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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful morning as we sorted through our food drive items, created a HUGE graph, and counted 122 items to give to the food bank!  It was a fabulous activity and service project.  Many thanks for supporting the efforts of your children!

Our Christmas party was so much fun.  Thanks to Jenny and Heidi for all your work.  Thanks to the parents and grandparents who were able to come and be part of our celebration.  We pray you have a wonderful Christmas break full of time with family and good memories being made.  See you in 2012!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Little Town of Bethlehem

Sweden was our country today.  They have some very rich traditions for celebrating Christmas, including Saint Lucia.  Ask your preschooler about it!

Most of our time during centers was spent on the little town of Bethlehem.  We had a stable, the manger, gifts for baby Jesus, animals in the stable and even straw.  It was wonderful to see the children play out the Christmas story all on their own!

We had delicious satsuma oranges for snack and counted the segment of our oranges.  This was lots of fun!

We did a little river stone balancing, Lilly pad hopping and tunnel crawling to work out wiggles out before music.  Miss Marsha told us more about Christmas in Sweden and we even saw Saint Lucia!

Wednesday is the last day of the food drive!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It seems a bit unreal that this is our last week of preschool for the year 2011!  It has certainly been a magnificent fall. 

This week will be full of all kinds of wonderful activities.  We will be learning about Christmas around the world from Addy, turning the food from our food drive into a HUGE 3-D graph, enjoying chapel with Pastor Dudley, and celebrating Christmas together in our classes! 

Our T/TH group of preschoolers were sent home a nativity presentation with your preschoolers part highlighted.  The party on Thursday will involve acting out the nativity story.  Your child does not need to memorize these lines, but this is to help them be familiar with their parts.  Thanks to Jenny and Heidi for planning our celebration!

Thanks to Jennifer and Patrick for planning the party on Friday!
Our Christmas parties will begin at 10:30 on Thursday and Friday.  Family is welcome to attend!  Let us know if you have any questions.


CHRISTMAS BREAK IS Dec. 19-Jan. 2

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Fun, Easy Recipe

We made these wonderful smelling ornaments today in art.  Here is the recipe.  Simple, easy and fun!

1 cup cinnamon
3/4 cup water
4 Tb. white glue

Mix.  Roll out, not too thin.  Cut out with cookie cutters, poke a hole it the top (a straw works well) and either bake on warm for 2 hours or air dry for several days!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Cookies

The highlight of the day was certainly making Christmas cookies... actually eating them probably was!  The preschoolers cut out their own cookies and frosted them.  Yum!

We had a WSU student in our classroom this morning.  She was there to observe and see what a faith based preschool program was like.  I am always excited to share the joy of faith based education!  If your preschooler talks about a visitor, this is who it was.  She was delightful to have in class.

We also worked on a top secret project during art.  You'll find out just what is was when you open you gift on Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making Gifts

After learning about Christmas is Haiti, we were busy making secrets gifts!  You'll find out what they are during your home Christmas celebrations.  They will be wrapped and sent home on Friday! 

During centers time we hung ornaments on the tree in order from 1-12, worked on more Christmas cards, dug our hands into shaving cream and took care of Baby Jesus.

Worship time talked about the place where Jesus was born and trying to find  a room at the inn.  We put the Innkeeper on our Bethlehem scene today.

SHARE Day is Friday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shoes By the Christmas Tree

Today we learned about a few traditions form Germany.  One included putting shoes out to be filled with treats by the patron saint, St. Nicholas!  So, we put our shoes by the Christmas tree near the couches and after centers time, we looked to see if anything happened.  Well, we were very pleased to find several little gifts stashed in our shoes!  Needless to say, the kids LOVED it!

We also tried our hand at a science investigation with the help of a wonderful parent volunteer.  It didn't work like it did when I tested it out at home, but it was still neat to see the color spread up the coffee filter.  These will be turned into the dress of angel tree toppers!  We also had a big zoo full of dinosaurs and gorillas.  They enjoyed eating fish and later trying to get our hopping frogs to hop into the bucket.  We made a fun bowling game and balanced on a rainbow circle. 

Worship was about Joseph and his important job of taking care of Mary and baby Jesus.  We thanked God for our Daddy's who keep us safe too.

The sun was shining and we were running outside.  The fresh air felt great and the kids enjoyed every minute of it!

We sorted our food drive items into groups and counted how many items were in each group.  We are getting a good amount of food!  We can't wait to make our big floor graph next week! 

SHARE Day is Thursday.  See you then!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Romanian Stars

Addy told us about Christmas celebrations in Romania.  They include covering wooden stars with foil to shine the way for the wisemen!  So of course we made foil covered stars today.  We also did some very open ended nativity art, crazy wood crafting, wood working with Ken and writing Christmas cards and gift tags.  It is great to get the preschoolers picking up writing utensils and creating cards and tags for their friends and family.  You can easily do this at home too... many of them enjoy this project and spend a lot of time hard at work!

Worship included the story of Mary being visited by the angel Gabriel.  We sang, lit two advent candles and put Mary on our Bethlehem scene.

Music with Miss Marsha introduced the sounds of the music families through the story of Peter and the Wolf.  Puppets helped portray the story with the help of the preschoolers!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Coming Up This Week

Our Advent adventures continue this week as we learn from Addy about Christmas celebrations in Romania, Germany and Haiti.  Addy is a beloved friend of your children.  You can see her napping on top of the teacher’s easel.  We will be making things and doing activities that correspond with the celebrations we hear about!  We will be doing some interesting science investigating while making angels, cutting out and decorating sugar cookies and making special secret gifts for family!  Our closing letters this week are M and N.  We are singing a new number song that will help us count to 30 too! 

Our worship time follow your home advent devotional.  We will be hearing about Mary, Joseph, the Innkeeper, and the Shepherds.  The Thursday class has chapel with Pastor Dudley!  Wonderful songs are also a big part of our worship during advent.

We are continuing our work with handwriting as we remember to start our letters at the top, and begin to focus on big curves and little curves. 

SHARE Day is on Thursday and Friday this week!  Next Thursday and Friday will be our classroom Christmas Parties from 10:30-11:30am.  Family is welcome to come and join the fun!

Our Food Drive is still going on.  We are sorting and counting everyday!  Please donate as you are able.
Important Information
FOOD DRIVE
Starting this week, we will be collecting non-perishable food items and children’s hygiene items for the local food bank.  We will be sorting and grouping these items and will make a HUGE 3-D graph with them at the end of the drive.  Please consider bringing some items for our service project!
CHRISTMAS BREAK IS Dec. 19-Jan. 2
Upcoming Events
Nov. 28-Dec. 14     Food Drive
Dec. 8 & 9                 SHARE DAY
Dec. 15 & 16            Christmas Parties
Dec. 19-Jan. 2         No Preschool – Christmas Break

Friday, December 2, 2011

Loving Advent!

Have I said that Advent is my favorite time of year to teach?  I LOVE IT!  Addy told us about Christmas in Japan and how it is much like our Valentine's Day.  So we cut out hearts and decorated them with Christmas stickers.  We also worked with crazy wood shapes, made Christmas greeting cards, took care of Baby Jesus and sang wonderful songs.

At Worship we added a tree stickers to our Advent scene.  It will be fun for you to do at home too

During art with Miss Holly we made beaded stars.  They help us remember the star that led to wise men to Jesus and they help us remember that our light can shine for Jesus too!

We've been busy counting and sorting in the classroom too!  Our food drive is still going on, so please add to the drive as you are able!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Back in the Classroom

It was good to be back in the classroom today.  My little guy is feeling much better.  Thanks for your prayers!

We learned about Christmas traditions in Greece today.  Addy told us how they tie fresh basil to wooden crosses, dip them in water, and sprinkle the water all about the house.  We made crosses with basil today.  It smelled very good! 

We cut our jello jigglers today, we had mixed up the jello on Tuesday.  We cut them in tree and star shapes.  We worked on big puzzles, hung tree ornaments on the Christmas tree in numerical order (very fun), took care of babies, and arranged nativity scenes all around the room.

During Worship we put our Bethlehem scene together as we get ready to read something new each day of advent.  You have you scene at home too!  It is a great connection between home and school.  I hope you are able to make use of it at home!     

We finished the day with Art with Miss Holly.  We made beaded stars as we talked about the star that led the wisemen to Jesus.

Please remember that our Food Drive in going on!  We love sorting and counting all the items that come in!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mrs. Krantz at Home

I stayed home with my youngest little one yesterday and will be home again today.  He is responding well to antibiotics, so I should be back on Thursday.  The preschoolers are in the very capable hands of Mrs. Barrington and Mrs. Eld.  Yesterday the children learned about Christmas in Argentina and today they will learn about China.  Yesterday involved a tradition with fish scales!  Today will be paper chains.  The preschoolers also have chapel with Pastor Dudley today.

Don't forget the Food Drive!  The collection buckets are out and ready to be filled!

Concordia Lutheran Church holds Advent Evening Services on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.  They are about 30 minutes long.  You are invited to join us!  Kids are always welcome!  Blessings to you this Advent Season!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Room As A Stable

What an amazing first day back from break!  It was great to see the preschoolers after a week away.  We met a new friend at circle today, her name is Addy the Advent Angel.  Each night she flies to distant countries, meeting children who tell her all about their Christmas celebrations.  She is a fast flyer, because she makes it back just in time to tell all of the preschoolers about the celebrations she learned about.  Today she told us about Argentina.  It is warm there and they light fireworks on Christmas.  The nativity scene is set up close to the Christmas tree because it is the most important decoration.  They also decorate their Christmas trees with cotton balls to make it look like snow!

Centers time was full of discovery as boxes around the classroom were opened to find miniature nativity sets, jingle bells, all kinds of gifts to sort, drums of different colors and many other fun items for Christmas.  We made cotton ball decorated trees and dressed up as angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and wise men.  Many gifts were brought to baby Jesus today!

During our worship time, we learned about the Advent candles, that help us wait for Christmas to arrive.  We lit one candle today, the prophecy candle or the candle of Hope.  Ask your preschooler what color the candle was!  We also sang a few new Christmas songs along with a few most of the preschoolers already knew!

Music with Miss Marsha ended our morning with songs, dancing, listening to the metalaphone and song birds.

Our Food Drive is starting, so please bring food or children's hygiene items to donate as you are able.  We will be doing some neat activities with the donated items!

Blessings to you this Advent!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Season of Advent!

Welcome to the wonderful season of Advent, the time that we wait and prepare for Christmas!  Our room is full of advent adventures.  Dramatic Play has all kinds of costumes and props to take the children back to Bethlehem to become part of the story.  Miniature nativity sets are all over the room to be handled and played with.  Each morning, Addy the Advent Angel will tell us about her journey the previous night to a county somewhere around the world.  We will learn about how people all over the world celebrate the birth of our Savior!  Many of our open ended crafts will be focused around the different celebrations around the world.  We will enjoy counting, sorting and classifying different Christmas items.  We will be busy making Christmas cards for our classroom mailbox and of course we will be singing wonderful songs.  FYI… Santa is not part of our celebration at preschool.  Preschool children may talk about Santa, but we will not be learning about him or celebrating Santa, reindeer and such.

Our worship time will also be focused on Advent, but we will accelerate it a bit so that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus on the last days of preschool is 2011!  We will be using an Advent devotional that is also being sent home with each child.  This is a wonderful opportunity to make a solid connection between school and home.  I hope you are able to use it in your home!

Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington       

Important Information
I am looking for a parent or two to plan and run the classroom christmas parties on dec. 15 and 16 from 10:30-11:30.  if you are interested, please let me know asap!
FOOD DRIVE
Starting this week, we will be collecting non-perishable food items and children’s hygiene items for the local food bank.  We will be sorting and grouping these items and will make a HUGE 3-D graph with them at the end of the drive.  Please consider bringing some items for our service project!
Upcoming Events
Nov. 28-Dec. 14     Food Drive
Dec. 8 & 9                 SHARE DAY
Dec. 15 & 16            Christmas Parties

Friday, November 18, 2011

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

While is doesn't seem like Thanksgiving Break should be here yet... it is!  Enjoy the snow, drive carefully, enjoy family time and delicious food!  I am so very thankful for your wonderful children and the opportunity to be their preschool teacher!  May blessings shower down upon you all week long!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a great day today making Pumpkin Pie, eating Pumpkin Pie, enjoying SHARE day, scooping, filling and dumping wheat in the sensory table, dressing turkeys in colorful feathers, stamping paper and all kind of other fun things!

Chapel with Pastor Dudley was today and we learned all about being thankful.  He showed us a lot of things he was thankful for!  Ask your preschooler what some of those things were.

At the end of the day we acted out the story of creation to music.  It was a lot of fun and something we will continue to work on with the intent of sharing it with you one day!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!  We'll see you again in Advent (my FAVORITE time of the year to teach!!!!).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Traditions

It was wonderful to hear the Thanksgiving traditions in our preschool families!  The preschoolers enjoyed sharing their homework and telling us about their illustrations! 

Centers time included working on a wonderful Thanksgiving project, making the Native American puppets to go with last week's Pilgrims, dumping and scooping wheat in the sensory table and doing all kinds of neat building in the building area.  Today was also our woodworking day!

The story of the Lost Coin was told today during our worship time.  Ask your preschooler about it!

We spent some time outside in the bright sunshine.  It was cold, but we had a lot of fun running on the hill, collecting jewels, using sidewalk chalk and sliding down the slide.

Don't forget... THURSDAY IS SHARE DAY!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Seashells

One of our preschool friends just returned from Hawaii, and gave each of us a beautiful shell necklace.  Thanks!

We worked on a special fall project today that will be going home on Wednesday.  They turned out quite nice and should make a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving decor!  We also made native American puppets to go with the Pilgrim puppets from last week.  Woodworking was today too!

Worship was the story of the Lost Coin.  Ask your preschooler how many coins the woman had and how many she lost.

Music with Miss Marsha included a musical story of creation that was very interactive and beautiful!  The preschoolers really enjoyed it and we are hoping sometime to share it with you.

Homework is due on Wednesday!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

It seems to be that parents aren’t as informed as they were when I put out paper newsletters, so I’m starting the practice again.  If you do not want a paper copy and do read the email and blog updates, I will be happy to not deliver a paper copy!  I just want to make sure you know what is happening at preschool!  I believe is a strong partnership with parents to ensure the best early learning experience for your preschooler!

Our week will be all about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  Last week a Thanksgiving Traditions paper went home for homework.  We will be sharing those on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so please return them!  It is always fun to hear about home traditions as they are very special to your children!  We will be getting our fingers busy with some fabulous fall artwork.  We’ll be patterning with feathers, sorting leaves, creating turkeys and baking pumpkin pie!  Yummy!  Our closing circle letters this week will be I and J. 
Our worship time will be the story of the Lost Coin.  We also take time at some of our worship times to pull out the stories and let the children work with and play through the stories on their own.  This has been a blessing to watch! 

I just want to say that Mrs. Barrington and I are so very thankful for your children in our classroom and the amazing group of families that you are!  We feel extremely blessed!

Important Information
SHARE DAY On Thursday and friday!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! 
No PReschool All Of NExt Week November 21-25     

Please you caution in the parking lot and please help your children remember that the outside railing between the church and parking lot is not for climbing.
Please send warm outdoor attire everyday… it is COLD!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wood Curls and Fruit Kabobs

Today we talked about the Pilgrims.  We looked at pictures and made our own Pilgrim puppets.  We also learned that the pilgrims sailed across the ocean on the cauliflower... oops!  Mayflower!

Centers was busy with lots of congregational volunteer help.  We made fresh fruit kabobs for our feast time, used a block plane to make wood curls, played a leaf game with numbers and counting, worked on pilgrim puppets, turkey headbands, and created several puppet shows!

We had Chapel with Pastor Dudley today and we learned about be Psalm 106 and being thankful.  Pastor also tried to blow the rams horn for us... it was a good try!

REMEMBER... No Preschool on Friday.  Thank a Veteran!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Beautiful Fall Day

First I want to start off with MANY apologies for the crazy parking lot at pick up time today.  It is a tight parking lot to begin with, and there were many things going on with the installing of the elevator and two church meetings going on.  The college population is also creeping into our parking space, so we will be cracking down.  I do apologize and we will work to make the parking lot more available and accessible.

The preschool was busy this morning talking about Thanksgiving!  We read "The Night Before Thanksgiving" and laughed  a lot!  Today was our wood working day, and the kids had the opportunity to try out a block plane!  The curly wood shavings were lots of fun to collect!  The preschoolers also played a fun math game involving trees, leaves and numbers! 

During worship, we heard the story of the 10 Lepers and talked about being thankful.  Each preschooler told one thing to Jesus that they were thankful for.

We enjoyed the cool morning as we played outside.  Again, please remember coats, hats and gloves or mittens!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Being Thankful

I am thankful for today!  This morning we talked about Thanksgiving, what we knew about Thanksgiving and then we read a book about the very first Thanksgiving.

Centers included fall beading, Indian Corn mosaics, wooden craft creations, playing the drums with the African Children's Choir (on CD), reading new fall and Thanksgiving books, and building elaborate train tracks!  We had hoped to see the elevator come inside, but they weren't fast enough... it started coming in just as I was getting ready to drive home.

Worship included singing, prayer time and the story of the 10 lepers.  Ask your preschooler if they remember anything about the story!

Your homework went home today... it isn't due until next week, but you can turn it in at any time.  And remember, the will not be preschool on Friday.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Few Weeks Being Thankful!

First, a few reminders...
1.  There will be NO PRESCHOOL on Friday as we observe Veterans Day.  Please take time to thank a veteran or someone in active duty. 
2.  It is COLD!  Please be sure to send your child in warm clothing and appropriate outdoor gear.  Also please double check the extra clothes in your child's cubby to see if they still fit or if they are out of season!
3.  Be careful in the parking lot.  There can be a few icy spots in the morning, so watch your step.  Also, please do not let your preschoolers run freely in the parking lot as they can be difficult to see. 
4.  As tempting as the outside railing (between the church and the parking lot) is to climb, please keep your children from climbing this.  Feet are safest on the ground and the concrete is very hard if they slip and fall.  The frost can make it extra slippery.

Now, onto the week ahead!  We will begin talking about Thanksgiving!  We will be reading a lot of Thanksgiving books, singing a silly song about a turkey, getting our fine motor muscles busy working with corn kernels and making turkey headbands as well has creating wonderful fall beaded jewelry.  Our closing letters this week will be G and H.  Some of the games we will play this week will work on the numbers 1-6 along with the dot patterns on dice. 

Our worship Bible Story this week is about the 10 Lepers.  This is also a story of thanksgiving and remembering to be thankful.  We will also be singing a few new worship songs and continuing to learn some that are fairly new to us.

With our handwriting, we are working hard to remember to start our letters at the top!  We continue to work on proper handgrips too. 

I will be sending home a HOMEWORK project!  It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time at home.  It is about your family Thanksgiving traditions.  There will be a few questions for you to answer with your preschooler and a place for an illustration.  These need to be back by the beginning on  next week, but you can turn them in as soon as you have them completed.  The preschoolers will be sharing them with one another on Tuesday the 15th and Wednesday the 16th.

Blessings to you this week!  I am so thankful for the work you do as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends in the lives of the children you bring to this preschool.  They are some fantastic children and you are doing a great job with them!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Leaves

We are having a lot of great fun and learning with leaves in our classroom!  Today we mixed leaves and number together in a song, made some leaf stained glass (although this wasn't the most popular center option!), did some leaf matching and did a beautiful leave project in Art with Miss Holly.  This was also our woodworking day, so the kids had fun working one-on-one with our volunteer learning how to drive a nail.  I love how much the preschoolers are enjoying their woodworking time!

Chapel with Pastor Dudley included M&M's and discovering that God loves us all the same, and that's A LOT!  We enjoyed praying, singing, and thanking God for chocolate!

FYI... Since snow might be one the way, here is our school closure information.  There will be no preschool if the Pullman School District is delayed or closed due to inclement weather.  I will also post the school closure on our blog by 7:00am.  I will only phone you if you request a phone call ahead of time.  Please let me know if you would like a call if preschool is cancelled. 

REMINDER... Please double check your child's cubby to make sure that he/she has a change of clothes appropriate to the weather.  We also need you to bring mittens or gloves, winter coats and hats or a hood each day.  Thanks for helping us out in this area!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Leaves Falling

Our morning began with a fun book about leaves falling.  It really was a song, to the tune of "The Ants Go Marching."  The kids caught on right away, so it wasn't a Mrs. Krantz solo!  We also went on a quick leaf hunt to collect some fallen leaves.

Centers time included beading, fire fighting, Indiana Jones, making pumpkin decorations for the nursing home, putting together puzzles, and working on cutting and matching pictures!  Lots of great play was all around!

Our worship time included learning a new song and spending time in our prayer journals. 

We headed outside for a little fresh fall air, and we got it!  The wind wasn't too bad and the preschoolers were happy to be out in the sunshine!  Please remember to bring mittens or gloves, hats and winter coats everyday.  The weather is COLD, and we will continue to go outside when we can!

Scholastic Book Orders are due on Friday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wonderful Day

I must say, this was THE BEST day after October 31st I have ever had in the classroom!  The preschoolers were engaged and learning all morning long!  We started out looking at some crazy creative gourds and talking about what they looked like, felt like, reminded us of...  We had some excellent observations.  Then we put our coats on and headed outside to collect some leaves for a leave collage project.  It was chilly, but our collection went quickly with so many leaves on the ground!

Centers time was phenomenal as leaf projects were made, beading was done, sorting bears were sorted, babies were taken care of, and more observations were made.  The preschoolers worked together, cooperated and used great words as they worked cooperatively! 

I must say, this group has shown a tremendous amount of maturity since the beginning of the year.  Our circle times have successfully moved from 7-10 minutes to almost 20!  I am so proud of these kids and all they are learning about being in a group and cooperating with friends.  You all have such great kids!

Worship time was a time of singing and praying through our artwork in our prayer journals.  This is a favorite for some of the preschoolers.  You could even make a prayer journal for your kids at home!

In was too cold to head outside, so we enjoyed an obstacle course with balancing, hopping, a curvy tunnel and a river stone path. 

THE WEATHER HAS CHANGED AND IT IS COLD!  PLEASE BRING A PAIR OF GLOVES OR MITTENS AND A WARM HAT OR HOOD EACH DAY.  ALSO MAKE SURE THE EXTRA SET OF CLOTHING IN YOUR CHILD'S CUBBY IS WEATHER APPROPRIATE!  THANKS!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Party Fun!

It was Pumpkin Party Day and we had such a great time!  There were over 15 booths and activities to choose from, tickets to earn and prizes to buy with the tickets!  Cookies were decorated, beautiful centerpieces were made and fun was had by all!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkins and Leaves This Week

Of course the most exciting part of our week is the PUMPKIN PARTY on Monday!!!  This is for both classes and begins at 10:30am.  Preschoolers are invited to come in costume, parents too!  Parents, siblings and friends are welcome to attend the party.  It is a big event with lots of fun and prizes.  Fishing, ring toss, cookie decorating, crafts, obstacle course, and the bean bag toss are just a few of the fun booths!  At each booth, preschoolers will earn tickets to use at the store to buy prizes!  Please join us in the fun!

Starting on Tuesday, we will shift gears to learn about leaves.  We will be doing a lot of leaf investigations and beautiful leaf crafts that work to develop those fine motor muscles.  Watch for some spectacular things to come home! 

Out worship time will include time on our prayer journals, chapel (Pastor Dudley is back from Germany!), and working with some of the stories we have already heard.

Scholastic Book Orders are due by Friday, November 4.  There are some great books and lots to choose from!  We'll have one more book order after this before Christmas.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SHARE Day

Everybody loves SHARE Day!  I enjoy listening to and watching the preschoolers show so much pride in their special things.  They are becoming so much more confident sharing in front of their peers... such a treasure to see!

One of the preschoolers brought in his gecko!  We had a lot of fun observing the lizard's behavior, and he just happened to be shedding his skin, really cool!  We fed him crickets, however he seemed a bit distracted and chose to wait for his lunch.  It was fun to see those crickets too!

Our day ended with Art with Miss Holly and 5 Little Pumpkins! 

Monday morning is our Pumpkin Party!  Please join us from 10:30-11:30am for a lot of carnival fun.  Siblings and friends are welcome to join in on the fun.  It is a CANDY FREE event.  Instead we will be winning tickets to purchase prizes at the prize store.  Costumes are encouraged, but not required.  Please no costumes that are spooky, scary or evil... NO MASKS please! 

Thanks for a great week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ferdinands

We had a great time on our field trip today!  The pumpkin ice cream was delicious and the walk was great... a little chilly, but it was still nice to be outside!

Remember... SHARE Day is Thursday and Friday.  Have a great afternoon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trip to Ferdinands

We had a spectacular time on our field trip!  The pumpkin ice cream was delicious and the kids were fantastic.  The weather was wonderful for a short walk to Ferdinands.  We watched a short movie in the observation room, saw cheese being made, tasted cheese curds and ate our yummy ice cream!  It was a very tasty adventure.  Thanks to all the parents who came along with us, it was great to have you along!

Reminder... Thursday is SHARE Day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin and P words

Our week started out just right today as we did a little more pumpkin work.  We have enjoyed singing our silly pumpkin vine song, picking what crazy things might be growing on our pumpkin vines.  We keep the rhythm of the song with  our hands as we sing.  We also learned about the letter P, that pumpkin starts with the letter P and we followed up with a list of words that we thought of beginning with the letter P.  It was quite a list!  The words we use when teaching the handwriting strokes for the letter P are... start at the top, write a big line down.  Frog jump back to the top, make a little curve to the middle.  Then we have our letter P!

We ventured outside to do some leaf rubbings, but it was short lived... the wind was frigid!  We brought our leave inside and finished out beautiful chalk leaf rubbings. 

We lost track of time because we were so busy during centers having a great time learned and ended centers almost 15 minutes late!  We learned a song to help us remember how to pick up a crayon.  We are beginning to establish proper handwriting grips. 

Music with Miss Marsha was a lot of fun with the glockenspiel, metalaphone, and some singing and dancing games.

Wednesday is our field trip.  We are walking, so wear warm jackets and maybe even mittens!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Fun and Busy Week Ahead

We have a wonderful week ahead!  It's going to zoom by I'm sure, but we are going to enjoy every moment of learning together!

Tuesday and Wednesday are field trip days.  We will leave for Ferdinands promptly at 10am.  We will be walking, so bring you jacket if you signed up to come along!  We will be back right around 11:30.  I'm ready for some delicious pumpkin ice cream!  Please make sure you have turned in your child's permission slip.

Thursday and Friday are SHARE Days!  Help your preschooler choose ONE item to bring to tell their friends about.  Help them think of three things they would like to say about their item.  I know the preschoolers have been waiting for the next SHARE day!  I'm excited to see what they each bring.

Our worship time will include the story of Abram and Sarai from Genesis 12 and 13.  We will even have a little piece of the desert in our worship space.

Each group of kids has a big woodworking project they will do this fall.  The M/W/F group will begin, and perhaps finish, their projects this Friday.  We will be building Bat Houses!  The T/Th group will be working on their big project in the next couple of weeks.  These are sure to be items your children will be extremely proud of, and they should be!

Next Monday, the 31st, is the Pumpkin Party for both classes.  It runs from 10:30-11:30.  Appropriate costumes are welcome that day, NO MASKS please.  This is a big event with lots of church volunteers running booths for the kids to participate in.  This is a CANDY FREE event... the only sugar found will be a the cookie decorating table!  Parents, you are invited to come and enjoy this event with your children!

SAFETY NOTE...  Please make sure that your children are not running free in the parking lot during drop off and pick up times.  Children are fast and not easily seen by cars backing out.  Also, the ever tempting railing along the sidewalk ramp is not for climbing.  Please keep your children on the sidewalk and off the railing so no accidental tumbles onto hard concrete take place.  We appreciate your efforts in this matter!

REMINDER... Preschool starts at 9:00am with opening circle beginning at 9:05am.  We have lots we want to accomplish during our preschool time, so we will be starting on time! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Big and Orange

We took a close look at two pumpkins today to see how they were the same and how they were different.  We also talked about how a pumpkin goes from seed to pumpkin.  It is amazing how in just 4 months time, God can make such a tiny seed grow to such a nice big pumpkin!  We do have a fantastic God!

We painted coffee filters today with red and yellow mixing together to make nice orange pumpkins .  These will soon be part of our pumpkin vine on the wall (hopefully going up this weekend)!  We sorted, put pumpkins in order by size, worked intensely on big floor puzzles, and began lifecycle posters.

The Creation story is so amazing, with incredible visuals.  We looked at some dynamic creations pictures as we talked about the days of creation and the wonderful things that God has made.

Next Tuesday is our field trip to Ferdinands.  We will be walking there, so be ready for a nice little walk!  We will leave promptly at 10am.  If you have not signed up to go along, but plan on going, please email me and let me know so that I can pre-order your pumpkin ice cream cone!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pumpkins Growing

We had s great time learning about the lifecycle of a pumpkin today... some of us even chose to make lifecycle posters!  We had a handy book to tell us all about how pumpkins grow.  We took a close look at a big pumpkin, played pumpkin memory, arranged pictures of pumpkins in order from smallest to biggest along with a few strong firefighters putting out fires in the building and dramatic play areas!

We listened to a wonderful telling of the creation account and saw some beautiful illustrations of creation.  We also learned a new song for our invocation, or call to worship!

Outside time was glorious with the trees changing colors and the cool, crisp air!

At closing circle we made orange play dough by mixing two colors of play dough together.  Ask your preschooler what colors they were!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

8 Legs

We counted a lot of spider legs today as we read a spider book, made spider snack, created hanging spiders and adorned our heads with spider headbands... counting all the way!  We also had fun using the drill press with our woodworking friend and volunteer.  We also saw great teamwork as preschoolers worked together to put several floor puzzles together!

Worship was about Creation, and we saw 7 pictures for the seven days.  Ask your preschooler if they remember what some of God's gifts to us were in creation.

The weather was incredible as the preschoolers ran outside, collected leaves, dug in the sandbox, rode in the cars and just enjoyed our time outside.  Our closing circle took a look at the letter D and we made a chart for the day. 

Remember that our field trip has been changed to next week on Tuesday.  You should have found a permission form in your mailbox.  Please return it before our trip!  If you plan on attending make sure to sign up on the sheet by the sign in/out binder.  If a sibling is coming along, please note that as well so I can pre-order enough pumpkin ice cream cones!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Spider Fun

Spider fun abounded at preschool today.  We read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, made spider headbands, spiders from hand prints to hang from their silky strings, made spider nests with wood shavings and we even had spiders for a snack during out feast.  Ask your preschooler about the yummy spiders!

We learned about the Creation of the Earth and all that is on the earth today.  We also learned a new worship song, "God is so Good."  It is very easy and I bet your preschooler could sing it to you.

Outside time was full or running and sandbox time.  We ended our day with Music with Miss Marsha!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spiders and Pumpkins

Welcome to another great week at preschool!  We are switching gears from construction to take a closer look at some of the things we are seeing a lot of lately in our homes and our communities... spiders and pumpkins.  The Very Busy Spider will be read this week and we will follow up by painting spider webs in a crazy new way, making a spider and spider web snack for our feast time, making hanging spiders out of handprints and creating spider headbands for wearing!  Can you guess what number we will focus on?  If you said 8, you are right on!  We will then learn about the pumpkin lifecycle, make close observations as we investigate pumpkins and we will watch what happens to a pumpkin over time.

Our worship time will be the Creation account.  Throughout the week you can point out different things you see outside, things that God created.  We will be looking at many things that God made, and how good they are!

Our closing circles will look at the letters D and E.  Help your preschooler think of words that start with D and E this week!

Our field trip that was planned for this Thursday has been moved to next Tuesday.  The 3 day group will be going next Wednesday.  We will be walking to Ferdinands to eat pumpkin ice cream and learn a little bit about Ferdinands.  This is a delicious trip!  If you plan on attending with us, please sign up and make a note if a sibling is coming along.  I need to pre-order our pumpkin ice cream cones!  Look for permission slips in your mailboxes.

School pictures should be back early this week. 

Our Pumpkin Party will be held on Monday, October 31 from 10:30am-11:30am.  This is for ALL preschoolers.  It is a BIG event with about 20 congregational volunteers, so we only do it one day.  It is a fun carnival for the preschoolers.  There will be different booths with activities to participate in.  The preschoolers earn tickets at the booths and bring their tickets to the store to buy prizes.  It is a CANDY FREE event.  Siblings are welcome to attend, but please remember that this is set up for children ages 3-5 and their may be items that are small.  Costumes are welcome, but please remember nothing spooky, scary, evil looking and please no masks.  Let me know if you have any questions.

A verse to ponder this week...
"Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."  Philippians 4:8

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Field Trip Change

Our field trip date for the T/Th class has changed because another group will be at Ferdinands at the same time we were planning... that won't work so well!  So, our date has changed to the following Tuesday, October 25.  I apologize for the change.   

It's been a busy week at my house, so I apologize for my lack of blogging.  Things should be back to normal next week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Picture Day

Picture Day was a success!  No one was covered in paint or markers for picture time, so I feel successful!  Our day was a bit off schedule to accommodate the picture taking, but we had a blast.  Ms. Senger was our substitute and she was an absolute delight to have with us. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fixing Things

Our morning started with a list of things that we have needed to get fixed.  Cars, toys, windows and a few others were on our list.  We snag a silly song about fixing a hole in the ceiling and a poor guy named Willy just wasn't able to get the job done, even with the help from Liza!

Centers time included more wooden craft building and building letters out of little line, big line, little curves and small curves.  We also made lots of patterns, did big floor puzzles and painted.

We made Pastor Dudley a very special gift during worship time today. 

The rain stopped in time for us to play outside!  It was windy, but fun!  Special thanks to Mrs. Blum for subbing in the classroom today.  She will be back with us on Thursday.

REMINDER.... PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW, OCTOBER 12.  The group picture will be taken at 9:15am.  Please be prompt!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Sweet Smell

We started our day with discussion about things we have had to fix... roofs, cameras, toys....  We sang a song about a hole in the ceiling (like a hole in the bucket) and laughed a lot as the song went on.  We made lists about what needed to be fixed, what was used to fix the problem and what was needed to be able to use what was needed to fix the problem.  Lots of giggling this morning!

It was also cooking and woodworking day at preschool!  The sweet smell of fall filled the room as we made applesauce that we later ate at our feast time.  The preschoolers also learned about and used a drill press!  After drilling a hole, they attached a nut and bolt to their very own drilled piece of wood!  They LOVED it!  We also worked with magnets, continued wood art creations and buildings and worked in our construction journals.

During Worship, we talked about acts of service as a way to worship and then we made a special gift for Pastor Dudley to thank him for his service to us!  We will finish the project and give it to him later this week!

We ended the day with music with Miss Marsha!

Remember... PICTURE DAY IS WEDNESDAY!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Coming Up...

This will be our last week around the construction theme.  The elevator isn't done yet and we will keep watching the progress until it is done, hopefully in about a month.  This week will be a little different, Mrs. Barrington will be gone T-F and we will have wonderful subs in the classroom.  Wednesday is picture day too, so our routine will be a little extra flexible on Wednesday and a whole lot less messy! 

Our M/W/F group has woodworking this week where they will be working with an adult one on one to drill a hole in a board using a small drill press!  They will also get to attached a nut and bolt through the hole they drill.  Keep in mind that we are VERY safe when we do this.  The T/Th group will get a chance to do the same thing, just not this week.  We will also be making our very own applesauce for snack.  It's sure to smell yummy and taste delicious.  We will also be doing some work on the floor designing walls on large pieces of paper and then designing tiles for a floor.  Large tangrams will help us as we work with our designs.  At the end of the day we will be finding B and C words to describe our days.  Watch the blog each day to read specifics about what went on during the morning!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month so we will be taking some time this week to appreciate Pastor Dudley.  We have a special project we will be making which will give it to him at the end of the week.  He's going to be leaving for a 2 week trip to Germany next week, so we want to catch him before he leaves!  Showing appreciation will be part of our worship time this week and then we will take a look at the Creation account.

Once again, Picture Day is Wednesday.  The group picture will be taken at 9:15am upstairs in the sanctuary.  We won't wait too long, so please be prompt!  After the group picture is done (it is always a hoot to watch 22 preschoolers get their picture taken at the same time) a new backdrop will be put up and the T/Th group of kids will have individual and sibling pictures taken.  I will have activities set up to keep the kids busy while they wait for their turn.  The M/W/F group will go back downstairs to have their normal preschool day.  Once the T/Th pictures are done, the other group will get individual pictures done.  If you are a M/W/F family that wants sibling pictures taken, talk to me about the time.  I hope this all makes sense!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  If you wish to order pictures, order envelopes need to be turned in on or before Wednesday. 

There are sign up sheets for the upcoming Ferdinand's Field Trips and for items we need donated for the Pumpkin Party.

I pray that your week is full of fabulous family moments in your homes and around the community!  Thanks so much for allowing us to be part of your child's life!