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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thankful for Creation

This month we will be concentrating on fallish things and being thankful for all of the blessings God has given us. This week we will focus on being thankful for God’s beautiful creation, including fall leaves in all their brilliant colors and shapes. We will make scientific observations of leaves, go on a leaf hunt, make a shadow box of leaves we collect on a creation leaf hunt and we will be building trees, one in the classroom and one to take home.

During our handwriting time we will start working with our flip crayons to encourage proper grip, work with our colors and strengthen the fine motor muscles for writing. We will be learning a great song about the ant, the bug and the bee!

Our Bible story this week is “David and Saul.” Our verse of the week is “Do good to all people.” Galatians 6:10. God helps us to show His love, even when it is hard to be kind.

THANK YOU so much to everyone who donated items for the Pumpkin Party. I hope everyone had a lot of fun… I know I did!

Have a wonderful week. Think about all of the blessings in your life you can be thankful for! Share some of those things with your preschooler this week!
Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Weekly Reminders...

Cold weather is here! Please remember to provided warm outdoor gear for your child for outside time. Please make sure that your child has appropriate footwear for outdoor play as well.

A few weeks ago, Pastor Dudley’s sister died after a struggle with cancer. The preschoolers were aware that Pastor had experienced this loss after he spoke to them about his sister being in heaven and how much God loves each of us. Thank you for your prayers for Pastor Dudley and his family during this time.

Please remember to keep you child home if he/she is not feeling well. I am attaching our policy regarding illness and bringing your child to preschool along with our school cancelation policy. Thanks!

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME
If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, he or she needs to stay home. We are committed to keeping all of the children as healthy as possible. If your child is brought to school sick, you will be asked to take him/her home. If your child becomes sick while at preschool, we will isolate him/her from other children and contact the parent to pick him/her up immediately. Children need to be with family when not feeling well. These guidelines will be strictly enforced to ensure the health and safety of all.
 Fever of 100 ˚F or higher
 Vomiting on two or more occasions within the past 24 hours.
 Diarrhea - three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period.
 Draining rash.
 Eye discharge or pink eye (must be treated for 24 hours before returning).
 Fatigue that prevents participation in regular activities.
 Lice or nits.
 Heavy (green or discolored) nasal discharge or constant cough.
 Communicable diseases (chicken pox, etc.)

SCHOOL CANCELLATION
Generally, if inclement weather causes a school cancellation or late start for the Pullman School District, Concordia Lutheran Preschool will be canceled for the day. Our staff will do our best to contact each family if a cancellation does occur. In the event that preschool is cancelled more than two days, the addition cancellations will be made up at a later date.

*** If you would like us to contact you if preschool is cancelled, please let Mrs. Krantz know and she will add you to the list of people to be contacted. If you have children in public school and are notified that public school is cancelled or delayed, please consider this as your notification that preschool is canceled for the day. Thank you!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Party Fun

We had a fabulous time at the Pumpkin Party today! A huge thank you to everyone who donated items for the party! Did you know that we had 18 members of the church volunteer their time this morning to run the booths for the kids?!!! Thanks to all those who ran booths... they had just as much fun as the kids, or so they tell me!

If you took pictures at the party, would you mind emailing a few shots to me? I didn't get any pictures taken and I would love to add some to our end of the year DVD. Thanks!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Very Orange Day

This morning we made a list of orange things... a very good and quite comprehensive list of orange items around. Of course we narrowed in on pumpkins! As we looked at their life cycle, the preschooler enjoyed guessing what stage in the life cycle would come next. So fun!

During centers we were busy with life cycle posters, water play, pumpkin art, building with wooden blocks and sorting all kinds of leaves.

We had Chapel with Pastor Dudley today, not our normal day, but he will be leaving to attend his sister's memorial service later this week. He told us a wonderful story about how we are like pumpkins and God's light shines inside us.

Music with Miss Marsha was wonderful as we did the leaf dance and the rain dance. We also met a new bird, the California Quail! Some of the preschoolers took their turn playing the metalaphone, much like a xylophone. It make beautiful music and the preschoolers really enjoy playing it. They are learning how to take good care of the instruments and how to play them correctly. They take such great pride in their abilities! I'm quite proud of them too!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Lifecycle

We got busy this week learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin! We looked at the different stages from seed to orange pumpkin! The preschoolers also had the opportunity to make their own pumpkin life cycle poster. They will have additional opportunity later this week as well.

Centers time was full of dinosaur baths and frog showers in the sensory table as we added water for some wet play on a rainy day. Pumpkin stationary was available to anyone who wanted to write pumpkin letters and we painted pumpkins in a silly way. Ask your preschooler about the painting!

During Jesus Time we talked about David and Jonathan being best friends and we memorized Proverbs 17:17. See if your preschooler can remember it!

Music with Miss Marsha was great fun after we crawled through tunnels, jumped over cones and hopped like frogs on Lilly pads. It was just too wet and windy to head outside! At music we sang about ice cream flavors, pumpkin vines, birds and how great God is!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkins

I cannot believe that it is already the last week of October! Time sure does fly by. This week we will be learning about the lifecycle of pumpkins and about pumpkins in general. We’ll be pumpkin sorting, creating lifecycle charts, painting pumpkins is crazy ways, writing about pumpkins and digging into pumpkins… literally!

During our handwriting time we will continue using our wood pieces and capital letter cards to discover more about how the letters are formed with big lines, little line, big curves and little curves.

Our Bible story this week is “David and Jonathan are Kind.” Our verse of the week is “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17

Friday is our Pumpkin Party. The T/Th group is invited to join us at 10:30 on Friday for the festivities!

Blessing on your week!
Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Weekly Reminders

This Friday is our Pumpkin Party from 10:30-11:30am. T/Th families are invited to attend the party too! This is a CANDY FREE event (we will decorate cupcakes) and all family is invited to attend. Appropriate costumes are encouraged. If you have a friend or two with young children you would like to invite, please do so! We’d love to share the fun with them! It’s sure to be a lot of fun. We have lots of congregational volunteers running a variety of booths where the kids will earn tickets. They can bring their tickets to the store to redeem them for prizes!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Have You Ever Seen a Spider on the Wall?

We had fun singing, "Have You Ever Seen a Spider on the Wall?" Ask your preschooler to sing it to you today. We sang it fast, slow and speeds in between. They thought slow was really fun!

Centers time included working on a journal page, drew spider eggs, making scientific drawings of spiders, working with our wood pieces to form letters, creating spider webs with yarn and playing with our peg boards.

During Jesus Time we made a list of things we could do at home to help our families just like David helped his family. Ask your preschooler what he or she added to the list!

We explored outside in the trees today. The trees became an apple orchard and apples were plentiful at the apple sale!

Art with Miss Holly was all about orange. We made our very own pumpkin stamps and created a scene from the poem "5 Little Pumpkins." The preschoolers had so much fun with this activity. Their picture is sure to make a beautiful addition to your fall home decor!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Beautiful Fall Day

Today was a beautiful day... not just the weather, but the preschoolers were beautiful too. I was reminded throughout the day of the joy in simple things, the joy in saying words in a crazy way. We had so much fun saying the word "tarantula" in scary voices! The giggles brought such joy to my heart! I don't say it enough, but thank you for the opportunity to be part of the lives of such wonderful children!

We had chapel with Pastor Dudley today where he told us just how important children are to Jesus! During centers time we drew spiders, wrote in our journals, made spider webs with yarn and glue, examined spider pictures and the tarantula and had a lot of dinosaur play going on.

Outside time was fabulous. The crisp air felt so good as we ran around and played. The preschoolers used a lot of teamwork as they built a long obstacle course with our big outside blocks. They worked very well together to accomplish this task. Every single block was used and they took turns walking the obstacle course path. Another thing of beauty, seeing the preschoolers working together to accomplish a common goal and then having fun with their finished product! A truly beautiful day.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Big Spider

Today we were greeted by a very large spider... a tarantula. No worries, it wasn't alive! It was encased so we were able to take a close look at it. We also looked at some pictures of spiders. We counted legs and learned more spider facts.

During centers we painted spider webs, drew spiders, took a closer look at our tarantula friends, built dinosaur castles, picked numbers and drew that many spider eggs and dug around in the sensory table.

Jesus Time was spent singing some favorite songs, praying and learning more about how David helped his family before he became King. We also extended the story to talk about David and Goliath! I love to hear children recount this Bible story!

We spent some time outside on the hill today. We chased bunnies on the Concordia Lutheran Church Wildlife Reserve. We've seen bunnies, quail, squirrels and signs of other animals just on the hillside! It was a wonderful day to chase bunnies and run in the cool fall air.

Music with Miss Marsha was fabulous. We danced like leaves, played the sticks as we sang about Noah's ark and practiced our bird songs.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spider Webs

We started our spider week this morning counting spider legs, making our own spider books, painting spider webs with white paint and marbles, picking a number and drawing that number of spider eggs in the egg sac, and singing a spider web song! Check out the art hanging above the cubbies and on the big bulletin board to see sample of what we've been working on!

Jesus Time was about David helping his brothers by taking them food at the army camp. With the help of the preschoolers, we also heard the story of David and Goliath! We also learned a new song that we will continue to practice and learn.

We had music with Miss Marsha and we got to dance like leaves blowing in the wind. We used bight colorful dancing scarves as we did our leaf dance. We also played instruments and sang the bird songs that we have been learning.

On Friday at noon the church will be having a craft sale and some set up will be taking place during preschool hours. This will not interfere with preschool at all, but we will not have extended pick up on Friday. Please be sure to promptly pick up your preschooler on Friday since we will need to "close up shop" quickly. Thanks!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spiders!

This week is all about spiders! No worries for those of you who have children a bit afraid of these 8 legged creatures, it is a very happy spider week! We will be learning some spider web songs, discovering spider facts, making our own spider books, making webs with a variety of art supplies, working with the number 8 and more. It sure to be a playful and fun filled week!

During our handwriting time we will be using our wood pieces and capital letter cards to discover more about how the letters are formed with big lines, little line, big curves and little curves!

Our Bible story this week is “David Visits His Brothers.” We will learn about David taking food to his brothers, and we just might have to talk about Goliath too! Our focus will be about helping people in our family as a way to show God’s love!

In our art time with Miss Holly we will be making our very own pumpkin stamps and focusing on the color orange!

May God bless you richly this week!
Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Weekly Reminders

The weather is turning colder, please provide a jacket each day and make sure that the extra set of clothing in your child’s cubby is season appropriate! THANKS!

Next week, on Friday the 29th, we will have our Pumpkin Party from 10:30-11:30am. T/Th families are invited to attend the party too! There is a sign up sheet for items we need donated if you would like to donate to the cause! This is a CANDY FREE event (we will decorate cupcakes) and all family is invited to attend. Appropriate costumes are encouraged. If you have a friend or two with young children you would like to invite, please do so! We’d love to share the fun with them!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thanks Pastor Dudley!

We took time today to let Pastor Dudley know how much he is appreciated. We had cake with him at snack time and he received the apron we made for when he is at the grill! He loved it! The kids had a great time.

SHARE Day was lots of fun. The kids do a great job waiting for their turn to talk. They also give wonderful information about their special items.

We had chapel with Pastor Dudley today and art with Miss Holly. During art we learned all about leaves and then tried our hand at leaf rubbings. Our focal color was green. We also had a tremendous time running on the hill by the playground during outside time. We saw a bunny, collected leave, laid on the grass to see the sky and burned lots of energy from our cake! We are enjoying these fall days as much as we can!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Party!

We had a wonderful little party for Pastor Dudley today, complete with homemade chocolate chip ice cream, made by us during centers time! We are indeed very thankful for a Pastor who loves children so much and one the kids adore. Thanks Pastor Dudley!

During centers, we painted a mural of sheep in a pasture as we talked about David caring for the sheep. We also played some music, rolled the ice cream ball around, played with some playdough and built a dinosaur castle!

Jesus Time was lots of fun as we cared for our sheep. Ask you preschooler about it.

The weather was fantastic for some outside time. We ran, rode bikes, dug in the sand, teeter-tottered, and went down the slide. We were busy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

We all scream for Ice Cream!

What did we do today? All kinds of things! The tastiest things we did was make delicious vanilla ice cream in a big ball that we rolled all around. It was crazy fun and it tasted soooo yummy! We also worked on Pastor Dudley's gift for our party of Thursday, painted ice cream cones, and drew some great pictures just to name a few.

During Jesus Time we learned about David caring for the sheep and that he protected them from a wild animal. Ask your preschooler what kind of animal David saved the sheep from! We also practiced our song helping us memorize our Bible verse.

Music with Miss Marsha was spectacular as we continued to learn songs, chose different ways to keep the beat (the teachers were exhausted after this!), met Spidey the spider, and had fun with three little birds... the mountain bluebird, the robin and the chickadee!

Our chart today helped us decide what kind of dessert to have for Dudley's party on Thursday. We decided on cake, decorated with half chocolate frosting, half vanilla frosting, chocolate chips and frosting flowers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mittens

As our preschool day began, it became clear that taking advantage of a wonderful teachable moment was much better than following my lesson plans! The preschoolers were so excited about their mittens that they all wore them to opening circle. We talked about their colors and read a book about a lost mitten! We also discovered the difference between mittens and gloves! What a wonderful change of plans!

We worked hard on our gift for Pastor Dudley today. It is going to turn out quite nice and be very special. Ask your preschooler what they did! We also started an ice cream cone project. The cone was made today, and Wednesday they can top their cone with ice cream to finish their project. Mosaic art, musical instruments, doll house, dinosaurs and number games were also part of our morning.

Jesus Time talked about David helping his family by caring for the sheep. We learned a song that helps us remember our verse from the Bible. It is an easy song that your preschooler can sing to you. If they don't know if quite yet, they will by the end of the week!

Music with Miss Marsha was lots of fun too. We had three birds visit us today and a spider! We also sang a song about a frog in a bucket. This was a fun action song and we all became frogs!

On Wednesday we will be making ice cream for our celebration in appreciating Pastor Dudley. We are looking forward to it!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekly Reminders

The weather is turning colder, please provide a jacket each day and make sure that the extra set of clothing in your child’s cubby is season appropriate! THANKS!

Share day this Thursday and Friday!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We will be appreciating Pastor Dudley this week!

A wonderful woman from out congregation, Mary Simonsen, made mittens for all the
preschoolers! I’ll be sending then home this week!

Ice Cream Shop

This is our last week discovering stores. This week will be full of fun as we discover the ice cream shop! We will be engaging our senses with temperatures and smells as well as textures and tastes! We will be making our very own ice cream too. Some fun art projects are in part of the plan too. SHARE Day is also this week, on Thursday and Friday. Please have your preschooler bring something to share with the class. Help your preschooler choose 3 things to say about their item!

During our handwriting time we will focus in and training the fine motor muscles in used for handwriting. We will be working on establishing proper grip too.

Our Bible story this week is “David Helps His Family.” We will learn about David caring for the family’s sheep. Our verse is “With love, help each other.” Galatians 5:13. We will learn about showing God’s love by helping one another.

In just a few weeks we will be holding our Pumpkin Party. This is a very fun event that lots of congregational volunteers help out with to make it special for your preschooler and your family! We will need some donated items. I’ll be posting a sign-up sheet for items needed in the next few days.

Enjoy the blessings of wonderful fall weather!

Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Couldn't Be Prouder!

We had a fantastic field trip to the bakery today! Thank you to all the parents who came along and helped drive to Dissmores. We had a few of our 3 day preschoolers come along too! I was so proud of our group, such wonderful listeners and very attentive to Baker Brett! They were captivated by the huge mixer that mixed the dough for french bread. They loved watching the dough be cut up and rolled into balls. The adults found it quite interesting too! The oven was HUGE and we ended with a cookie and balloon! Ask your preschooler what they thought was the best thing at the bakery.

We got back to the preschool in time to have art with Miss Holly. We made pictures on white paper construction paper shapes. Black, red, yellow and blue were the colors we used.

Remember, no preschool tomorrow! have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fun Pictures of Stuff We Do!




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Wheat!



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Lots of Wheat

Wheat in the sensory table was a very popular choice for the preschoolers today. We even ground some of the wheat into flour. The preschoolers also dictated a recipe for our preschool recipe book. They sound fantastic! Dinosaurs and marbleworks were also popular choices today. We did some painting with scrapers and floor mural art too!

At opening circle we wrote a story about the bakery. Each preschooler contributed to our story!

We had Chapel with Pastor Dudley and he taught us about 10 people who were very sick and Jesus healed them. Only one person came back to say something to Jesus. Ask your preschooler what he said!

Remember, no preschool on Friday!

If you are a M,W,F family and want to come to he field trip tomorrow, you can meet us a Dissmore's at 10:30!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oops!

We have a field trip on Thursday at 10:15 and I neglected to hand out the permission forms. I will be emailing them to the T/Th families and will also have them available Thursday morning. Big oops... so sorry!

We had bakery fun today as we baked muffins and ate them at snack time. We learned about bread from around the world, sang a very silly alphabet song, and learned about the letter B. We also ground flour out of wheat and did some watercolor painting. Miss Marsha came for music at the end of the day and we played the bells, glockenspiel, and tone bars. We also did a snake dance and sang about bluebirds. Very fun!

Jesus Time was the story about Samuel anointing David as king. We talked about obeying God even when it seems hard.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Concordia Lutheran Preschool's Bakery

We had a great time baking up pumpkin muffins today! A BIG thanks to our parent volunteer who came to help out! The preschoolers helped mix up the muffins and at snack time they each made their own "frosting" out of cream cheese and honey, frosted their muffin and added sprinkles. Then, of course, we ate them!

Preschool is a wonderful place to learn many social skills and prepare for Kindergarten. As children become more comfortable with one another, they will sometimes run into conflict. This is very natural and preschool is a safe place to learn necessary social skills in dealing with conflict. It is wonderful to watch the preschoolers begin to negotiate through their conflicts, search for words to use rather than reacting harshly, learn to compromise and share! These are skills that will continue to grow and mature as the year goes on. It is a pleasure to be part of that process with your children!

Music with Miss Marsha was great fun. We played the bells, sang about birds, played instruments and did a snake dance. Ask your preschooler what he or she liked the best!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekly Reminders

The weather is turning colder, please provide a jacket each day and make sure that the extra set of clothing in your child’s cubby is season appropriate! THANKS!

We are having a field trip on Thursday from 10:15-11:00am! We need drivers! Let me know if you can help. I also need permission forms returned and car seats left on Thursday morning.

REMINDER:
NO PRESCHOOL ON FRIDAY

Baking Together

The Bakery is next on our journey of learning about different kinds of stores! We will be baking pumpkin muffins and eating them for snack, looking at bread from around the world in a Big Book, cooking up a storm in dramatic play with our new cookware and adding a page about the bakery to our journals. On Thursday at 10:15am we will be taking a field trip to the Dissmore’s Bakery. If your child does not attend preschool on Thursday’s, you and your child are welcome attend with us, but you will need to stay with your child. Siblings are welcome to attend as well!

During our handwriting time we will be learning about directional positioning such as vertical and horizontal. We will be using our new friends “Big line” and “Little line” in a fun game to learn these directions.

Our Bible story this week is “Samuel Obeys God” (1 Samuel 16:1-13). We will be learning about obeying God just as Samuel did when he was going to anoint a new king.

Have a blessed week!