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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!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rainy Day Fun

The rain didn't slow us down at all today.  We were busy playing construction charades, painting our signs, cutting caution tape, building and gluing wooden creations and playing a game with Mrs. Krantz.  I have begun some baseline assessments in order to create the best learning environment for your preschoolers!

We drew in our prayer journals at worship today and we had recess inside!  We finished off the day with Art with Miss Holly.  We did sunflower art with seeds!

REMINDER FOR THE 5 DAY AND 3 DAY FAMILIES... NO PRESCHOOL TOMORROW!  HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Lost Son

If your preschooler happens to tell you that someone got lost at preschool today, don't worry!  For chapel time, Pastor had one preschooler hide without the other preschoolers knowing.  We discovered he was "lost" and quickly found him!  We were so happy that the lost was found!  Chapel time with Pastor Dudley is always full of fun hands on learning!

Today we worked at adding verses to the song we have been learning this week.  Ask your preschooler about the verse they came up with.  We also worked on painting our signs, working the play dough, drawing in our construction journals, and sanding wood.  I also started some baseline assessments with the preschoolers today.  These take just about 2 minutes to do with each child and are a fun game that the kids enjoy.  These help us better provide the best learning environment for your child!

Please remember that there is no preschool on Friday.  Picture Day is next Wednesday, October 12.  Mrs. Barrington will be gone next week Tuesday-Friday, so we will have substitutes in the classroom with me on those days.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Busy Hands

Today we got moving with our hands and bodies and we learned about the different things done at a construction site.  We hammered, sawed, dug, lifted, held boards in place, and painted!   My Dad, Ken, came in and did woodworking with the preschoolers.  We put our safety glasses on worked hard with the saw.  The kids LOVED sawing a piece of wood and were so proud to take their own piece of lumber home!  We also glued wood together to make some fantastic buildings.  Painting wooden signs was also part of the morning along with chalk writing.  Our hands were busy today!

Worship was about the Good Shepherd finding the Lost Sheep.  We learned a new worship song and saw the story.  We wondered about what it was like to be the lost sheep and how it might have felt to be found.  We also thought it would have been fun to be at the party the shepherd had after the lost sheep was found!

The rain kept us inside, but it was the perfect opportunity to bring out all our inside playground stuff.  We had a HUGE tunnel, a tumbling mate, basketball hoop, pop up houses, balancing rainbow, bean bag toss, jumping hoops and monster feet for walking on.  It was a great time and the preschoolers loved all the new stuff!

Miss Marsha, our music teacher, is unable to teach  music on Tuesdays this year.  Bummer.  However, she is giving me her lesson plans, so I am able to teach what she would have done!  I know it's not nearly the same as Miss Marsha, but I will do my best to be a great music teacher too!  We started today with  a circle dance, a listening song/dance and then we sang Uncle Jessie.  Ask your preschooler about it!

Our "A" word to describe the day was AWESOME!  Thanks for an AWESOME day with your kids!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Construction Jobs

Today we talked about all the different types of jobs we have seen at a construction site.  Painting, digging, sawing, hammering and drilling were all things we came up with.  We learned a song about building a house that uses a lot of different jobs in the song.  Ask your preschooler if they remember it!  We acted out the actions of each job too!  We highlighted the letters N and P today.

Centers time included chalk drawing on paper chalkboards, painting signs (this is a two day project), making letters with magnets on magna-doodle boards, building a church out of blocks and sanding wood with sandpaper in the sensory table. 

Worship was about the Good Shepherd finding the lost sheep and bringing the sheep back to the sheepfold.  It's all about how much Jesus loves and cares for us!

We had our first music with Miss Marsha today!  It was fantastic fun as we danced, sang, kept rhythm with sticks and listened to and sang with several string instruments.

Please remember that there is no preschool this Friday and picture day is next week on Wednesday October 12.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

NO PRESCHOOL THIS FRIDAY

REMINDER... There is no preschool this Friday.

October Here We Come!!!

October is a very busy and very fun month.  Look forward to something out of the ordinary just about every week.  Check the upcoming events to stay on top of what is happening and when.  As always, please ask any questions you might have.

This week we will be doing a little more construction as we sing a song about building a house.  We will also be talking about the different types of construction jobs, acting out some of those jobs in a great game of charades, and we will be listening close to sounds at the beginning and ending of words.  Starting this week, we will be finding words to describe our day as we end our morning at closing circle.  We will choose a particular letter and find words that begin with that letter.  We'll also continue making graphs each day! 

Our worship time will be about the Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep.  We will continue with Psalm 23 and add John 10 into the mix!  If you have a moment, you could read those passages to yourself and read them with your child.  See what they have to say about it and if they have any questions about it.  In preschool we like to wonder about our Bible stories.  We wonder how many sheep fit into the sheepfold and we wonder if the shepherd has names for all the sheep.  We wonder how the sheep feel when they see the good shepherd and how they feel when they are in the sheepfold.  The children are also enjoying time in their prayer journals.  What a wonderful way for children to pray through their artwork!

I am sending home background check forms for all parents who are volunteering in the classroom.  Please return these forms ASAP! 

Please watch for sign up sheets in the next week.  We will have a sign up for parents who would like to volunteer to come on our field trip to Ferdinand's.  We also will have a sign up for items to be donated for our Pumpkin Party on the morning of October 31. 

Picture Day is Wednesday October 12.  The all preschool group picture will be taken at 9:15am, so please be here by 9:15.  The T/Th families will have individual pictures taken first followed by the M/W/F group.  T/Th parents will need to stay with their children as the teachers will be busy with the normal preschool day with the M/W/F group.  I hope that make sense!  Siblings are welcome to have their pictures taken too!  Please let me know if you plan on siblings pictures so I can let the photographer know.  If you know of any other families who would be interested in having pictures taken, we have time slots available after 11:30am.  Please have them contact me for a time slot.  Envelopes and flyers will be in your mailbox.  Envelopes may be returned on or before picture day.  Please let me know if you have any questions. :)

UPCOMING EVENTS...
10/7  No Preschool
10/12  Picture Day
10/20  Ferdinand's Field Trip 10am
10/26  Ferdinand's Field Trip 10am
10/27  SHARE Day
10/28  SHARE Day
10/31  Pumpkin Party 10:30am