening books are written for regions which have a “killing frost” and are covered in snow for a few months of the year.  However, as you noticed, the San Fernando Valley has a Mediterranean climate which has mild winters but very hot summers.  Many plants that are classified as spring vegetables (peas, spinach, broccoli) are actually better started in the winter here so they will have enough time to reach maturity before the scorching weather comes through.

Pat Welsh - Southern California Organic GardeningPat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening (3rd Edition): Month by Month.  

This week we are moving the Gardening Club to Friday as a test and also because we want to harvest our carrots!  Come by at 9:30AM Friday, and we’ll start with a craft for the first 30 minutes while everyone arrives, then start the harvest at 10.  Then we’ll pick some stray peas, grab some arugula, radish, and lettuce and head on inside to make a simple salad.  The kids can try the vegetables directly out of the garden!  While I can’t guarantee that this will change your child into a veggie eater, you can count this as an exposure experience–sometimes kids need to be exposed to a food 15 to 20 times before they accept it as “normal.”

Hope to see you on Friday!

Pin-pin
ELC Mom, Master Gardener, Parent Ambassador & Garden Club Coordinator

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ELC Garden Club in the New Year – Thursdays at 10am

G1Dear Garden Club Friends,

Happy new year and I hope you are all revitalized from the holidays (or relieved they are over).  With the unseasonably warm weather, my thoughts have focused less on indoor activities and more on getting outside to enjoy the Mediterranean weather.

So welcome back to Garden Club Thursdays.  The time has changed to 10AM. In addition, the format of the class will change a little bit from your feedback (thanks!)

We’ll have an art activity for 10-15 minutes to let everyone get to CDI before the class starts.  Then we can talk for 5-6 minutes about an aspect of our garden (the children can continue with the art project, of course), followed by a hands-on experience in the garden.

This week we will decorate some wooden figures and glue a”magic” bean to it.  As the glue is drying, I’ll discuss growingpeas as an early spring vegetable.  Then everyone can harvest 1-2 peas from our pea plant which was planted back in November.  (To give you a feel on how long from seed to harvest is 60 days).

Julie also forwarded me a class which sounds really interesting–I’m going to try signing up!  Gardening club is

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bolstered by information from everyone–that’s what makes gardening so unique.

Hope to see you soon!

Pin-pin Wei
ELC Mom, Parent Ambassador & Garden Club Coordinator

Join in the Garden Club, Thursdays starting at 10am at the CDI Early Learning Center!

Are you interested in getting more involved at the ELC? Let us know your ideas, thoughts and feedback via email or on the ELC Facebook page!

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Social Skills – The Power of Rehearsal

RehearsalSocial Skills Tip of the Day – The Power of Rehearsal
 – Megan Lange, MA, ED, CDI Theraputic Group Specialist

Rehearsing scenarios before entering a social situation is a powerful tool to support your child.   If you are going out to eat, role- play you being the waiter/cashier and taking your child’s order.  Have your child use his highest level of communication to place his order; verbally, pointing, etc.  If possible, make pretend menus with your child by cutting out his favorite foods and pasting them on a paper or get copies of menus from his favorite restaurants to practice with.  After a while, switch roles with him and he can be the waiter/cashier and you can place your order with him.  Let your imaginations go wild and play restaurant.  Include opportunities to reinforce good table manners.

Did you know CDI has many different groups to help your child develop social skills? Check out what is now being offered by clicking here!

Child Development Institute wants hear from you!
Do you have questions you would like answered by our team of therapists and developmental specialists? Do you have a story you want to share about how CDI has helped you? Have recommendations about our website, articles or more?

Let us know and share your thoughts by emailing info@cdikids.org or on our Facebook page!

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Social Skills – Sharing Toys

Sharing Social Skills Tip of the Day – Sharing Toys
 – Megan Lange, MA, ED, CDI Theraputic Group Specialist

Bring sand toys, bubbles, cars, dinosaurs, a ball etc. to the park with you and your child. 

– Tell your child ahead of time that the toys are to share with other children at the park. Other children will naturally be drawn to your child if he/she is playing with something interesting. 

– Stay close enough to help facilitate sharing and bridging play themes between your child and others. 

two-boy-playingTry to help come up with a common goal for the kids if necessary. 
                     – Ex: “Do you think the dinosaurs would like to climb on a giant volcano?  Let’s see if we could build one all together.” 

– Help translate your child and other children’s intentions to each other if communication breakdowns arise.

CDI now has openings in the Under 3 Social Skills Group, Wednesdays 9:30am – 11am, click here for more info!

Child Development Institute wants hear from you!
Do you have questions you would like answered by our team of therapists and developmental specialists? Do you have a story you want to share about how CDI has helped you? Have recommendations about our website, articles or more?

Let us know and share your thoughts by emailing info@cdikids.org or on our Facebook page!

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CDI’s 2013 Block Party was a success! Thank you for your support!

The CDI Block Party was a success! Thank you to everyone came to support Child Development Institute and to honor CDI’s Heart of Gold Honoree, Michael Olenick, CEO of Child Care Resource Center and Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

We are inspired by our community’s generosity and excited to continue putting children and families needs first in our city. Our sincerest thanks to all participants, sponsors, volunteers and supporters!

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Thank you to our Board Event Chairs!

Arlene Alpert  –  Susan DuBrin 

Thank you to our sponsors and event contributors! 

CBS Studio Center
Grandpoint Bank
Providence Health & Services
Valley Economic Development Center
Sensory Edge
Sun Mate Corporation
The Law Offices of Sarit Ariam
Janet Watt Van Huisen 1985 Family Trust
Community Bank
RBZ, LLP
Parker Brown Inc.
New American Funding
State Farm Insurance
Connie & Jeff Photography
Rachel Bailit

Restaruant, Beverage & Dessert Hosts

Rib Ranch Barbecue
STONEFIRE Grill, Inc.
Giuseppie’s
Ladyface Ale
Swingers Cafe
Danielle Nichols
Bite Me for Cupcakes
Pop Gram
Charles & Company

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For pictures of the event, click here!

All photographs taken by Connie & Jeff’s Photography.

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