Watching these preschoolers grow and become close friends is always a favorite part of teaching preschool! How can it be that nine months have passed from the meeting of new friends to now, getting ready to say goodbye for the summer?! Last day parties Thursday and Friday at 10am! Parents and siblings are welcome to come!! Graduation and closing program Thursday at 6:30pm! A light reception follows. See you all then!
We are already to our final week of preschool! Please be sure you have all of our end of year events marked on your calendars! Monday and Tuesday—the preschoolers voted to be outside. So Monday and Tuesday will be our “Outside All Day” day! Science, art, snack, worship time and popsicles with the papas will all be outside! Please send your preschooler already wearing sunscreen and hats to protect those little noses. Thursday 10am Last Day Party—we will be having a Luau celebration to say aloha to this group. Have your preschooler wear their Hawaiian style clothes and flowers in their hair. There will be lots of food, crafts, games and fun! Siblings and families are welcome to attend! Thursday 6:30pm Graduation and Closing Program—Come celebrate this past year of preschool and to wish our graduates well as they move on to Kindergarten! A reception will follow downstairs! Friday 10am Last Day Party—this group gets to bid farewell with a campout party! Tents, lanterns and campfires will be a part of the fun. No snack needed for these campers! Siblings and families are welcome to attend! It has been a wonderful year! Thank you for entrusting us with your special little person and to be a part of these foundational school years. We are truly blessed by each and every one of you!
Mark Your Calendars 5/22, 5/23: “Outside All Day” Day, Science, Art, Popsicles with the Papas 5/25: Last Day Luau Party for 2 Day Group and 5 Day Group 5/25: Closing Program and Graduation—6:30pm 5/25: Last Day Campout Party for 3 Day and 5 Day Group
We all got outside today! Our costumed group practiced closing program songs over in the church and then played outside! Parachute play, digging in the sand, zipping down the slide, and hiding in the crazy tall grass made for a wonderful morning! Next Monday and Tuesday will be our "Outside All Day" day! Please apply sunscreen and send a hat as well!
Fun fun morning!! All these friends had a great morning of pretend and dress up! In worship we are focusing on how a friend loves at all times! As friends, we made a big line and worked together to pass the bean bag to the end of the line. It was a hoot and our classrooms were filled with giggles and cheers! Friday is our field trip to the Community Action Center! I will send out an email with the car arrangements tomorrow. Have a wonderful (rainy) afternoon.
We had another fantastic Pajama and stuffed animal day at preschool today!! Each stuffed friend received a name tag as it arrived. And during opening circle, the preschoolers worked together to put their friends into different categories. Big/Little, Animal/Human, Brown/Not Brown...each time the friends were added up and the preschooler had to figure out which category had the most! At centers, the preschoolers designed their own pajamas, played with shapes on the light tables, felt around in the "dream cloud" sensory table, and read some sleepy time books. At closing, we read Llama Llama Red Pajama. Always a favorite! We compared ourselves to the little llama. Text to self connections is a great way for your preschooler to engage further in the story by sharing the same feeling or experiences as the characters they are reading about! Wednesday and Thursday are Dress Up Days!!!
As preschoolers entered they counted out 10 "friends" and 1 "blanket". During circle we used these props to sing There Were 10 in the Bed! Ask the preschoolers what the little one kept saying! Pajama day had us thinking about dreams! The preschoolers thought about their favorite dream and wrote about it with Papa Phil. Lots of fantastic imagination and story tellers at this school! Worship time was about friends! During a storm, Paul was there for his friends and reminded them about Jesus love and protection. A friend loves at all times...even in the storms.
Welcome to Preschooler’s Choice! The preschoolers came up with a list of all the things they wanted to be sure to do during our last days of school. Some items on the lists included, My Little Ponies, playing outside twice, popsicles, trucks, pet shop, and parachute play. We will be including this list of fun and learning into our circle, centers and outside times. The most requested on the Preschooler’s Choice list was a pajama day! Monday and Tuesday will be Pajama and stuffed animal day! Your preschooler is welcome to wear their jammies and bring a stuffed friend along for the morning. Another popular request was dress up! Wednesday and Thursday will be costume days! Have your preschooler pick a favorite costume and wear it to school. We do ask no scary masks and please, no pretend weapons. On Friday we will be going on a field trip to The Community Action Center. We are in need of drivers. You will find a sign up in both classrooms. Due to limited space, there are no siblings on this field trip. Snack will be provided! Last day parties are being planned! Our T/TH group is having a Luau! And our M/W/F group will be attending Camp Concordia! Our 5 day kiddos get to go to both! Sign-ups for both of these super fun days are in the lobby. Our closing program and graduation will be on Thursday, May 25th at Concordia Lutheran Church from 6-7:30pm. Your preschoolers have been working hard and practicing their songs and can’t wait to share them with you! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing mommas!!
Mark Your Calendars 5/15, 5/16: Pajama/Stuffed Animal Day 5/17, 5/18: Costume Day, Art 5/19: Field Trip to Community Action Center—9:30am 5/22, 5/23: Science 5/25: Last Day Luau Party for 2 Day Group and 5 Day Group 5/25: Closing Program and Graduation—6pm 5/25: Last Day Campout Party for 3 Day and 5 Day Group
Paul and Silas continued to sing praises to God even while in jail! The preschoolers guessed that maybe they were singing "Jesus Loves Me" or perhaps even "Let It Go". :) To add to the preschool praises, rhythm sticks and shakers were added to our worship time! Outside the hunt for roly-polys was on! Many were discovered in the sandbox and under rocks. It's such a treat watching these friends search together and then share the joy of a found bug. Both classes had the opportunity to celebrate a birthday! Cupcakes makes an already wonderful day even better! Per preschoolers choice: Monday and Tuesday will be our Pajama/Stuffed Animal Day!
We have been enjoying our outside time very much these past few days. So much learning is going on while these preschoolers are running around in this wonderful weather: •Insect hunts and observations •Discovering the daily changes to trees and plants •Counting to 20 as games of hide and seek ensue •Testing the amount of water to sand ratio to create the best sand castle •Peer negotiations while taking turns •So much imagination and story telling as the preschoolers become cheetahs or injured people who are in need of doctors We love our outside learning!!
Officer Breshears of the Pullman Police Department visited our school today! He showed us his uniform and all the tools he carries around with him to keep him and others safe. Does your preschooler remember how many pockets Officer Breshears has?! (Hint: its more than a dozen!!) The best part; he brought his patrol car!! Each preschooler took turns crawling in the back and getting an up close look. Lights and sirens were also a favorite! Thank you Officer Breshears! We had so much fun!
Paper, paints and brushes were set up in our sunny windows this morning. The magnolia tree just outside is in full bloom and it is beautiful! The preschoolers used Gods creation as inspiration as they painted by the windows! They quickly discovered that the wet paint created a translucent look to their paper and had a wonderful time exploring and testing different colors. Some very special gifts and cards went home today!
Some very special preschoolers have been working on a very special gift for some very special mommies. They will be completing their beautiful creations this week and bringing them home! Our closing program and graduation is less than three weeks away. Both classes have chosen their songs and we will begin practicing. Singing is a huge part of our daily worship times. The preschoolers will hear the story of Paul and Silas and how they sang songs while in jail. Some musical instruments will be added to our songs of praises to our Risen LORD! On Tuesday, a preschooler’s daddy, who just happens to be a police officer, will be visiting our school and he will be bringing his patrol car! And on Friday, a preschooler’s mommy, who is from Hawaii, is coming to celebrate May Day/Lei Day with us, complete with hula dancing! Wednesday and Thursday are SHARE Days! Every year we throw a party for our last days of preschool. Our T/TH group has chosen a Luau party and our MWF group has chosen a Campout party! 5 day preschoolers get to go to both! Please be watching for signups in the lobby to help out with these very fun last day celebrations. As the end of the year is quickly approaching, there are many dates to remember. We will be sure to keep everyone in the loop by posting on the blog, our facebook page and sending out emails! Blessings on your week!
Mark Your Calendars 5/9: Police Officer Visit 5/10: SHARE Day 5/11: SHARE Day 5/12 May Day Celebration 5/19: Field Trip to Community Action Center—9:30am 5/22: Science 5/23: Science 5/25: Last Day Luau Party for 2 Day Group and 5 Day Group 5/25: Closing Program and Graduation—6pm 5/25: Last Day Campout Party for 3 Day and 5 Day Group
We had such a wonderful visit from Captain Whetzel of the District 12 Fire Department. He showed us wildfire gear and structural gear. He even brought some preschool size gear for the kiddos to try on! After his presentation, all the preschoolers climbed aboard the fire truck! So much fun! The weather was so beautiful that we stayed outside the remainder of our morning! Snack, worship and centers was all enjoyed in this gorgeous sun! Ask your preschooler what their favorite part of being outside was!
This morning, the preschoolers became 911 dispatchers. (Thank you for all the phone donations!!!) Listening to these one sided emergencies was the best. As the caller said what was wrong, the preschoolers wrote words and drew pictures to depict the emergency. During worship we decided that you can have any job and tell others about Jesus. Lydia made clothes and she did it! So can preschoolers. Ask your kiddo to sing our "I can tell about Jesus" song. It's quickly becoming a favorite! Thursday and Friday, Captain Whetzel visits!
We had another wonderful visit from Smokey and Forester Robbie. Robbie told the preschoolers all about being a fire fighter out in the forest. He always has a crew with him and he keeps in contact with them using his radio. Ask your preschooler what we heard when he turned his radio on! He also showed us all the tools in his pack. A light pack weighs about 45 pounds! Some of our preschoolers tried it on and all of them fell over!
What an exciting morning! Smokey Bear was here! He brought two Forest Service friends with him who fight fires. They showed us all the stuff they need to carry in their packs. Ask your preschooler what the forest fire fighters eat! And where do they sleep? Each preschooler had a chance to meet, hug, high five and get a picture with Smokey! Such a treat! Thank you Papa Phil for setting this up for us!
It’s May!I can’t believe we have already reached May.We are down to our final 4 weeks of preschool!And they are going to be filled with play, learning, love, and so much fun!Starting with...
Fire Safety Week!Monday and Tuesday, Smokey Bear will be here!He will bring a couple of his Forest Service friends that will talk to us about fire prevention and fire safety while in the forest.On Thursday and Friday, Captain Whetzel of the District 12 Fire Department will be here!He will bring all his gear and his truck!
In the classroom, the preschoolers are going to be learning what number we dial when there is a fire or any other emergency.We’ll be using a rhyming poem and some wonderful books to reinforce this.This will also lead to some number recognition practice as our little preschoolers will turn into firefighters who need to drench some “flames” in the sensory table.
In worship we will hear how Jesus said “Go and tell the good news” (Mark 16:15).Just like Paul told Lydia about Jesus, we too can tell everyone of Jesus’ great love!We’ll be learning a couple new songs, so be listening for those!
Our weather looks like it’s going to do a major switch up!We will most certainly be outside in that gorgeous sunshine.Please apply sunscreen to those little noses before school and dress in layers!
Looking forward to another week with your special little people!
Mark Your Calendars
5/1: Smokey Bear Visit
5/2: Smokey Bear Visit
5/4: Firefighter Visit
5/5: Firefighter Visit
5/9: Police Officer Visit
5/12 May Day Celebration
5/19: Field Trip to Community Action Center—9:30am
5/25: Last Day Party for 2 Day Group and 5 Day Group
Concordia Lutheran Preschool is rich in people who love to share their talents and passions with your preschoolers. This week is a wonderful example of the experiences and learning we are blessed with because of the love of volunteers.
Last week we read the book “Planting a Rainbow” and decided we just didn’t have enough time to grow a rainbow ourselves. Mr. Levi said he will come in and show us how to make a rainbow flower! We are so excited to see how science can make a flower become rainbow colored.
Papa Ken has been working with the preschoolers in woodworking to create a beautiful gift for some very special mamas. The finishing touch will be added this week. Papa Ken is instilling a lifelong love of handmade creations in these kiddos. Their eyes light up when Papa Ken walks in the classroom because that means woodworking!
A wonderful congregational member will be bringing in a spinning wheel! Ms. Nancy loves to sew and knit and wants to share that! Each preschooler will have an opportunity to work the spinning wheel. What a treat!
Our field trip to Lawson Gardens is on Thursday! Please wear rain boots and don’t pack a snack. Master Gardeners, Ms. Marsha and Ms. Janet will meet us there and share their passion of gardening and growing! Rain will cancel so please hope for clear skies! Praying blessings on your coming week!
Mark Your Calendars 4/24: Science, Spinning Wheel 4/25: Science, Spinning Wheel 4/27: Field Trip to Lawson Gardens—9:30am 4/28: Art 5/1: Smokey Bear Visit 5/2: Smokey Bear Visit 5/4: Firefighter Visit 5/5: Firefighter Visit 5/12 May Day Celebration 5/19: Field Trip to Community Action Center—9:30am 5/22: Science 5/23: Science 5/25: Last Day Party for 2 Day Group and 5 Day Group 5/25: Closing Program and Graduation—6pm 5/25: Last Day Party for 3 Day and 5 Day Group
It's so wonderful to have the simple reminder that Jesus is with us all the time. The preschoolers came up with all the places we go and things we do and guess what?! Jesus is with us in all those places! At the store, while we sleep, at preschool, digging in the garden, when we go to the doctor and when we have to fight a dragon. He will never leave us because He loves us. Tomorrow and Friday are SHARE Days.
We noted lots of growing today!! Our hyacinth sure did take off over the weekend (wink wink) We added another scientific drawing to our journals! Outside was colorful and covered with new growth. What fun to run around in the misty rain playing games and being with friends. Jesus is with us always! He revealed himself to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. Ask your preschooler when Jesus is with them. The answer should be "all the time! All the time!" Thursday and Friday are SHARE Days!
Ask your preschooler if they remember the 4 things a plant needs in order to grow tall! We learned a song to help us remember: (Tune: Frere Jacques) What do plants need? What do plants need? To grow tall? To grow tall? Plants need soil Water, air and sun. Watch them grow! Watch them grow! During centers we planted beans! The paper towel is acting as our soil so we can observe roots and sprouting. The preschoolers made sure there was enough water and placed their beans in the sun. During worship we talked about happy days in our lives. One common factor was that on those days, the people we loved were with us!! When the disciples were walking to Emmaus and discovered Jesus was alive and WITH them, that was a happy day!
This week we will be asking the question, “What do plants need to grow?” We will be reading books, singing songs and creating a story wheel to help us remember! The preschoolers have been observing a Hyacinth bulb, watching for any changes from day to day. Scientific drawings are being done and added to a science journal that will go home in a few weeks! They will now add beans to their growth watching list as we will be growing bean plants in our sunny windows. If you have any flowers growing in your yard or garden (and can spare a few) we will put them to good use! Having real flowers in our classroom leads to such rich hands on learning as we can use these for still-life paintings, learning parts of a flower, and so much more multi sensory play! In worship, the Easter story continues with the walk to Emmaus. Jesus’ friends were so happy when they discovered that Jesus was not only alive, but He was with them! Jesus is with us wherever we go and whatever we do and He loves us very much! Thursday and Friday are our SHARE days and art with Mrs. Hein! Have a wonderful weekend and a very Blessed Easter!
Mark Your Calendars 4/20: SHARE Day, Art 4/21: SHARE Day, Art 4/24: Science, Spinning Wheel 4/25: Science, Spinning Wheel 4/27: Field Trip to Lawson Gardens—9:30am 4/28: Art
What a fun morning! The preschoolers loved taking turns giving their very descriptive clues as to what was in their plastic egg. And they loved guessing! More Easter artwork was created, beautiful books read and praises sang! We ended with an Easter egg hunt! Watching preschoolers run on a grassy hill, stooping over to grab colorful eggs is just the cutest thing ever!
This morning the preschoolers met the IN, UN, and AT family! Just like our families, they all have the same last name. When we added a letter to the beginning, a word was made! When we switched the first letter, a new word was made. We used plastic Easter eggs that spun around to explore these families during centers. Our beautiful wooden crosses were finished, empty tomb crafts were made, and searching for eggs in the sensory table were all a part of the morning. Tomorrow and Friday are the Easter egg hunts at 11am! Younger siblings are welcome to join in on the hunt!
We discussed all the ways you can tell spring is here. The sun is shining, it's almost Easter, birds are singing, baby animals... were a few signs of spring we came up with. As a group, we went outside and planted a sure sign of spring...flowers! Have your preschooler point out signs of spring at your house! Mrs. Hein was here for art! With only three colors, she painted all the colors of the rainbow! The preschoolers had an opportunity to do the same and these turned out beautiful!
Despite the snow falling outside our windows, we have fully embraced spring at preschool! As the preschoolers arrived they used some beautiful flowers as inspiration for a drawing. And during circle, we made lists of different kinds of flowers! We also started our hyacinth bulb observation. We will be watching and recording the changes the bulb goes through over the next several weeks. In worship we discovered the story of Jesus' death and His triumphant resurrection. Children are instantly drawn to this story and while we know death on the cross was a part of God's plan and had to happen, we focus on the empty tomb and our RISEN Lord! See if your preschooler can sing you our new song "Run Come See".
Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing spring break! This week we will be celebrating new life in Jesus through His resurrection on Easter! We will be busy with all kinds of Easter fun and learning. We will be making empty tomb crafts, weaving baskets, matching uppercase to lowercase, finishing a woodworking project, working with our teen numbers, and creating some beautiful Easter artwork. Our worship will focus on the resurrection of Jesus! We will be singing joyous praises and celebrating Jesus’ victory over death! We will have our Easter egg hunts on Thursday and Friday at 11am! If the weather is nice we will have our egg hunt on the church’s grassy hill. If it’s rainy, we will move our hunt inside at the church. Younger siblings are welcome to join in but please be there on time! We do need a couple of parents on both days to hide the eggs! If you can help, please let Mrs. O’Loughlin know! Blessings on your week!
Mark Your Calendars 4/10: Art 4/11: Art 4/13: Easter Egg Hunt—11am 4/14: Easter Egg Hunt—11am 4/20: SHARE Day, Art 4/21: SHARE Day, Art 4/24: Science, Spinning Wheel 4/25: Science, Spinning Wheel 4/27: Field Trip to Lawson Gardens—9:30am 4/28: Art
Our morning started with SHARE Day! We love seeing these special items from home and listening as each preschooler takes their turn to share. We are especially proud as everyone sits quietly, patiently waiting, showing us what big kids they really are! There were shouts of HOSANNA at worship! Ask your preschooler what hosanna means and who were the people shouting it at! We said goodbye to our adult ladybugs! This was such a fun unit that the preschooler enjoyed thoroughly! It's a safe guess that each of your will have quite the ladybug hunter on your hands once summer rolls around!
We learned a lot about the lifecycle of the chicken today! One preschooler noted that the ladybug lifecycle starts the same as a chicken's...with an egg! Such a wonderful connection made between two of God's amazing designs! Thursday and Friday are our SHARE Days!