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Monday, December 31, 2012

Welcome to 2013!!!


Welcome to 2013!  It’s sure to be a fabulous year together in preschool!

This week is short, and we will use it to get reacquainted with the preschool routine.  We will also be having fun with the story “The Mitten” by  Jan Brett.  Watch for all thing mitten!  We’ll be lacing mittens, painting on huge mittens, sorting, working with left and right, sequencing and more.  I'm excited!

Worship this week will focus on being thankful and grateful.  With so much abundance at Christmas time, sometimes it is easy to forget to be thankful.

Enrollment for next fall is open!  You have a 2013 intention form in your box.  Please fill it out and return ASAP.  Spots are given first come, first served. Priority enrollment is open to church members and siblings already enrolled.  February 1, enrollment opens to siblings of those already enrolled.  Open enrollment to those on the waiting list begins March 1. 

Check out the Upcoming Events Calendar to see what fun things are coming up.

I pray you all had a wonderful break.  I’m looking forward to stories from your children!

Upcoming Events
January 7        Pajama Day!!!
January 8        Pajama Day!!!
January 10      SHARE Day
January 11      SHARE Day
January 21      No Preschool
February 22    Annual Art Show and Silent Auction

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Our last two days of preschool in 2012 will be used to celebrate the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  We'll celebrate in good preschool fashion with cake and ice cream, games, a scavenger hunt and lots of fun.  I look forward to spending these last two days with your children!  Parents and other family are invited to join us at 10:45am to take part in the festivities!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Saint Lucia

We had a fabulous presentation on Christmas in Sweden as well as the Festival of Saint Lucia.  The children took part in the celebration and we even had yummy Swedish snacks!  Thanks to Miss Marsha for telling us about Saint Lucia!

We also enjoyed art with Miss Holly today.  We made some fabulous Christmas trees by painting with forks!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Light of the World

Addy reminded us today that candles at Christmas time remind us the Jesus in the light of the world, the light that came into the darkness!

Chapel was a special time today as each preschooler had a character from the Nativity story and placed their character at the stable when it was time.  We sang beautiful Christmas songs together and sang as each candle on the advent wreath was lit.

Charlie Brown Christmas music was in the background for centers time and large motor time, and the preschoolers couldn't have been happier!  Charlie Brown and Snoopy are well loved in this group of kiddos!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dance Party!

What a busy day!  We finished up wrapping some special surprise Christmas gifts for parents that aren't suppose to opened until Christmas!  We did some fabulous beading, hands on play with some delicate nativity sets and made Nativity Memory sets to take home.

Since it was too yucky to play outside, we had a dance party!  Your kids have some amazing moves... might have to take a video of our next dance party!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Coming Up This Week...


We are looking forward to another week of Christmas celebrations from around the world!  We’ll also be beading, making Nativity number cards, working in our Handwriting books, reading some great Christmas books, and keeping the birth of Jesus at the forefront of our hearts during this time of Advent!

In our worship time, we will be following our advent devotional calendar.  I hope you have had the opportunity to use these at home.  They are wonderful!

Next week on Monday and Tuesday we will have our Happy Birthday parties for Jesus!  Parents and family are welcome to join us at 10:45am to celebrate with us.  It’s sure to be a great time.
Reminder that Christmas Break starts on December 19!  Can you believe the time has gone by so quickly? 

May this time of Advent focus your hear on the reason we celebrate, JESUS!

Our Snack Cupboard is getting bare!  We could use crackers, granola bars, dried fruit, pretzels, etc.  We no longer have a peanut allergy in the classroom, but we do have a dairy allergy.  Thanks!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nativity Sets

We mad our nativity sets today!  We used the three wood blocks that we made during woodworking and added figures  of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus to make our own play nativity sets!  Thanks to Miss Holly for being such  a great Art teacher and helping us.  Thanks to Grandpa Ken for being such a great woodworking teacher too!

We enjoyed SHARE day as always.  It is so much fun to hear the children talk about their special items from home!

Enjoy the coming snow!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pinata!

Today was a wonderfully full day!  We learned about Christmas in Mexico, and thanks to one of our wonderful families in preschool, we had a pinata to break!  We went around 3 times to each child, and it still held strong.  Mrs. Krantz took a turn, Mrs. Barrington to a turn, Pastor Dudley took a turn, a special Grandma took a turn and finally Miss Karen, our secretary, broke the pinata!  The preschooler began to chant her name... she will forever be remembered as the woman who made the candy fall!

We also made jingle bell bracelets, finished woodworking, decorate Christmas cookies and just had an all around great morning!

SHARE Day is tomorrow and Friday!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pictures of December

 
 
 
 
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Shoes By The Tree

We put our shoes by the Christmas tree today in an effort to celebrate Saint Nicholas as they do in the Netherlands.  Each child found some fun surprises in their shoes after worship time!  They were all very excited.  We are enjoying learning about some of the Christmas traditions and customs around the world.

We did some woodworking today to get the blocks of wood ready for our upcoming art project.  We will be making a block nativity set with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus!

SHARE Day is on Thursday!  

Monday, December 3, 2012

Advent Candles

We were busy today with the start of a fun woodworking/art project, working on surprise projects that will end up under your Christmas trees, decorating paper trees to dazzle up our classroom, becoming Cheetahs visiting baby Jesus in the manger, playing hopscotch and more.  It was great!

In worship we used our advent calendar, lit our advent wreath and sang an advent candle song.  Ask your preschooler if they remember the song about the candles!

SHARE Day is Thursday and Friday this week!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Coming Up This Week...


Welcome December!  It seems somewhat impossible to be in the last month of 2012, but time flies when you’re having fun!  This week we will continue to hear about Christmas celebrations around the world from our dear friend Addy, the Advent angel.  We will do activities and crafts in the classroom that are similar to how the “country of the day” celebrates.  We will also be making our own block nativity sets.  This will be a project that will take a few days and the help of our Woodworking teacher and Art teacher. 

In our worship time, we will be following our advent devotional calendar.  One was sent home with each family, so you can do this at home too!  It is a neat way to reinforce what they are learning about in preschool and focus on the true meaning of Christmas!  We are singing some wonderful Christmas songs too.   I hope your kids have been singing them at home!

MANY thanks to all who brought items for our food drive and for those parents who came along on our Dissmore’s field trip.  

SHARE Day is this Thursday and Friday.  Mark the calendar!

Important Information

Please bring snow clothes for your children to have fun outside!  Boots, snowpants, hats and gloves are great!

Our Snack Cupboard is getting bare!  We could use crackers, granola bars, dried fruit, pretzels, etc.  We no longer have a peanut allergy in the classroom, but we do have a dairy allergy.  Thanks!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent Craft Day

I forgot to let you all know that Concordia Lutheran church will be having a Family Advent Craft Day tomorrow, December 1 starting at 3:30 at the church.  Dinner will be provided, grilled cheese sandwiches and soup!  Everyone is welcome.  I hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cookies!

Today we made Christmas cookies and decorated them... and of course ate some at snack time.  We ALL enjoyed it!  We also charted out the food collected from the food drive.

Addy told us about a Christmas tradition is Greece.  Fresh basil is tied to a cross, dipped in water and used to sprinkle the water all around the house.  So, we made crosses with basil tied to them.  I thought it smelled delicious, but a few preschoolers did not agree!

Book orders are due tomorrow.  You can order online, or drop an order by tomorrow morning if you prefer.  There were some great books and great deals this month.  All the books will be back before Christmas Break.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Paper Chains

Today we heard about Christmas in China.  They celebrate with a tree of light, paper chains and paper flowers.  So today, we made paper chains.  We also decorated our tree of light with ornaments numbered 1-10.  We put them up in order!  We also made sparkly ornaments, tissue paper flowers, worked with the letters N and W and of course created the Bethlehem stable scene!

We made our big graph out of all the food we collected from the food drive.  We sorted the food into categories and the preschoolers put each item in it's proper spot.  It was great fun.  We counted 80 items!  Great job!!!

Our field trip is Friday.  I still need a few permission forms from some of you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Advent

Advent is all about waiting for Jesus, and Addy told us all about celebrating advent!  The preschoolers love our advent angel and today she told us about celebrating Christmas in the Chezch Republic.  On Christmas, they put a fish scale under their dinner plate for good luck!  During centers we made fish and covered them with scales!

We saw alot of gift delivering in big trucks today in the building centers.  Tractors, dump trucks and any other vehicle that could haul a load were full of drums, presents, jingle bells and other Christmas stuff.  We made cards, did paper punching and enjoyed becoming the nativity story in Dramatic Play!

Our worship time introduced the Advent Wreath and we read about Jesus being the Light of the World.  We lit one candle on the wreath, the candle of HOPE.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Luminaries

We have begun our Advent Adventure (a little early) with the flying in of Addy our Advent Angel.  Each night she flies somewhere in the world to discover how children celebrate Christmas differently in different places.  Today we heard about Argentina.  Your preschooler will be happy to tell you all about Addy!

We made luminaries during centers time, complete with a battery operated tea light.  We also enjoyed playing out the nativity story with a stable and manger in our Dramatic Play area.  There is so much fun nativity learning in our classroom!

We began our advent calendar during worship time... the same calendar will come home for you to use in your home if you so choose.

Make sure to turn in your permission slips for the Friday field trip!  If you can drive, please let me know!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Coming Up...


We are entering my FAVORITE time of the year to teach preschool!  I ADORE teaching during Advent and seeing the wonderment of Christmas through the eyes of your children.  It is wonderful!

This week the children will meet Addy, the advent angel.  Each day she will tell us of her journey somewhere around the world and share how children there celebrate Christmas.  Many of our projects during centers time will reflect the celebrations of that country.  We will also have the manger scene set up in dramatic play with all of the costumes.  Tiny nativity scenes will be found throughout the room for the children to play with and engage in the holy story of Christ’s birth. 

We will be finishing up our food drive this week and making a HUGE graph with all our collected items. 

Our Friday class will be heading to Dissmores for a field trip of Friday.  Please turn in your permission slips and left me know if you can help drive. 

With snowy weather upon us, I want to remind you that if the Pullman School District is delayed or cancelled, preschool will be cancelled for the day.  I will post any cancellation on our blog by 7am.  If you want a phone call, please let me know and I will add you to my call list.

May our Lord give you much peace and joy this week!


Friday, November 16, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

I pray that you all have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!  See you after break!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

WINCO Day!

Many, many thanks to all the adult volunteers who helped out on our field trip to Winco.  Also, a huge thanks to the manager of Winco, Eric, who was the best tour guide we could have asked for.  The kids and adults thought he was great!  The staff was courteous and friendly and made us feel very welcome!

We had so much fun having our snack in the break room and spending our dollar bills on items for our food drive.  Thanks for a great morning!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paddy Bear

Another fantastic turkey day is under our belts!  We enjoyed making headbands, puppets, doing the turkey stretch and singing a song about a silly turkey!

The preschoolers also made their very own hospital for our very own Paddy Bear.  She has an injury and many Doctors were taking care of her.  Pictures were drawn to show what was going on inside our Paddy.  Blood was taken to be tested, and the Doctors worked together to find out what the best treatment for our precious bear would be.

We headed upstairs for Chapel with Pastor Dudley.  We heard about the 10 lepers who Jesus healed and only one came back to thank Him.  We said a prayer for everyone who will be traveling this next week too!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Turkeys!

It was a turkey sort of day in the classroom this morning!  We made turkey headbands, turkey puppets, played a turkey stretch game, played Turkey Trot number game, had a turkey puppet show and sang a song about a turkey names Albuquerque.  It was a great day!

For worship time, we sang a few songs, including one that is a verse from Scripture that will now be hidden in our hearts!  We made leaves that told what we would like to thank God for and added them to our Thanksgiving tree.

Our field trip to Winco is on Thursday!  We are looking forward to this super fun trip!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Coming Up...


Thanksgiving is what our week will be about!  We will be hearing the story of the very first Thanksgiving, working with the items collected from our food drive (counting, sorting, classifying…), becoming little turkeys and being thankful.    It’s sure to be a fun filled and exciting week!

Our Tuesday/Thursday class will be taking their field trip to Winco on Thursday.  Please make sure your permission slip form is in.  If a parent is coming (and siblings) please sign up on the parent sign- up sheet under the sign-in book.  Please let me know how many extra car seats can fit in your vehicle.

We are still collecting items for our food drive. At the end of the month we will be making a HUGE floor graph with the food and hygiene items we have collected.  Please donate as you are able. 

With snowy weather upon us, I want to remind you that if the Pullman School District is delayed or cancelled, preschool will be cancelled for the day.  I will post any cancellation on our blog by 7am.  If you want a phone call, please let me know and I will add you to my call list.

We are thankful for the preschool children and the wonderful families they have!

Important Information

Please bring snow clothes for your children to have fun outside!  Boots, snowpants, hats and gloves are great!

During the month of November, we will be having a food drive.  All donated items will be given to the local food bank.  


Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Great Thursday

We just had an all around great day!  We enjoyed one of my favorite books... it didn't have anything to do with leaves, but I just wanted to read it to the kids today.  It was "The Bat Jamboree" by Kathy Applet.  The kids liked it too!

We finished up our Leaf Books today and sent them home.  I hope you are able to take a look at it with your preschooler and have them tell you about it.  They especially likes the water and pennies today.

We spent some time outside before the temp. dropped to super cold!  We finished the day making leaf imprints in clay with Ms Holly.

Just a reminder that if Pullman School District has a delay or school cancellation due to inclement weather, preschool will be cancelled for the day.  I will post any cancellation on this blog by 7am.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

School Cancellation Due to Weather Reminder

With the chance of snow upon us, I just want to remind everyone of our policy.  If the Pullman School District has a late start or cancellation due to inclement weather, preschool will be cancelled for that day.  Any preschool cancellation will be posted on this blog before 7am.  If you prefer a phone call, you must request a phone call with Mrs. Krantz.  Thanks!

Leaf Observations

Today we looked at 5 different types of leaves and made many observations.  We made guesses as to why they all looked different, but were all leaves.  We discovered that they came from different trees!  It was fun to hear all the ideas as we worked to find our answer.

Our Food Drive has begun, so if you are willing and able, please contribute to our efforts!  The drop off basket is at the entrance to our classroom.

REMINDER... NO PRESCHOOL ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12.  Take a moment to remember our Veterans!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Leaf Rubbings

Today we enjoyed taking a close look at leaves and then making leaf rubbings.  It was so fun to see how the leaf showed up on the paper.  The kids had lots of words to describe what they saw.  Some thought the rubbing looked like a picture of s tree, some said it was like a shadow.  Good observations preschoolers!

We are just about done with our leaf books.  The preschoolers are very anxious to bring them home and share with you!  They are taking great pride in their work.

We made a list of things we were thankful for during our worship time.  Many were thankful for Pastor Dudley handing out his candy!

We enjoyed playing in loads of leaves to end our day.  SO MUCH FUN!!!

Upcoming Field Trips...
T/Th Group - Winco on November 15
M/W/F Group - Dissmores on November 30


Monday, November 5, 2012

T/TH Group Field Trip


FIELD TRIP 
November 15 (T/TH Group)
Winco in Moscow
We will tour the store and all the departments.  At the end, each preschooler will be given $1 to purchase a food item for our food drive.  They will get to go through the line, purchase their item, and put it in our donation basket at the preschool!  We need parent volunteers and drivers.  I'll have a sign up sheet at the preschool and permission slips will be going home to be signed and returned!

LEAVES!!!

The highlight of our day was certainly playing is the massive amount of leaves in Pastor Dudley's front yard.  The preschoolers had so much fun.  Giggles were continuous!  It was a beautiful November morning, perfect  for making piles of leaves, throwing leaves, chasing friends and laughing, laughing, laughing!

We also made leaf rubbings, made our own stamps in woodworking, worked with inch cubes, made a list of things we are thankful for during our worship time, and learned a song about a little robin.

Be watching for more information regarding next weeks field trips.  We will need parent volunteers and drivers.  I should have it all ironed out tomorrow morning!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Coming Up This Week...


I’d like to start by giving many thanks to all those who signed up and brought items for the Pumpkin Party.  I hope everyone that came had a good time!  I think the preschoolers had a lot of fun and I know our congregational volunteers did too!

This week we will be finishing up our leaf books, making leaf rubbings, looking for differences in leaves from different types of trees, and if weather permits, we will be having some major fun playing outside in deep leaves!  We will continue work in our Handwriting Books, and continue to work on Capital Letter Identification.  This week we will be looking closely at the letters L and F. 

The next two weeks we will be focusing on having a thankful heart as part of our Worship time together.  We will be memorizing some simple Scripture passages, hearing about thankful people in the Bible and making lists of what we are thankful for. 

This month we will also be looking at ways to serve those around us.  One tangible way we will be doing this is through our Food Drive.  We will be collecting non-perishable food items and health items (soap, toothpaste…) that will be donated to the local food bank.   We will start collecting right away!  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanking God for your children today and everyday!
Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. Barrington

Important Information
Please have a hat and gloves or mittens available for your child each day.  You can leave some in their cubby if you would like!

During the month of November, we will be having a food drive.  All donated items will be given to the local food bank. 

Next week each class will be taking a field trip to a local bakery.  I will give you the exact times and dates as soon as I have all the information!  


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Leaves

We started some leaf learning today.  Each child will eventually end up with his or her own leaf book!  Each child picks a leaf and it becomes theirs.  They get to draw a picture of their leaf, measure it, time how long it takes for it to fall to the ground and a few other things.  They will have some pretty great books when they are finished!  We also made number posters with leaf stickers, matching the number with the correct amount.

We enjoyed Art with Miss Holly today.  We mixed paints to create the color orange.  Ask your preschooler what two colors we used!

Have a fantastic first day of November!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Some of Our Amazing Volunteers!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pumpkin Party Day!

What a great morning!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did at the Pumpkin Party.  We had 17 volunteers from the congregation running our booths and providing wholesome fun for our preschoolers.  Thanks to all those who donated items for the party!  Pictures will be emailed out in the next week or so... it might take me a little bit to get on that task!

Thanks again and have a happy and safe evening tonight!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Growing Together!

Woodworking was a highlight of our morning, along with play dough, shaving cream exploration in the sensory table, card making and number matching.  We also had some fun with trains, castles and ponies.  It is fun to see how the children are growing and learning to use their words to resolve conflicts and play together cooperatively.  This is a huge goal in preschool!

Our Pumpkin Party is tomorrow from 10:30-11:30am.  Appropriate costumes are welcome.  The kids and these teachers are super excited. It's sure to be a great time!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Making Cards

I was so proud of the preschoolers this morning!  They took great care to make special cards for Ms. Holly. It was a wonderful moment to watch all 12 preschoolers making their card for her as we prayed for her during her time of loss.

We were a group with lots of energy today!  We got our hands into some fun shaving cream, put on our safety goggles and did some woodworking, matched numerals with the correct amount of pumpkins and had some great imaginative play.

Our worship time included the Pumpkin Prayer.  Prayer cards came home today.  Make sure to ask your preschooler about them.  They are pretty neat!

The PUMPKIN PARTY is Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30!  We are very excited. Family is welcome as are appropriate costumes.  Please email me or call if you have any questions!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Coming Up This Week...


Get ready for some wonderful fun this week!  We will be having our annual Pumpkin Party on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am.  This is for all of our preschoolers and their families!  The T/Th kids can show up at 10:30 with an adult to enjoy the festivities.  There will be lots of carnival booths, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating and fun prizes.  Appropriate costumes are welcome.  Please, no masks or spooky costumes. 

This week we will be making special cards for our Art teacher, Ms. Holly.  Her father died last week so we will be letting her know she is in our thoughts and prayers.  We will also start learning about leaves!  We will begin a Leaf Book that each preschooler will have as we learn about leaves.  There are some fun activities that involve art, math and reading.  I look forward to your children sharing their books with you.  We will also continue to match numerals with the correct number of objects and work on letter identification. 

During our Worship time we will be using a fun Pumpkin Prayer tool.  It will be coming home so you can share in the Pumpkin Prayer too.

Blessings on your week!

Important Information

The weather is changing!  Please make sure that your child’s extra clothing in his/her cubby is weather appropriate.

Please have a hat and gloves or mittens available for your child each day.  You can leave some in their cubby if you would like!

During the month of November, we will be having a food drive.  All donated items will be given to the local food bank.  More info. To come.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Parking Problems

I want to apologize for all of the parking issues lately.  I also want to let you know that we are taking some steps to improve the situation.  Next week citations will be issued and cars will be towed if they are in violation.  Thank you for your patience as we get this taken care of.  I know it is frustrating.

We Love Pastor Dudley!

We had a fabulous breakfast with pastor Dudley this morning!  We enjoyed sausage, muffins, cinnamon rolls, apple juice, strawberries and grapes.  The adults also enjoyed some yummy coffee.  It was a wonderful morning appreciating Pastor Dudley.  Many of the preschoolers declared, "This is the best breakfast ever!"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Muffins

Today we were busy making delicious pumpkin muffins with Grandma Karen and getting the finishing touches taken care of for Pastor Dudley's special gift.

During out worship time, we made tents to remind us of Sarah and Abraham and the promise God made to them.  We thanked God for His promises and that we can always trust in Him and His Word!

We played outside today... and got a little bit dirty!  Please start sending hats and gloves for your preschooler.  We like to keep those fingers and ears nice and warm.

SHARE DAY and BREAKFAST WITH DUDLEY are on Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Gift

Today we worked on our gift to Pastor Dudley to honor him during Pastor Appreciation Month.  We are making a calendar for him!  Each month has the picture of all the preschoolers hugging Pastor that Janet took on picture day.  We are adding paintings to each day and quotes from the preschoolers about what they like most about Pastor Dudley.

We enjoyed woodworking today.  The preschoolers learned about the hammer and did a bit of nailing.  We also made Pumpkin headbands, we explored the inside of a pumpkin, we built a train track, engineered marbleworks and made some beautiful art on the whiteboards.

Since it was raining, we stayed inside and played with our parachute.  We made popcorn, did some fun dances and had a lot of fun with it!  The parachute got the most amount of votes for our chart today.

Thursday and Friday we will be hosting a special breakfast for Pastor Dudley.  The preschoolers will be serving him as well as eating with him!  It should be a lot of fun and I know the preschoolers are excited about it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Goop

We explored our inner pumpkin today!  We took a close look at the seeds, the flesh and stringy stuff inside a pumpkin.  We discovered which part is used for eating and making yummy things like pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pie!

During centers we finger painted orange letter "P", played in pumpkin goop, made pumpkin headbands, had fun with our royal dress up clothes and played with very popular marbleworks set.

At worship, we listened to the story of Isaac's birth and the promise God made to Abraham and Sarah.  We learned that God keeps His promises and we can trust what His Word says.

We spent some chilly time outside!  Please be sure to send appropriate outdoor clothing as we will try to go outside each day.  If it is raining we will stay inside.

Our Mom's Bible Study is tonight at 8pm.  We have a marvelous group of ladies and all are welcome to join us!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Coming Up!!!


This week we will be digging into pumpkins!  Last week we didn’t get to opening up a pumpkin, so that’s where we will start this week.  Lots of goop, string and seeds!  We are going to start some work in our Handwriting notebooks as well as matching numbers with their correct number of items and learning the Hokie Pokie! 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month and we will be appreciating Pastor Dudley this week.  On Thursday and Friday will have a small brunch with him.  If you would like to help provide a food item, please let me know.  We have a special gift in the making, but it isn’t quite ready yet.
During our Worship time, we will be hearing about the birth story of Isaac and how we can trust God.  Chapel is on Thursday.

SHARE DAY is Thursday and Friday this week!

Our Pumpkin Party will be on October 31 from 10:30-11:30am.  ALL PRESCHOOLERS are invited.  Parents/Family are encouraged to attend.  It’s a lot of fun carnival booths!  Appropriate costumes are welcome.  Watch for more information to come.  A sign up sheet is out for items to be donated.  Thanks!

Blessings on your week.


Important Information

The weather is changing!  Please make sure that your child’s extra clothing in his/her cubby is weather appropriate.  Please send a jacket each day too.

The Pumpkin Party Sign-Up for items to be donated is out.  If you would like to donate, please sign up for an item.  Thanks!

SHARE DAY IS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins

We made delicious pumpkin muffins to day at Cooking with Grandma Karen.  Each preschooler got to add an ingredient and put some batter into a muffin cup.  Then, or course, we ate them at snack time!  Yummy.

We also worked on Pumpkin Lifecycle Books, created chalk drawings, sorted fall gourds, and engineered marbleworks.

Prayer Journals were a big part of our worship time together and we enjoyed the fall weather outside.  It was good fun to rake lots of the pine needles that fell during our big wind storm.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Pumpkin Fun

Today we learned a bit more about the life cycle of a pumpkin.  We enjoyed an interactive poster and creating our own pumpkin books.  If your child didn't make one today, they will have the opportunity again if they choose!

During centers we got those fine motor muscles working while drawing on pumpkin papers and using scissors.  We also enjoyed amazing marbleworks structures, dinosaur habitats, and other fun building activities.

Pastor Dudley was with us for Chapel today.  We learned about Jesus making our hearts clean!  Ask your preschooler what he used to show us this.

Enjoy this beautiful fall day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkins and Building

This morning was full of pumpkins and all kinds of fantastic building.  We learned a bit about how a pumpkin grows and we sang a silly pumpkin vine song.  During centers we had numerous marbleworks towers up and running, and elaborate train track set up with several trains working and checking the weather and hauling big loads.  We also drew some pumpkins and did a bit of woodworking.

We had chapel with Pastor Dudley today and we learned about having a clean heart.  We know that Jesus is the only one who can give us a clean heart!

We played outside in the wind and just a little bit of rain... the kids thought the rain was fabulous!


Monday, October 15, 2012

How a Pumpkin Grows

Today we learned about how a pumpkin grows.  We read a book that showed us just how a pumpkins changes from a seed to a ripe, round, orange pumpkin.  We also took a close look at pumpkin seeds.

During Centers time we painted paper bag pumpkins, enjoyed woodworking, sorted fall gourds, played pumpkin memory, put pumpkins in order from largest to smallest and built amazing marbleworks structures.

In our worship time, we worked in our prayer journals and sang songs together.

We enjoyed some time outside in the cool, damp fall air.  It felt nice to be in the cool air, and it smelled sooooo good!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Coming Up...


We are all about Pumpkins this week!  Your children will be learning about the lifecycle of the pumpkin, creating pumpkin art, digging into a real pumpkin, exploring their senses with pumpkins, finding words to describe the look of certain pumpkins and more.  We will also be learning more with size comparisons and position words in math.  We will be sorting, comparing and describing in  many different activities. 

Each class will have chapel with Pastor Dudley this week because he had to be gone last week on our scheduled chapel day.  We will also be having time in our prayer journals.

Pictures are in!  I’ll be handing them out to parents.

Our Mom’s Bible Study meets on Monday’s at 8pm here at the church.  All are welcome!

Mrs. Barrington will be gone Tuesday-Friday this week.  Mrs. Eld will be filling in for most of the time and a few volunteers will be helping out too. 

Our Pumpkin Party will be on October 31 from 10:30-11:30am.  ALL PRESCHOOLERS are invited.  Parents/Family are encouraged to attend.  It’s a lot of fun carnival booths!  Appropriate costumes are welcome.  Watch for more information to come.  A sign up sheet is out for items to be donated.  Thanks!

Blessings on your week!

Important Information

The weather is changing!  Please make sure that your child’s extra clothing in his/her cubby is weather appropriate.  Please send a jacket each day too.

The Pumpkin Party Sign-Up for items to be donated is out.  If you would like to donate, please sign up for an item.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Apple Tree Song

The Apple Tree Song was our most voted for activity of the day!  It is a silly song that really is a lot of fun.  We also did apple printing at Art with Miss Holly.

We built Mat Man together at opening circle and tried our hand at drawing Mat Man.  The drawings were great!  We did some woodworking with Ken, made wooden sculptures again (a favorite), worked on a group banner, and sorted and compared leaves in the sensory table.

School pictures should be back early next week!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Opposites

Mat Man helped us out with opposites today.  Maybe your preschooler can tell you some opposites!  We enjoyed making applesauce with Grandma Karen, playing a game that matched rhyming words, creating wooden sculptures, reading wonderful books, and making apple art.

At closing circle we sang an apple tree songs and each person got to choose what kind of fruit was growing on the apple tree... it certainly was one silly apple tree!


Monday, October 8, 2012

A Great Beginning to the Week!

What a great morning!  We worked together to build Mat Man and then during centers time, many of the children built him all one their own.  Some worked in teams to build Mat Man.  They were giggling and enjoying the work they were doing.  My kind of morning!

We enjoyed observing capillary action with colors of apples, coffee, water and pipettes.  We learned about balance and design as we used wood scraps to make unique sculptures.  Things were humming in the classroom and it was a perfect sound!

During worship we heard about Abraham obeying the Lord and moving from his home to a brand new place.  We heard about God's amazing promise to Abraham and we learned about obeying the Lord.  We had a great time brainstorming just how we could obey God.  Ask your preschooler about it.

PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW.  OUR GROUP PICTURE IS AT 9:15AM SHARP!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Coming Up This Week


This week we will be learning more about Mat Man and even drawing him.  As we do this, we learn more about parts of our body, shapes, our handwriting strokes and colors.  We love multitasking!  We will also be doing some line and color counting, number identification and sorting.  We’ll be having fun with rhyming this week too.  We will observe capillary action in one of our apple art projects too.  Watch for apple prints this week as well.

Our Bible experience is about Abraham obeying the Lord and moving away from his home.  We will hear the Bible account and play a traveling game.  Chapel is on Thursday.

PICTURE DAY IS TUESDAY.  We will meet upstairs in the sanctuary at 9:15am to have our group picture taken.  Please be on time.  We will not be able to wait as this is not any “easy” picture to take J.  3 Day kids will have individual pictures following the group picture.  2 and 5 Day kids will follow.  Please have your envelopes ready if you want to order pictures.  If the weather is good, individual photos will be taken outdoors.  Siblings and groups are welcome to have pictures taken too.

Our Mom’s Bible Study meets on Monday’s at 8pm here at the church.  All are welcome!
Upcoming Events
Oct. 8             Mom’s Bible Study 8pm
Oct. 9             School Pictures
Oct. 25          SHARE DAY
Oct. 26          SHARE DAY
Oct. 31          Pumpkin Party!

Important Information

Please make sure your child has a jacket every day.  You never know what the weather around here is going to be like!  Thanks!

PICTURE DAY IS TUESDAY OCTOBER 9.  GROUP PICTURE AT 9:15am