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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cooking Up Some Ideas

Soup was the talk of the day as we got into our restaurant unit... chicken soup, clam chowder, soup with noodles and soup with rice.  We discovered we can eat soup with spoons, sporks, forks, straws, sipping from a mug and by putting it in a bowl.  Some are more effective ways of eating soup!

Centers time included sifting through the peas in the sensory table, hammering nails with our woodworking friend, reading books, playing color identification games, creating a dinosaur palace and working on a few puzzles.

The Good Samaritan was out parable today.  We read the story and thought of a few ways we could show love to our neighbors.  We also learned another Bible memory verse.

Our large motor time was inside because of the mud.  We had a fun obstacle course, monster balancing feet, a huge tunnel and a beanbag toss to activate out large motor muscles!

You are invited to The Heart Cafe (here at the preschool) on February 13 (M,W,F) and 14 (T,TH) for breakfast with your preschooler!  This is a full meal breakfast, so come hungry!  Reservations are required by February 8.  You can make online reservations at clppullman@gmail.com or talk with Mrs. Krantz in person.  If you are unable to attend, perhaps another special person in the life of your preschooler would like to attend.  We look forward to serving you!

Monday, January 30, 2012

May I Take Your Order?

Our classroom restaurant was a hit!  It was so fun to watch the preschooler become waiters, waitresses, customers and chefs as they sorted through food, read menus and wrote down orders.  They had a great time.

We talked a lot about soup.  What kinds of food items are in soup?  How do you eat soup?  What can be used to scoop soup out of a big pot?  We acted out eating soup and told everyone what kind of soup we had in our mugs.  We also learned the song "Chicken Soup."

Worship time included learning our "D" song.  These are the lyrics... He will take great delight in you.  Zephaniah 3:17.  We also heard the parable of the Good Samaritan and learned about loving our neighbors.

Music with Miss Marsha was today too!  Always a fun time.

On February 13th and 14th we will be having a wonderful family event for preschool.  Let us serve you at the Heart Cafe!  You are invited to escort your preschooler to breakfast from 9-10am (preschool following until 11:30) and celebrate Valentine's Day!  If you are unable to attend, perhaps another special person in your child's life would like to come.  Please make you reservations with the number of your party by February 8.  As always, please ask Mrs. Krantz any questions you might have!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Restaurant!


We are starting a new learning unit this week!  RESTAURANT!  I am really looking forward to all of the fun learning that will be happening.  We will also continue to observe and document our paperwhites.  This week we will be learning a fun song, “Chicken Soup.”  We will be making soup collages, spooning out alphabet soup, making chef hats, taking orders from menus, playing with peas in the sensory table, creating ABC placemats, coloring on tablecloths and much more.   SHARE Day is Thursday and Friday this week, so make sure to mark your calendar.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we will be hearing about love during our worship time.  Our first parable will be the Good Samaritan as we learn about loving our neighbors. 

We are also gearing up for our Art Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held on February 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Invite your family and friends!  We need regular frames and paper frames that you no longer need.  We are also collecting items for our Silent Auction!  All monies raised from this event go directly to the preschool.  In the near future we will have sign-up sheets for specific volunteer help that we will need in order to make this event a HUGE success. 

We will be exchanging Valentine’s on the 13th and 14th.  We won’t be having a specific party, as we will celebrate God’s love all morning long in a few different and fun ways!  Class lists will go home next week.

Important Information
Have a few extra minute here and there?  We need help framing all of the wonderful preschool artwork for the art show.  I have a room upstairs dedicated for this purpose!  So, Frame away!

Mark February 24 on your calendar for our Art Show and Silent Auction!

Have extra menus at home?  We could use them at preschool… but you probably won’t get them back!  Bring them in anytime!

Friday, January 27, 2012

WOW!

While the paperwhite bulbs planted by the M,W,F group are not quite as tall as the other paperwhites, they have grown quite a bit!  7 more inches to be exact!  WOW!  We were sure to add a drawing to our journals.

Centers time was full of lots of reading, building roads, painting paperwhite and snowstorm pictures, making cards and a little bit of kitty play!

Worship time reminded us about the parable of the Good Shepherd.  We also sang the three new songs and Bible verses we have been learning.  Next week will being a few more songs!

Art with Miss Holly was brown clay and making pots.  These pots will dry and become part of our art show.  After the art show, they will go home to be part of your art collection.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Another Great Day

It was another great day at preschool.  It was fun to discover that our paperwhites had grown another 2 inches!  I think they are done growing in height, but we'll see!

We painted with poofy paints, shaving cream and white glue mixed together.  When it dries, it feels really neat.  We also used clothes pins to sort puff balls, we could not touch the puff balls with our bare hands, we had to use the clothes pins!

We also celebrated a 1/2 Birthday today!  If you preschooler has a summer birthday, you are welcome to bring treats for the 1/2 birthday.  Don't worry about it being exactly 1/2.  We like to celebrate the life of your child anytime!  Let me know if you want to schedule a day to do this!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

They are Blooming!!!

Yes, the preschoolers came into the classroom today to blooming paperwhites!  What JOY!  Each preschooler took a turn smelling the blossoms and we made a tally chart of those who thought they smelled good and of those who thought they smelled bad.  The good won!  It will be wonderful to watch more blooms emerge over the nest few days.

Today was cooking with Grandma Karen and we made apple muffins.  Each preschooler helped measure part of the ingredients and then the put "snow" on top of their very own muffin using powdered sugar and a sifter.  They topped it off with a cute snowflake toothpick.  Our feast time was delicious.

Chapel time with Pastor Dudley was wonderful as we were able to sing for him and teach him our three new Bible verse songs.  He also talked about saying thank you to God for each new day!

With the outside being extra icy we stayed inside with our balancing river stones, tunnels, pop up houses, monster feet, basketball hoop and beanbag toss.  We had a great time!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tall Paperwhites

Well, the T/Th group's paperwhites have literally grown off the chart!  Our chart went up to 20 inches, and today we measure them at 21 inches!  Delight all around!  We added new drawings to our science journals too.

Woodworking was today and the kids learned how to sand rough edges smooth and how to round corners.  We also made paper snowmen, melted big ice chunks with salt and warm colored water, played trains, dinosaurs and creative beading!

Worship time introduced a new song, "We Shall be Changed" 2 Corinthians 3:18.  The words are... We shall be change into His likeness, 2 Corinthians 3:18.  These songs have made scripture memorization easy and fun for the preschoolers.  Fantastic!

We had indoor recess with tunnels, balancing river stones, pop up houses, jumping hoops and a few other things.  It was great fun!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Back After the Snow!

I’m ready to get back to preschool!  I hope your kids are too!  The crazy storm brought some wonderful opportunities to enjoy creation with your family.  I hope you were able to grab some of those memory making moments!  This week we will be observing to see how snow and ice melt.  We will investigate to see how it might melt faster and slower.  We will also be making observations with our Paperwhites.  While we missed the week of extreme growth, the children will be amazed to see how they grew while we were off due to the snow.

Worship time will involve working with the stories we have heard and seen so far.  The preschoolers get to take the pieces of the stories and retell the story on their own.  Hands on work with the Bible story is always a wonderful and amazing process to watch!
As time permits, I will be doing a few assessments with the preschoolers and we will do some more focused handwriting work.
We are also gearing up for our Art Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held on February 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Invite your family and friends!  We need regular frames and paper frames that you no longer need.  We are also collecting items for our Silent Auction!  All monies raised from this event go directly to the preschool!  In the near future we will have sign-up sheets for specific volunteer help that we will need in order to make this event a HUGE success. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

No Preschool - Friday January 20

Due to weather and road condition, preschool will be cancelled today Friday, January 20.  Many prayers for a safe and fun weekend!  See you all next week.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

No Preschool - Thursday January 19

Due to weather and road conditions, preschool will be cancelled on Thursday January 19th.  Be safe!

No Preschool Today

Due to weather and road conditions, preschool will be cancelled today (Wednesday January 18).  Be safe and enjoy the snow!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snow!

Well, we played in the snow!  It was fabulous.  We came inside, had hot chocolate with our snack. wrote down snow observations and drew the paperwhites in our science journals!  They paperwhites have really grown!
It was a fun, snowy day!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Coming Up...

I’ll be honest.  I’m not 100% sure what this week will look like!  Yes, I have lesson plans, but if the snow cooperates, I will scratch my plans and go with the opportunities God give us with the snow!  So, BRING SNOW CLOTHES FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!!  Either way, we will be making snow observations, working with more crystals, looking at attributes of a snowflake and checking out the growth of our paperwhites!  I think the kids will be excited at what they see.
Worship time will involve working with the stories we have heard and seen so far.  The preschoolers get to take the pieces of the stories and retell the story on their own.  Hands on work with the Bible story is always a wonderful and amazing process to watch!
As time permits, I will be doing a few assessments with the preschoolers and we will do some more focused handwriting work.
We are also gearing up for our Art Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held on February 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Invite your family and friends!  We need regular frames and paper frames that you no longer need.  We are also collecting items for our Silent Auction!  All monies raised from this event go directly to the preschool!  In the near future we will have sign-up sheets for specific volunteer help that we will need in order to make this event a HUGE success. 
REMINDER...  If Pullman School District is either closed for the day or has a late start, preschool will be cancelled.  I will post any cancellation on the blog by 7am.  If you would like a phone call to notify you about the cancellation, you must put in a request with Mrs. Krantz either in person or by email. 
Important Information
BRING SNOW CLOTHES THIS WEEK!!!
Mark February 24 on your calendar for our Art Show and Silent Auction!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pajama Day!

Pajama Day was a huge hit!  The preschoolers loved wearing their PJ's and slippers at school... the teachers didn't mind either!

We watched sheet crystals form today and measured our paperwhites.  They are 4 inches tall now.  The kids will be so surprised to see how tall they are next Tuesday!  We worked on numbers and counting with the help of a volunteer, little cars, trucks, trains and airplanes.  It was a super fun game.  We also stirred together our own cream cheese dip for crackers and celery sticks.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sheet Crystals

It was another great morning at preschool!  We grew sheet crystals at circle. time.  They are fast forming and look a lot like frost on a window.  We talked about safety when doing science investigations, including always wearing safety glasses to protect our eyes.

Centers time included taking a closer look at the crystals, playing and new ABC Bus game, mixing together our own dip for crackers and celery for our Feast, playing farm and stamping. 

Chapel with Pastor Dudley was today.  We learned about the lost sheep and sang some fabulous songs.

We headed outside for a few minutes of winter fun.  The little spots of crusty snow gave us the opportunity to see some ice crystals! 

PAJAMA Day is Thursday and Friday! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SNOW!

It was with great joy that our meteorologist circled the snowy picture on our weather board this morning!  I guess it is winter on the Palouse!  We started our Science notebooks today and drew pictures of the paperwhites.  In the coming days, some incredible things will happen with our bulbs!  We made guesses as to how tall the paperwhites will grow.  When they have grown, we will look back to see how close we were in our guesses.

It was woodworking with Ken today!  We made wood curls that we are saving for a special project.  We also made glittery snowflakes, worked with play dough, read some new books and were busy with the train set.

During worship we heard and saw the Parable of the Mustard Seed.  Each preschooler helped add birds and their nests to the tree.  We also began learning a song that will help us memorize Psalm 17:8.  "Keep me as the apple of your eye."  We will be learning more songs that will put scripture in our hearts and minds in the coming weeks and months!

Thursday and Friday are PAJAMA DAYS!!!  We can't wait!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Is this January???

This warm weather is making me wonder if it really is the month of January!  Our snowflakes inside seem a bit out of place, but we have to have snow somewhere!

Today we took a close look at our Paperwhites.  We added a new drawing to our scientific journals.  The pictures in the journal will record the growth we see happen each day.  Over the weekend, the bulbs in the soil (the M,W,F class planted the bulbs in the soil) grew 1/2 inch.  We can't wait to see what happens on Wednesday!  We are charting the growth and will compare it to the growth of the bulbs planted in the rocks and water (planted by the T,Th class).

We got back into "Woodworking with Ken" as we worked with the hand saw.  This is a favorite activity of our class!  We also made glittery snowflakes and played a lot of board games including Candyland and Snails Pace Race.  We saw a lot of fantastic teamwork and cooperation this morning!

Worship time including hearing and seeing the parable of the Mustard Seed.  I finally broke out my guitar and we are learning some new songs that will help us memorize some wonderful scripture verses.  It is a wonderful way to put the Word of God in our hearts!  Today we learned Psalm 17:8.  The words are, "Keep me as the apple of Your eye, The apple of Your eye, The apple of Your eye.  Keep me as the apple of Your eye.  Psalm 17:8. 

Of course we went outside to enjoy our springlike weather!  FABULOUS!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

GROWING!

I am really excited for this week!  We have some really amazing things planned.  Thursday and Friday are Pajama days, so make sure the preschooler wear their cozy PJ’s!  Slippers are welcome too!  We will be watching and charting the growth of our Paperwhite bulbs.  We will also be growing crystals!  If this is something the kids really enjoy, it will continue next week too.  First, we will make sheet crystals, they form very quickly!  We will also begin making sugar crystals (they’ll be like rock candy when they are done).  So many things will be growing in our classroom! 
Speaking of growing, our worship time will be about the parable of the mustard seed.  We will also be learning a few new songs that focus on scripture memorization.
As time permits, I will be doing a few assessments with the preschoolers and we will do some more focused handwriting work.
If you haven’t let me know your plans for next fall, please do so ASAP.
We are also gearing up for our Art Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held the end of February. We need frames that you no longer need. We are also collecting items for our Silent Auction! All monies raised from this event go directly to the preschool! More information will be coming about this fabulous evening!

Upcoming Events
Jan. 12                       PAJAMA DAY
Jan. 13                       PAJAMA DAY
Jan. 13                       Scholastic Book Order Due
Jan. 16           No Preschool – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day

Important Information
No Preschool Jan. 16 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Please turn in your Fall intention forms at your earliest convenience!
PAJAMA DAY IS THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!
Our Volunteer calendar is out, sign up if you’d like to volunteer!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our Gears Were Working!

SHARE Day was so much fun as the preschoolers talked about the stuff they brought.  There were lots of Christmas presents and excitement!  It is a pleasure to see how they have grown in their ability to speak in front of their peers, and how they have grown in their ability to listen to their peers and wait for their turn!  What wonderful children you all have.

One of our preschoolers brought a very fun, animated marble works.  This captured the attention of many of our preschoolers for most of centers time.  They loved watching the gears move and the marbles move.  We pulled out our gear set, and they got to work making our gears work.  They were so proud of what they accomplished!

We have been singing out Numbers 1-30 song.  It is a fun way to learn how to count to 30.  We also took a look at different ways to measure.  We planted our Paperwhite bulbs today and will be measuring them each day, keeping a graph to see how they change and grow.  The bulbs are planted in a glass container in rocks, so we will be able to see what happens "underground." 

We enjoyed chapel with Pastor Dudley as we followed the star to find Baby Jesus, just like the wisemen did so long ago.

We again enjoyed "spring" weather in January as we played outside!

Next week, on Thursday, is PAJAMA Day!  Your preschooler is invited to wear their PJ's and bring their slippers for a fun, comfy day. 

Our pantry is getting bare.  We do have lots of Goldfish, but we could use crackers, pretzels and non-sugary cereals if you are able to give us a box or two!  Thanks!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas Stories

It was wonderful to hear all of the different Christmas stories the preschoolers has to tell today!  Our volunteer wrote down some of their stories and they are posted for everyone to enjoy.  It sounds as if everyone had a wonderful Christmas break.

Since it feels more like April outside, we decided to make the classroom look more like January!  We were busy with scissors, making snowflakes to hang all over the room.  We also painting glittery snowscapes.  Puzzle building and playing in sensory table snow were also part of our morning.

Prayer journals were part of our worship time and we LOVED being outside for a good amount of time. 

SHARE DAY IS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY THIS WEEK!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Building A Snowman

We didn't let the lack of snowy weather keep us from building a snowman today!  Ask your preschooler just how we got the job done.  It took some teamwork!

It seemed as though everyone was ready to get back to preschool!  Friends were happy to reconnect and play with one another once again.  We cut out snowflakes, painted snow storms, played with dinosaurs, farms, and we even built a few roads.

We used our prayer journals during worship and began singing, "He's Got the Whole World."  This will be a new favorite I think!

We spend a good amount of time outside today.  It's not too often that we get an almost 50 degree day in January!  The kids loved it, and so did the teachers!
SHARE Day is Thursday!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Greeting 2012!

NO PRESCHOOL MONDAY (JANUARY 2)

Happy New Year!  We are ready to greet 2012 with lots of energy and fun learning in our preschool classroom.  This first week back will be used to reestablish our routine, hear about all the wonderful things the kids did over Christmas break, work with calendars, focus in on some work with measuring tools and do some work with winter snow… we may not have any outside, but we will do our best to make snow inside!
We will have SHARE Day on Thursday and Friday this week.  I know the preschoolers can hardly wait to share some of their new items, so we won’t make them wait too long.  Remember, have them choose ONE item and help them practice three things they would like to say about their item!

Our worship time will include prayer journals and revisiting a few of our stories from 2011.
   
It is already time to think about next fall and preschool!  You have received a fall intent form in your mailbox that I ask you to fill out and return at your convenience.  Spots for next fall are tight, and returning families and congregation members get first priority on a first come, first served basis.  I would ask that you mark both your first and second preferences.  Open enrollment begins March 1.

We are also gearing up for our Art Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held the end of February.  We need picture frames that you no longer need.  More information will be coming about this fabulous evening!

Upcoming Events
Jan. 3                         Back to Preschool
Jan. 5                         Share Day
Jan. 6                         Share Day
Jan. 16           No Preschool – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day

Important Information
No Preschool Jan. 16 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Please turn in your Fall intention forms at your earliest convenience!