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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!