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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Emailing Pictures

Parents... I have lots of pictures to email you of your children enjoying this past week. However, my photo emailing program, Picasa, is not working right now. Google is trying to get it all fixed. So you will have to be patient and wait for your pictures. I'm excited for you to see them! They are really fun. I will get them to you as soon as I can!

Little Lamb

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A Baby Goat!

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Farm Bunny Visits!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It Smells Like a Good Day!

As we loaded in vehicles this morning, one of the preschoolers said, "It smells like a good day!" This is the quote of the day! It was a beautiful day at the farm. Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington tried to round up the sheep and get the lamb, but it didn't work out. So we watched the sheep run around and the preschoolers left hay in the pasture for the sheep. They also had a great time running though the pasture. We had a picnic snack and enjoyed the sunshine. Mrs. Barrington will be bringing a brand new baby lamb to the classroom for this T/TH group to pet after it is born since they didn't get up close to the lamb.

After we returned from out trip, we made Easter Baskets for the upcoming egg hunt on Thursday. They turned out super cute.

Special thanks to all the parents who helped out with both field trips! We couldn't have done it without you!

Monday's Field Trip

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Little Lamb

We had a fabulous time visiting Mrs. Barrington's house and her little lamb. We got to pet the lamb and feed the sheep! There were two ewes, one of them being VERY pregnant, one ram named Chummy, and one little lamb. Maybe tomorrow there will be two more lambs! It was a bit windy outside and chilly, so we had snack in Mrs. Barrington's kitchen and we had the chance to see her little birds. Lots of fun! I'll be posting pictures tomorrow of this super fun morning.

Make sure to ask your preschooler what the caterpillars did over the weekend... they were quite excited to see what had happened.

New life is all around us! Take some time to look at the new life all around you and share it with your preschooler!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Life Abounds!

New life abounds! This week we will have many opportunities to see the new life in several animals. Monday and Tuesday will be baby lamb(s). Wednesday baby chicks will be visiting the classroom. And sometime this week we might get to have a little bunny visit! On top of all of that, we may just see a butterfly or two emerge from it's chrysalis! What an exciting week to observe so much newness and life.

We will be focusing on the Empty Tomb this week. As we get ready for Easter, we will hear the story about Jesus resurrection. We will be singing lots of songs and focusing in on just how much Jesus loves each one of us.

We look forward to an amazing week with your children. Each day with them is precious and we are blest to have them in our classroom!

Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Easter Egg Hunt and More

Thursday and Friday are extra special days, ending in Easter Egg hunts! If the weather cooperates, the hunts will be outside by the playground. If not, we will be hunting eggs upstairs in the sanctuary. We will begin shortly after 11:00am. You are welcome to come and watch the fun, siblings are welcome to hunt too. We will be making baskets in class, but siblings will need to bring their own basket.

REMINDER... next week is Spring Break and preschool will not be in session.

We only have two openings left for the T/TH class next fall, M/W/F is full. If you know of someone who is interested, please let them know space is limited and filling fast!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Crazy Caterpillars

Our caterpillars still are caterpillars! No change yet. We might have to wait until after spring break to see our lovely butterflies. They did look like they were busy working on something to hang from, so maybe we will be surprised tomorrow.

We added birds to our butterfly play. The bird puppets were hungry, but the butterfly was camouflage against the matching flower, so the bird couldn't see it! Hooray for the butterfly! We also made gel treasure bags again today and practiced out writing on white boards.

We had our very own palms during Jesus Time and waved them in the air shouting "Hosanna!" We also laid them on the ground for the donkey carrying Jesus to walk on. We headed outside for some great play time and then finished off the day at art with Miss Holly. We painted our paper mache baskets and added handles. Once they are dry, they can go home... just in time for Easter decorating.

JUST A REMINDER... I must have your signed permission slips for your preschooler to go on the field trip next Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today was very green! It was fun to see all the different shade of green the preschoolers were wearing today. We investigated to see what would happen when we mixed blues and yellow together... we discovered it made green! We also made green gel bags out of ziploc bags, green hair gel and a variety of fillers. These were a great sensory experience and they enjoyed filling the gel with sparkly treasures.

Today was chapel with pastor Dudley! This is always a source of great excitement for the kids. We sangs, watched the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, prayed and sang some more. We have been praying for Miss Annie as she is on her mission trip to Guatemala. Maybe you could pray for her with your preschooler too!

We ended the day writing limericks using each child's name and words that rhyme with their name. We had fun with lots of nonsense words as we wrote these silly poems. It was a funny way to end our very green day!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Outside Fun

We spent out centers time in the great outdoors this morning! We used measuring tapes to measure our finds, magnifying lenses to take a closer look, science journals to draw what we found, and tweezers to pick up the small stuff. The preschoolers LOVED it! It was so nice to be outside. The wind picked up and we headed back inside for snack and Jesus Time.

Tomorrow is GREEN Day, so remember to wear your green! Also be looking for the permission slips for next week's field trips. We will be needing some parent volunteers for Tuesday. We have enough drivers for Monday, but parents and siblings are always welcome to come along! If a sibling is coming along, please let me know ahead of time so we make sure to bring enough snack along. Thanks!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Upcoming Field Trip

Mrs. Barrington's sheep have had their babies, or at least one has! Since we are learning about new life, we will be taking this fun opportunity to go visit the new lambs! Hopefully a few more will have made their debut by the time we head out to see. The dates of the field trips will be next Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23. We will need parent volunteers to come along and who are willing to drive. Car seats will need to be left for us to use for the trip. Look for the permission slip and make sure to turn it in before we go!

If I Were a Butterfly...

We had so much fun learning the Butterfly song this morning at circle time. We also learned how to make butterflies for our upcoming butterfly play. During centers time, the preschoolers had the opportunity to finish the sentence "If I were a butterfly...." Tiffany, a parent volunteer, wrote their words down and each preschooler illustrated their journal. Take a look at the door next to the sign in area to see what the preschoolers came up with. We also had the chance to work on some handwriting with another volunteer, Annette. Annette is a member of Concordia and this was her first day with us. We certainly enjoyed her time with us in the classroom! The preschoolers were also hard at work making their very own butterflies. We used white and orange paper, just like our meadow flowers, so that we could really see how camouflage works!

We heard the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem. The preschoolers were very curious about the coats and palms laying on the ground for the donkey to walk on. We learned the word "Hosanna" and sang a laughing Hosanna song. We also sang the groovy version of "Jesus Loves Me!"

During music with Miss Marsha we had the opportunity to dance between the river banks while sailing on the river. Ask your preschooler about it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Is On The Way!!!

With nicer weather on the way, we will be spending more time outside. Please remember appropriate outdoor gear and clothing for your preschooler. Please make sure if your child is wearing sandals that they are also wearing socks. We don't want any cold toes!

Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, so if your preschooler is a 3 or 5 day kiddo, have them wear green! Also, SHARE day is this Friday for that same group.

Next week we will be having our Easter Egg hunts! I am in need of some volunteers to stuff some eggs with prizes. Let me know if you can help. Many hands make the job so much easier.

Looking At The Week Ahead

We have a lot of different things going on this week! We are hoping for the nice weather as promised by the forecast so we can do some exploring outside. Last week didn't work. We will be using our meadow mural to act out a butterfly play with butterflies and bird puppets we will make in class. We will discover more about camouflage as we act out the play. We will be practicing some handwriting with volunteers this week. Along with writing the letters we will be reviewing letter identification and their sounds.

Since Holy Week is our Spring Break, we will start our Holy Week this week as we look at Jesus Entering Jerusalem. We will be making palms and learning two new songs. Our verse of the week is "How good it is to sing praises to our God." Psalm 147:1. One of our songs will teach us this verse!

Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pastor Dudley is Back!

Pastor Dudley has been gone for the past week. He went to Florida to spend some time with his Dad and son. They must have spent some time on the beach because he brought back a special shell for each one of the preschoolers! The kids were so excited to have Dudley back and they LOVED their gift.

SHARE day was lots of fun with all kinds of different things being shared. The preschoolers take such pride in their items and have really come a long way in their ability to tell the class about what they have brought. It is fun to see their excitement as their turn comes up.

Centers time included playing with the SHARES, checking out the caterpillars, lacing with Amy (our volunteer for the day), sorting various insect and lots more. Miss Holly came at the end of the day for Art and we worked on paper mache projects. They will eventually become painted Easter baskets to be taken home. Step one in that project is now complete!

During Jesus Time we had some butterfly puppet friends needing some advice on how to share their love for God and for their friends. Ask your preschooler what the butterflies needed help with. We also had time for individual prayers and of course we sang some songs!

We also had a visitor in our classroom today. This will become more common in the coming weeks as we have families observing the classroom as they get ready to have their child come next fall. So, if your preschooler talks about a new kid in class, that is what they are talking about!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Bugs were added to our meadow today, or at least one bug! The rest made it to cubbies to head home with you! During opening circle we examined lots of different bugs you might find in a meadow and took a close look at some different butterflies. Ask you preschooler about it! We also checked in on our caterpillars. Still growing!

We did beading with Miss Annie. This was a very popular activity today. Miss Annie will be leaving for a short term mission trip to Guatemala. She leaves on Friday and we will be praying for her all week next week. We also created a floor mural, built an amazing train, created all sorts of bugs out of various materials, and sorted a variety of bugs.

Jesus Time included a game with coins. Ask your preschooler just how they carried the coin to the offering box.

We also had lots of opportunities for teachable moments today as our preschoolers were amazing in their sharing and love for one another. We talked about how we show our love for God as we share our love for one another. It is wonderful to see the preschoolers finding different ways to share their love!


Checking out the caterpillars!

Making a garden hat.

Stopping to smell the dafodils!

Enjoying the outdoors.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Chilly Day

It was a little chilly today, but that didn't keep us from enjoying time outside! The sun came out just in time for us to spend some time on the playground. The preschoolers are loving time outside! They are ready for spring... teachers too!

Our meadow continues to grow, more flowers bloomed today. During centers, we were busy making food and serving at a very nice restaurant... complete with baby blanket table cloth. Several preschoolers brought their babies along for the meal and took excellent care of the infants!

We took notice of the ever growing size of the caterpillars. Some of the observations included...
~ they are chubby now
~ they are making spider webs
~ they have lots of legs
~ they look spikey
~ they are moving a lot
~ they are long

We ended the day by singing about how much we love our toes!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Next Fall's Enrollment

We only have three openings left for the 2 day program next fall! Everything else is full! If you know of anyone who might be interested in a 2 day spot next fall, have them contact me ASAP. Those spots are filling FAST! Thanks so much for spreading the news about Concordia Lutheran Preschool and for believing in the program we have!

How Do We Show Our Love for the Lord?

This was a question at Jesus Time today. Here are some thoughts from our preschoolers!

~ Give my Mom a hug and kiss
~ Share my toys
~ Take turns
~ Give friends a hug and kiss
~ Make a pretty picture
~ Sing a song
~ Sit by a friend
~ Say a prayer to Jesus

Great thoughts for today! A very good reminder for myself as I seek to live out my love for the Lord.

Those caterpillars are growing at a fascinating rate. Stop in and take a look at just how big they are getting. The preschoolers were quite excited to see their new fuzzy friends. Our meadow has grown some grass and flowers. More will be added tomorrow. Take a close look and find your special preschooler's flower. Soon insects will join our meadow along with some really neat butterflies and birds.

Music with Miss Marsha included drum walks, the wind and rain dance, and a song about a man named Leroy from Detroit. We each took turns playing a clay pot drum while singing a name song and during the wind and rain dance we each had a colorful scarf (for the wind) and a bell (for the rain). We had a marvelous time!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Way To Go Mrs. Barrington!

Mrs. Barrington finished up her 20 hours STARS course and is now STARS certified! Way to go Sue! STARS is a 20 hour training for people working with young children. It covers a variety of topics that pertain to the care and education of our precious kiddos.

For our continuing education, various trainings are offered throughout the year through the STARS program.

So, give Mrs. Barrington a big high five! She has been and continues to be an amazing addition to our classroom. I couldn't ask for a better assistant. She loves your kids and was eager to take the training to work at being the best she can be at her job! GREAT JOB SUE!!!

Coming Up This Week...

Our caterpillars are growing! This week we will be watching them grow and change. We've started a chart to keep track of the days they spend as a caterpillar. We will be creating our mural of a meadow, adding flowers and bugs to the wall. We'll be learning about environments and camouflage. We'll be working on the letters B and C during Handwriting time and we will be creating lots of caterpillar art. We are hoping the weather cooperates for some center time outside in the exploring the hillside with hand lenses, tweezers and measuring tapes. Of course we will have notebooks to record our findings.

Our Bible story of the week is about the Poor Woman's Gift. Our verse of the week is "I love you, O Lord." Psalm 18:1. We'll be practicing ways to show our love for God!

Have a blessed week!
Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Crazy With Caterpillars!

They are here! The caterpillars are now a part of the classroom. They are busy eating and will really be growing fast in the next couple of days. The preschoolers LOVED them! We took turns practicing how to handle the butterfly home gently and made guesses about what would be happening with these little caterpillars in the next few days.
At centers time everyone had the opportunity to draw pictures in their science journals as they observed the caterpillars. We also made garden hats that will be used over the weekend as centerpieces at a church dinner. The beautiful hats will go home next week.
The kids are really getting the hang of our new Jesus Time song. I am so enjoying prayer time with them. We had prayers for all sorts of family members, prayers for pets, prayers for Chile and Haiti, and prayers for the butterflies. We have such a caring group of preschoolers and I love that they know they can talk to God about anything!
Do you have something you want prayer for? Let me know so we can start praying!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Princess Warrior

We had a very special visitor in class today... Zena Princess Warrior came. She is about 2 months old and says woof! A wonderful member of our congregation, Alice, brought her puppy in for a visit. The preschoolers asked lots of questions and had the chance to pet the puppy if they wanted.

Annie, a volunteer from the church, played ABC bingo with the kids today. Annie comes every Wednesday. In a few weeks she will be going on a mission trip to Guatemala and is very excited to share Guatemala with the preschoolers!

Some of the preschoolers made trees from our Bible story of the week. We also talked about kindness and forgiveness. We are so thankful we have a kind and forgiving Lord! Preschoolers took time to offer their own prayers to Jesus today. I LOVE to hear them pray!

Our caterpillars just arrived in the mail! They will be ready for preschoolers tomorrow. Each preschooler will have his/her very own Butterfly Science Journal to keep track of the changes they observe happening with our caterpillar friends! Also, as we learn about new life, watch for a meadow to slowly grow on the wall of our classroom as the kids create the environment for their own butterflies. You'll be noticing changes to it through the coming weeks!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Day for Mommy

Just wanted to let you know about Concordia's Women's Retreat at the church this Saturday. It is a chance to have a kid-free day with other women. (Nursing babies are welcome to come along!) The theme is "Love." A wonderful woman will be speaking. She is a former missionary to South Africa who helped found a Christian school there. She will be speaking about Love. It is from 9am-2pm and lunch in provided. I'll be there! If you want to attend, please let me know by Friday afternoon so I can tell the lunch people!

What Was Hiding???

Ask your preschooler what was hiding in the bees and butterflies today! They all had so much fun guessing what was hiding and then counting what was found.

Center time was full of moon sand, play-do, writing a the writing table and making a special thank you gift for Mrs. Davis. We also did some hiding and counting of various items with the bees and butterflies.

We had a fun time acting out our Bible Story of the week. We all played the part of Zaccheus (sp?). We counted money, climbed a tree, made lunch for Jesus and gave all the money back. It was decided that Jesus most likely ate pizza for lunch at Z's house! We are learned a new song called "I'll Do My Best." There are some fun hand actions that include making the letter "O" and the letter "X" (for Love) with our arms and hands. Maybe your preschooler can show you!

Music time was a blast with Miss Marsha. We especially enjoyed "Frog in the Bucket" and "I Love My Toes."

Thanks so much for your prayers as Eli and I make transitions this week, my first week back in the classroom. Today was easier than yesterday. My babysitter is starting to learn his cues, but he still prefers Mommy. So please continue to keep us in your prayers! Please let me know how I can pray for you!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Marvelous Monday

What a wonderful day to be back at preschool! The preschoolers were so much fun, full of hugs and stories. They all were full of love and energy for the day. SOOOO much fun for me to get back into the swing of things this way!
Moon sand was a well attended center today. All kinds of amazing creations were formed out of the sand. Trucks made awesome tracks in the sand and lots of items were hidden. Marble tunnels were stellar today! The preschoolers built a tall marble tower and learned how to place things in just the right place for the marble to land in the right spot from the ramp. This took a lot of trial and error, patience, and thinking. It was so fun to see their joy when it all came together.
The room has become a little more springish, with lots of bright colors. We talked about why I chose green for the bulletin board. My favorite answer was "Because you love us and want to make us happy." We talked about green emerging outside and all the new life around us. As you drive around or take a walk, have your preschooler point out all the green they see!
Music with Miss Marsha was great fun and we spent a nice amount of time enjoying the outdoors. We traced shadows with sidewalk chalk and played catch with the playground balls. Super fun!
All in all, it was a marvelous Monday at preschool!