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Friday, April 29, 2016

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter: May 2-6

I can’t believe we are already to the month of May! To start off this fantastic month, we will be learning all about May Day in Hawaii! In Hawaii, May Day is called Lei Day! The preschoolers will be taught a hula dance and create their own paper leis!  If your preschooler would like to, have them wear some Hawaiian style clothes to go along with our Lei Day celebration!

In worship time we will hear the story of Paul and how God loved him no matter what. Together, we’ll discover how God shows his great love for us in many ways.

This week will mostly be TOP SECRET! Operation: We Love Mom! will take place during our circle and center times as we dote over our favorite people!

This group has chosen our closing ceremony song! We have already begun practicing and decided on the perfect props!

Every year we have a last day of preschool party! Keep your eye out for a sign-up sheet in the lobby for items needed to make this an extra fun celebrations for these preschoolers!

Next week looks warm and sunny!  Applying sunscreen before preschool is a great idea and feel free to send in hats and sunglasses for our outside times!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
5/2 Lei Day Celebration—10:30am, wear your Hawaiian clothes!
5/20 Last science with Mr. Levi
5/23 Chapel—9:15am
5/26 Closing Program and Graduation 6:30pm
5/27 Last day of Preschool

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter: May 2-6

This week has all kinds of varied fun and learning.  On Monday, we will celebrate May Day, Hawaiian style!  We will be learning to hula as well as making paper leis!  It is sure to be a fun time.  Wear Hawaiian clothes if you would like!

On Tuesday, our morning class will be headed to the radio station, leaving at 9am.  We will return to the preschool by 10am.  I need one more driver!  When we return, we will enjoy time with our local fire department.  Lots of firefighter fun will follow.

My Tuesday afternoon class will also enjoy firefighter fun in the afternoon from 1:00-2:00pm.  
All of the classes have chosen their closing program performance, so we will begin practicing those with gusto.  We will be putting finishing touches on some wonderful surprises for some pretty amazing Moms.  Our butterflies will have emerged and they will be released into the wild of our backyard.

In worship, we will learn about Paul and how he met Jesus! 

The last two days of preschool include a closing party.  Sign up sheets for items needed will soon be posted n the lobby, but we also need some parents to help plan the parties. If you are interested in helping plan, please contact me ASAP and we will get a group of parents together to plan the fun.

We will be outside a lot, so make sure to apply sunscreen, send sunglasses and sunhats as you see fit.  

Have a great weekend!
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
ALL PRESCHOOL EVENTS
5/26 Last Day of T/Th Preschool
5/26 Closing Program and Graduation 6:30pm
5/27 Last Day of M/W/F Preschool

MRS. KRANTZ'S CLASS
5/2 Lei Day Celebration 10:30am, wear Hawaiian clothes!
5/3 Radio Station Field Trip 9:00am
5/3 Firefighter Fun AM and PM
5/20 Science with Mr. Levi

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Eggs, Larva... - Mrs. Krantz PM Class

Our afternoon began as we drew butterfly pictures and then moved on to play a fun number game.  SHARE circle followed and each preschooler talked about their particular special item.  I always love seeing and hearing about each item!  I shared with them a video of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis!  What an amazing process.

We are working with the lifecycle of the butterfly and a song is helping us remember the stages.  Our hallways tree is displaying the different stages.  We have eggs and caterpillars so far.  More will be added next week.  We are patiently waiting for our classroom butterflies to emerge.  I'm sure we will see them early next week.

Symmetrical squish paintings were lots of fun and the building area was full of creativity!  Pictures were drawn, and words were spelled with ABC stickers.  What a fun afternoon!




Bunnies! - Mrs. Krantz AM Class

SHARE Day is always fun, and today was no exception.  We had some special visitors... 6 month old bunnies came to spend some time with us!  We learned all about how important it was for us to be quiet, so the bunnies wouldn't think we were predators.  Soon the bunnies were comfortable and happy to hop around and be held.  Special thanks to the sweet family who brought them in to share with us!

Tuesday is our field trip to the radio station.  If you are no driving, please be sure to leave your child's care seat so we can safely transport him or her!  Please bring snack as usual as this filed trip is not all morning.  We will be back to enjoy snack time at preschool.



Beach Day! - Mrs. Wilson

Though it was a bit chilly at times, we still enjoyed our preschool beach day thoroughly! We got our hands pretty sandy exploring the tide pool… when the trucks showed up we thought it might just be Daytona Beach! Others were busy painting waves and making them glitter gloriously in the sunshine while still others enjoyed digging their toes in the sand or lying on the beach. We brought a few good books to read on our towels. There is nothing like reading a good book on the beach!

At the end of our beach day we discovered some amazing insects and slugs! We have some brave scientific preschoolers who were sporting some big and crawly bugs.  The roly-poly was a big hit being passed from hand to hand. Its amazing what you can find on the preschool beach! What fun!

Have a great weekend!








Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Caterpillars - Mrs. Krantz

My preschoolers love to sing the Butterfly Lifecycle song!  I have now been singing it all afternoon, as it is very stuck in my head!  We focused on the second stage today, larva.  A butterfly larva is called a caterpillar!  Of course we read a few caterpillar books and a few friends made some caterpillars that will be added to our hallway tree.

This group is very excited about board games these days, so I brought out a new one... and it involved cookies and numbers! Such fun for these little learners!

SHARE Day is tomorrow!


Too Many Carrots! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

There were carrots everywhere today! We wrote with carrots! We built with carrots! We made carrot soup, carrot cake and carrot granola! We even had some carrot percussion going on! Such wonderful imaginative play all with a simple vegetable!

In worship we heard about Peter healing the lame man. Ask your preschooler about their walking and leaping and praising God!

Outside, there was a lot of camouflage going on in the flowers and plants! It was a great game of "find the preschoolers!"




Monday, April 25, 2016

Mrs. Wilson's Weekly Newsletter: April 26-28

This final week of April we continue in the ocean! Tuesday is our fieldtrip to see the salt (and fresh) water fish at Petco. No need to send snack on Tuesday. Drivers meet at preschool at 9:40 to pray and head to Moscow together. Those not driving, please leave car seats at school when you drop off your preschooler.

Through the week we will enjoy plenty of songs, books and stories about beach and sea. Tide pools and a sandy beach will be part of our Thursday beach day…Speaking of beach day, This Thursday Preschoolers are welcome to wear beachy style clothes, like Hawaiian shirts, goggles, sunhats, sunglasses, sandals etc. It’s a bit cold still to go all the way to the water, but we can enjoy some sand for sure! Oh, and beach towels will be a great thing to bring for our beach picnic snack! If there is a snack that shouts, “beach” in your life, that would be a good snack to pack! Growing up, my family always had carrot sticks, hardboiled eggs and potato chips! We will have lemonade on hand at preschool to quench our sun and salt parched thirst!

In Worship we learn about a lame man who was healed in the powerful name of Jesus! Faith and teaching the truth about Jesus was a powerful combination to the believers who followed Jesus even after he ascended into the clouds!

Thursday is also SHARE DAY! If they want, preschoolers can bring an ocean related SHARE, or anything else they are excited to share with the class!

See you Tuesday ready for the field trip!

UPCOMING EVENTS
4/26 Petco Field trip leaving 9:40
4/28 SHARE DAY & Beach Day
5/26 Last Day of Preschool & Closing Program & Graduation

Butterfly Lifecycle - Mrs. Krantz

Our classroom chrysalis' are still there, we don't have any butterflies yet... but it won't be long before the adult butterflies emerge!  We spent time today learning the lifecycle of the butterfly.  A song helped us remember the stages!

We headed over to the church for chapel with Pastor Rich and music by Ms. Ann.  We had a wonderful time worshiping together and learning about keeping our eyes on Jesus!

In centers time we made leaves with little eggs on them for the first stage of the lifecycle.  We also had a wonderful game of Chutes and Ladders going on.  Board games are such a wonderful activity for preschool children!  

We ended in a very special way... we watch two you tube videos showing a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis.  It was so amazing to watch!  We hope we get to see it first hand with our butterflies, but only time will tell.




Carrot Seeds are Tiny! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Our morning began with chapel! Pastor Rich told us about Jesus walking on the water! He made a boat out of paper to illustrate the story. To remind us to always keep our eyes on Jesus, pastor cut the boat! Ask your preschooler what shape it made!

After reading the The Carrot Seed, we explored many types of seeds. Some were small, some were smooth, some were red and some were round. The smallest seeds...the carrot seed! How amazing that something as big as a carrot starts out with such a teeny tiny seed!

We bid farewell to our worms today! We hope they are happy with their new home in the front yard! I'm sure we'll be seeing them again!




Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter: April 25-29

This week we will be learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly.  It will be very exciting, as our classroom butterflies should emerge from their chrysalis' this week.  We will be creating lots of butterfly lifecycle inspired artwork.  SHARE Day is Thursday and Friday.  I know the preschoolers have been waiting and waiting!  We are also making final decisions on the special presentations each class will make at our closing program, and we will begin practicing!

Monday is Chapel with Pastor Rich at 9:15am.  The rest of the week our worship time will be focused on a lame man who was healed, and could walk!  

On May 2, the M/W/F class will be enjoying a fun Lei Day presentation with Mrs. O'Loughlin's class.  The fun will start at 10:30am.  

On May 3, the morning T/TH class will be going on a filed trip to the radio station.  This is only for the T/TH morning class.  We will need a few drivers, but since the station is small, siblings are not able to participate (babies being carried are OK).  I will have a sign up sheet for those parents who are able to drive and come along. We will load up at 9:00am and be back no later than 10:15am.  We will have snack at preschool as usual.

My afternoon class, don't worry, I have some special things in the works, but not set in stone yet!  I'll let you know when the plans are in place. 

The end of the year has a lot of fun things going on.  Sign up sheets will be popping up soon for items needed and volunteer opportunities.  


UPCOMING EVENTS
ALL PRESCHOOL EVENTS
5/26 Last Day of T/Th Preschool
5/26 Closing Program and Graduation 6:30pm
5/27  Last Day of M/W/F Preschool

MRS. KRANTZ'S CLASS
4/28 SHARE Day
4/29 SHARE Day
5/2  Lei Day Celebration - 10:30am
5/3  Radio Station Field Trip - 9:00am
5/20  Science with Mr. Levi

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter: April 25-29

This week we will be reading “The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss.  This sweet and simple classic is about the faith of a little boy who believed his carrot seed would grow even though others doubted.  To go along with this wonderful book, carrots will be used in 
writing, in sensory, in our pretend play, in games, in…everywhere!    

We’ll also be taking a closer look at many different types of seeds.  Fine motor and math skills will be used in seed sorting and graphing.

The grass seed planted in the silly face cups have really taken off and grown quite a bit in the past week!  I think they’ll be needing a trim soon!  Our beans have also sprouted and a couple already have leaves!  The preschoolers have loved watching this miracle of seeds sprouting and growing!  

In worship we hear about a man who was unable to walk.  As he sat at the temple gates, Jesus’ disciples, Peter and John, walked by and helped the man!  In the name of Jesus, the man was healed and able to walk!  Such a miraculous story showing how we as Christ followers can help others in His name!  Chapel is Monday!  Parents and siblings are welcome to join us for worship at 9:15am at the church.

Friday is SHARE Day!  I can’t wait to see and hear all about these special items from home!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
4/25 Chapel—9:15am
4/29 SHARE Day
5/2 Lei Day Celebration—10:30am
5/20 Last science with Mr. Levi
5/26 Closing Program and Graduation 6:30pm
5/27 Last day of Preschool

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Play, in Three Acts - Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. O'Loughlin

Mrs. O'Loughlin's class was treated to a fabulous play by Mrs. Krantz's class! This 3 act play followed some butterflies, some birds and camouflage. The actors loved performing for their friends and the audience was delighted and entertained!



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Chrysalis! - Mrs. Krantz PM Class

We were so happy to find that our caterpillars have changed!  We now have 5 chrysalis' hanging in our caterpillar jar.  Something miraculous is happening inside and soon something new will emerge!  It is all very exciting!

We enjoyed working with Papa Ken on a very special project.  We collected all kinds of beautiful things outside and found several different type of insects.

In worship we learned how Jesus is with us ALWAYS!  

We played with camouflage and had so much fun.  Birds entered the scene and some insects found the right place to hide, others filled the hungry bird's tummy!


Sink or Float - Mrs. Wilson

Our sink/float experiments were a great success! We tried a lot of different things in our clean fresh water bins to see what would float and what would sink. After predicting and testing several items, the preschoolers got pretty good at predicting which would stay afloat. Our rich vocabulary word today was buoyancy. We got that from making our own buoys and knowing that those float. Things that float are buoyant! I bet your preschooler could give you a list of things that floated or sank… See what they say when you ask them if an egg floats or sinks… We tried an interesting experiment with fresh water and then with salty “sea” water… how did the same egg behave when dropped in each type? Very interesting!

Today was a perfect beachy day! First, Grandma Karen helped us all make fruit kabobs. What a delicious and refreshing beginning to the rest of our day. After that we were ready for some salty beach fun! We had our centers time outside in the sunshine, and after that we had an outside snack picnic! It was just perfect.

Centers included salt painting, flower pressing with Papa Ken, seashells and sea creatures in sand, float & sink testing in the sensory table, lobstering with the lobsterpot, and of course wading through a sea of tulips! Maybe even a lobster or two got cooked up for dinner after the fisherman’s catch of the day!

Next Tuesday we will head over to Petco to see some fish in action! Thanks for getting the permission slips back so efficiently!

Have a great weekend!








Butterfly Play - Mrs. Krantz AM Class

Our morning started our making delicious fruit kabobs with Grandma Karen.  Strawberries, grapes and pineapple made a delicious treat!

We finished up the butterfly play with this group.  What fun it has been to explore how God created butterflies and gave them the ability to hide in their environment using camouflage!

Pape Ken came and helped us work on one of the final steps in a big, special woodworking project.  We are also deciding as a class what song we will sing at our closing program!  time sure does fly!




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Butterfly Play - Mrs. Krantz

What fun we had acting out our butterfly play this morning!  We each had our own symmetrical butterfly with antennae and a proboscis for drinking nectar.  We discovered that when the butterfly closes it's wings, it becomes camouflaged amongst the flowers.  This protects them from predators!   In came a bird, hungry and ready to eat a butterfly!  But those closed up wings kept the butterflies safe from the hungry bird.  The preschoolers had so much fun with this, and so did I!

We also made yummy fruit kabobs with Grandma Karen.  They were quite delicious.





Wiggly and Wiggly - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Papa Phil brought worms to preschool!! He told us a poem about two worms, Wiggly and Wiggly. In the poem, we are trying to convince the worms to come out. But in the end, we have to dig in and go get them. So that's exactly what we did! We observed the worms as Papa Phil told us that worms don't have eyes or ears or a nose! But they have a mouth and worms eat soil! Worms also use hair like follicles called setae to move through the dirt. Ask your preschooler if they remember how many worms are in one acre of soil.

Some refreshing cooking was done with Grandma Karen too!! (No worms in this recipe!) We made delicious fruit kabobs! So tasty!

During worship we made clocks to remind us that Jesus is with us all the time!

I was very proud of the respectfulness each preschooler displayed with Papa Phil and Grandma Karen! Both told me what a great group of kiddos this class is. I completely agree!



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

No Preschool This Morning - Tuesday April 19

Due to a broken water main in town, preschool is without water this morning.  Without water, we can not have preschool because of health and safety concerns.  Preschool is cancelled this morning.  If we have water this afternoon, we will have afternoon preschool.  I will keep you updated.  Thank you for your understanding and I apologize for any inconvenience. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Growing a Rainbow in Preschool - Mrs. O'Loughlin

This morning we read "Planting a Rainbow" and decided we wanted a rainbow in our classroom. Together, we added food coloring to create a rainbow of colored water! (Along with a "control" and "all the colors mixed together!") We are so excited to see what happens as the flowers drink up that colorful water!!

In worship we heard about Jesus ascending into heaven! Ask your preschooler what ascending means! Jesus promised to be with us always. As a group we came up with a list of all the places Jesus is with us. It turns out, He's with us everywhere!!!

Outside was filled with flower collecting, bug collecting and wonderful creative games!

Mrs. Wilson's Weekly Newsletter: April 19-21

What a lovely week to spend some time down at the ocean! We continue our seashore/ocean theme this week with buoys. We will see what sinks and what floats and why floating buoys are so important to fishermen and boaters alike! We will do a little science experiment to see how the salt in ocean water affects things that float… salt will also enter our art as we see its effects on our painting too.

Tuesday we will have chapel with Pastor Davis. Our worship theme is Jesus’ ascension and His promise to be with us always! Papa ken will be working with us to finish up our latest woodworking project (final work to be revealed on a special day in May…). Grandma Karen will be doing some cooking with us on Thursday. Fresh fruit kabobs will be a fun activity for down at the beach! It will be a full and wonderful week!

Next week we have a fishy fieldtrip! On Tuesday, April 26th we head over to Petco in Moscow where we will meet up with their saltwater fish specialist to see the marine swimmers on hand and learn a bit about the special needs of these fish and how they are different from fresh water fish. More details, sign-up and permission slips coming soon. 
May 28th is  both SHARE DAY & BEACH DAY (weather willing it will be outside)! Details coming soon.

UPCOMING EVENTS
4/19   Chapel
4/21   Cooking with Grandma Karen
4/26   Fieldtrip to Petco
4/28   SHARE & BEACH DAY
5/26   Last Day of Preschool/Closing Program & Graduation 6:30pm

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter: April 18-22

These little gardeners have quite the green thumb and have shown their growing knowledge this past week!  Last week we discovered that soil and water are needed for a garden to grow.  There are two more elements we need and together, the preschoolers will create this to add to our garden mural in the lobby!  

I love process activities in preschool!  It takes the focus off the outcome or product.  There is no right or wrong way to create, the focus is on the experience and best of all, each creation is unique and original!  As you see these creations hang proudly in our class or make their way home, ask your preschooler to tell you about their own unique process!

On Wednesday Papa Phil is going to bring in some wiggly friends that live in the soil and are a gardener’s best friend!  

It’s a good thing we’ve had so much flower learning, because this week, we will be on the hunt for some colorful flower petals to add to our very special woodworking project!  These will be sent home in May and given to some very special mamas!

In worship we hear about the ascension of Jesus!  Some new worship songs will remind us that Jesus is with us always!

Grandma Karen will be here on Wednesday to make some yummy fruit kabobs with us!

Blessings on this coming week!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
4/20 Papa Phil talks worms
4/20 Cooking with Grandma Karen
4/29 SHARE Day

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter: April 18-22

This week we will get to have fun with our butterfly play!  On Monday and Tuesday we will be creating the last character needed for the play, a bird.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will get to act out the play with our characters.  We have created flowers and butterflies that will demonstrate camouflage!  I know the preschoolers are going to have a lot of fun with this.

This week we will also have fun making fruit kabobs with Grandma Karen as well as working on some last steps to a very special woodworking project.  They should be ready just in time for Mother's Day!  

The forecast is sunny next week, so sunscreen before preschool is a good idea.  We do not apply sunscreen at preschool.  Sun hats are also welcome!  We tend to do more of our work outside and we will be utilizing the deck just about every chance we get.  Please make sure to have an appropriate change of clothes in your child's backpack too!

In worship we will hear about the ascension of Christ and how He is with us always.  A song will help us put those words in our hearts so we can always remember that Jesus is with us.

UPCOMING EVENTS
4/28  SHARE Day
4/29  SHARE Day
5/26  Closing Program and Graduation 6:30pm

Squirmy Worms - Mrs. Krantz

One of our preschoolers brought in a whole bunch of big, squirmy worms so we switched gears and explored worms a little bit!  We also saw how quickly are caterpillars are growing.  It should be fun to see what happens over the weekend!





Ferdinand's Field Trip - Mrs. O'Loughlin

It was fun seeing where all that milk from Knott Dairy Farm goes. Right to Ferdinand's Creamery to make cheese and ice cream. Both of which the preschoolers enjoyed this morning!

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came along! Have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Butterflies - Mrs. Krantz AM and PM Classes

Today we worked on our butterflies that will be the main characters in our butterfly play.  Some added the antennae and proboscis to their painted butterflies and other got started with their painting.  Our next step will be making the birds, more players in our butterfly play!  While we are making these we have learned about symmetry, halves, the anatomy of a butterfly and soon we will learn about camouflage.  What fun to learn through creative process and playing!

If your child has a fun spring/butterfly/caterpillar book they would like read at preschool, please have them bring it!  They love sharing special stories from home!

Lobsterpot and Buoys - Mrs. Wilson

We are having so much fun at the sea! Today, we went a lobstering! We read a story about a lobsterman named Big Joe. We joined some children as Big Joe took them out on his boat to catch lobsters. There is a lot of work involved. We saw how each lobsterman has their own colors and pattern on their buoys. We helped the children spot the right one… Ask them what sort of things Big Joe found caught in his lobster trap and why he held one of them as far away as possible! We then had a look at our real lobsterpot and the unique buoy attached.  We hauled it up to our “ship deck” and found some interesting things inside. There was even a lobster! 

In centers each preschooler started to create their own unique buoy color design. We painted them the first color and will finish them up next week in time for our buoyancy experiments to see what floats and what sinks. Some paper seaweed was cut out and created in the little pool to go on our sea mural and hang down around our ocean world. Preschoolers were hard at work with puzzles and play dough, seashells and pattern blocks. And we all got a little sea spray on us at the water table. There were all kinds of treasures to fine among the stones and shells… I know some wet-sleeved discoverers went home today after their visit in the tidewaters. I think the favorite of all was discovering all the different creatures the lobsterpot is capable of catching! So much imaginative play! Love it!!




Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Making Butterflies - Mrs. Krantz

The next step in preparing for our Butterfly Play is creating the butterflies!  We did some squish painting to create symmetry for our butterflies and soon we will add other parts of the butterfly.  Right now, we have some beautiful wings!

Outside we measured the height of flowers, scootered around and ran... a lot!

New worship songs are filling our worship time!

At closing circle we read a wonderful poem about butterflies and the different kinds of movements they make.  We made up actions for each movement and we moved like butterflies while we read the poem.  




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Entomology Lab - Mrs. Krantz PM Class

Our afternoon class finished up adding flowers to our classroom mural.  We are very excited to move ahead and add more things to our mural and eventually use it as our stage for our butterfly play!  

This class was all about the entomology lab in our dramatic play.  They were catching insects, sorting them, looking closely at their characteristics, and even having finger puppet shows with them.  These little scientists were full of conversation and relating their own bug experiences with their fellow entomologists.  

At closing circle we read a book shared by one of our preschoolers about a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.  If you have a book to share, please bring it!



More Mural Work - Mrs. Krantz AM Class

Our mural of a meadow is coming right along!  We added more grass and flowers today and a few preschoolers made caterpillars and butterflies to add to the mural.  Make sure to take a look and see how our mural has come to colorful life!

Spring break was wonderful to our outdoor areas and the fresh spring rain enhanced our play outside today. 

Inside we made more beautiful flowers to add to our indoor tulip tree.  The blooms are growing in the hallway!  Marble tube runs were built, and the entomology lab in dramatic play was quite busy.

At closing circle we took a close look at our new additions to the classroom, our 5 little caterpillars.  We made a list of the things we observed, or noticed about them.  We are excited to watch their changes.