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Monday, September 25, 2017

Going on a Lion Hunt - Mrs. Krantz

Our class went on a lion hunt this morning.  It was really good that several preschoolers brought animal books to share because one was about lion cubs.  It was quite helpful in our endeavors.  We started out by making a list of places we would look to find a lion.  That list is posted on the closet doors.  Then we said a poem as we went on our hunt.  So much fun!  The poem is in your mailboxes and you can do it at home with your preschooler.

In worship we learned how God took care of his people, even when they were grumblers.  I admitted that I too can be a grumbler, but God always loves me even when I grumble.  The preschoolers weren't too sure if they had ever been grumblers, but even if they have been, God loves them and cares for them!

During centers we finished up our hidden elephant pictures and worked on a lion face.  Using different kinds of writing tools helps strengthen the fine motor skills we all need for handwriting!

Working Together! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Looking around at centers time and seeing preschoolers working together is one of my favorite things! Some groups were building houses and garages using shapes. Others were dissecting a giant sunflower and working together to get as many seeds out as possible. At the table, two preschoolers are sharing their paint pallets because they both like that particular shade of purple.

At worship we worked together to come up with a list of our favorite foods to eat! We then heard about the Israelites in the desert and the food God sent to them. Ask your preschooler what came down from heaven!

Outside time is not only a favorite but also an important part of your preschoolers development! More working together in the sand box to create castles, races down the slide and imaginative games that include LOTS of running!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

Animal excitement continues upstairs in Mrs. Krantz's class this week.  We will be working with poems, songs, and stories listening close to rhyming and rhythm.  Animal games and puzzles will also be part of the fun, and will give opportunity to interact with numbers, counting and sequencing.  If your preschooler has a favorite animal book at home they would like to have read at preschool, please send it!  

SHARE Day is this week too.  This is a favorite day of the month for many preschoolers.  Please help them find one item to bring to preschool.  They will get to talk about it and play with their item at centers time!  Let me know if you have any questions.

Our worship time will tell us how God took care of the daily needs of his people in the wilderness.  Prayer journals will be part of our time as well.  Children love to draw pictures for people that are important to them, so we give them a special journal to draw their prayers to Jesus.  This is a wonderful way to encourage prayer time with children!

The weather has cooled down, so please be sure to send appropriate outdoor attire.

This week we will have the pleasure of welcoming Mrs. Hein into our classroom as she shares her love for art.  She will be doing special art projects with us throughout the year!

Each day I get to know your children better and each day I thank God for them.  I am richly blessed by each one of them.

Mrs. Krantz

Mrs. Krantz's Class
9/27 Art
9/28 SHARE Day, Art
9/29 SHARE Day
10/4  Chapel
10/5  Chapel
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/13 No Preschool - Teacher Workday
10/16 Science with Mr. Levi
10/17 Science with Mr. Levi
10/18  Chapel
10/19  Chapel
10/20 WSU Raptor Club Visit
10/25 Ferdinand's Field Trip
10/26 Ferdinand's Field Trip
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

This past week the preschoolers have been noticing the similarities and differences among shapes.  Some have lines, some have curves and some have both!  This week we will take a close look at shapes and begin counting their sides. Shape Finders will be created so we can go on a shape hunt inside and outside of our classroom.  We will also discover that when shapes are put together, a picture is formed!

In worship Moses and the Israelites have found a wonderful surprise in the desert.  Our prayer journals will be introduced this week!  Each preschooler will have their own personal journal where they can draw out their prayers to God!

SHARE day is Thursday and Friday!  Please help your preschooler choose ONE item to bring to school.  During circle time, each kiddo has the opportunity to tell 2 to 3 things about their special share.  Feel free to have your preschooler practice at home.

Our first art with Mrs. Hein is also on Thursday and Friday.  Mrs. Hein has a love for art and comes a couple times a month to share her passion and talent with all of us!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
9/27: SHARE Day, Art with Mrs. Hein
9/28: SHARE Day, Art with Mrs. Hein
10/10: School pictures—all classes
10/13: No preschool—Teacher work day
10/16: Science with Mr. Levi
10/17: Science with Mr. Levi
10/18: Chapel
10/19: Chapel
10/25: Field trip to Ferdinands—10am
10/26: Field trip to Ferdinands—10am
10/27: Pumpkin Party—10:30am

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

We are so excited to have our first SHARE day on Tuesday!  Each child will bring something special from home to share and show to their classmates and they will be aloud to play with this during our centers time.  It will be so fun to see what they choose and a great way for us to continue to get to know each other!  Please feel free to contact me if you are unsure about what your kiddo wants to bring or if you have any questions.  I am planning to bring a special stuffed bear to show!  You can reassure your child that they will not be required to let other kids play with their share item, and that it can be kept safely in their backpack! I will be sending out reminders this weekend and Monday night!

I have been working hard to get to know your children and what similar interests we have so in addition to our share day we will be learning about all things FARMS this week.  I am so excited to play with barns, tractors and animals in center time and farm puppets in dramatic play.  Now that fall is here we will spend one or two weeks learning about harvest and foods that we can enjoy this time of year! Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand will be our main book.  I love the illustrations and rhythmic text of this book!

In worship we will learn about how God took care of his people in the desert and gave them food and water when they needed it.  In centers we will explore a variety of foods and talk about how God made them and how God provides for us!

Now that fall is here we will be wearing jackets out to the playground most mornings.  You can help by making sure your child's name is written in their jacket.  This will help us make sure each kiddo stays warm in the great outdoors!  

You may notice in the upcoming events below that our first field trip is scheduled to Ferdinand's on Tuesday October 24!  I will be getting more information to you about that soon, but I wanted to send the date out asap so if you would like to make arrangements to go along you can do so!

Blessings on your upcoming week!

Upcoming Events!

9/26 SHARE Day
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/24 Field Trip to Ferdinands!
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parting the Red Sea - Mrs. King

In chapel this morning we learned that through Moses, God parted the Red Sea so His people could walk through on dry land! In center time, we made our own Red Sea in the sensory table and worked to "part" the waters so teddy bear counters could find dry land! Shaving cream feels soft and cold and is such a fun feeling between little fingers.  

Today, we introduced our wonderful sandbox during outside playtime.  Favorite choices were dump trucks and scoopers of all different kinds.  I love seeing little faces light up with the fun of experiencing new things at school.  

We are SO excited that our first SHARE day is on Tuesday September 26!  I know we will have so much fun playing with and showing our things from home.  

Fine Motor Practice - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Fine motor activities are very important in preschool! Every day there are multiple opportunities for your preschoolers to give their fingers and hands a workout! Today, little play dough squares were put out and preschoolers were challenged to recreate the illustrations in our Press Here book. Rolling and squishing and pressing and forming the dough worked those little muscles a great deal!  Prepping those fine motors for future handwriting! And there was so much more going on than this teacher had planned because I also heard counting, saw patterns being created, color identifications and connecting text to their own world!

Animal Tracks - Mrs. Krantz

Our morning started out by tracing our feet and decorating them.  We created our own footprints and later discovered that animals have footprints too, we call them animal tracks.  We played a matching game with different animal tracks and also talked about how God made each animal with feet just for them, to help them in their environments.  Animals don't need socks and shoes like we do!

Our chapel time was fabulous this morning.  I am so thankful that other church staff are excited about worshipping with the preschoolers!  What a tremendous gift to have them share their gifts with your kiddos!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Over, Under, Through - Mrs. Krantz

What a fun morning learning about positional words.  Balloons were part of the fun as we read a book titled "Elephants Aloft."  Ask your preschooler about it.

Chapel was delightful as was playing in the rain.  In our centers time we made over, under collages that jewels could be used to go over, under, through, beside, across...  Creature powers were everywhere to be seen as well!

We MADE a New Friend - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Using lines and curves, the preschoolers made a new friend; Mat Man! It was so fun listening to our Mat Man song and adding one piece at a time to assemble him. Mrs. O'Loughlin showed us a book staring guess who?! Mat Man!! We didn't know he was famous!

During centers some puffy paint was used to create the Red Sea. Using a scraper, paths were made. Some paths were lines and others were curves. It's so great when messy art turns into handwriting practice!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Brown Bear, Brown Bear! - Mrs. King

We began our morning working on our fine motor skills and we didn't even know it! Peg boards and our wonderful train table were a favorite choice.

We had everyone's attention when we read, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" at circle time! I am so proud of their attention to the story. We made brown bear masks to use in dramatic play on Thursday! 

In worship this week, we learned another scene from Moses' story. God led His people across the Red Sea on dry land! 

We are excited for our next chapel on Thursday this week at 9:20. 

Animal Scientists - Mrs. Krantz

We became animal scientists today as we went about the task of sorting and classifying animals.   We used our Animal Research Center to discover more about specific animals through the use of our non-fiction library.  Those books also helped us craw accurate pictures of each animal.

Playing in the rain is always a fun experience, especially when we discover that the canopy made by the trees gives us areas to stay dry.

We are learning a song in worship about God protecting us.  Ask your preschooler what God's protection is like!

Cookies for Sale! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Our Shape Cookie Shop was busy today! So many cookies being baked, delivered and eaten! It's such a delight to watch this pretend play between friends! Lots of communication and problem solving going on as the preschoolers decide who will use the oven and what cookie should be on which plate! They are sorting cookies according to shape, counting out how many the customer ordered and writing down recipes to make! Our dramatic play is a rich center filled with learning and fun!

Ask your preschooler what God used to make a path for Moses to cross the sea?!

We played happily outside and as soon as we were cleaned up and lined up, the rain came pouring down! And hail! We listened and stuck our hands out to see what we could catch. What a fun weather experience to see from the cover of our overhang!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Animal Fun - Mrs. Krantz

Animals are so much fun!  Today we worked on classifying and sorting animals.  We used a Venn Diagram to sort animals that lived on land, in water or both.  Later, at closing circle, we created spaces for toy animals and sorted them by animals that live on land, in the water or in the air.  

Our Tortuga HQ was a busy area as preschoolers used animal puppet, researched on the play computer and created creature power disks.

In worship we learned how God protected his people and carried them through the Red Sea by pushing back the water and giving them dry ground.  Our God is amazing!

Those rubber boots came in handy today as we enjoyed playing in the rain!  

Press Here - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Oh how we love books! Today we read another book that had a dot on the cover.. Except it wasn't just a dot, it was a button! As we read through this interactive book, each preschooler had their own button on their hand. Giggles and gasps and a few screams could be heard while we read and interacted with this fabulous book. Instilling a love of books and reading is a major goal at preschool! I think we're off to a great start!

In worship we asked "How did Moses cross the Red Sea?" Ask your preschool if they know!

Thank you for sending in rain boots! We all happily splashed and tromped outside in this wet rainy weather!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

I am so excited to read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr.  with our class this week!  Such a classic, fun book with lots of repetition which promotes preschoolers participation and easy memorization.  The illustrations by Eric Carle are bright and simple for the kids to connect with.  We will make brown bear masks and use teddy bear counters to sort colors and paint.  I am so enjoying seeing your children dive into art projects!  

In worship we will learn about how the children of Israel escaped from Egypt and how God took care of them when they crossed the Red Sea.  Through Moses,  God sent a big wind to push aside the water so His people could walk across on dry land!  Our chapel schedule has changed a bit, so we will have chapel again this week on  Thursday at 9:20am.  Family is always welcome to attend!

A couple of things you can be working on at home:

1.  We are working on learning to sit criss-cross applesauce on our rug.  This can seem like a simple skill to adults and older children, but the concept can be tough for a 2 year old!  Practicing this at home could help our kiddos catch on and feel more comfortable sitting that way at school.  One way to practice is by making it a game and see who can switch back and forth, with the right leg on top, and alternate left leg on top the fastest!

2.  Restroom breaks are continuing to improve for our class!  One way you can help is by sending your little one in pants that are easy to pull down and pull back up, without snaps or buttons.  As I've said, we are happy to help them with this as needed, but we want to encourage each kiddo to learn to do this on their own!

Blessings on your upcoming week!

Mark your Calendars!
9/21 Chapel 9:20 am
9/26 SHARE Day
9/28 Chapel 9:20am
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

These preschoolers had no trouble making their mark this past week!  So many beautiful creations are hanging up in the classroom making it so colorful and bright!  This week, we will begin making our mark with handwriting.  Big line, little line and big curve, little curve, will be introduced with lots of hands on play, songs and fun!    

Our sensory table will be filled with paper, string, straws, ribbons and...scissors! Using scissors allows a child to build up those tiny muscles in their hands that are also used for writing!  Cutting also enhances eye-hand coordination and encourages the use of bilateral coordination. (This comes in handy with zipping up coats!)   

In worship, we continue to hear about Moses and the Israelites on their long journey.  They have traveled very far only to be stopped by a big sea!  But we know that God is with us wherever we go and that He takes care of us.  We will be creating some messy art to go along with our Bible story this week!

We needed to change up our schedule a bit, so chapel will be this week on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:20am!  Everyone is always welcome to join us!

Have a wonderful weekend! 
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
9/20: Chapel
9/21: Chapel
9/27: SHARE Day, Art with Mrs. Hein
9/28: SHARE Day, Art with Mrs. Hein
10/10: School pictures—all classes
10/13: No preschool—Teacher work day
10/16: Science with Mr. Levi
10/17: Science with Mr. Levi

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

These past two weeks we have been working hard to get to know your preschoolers and discover what they are interested in.  Areas that they find exciting and fun will provide a richer learning experience!  So, for the next week or two we will be having fun with animals.  Our dramatic play area will turn into a "Wild Kratts" Tortuga complete with a mission control center, places to sleep, and creature power suits.  The preschoolers are going to go wild over becoming creature specialists!

This will be a great week to introduce some non-fiction books.  We will learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction and grow a love for the amazing books with amazing facts.

We will be using Venn Diagrams to take a look at different attributes of animals.  We will also be using balloons to help us experience positional words such as above, below, beside and through.  Animal tracks are going to a big part of our experiences as well.

In worship Moses and the Israelites have made it to the Red Sea and Pharaoh's army is coming up from behind.  What will they do?  God keeps His people safe and delivers them from the hand of Pharaoh again, in a pretty amazing way!

Our chapel schedule has changed a bit, so we will have chapel again this week on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:20am over at the church.  Family is always welcome to attend!

Be sure to check our our lists posted and our charts posted at the top of the stairs on the closet doors!  


9/20 Chapel 9:20am
9/21 Chapel 9:20am
9/27  Art
9/28 SHARE Day, Art
9/29 SHARE Day
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/13 No Preschool - Teacher Workday
10/16  Science with Mr. Levi
10/17  Science with Mr. Levi
10/20  WSU Raptor Club Visit
10/25, 26  Ferdinand's Field Trip
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Paper Cutting and Ripping - Mrs. King

Today we worked on our fine motor skills at our sensory table.  What fun to rip paper and use scissors to cut string and materials of all kinds.  The preschoolers really enjoyed this one and for awhile the sensory table was the place to be! During centers we also painted with dinosaurs (no paint brushes aloud today!).  

During snack time we are starting to see some conversations develop amongst the little ones.  What fun to see them talk about their snacks and what they are going to do and whatever else they come up with!

In worship we learned that baby Moses grew up to be a grown man and he led God's people out of Egypt on a long journey.  God was with them on their long journey and God appeared to them in a cloud of smoke by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  We went on a "long journey," to our outdoor space for some playtime.  We learned that God is with us wherever we go!

I am so thankful for a great end to our 2nd week in school! Can't wait to see you next week!

Marks on the Chalkboard - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Your preschoolers discovered our large wall chalkboard today! Armed with chalk and wet wipes, they set to work making their mark all over that board! Giving these kiddos different writing tools keeps things new and exciting. Also, using a vertical surface naturally puts the wrist in an extended position which encourages hand stabilization for better pencil/chalk grip and control. Add in hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness and this fun chalkboard doodling is a huge learning space in our classroom!

Using Scissors - Mrs. Krantz

These first few weeks are full of activities that are fun for the kids, but also have the purpose of teaching the teachers about the development of each child.  Today we took a look at fine motor skills and using scissors. 

We had the pleasure of our substitute Mrs. Wilson today.  She is a super nice lady with lots of teaching experience.  Since Mrs. Krantz is both Teacher and Director, sometimes she will need to step into another classroom for observation and evaluation.  Mrs. Wilson will fill in on those days.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mix It Up - Mrs. Krantz

Our book this morning, "Mix It Up" gave us some great ideas about painting and colors.  This interactive book had us moving a lot while it was read and in centers time we used the ideas from the book to create a colorful palette of artwork.

We also created a pillar of cloud, like the one God used to guide the Israelites.  This was a very puffy, messy project that was an incredible amount of sensory fun!

Everywhere, You May Go - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Our morning started off with chapel. As a group we walked from the preschool over to the church. We heard about Moses on a long trip and how God was with them wherever they went! The last song we sang was Go Now in Peace. We sang that the love of God goes with us "everywhere, we may go!" What a beautiful reminder that we are so loved and well taken care of.

Your preschooler may have shared with you that on our way to chapel, God was with us, as we saw a car bump into another car. We were safe. The people in the car were safe! We thank God for being with us on our walk!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The More We Get Together - Mrs. King

Today we read the book version of our closing song: The More We Get Together. We are learning to sing it and we started to hear some sweet voices singing along today! I am just so proud of the progress your children have made in only 3 classes! Miss B and I are so enjoying getting to know each of their interests in personalities. 

We celebrated Miss B's birthday today! She brought Oreo cookies to share and wore her birthday crown. During centers we painted a huge card for her. We also explored, How big is a dinosaur? We measured with scales, rulers and measuring tapes! As one child shared, "Dinosaurs are super duper big!"

We enjoyed a wonderful first chapel meeting this morning! I am so proud of how our class did, singling along to, "Jesus Loves Me," and, "When the Storm Roars," and listening to Pastor Matt tell us a true story from the Bible about Moses when he was a grown man! 

What joy I saw on so many faces as we got to go outside and go on a "Dinosaur hunt!" Ask your children where they found the dinosaurs. We so enjoyed sliding and playing in the outdoor playhouse as well.

 Blessings to you and see you on Thursday!

Team Work! - Mrs. Krantz

What a great group of preschoolers!  We started out practicing our team work skills as we assembled big floor puzzles together.  Working together to accomplish a common goal is a very important skill!  We headed over to our very first chapel with Pastor Matt and Ms. Ann.  Ask your preschooler what they enjoyed the most about our time together in worship.

We explored the front yard with scooters, sand box play, balancing, and playing house.  We love both of our outside spaces.

Inside we painted fire, created a purple crayon mural based on "Harold and the Purple Crayon," did a bit of beading and we had a whole lot of hungry firefighters over in dramatic play!

Dots and Chapel! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

What a fun morning with this wonderful group! We began our morning by walking over to chapel and worshipping together as a school! We met Ms. Ann who plays piano and guitar. She led us in a few songs. We also met Pastor Matt! He told us about a grown up Moses who went on a long trip. Ask your preschooler what Moses and his friends packed for their trip!

Back at the preschool we read The Dot. Ask your preschooler about Vashti and all her dots! We made a few dots ourselves during centers.

Beautiful outdoors!! We played in the front yard today enjoying scooters, sand boxes and balance beams!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Purple Crayon - Mrs. Krantz

Our morning started out with decorating s shape that we later turned into something we saw in our book for the day.  We read "Harold and the Purple Crayon."  In the book Harold drew a hot air balloon and we turned those shapes into hot air balloons!  What fun to hear all about where each balloon would take us.

We were so happy to be outside in the backyard.  The new climber was especially fun!

In worship we heard about Moses leading God's people out of Egypt.  They had a long journey ahead of them!  

In our closing time together, we always make a chart.  It helps us think through the things we did in the morning and engages us with numbers, counting, graphing and more.  Take a look each day at the graph and ask your preschooler about those things listed!  It is a great way to begin meanigful conversations at home!

Make a Mark - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We read The Dot during our opening circle this morning. Vashti is a little girl who felt she couldn't draw. Her art teacher asked her to simply "make a mark and see where it takes you!" During centers we were inspired by the dots Vashti created. Big ones, little ones, blue and red ones! We used different materials to create so many dots!!

Moses and his friends are on a long trip in our worship time. We made a list of what we pack for our trips. We discussed all the places we can travel and decided that God is with us in all those places.

God is also with us outside!!! We enjoyed the blue skies and clear air today very much!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

Moving into our second week together we will continue to explore the classroom, build friendships and create a classroom that is a space that each child feels safe, comfortable and at home!  We will also work more with colors through engagement in some incredible books and hands on activities.  "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson will inspire us to make our own pictures with not just a purple crayon, but other colors too.  "Mix It Up" by Herve Tullet will lead us in some artistic expression!

In our worship time, we will hear about how Moses grew up and led his people out of Egypt.  The journey was an adventure full of trial, but God was with His people, and He is with us too, wherever we may go.  We will also be creating some artwork based on the Bible account.

I am very excited that we should be able to play outside this week!  We will use both the front and back yard play areas to introduce the different types of play each area has to offer.

Blessings on your week,
Mrs. Krantz

Upcoming Events
9/12 Chapel 9:20am
9/13 Chapel 9:20am
9/27 Chapel 9:20am
9/28 Chapel 9:20am
9/28 SHARE Day
9/29 SHARE Day
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/13 No Preschool - Teacher Workday
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

What a fantastic first week of preschool!  I am so excited and honored that you trust us with your children and can't wait to continue to get to know them more!!        

This week we going to read the book, Dinosaurumpus by Tim Mitton.  Did you know that Dinosaurs dance?  We finished our binoculars for our dino hunt on Tuesday! Other stories you may ask your child about are, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.  and Panda Bear, Panda Bear.  These stories are common favorites and such fun ways to learn about colors, animals and the repetitive nature of some books!

In worship we will learn about how the children of Israel escaped from Egypt and went on a long journey through the wilderness to the promised land.  We will talk about going on trips and learn that God is with me wherever I go!!

During closing circle, we will continue to sing and learn our closing song, "The More We Get Together." Ask your preschool about Mrs. King's and Ms. B's "special bag."  Sometimes there are items for the children to play with and even take home!  

Blessings on your upcoming week!

Mark your Calendars!
9/12 Chapel 9:20am
9/26 SHARE Day
9/28 Chapel 9:20am
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

Thank you all for such a fantastic first week!  Bonds have already began to form; between teachers and preschoolers, as well as new preschool friends!  I can’t wait to see these relationships grow as our school year goes on.

Books are the most amazing teaching tool!  We use them to teach colors, shapes, rhymes and even empathy.  Children love to see the connections from a story book to themselves.  This week, we will be using the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  In this story a little girl becomes upset because she can’t draw.  Her teacher encourages her to simply “make a mark”.  We will be just like the little girl in the story as we will be making many marks in the coming weeks.

During our worship time, we will hear about a grown up Moses taking a long trip.  God promised to be there and watch over Moses and his friends.  We will discover that God makes us that same promise! We have our very first chapel on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:20am over at Concordia church.  All family is welcome to join us for worship!

Our family picture wall is a very popular spot in the classroom.  The preschoolers look at these pictures often and discuss who has a baby or who has a big brother.  If you have not already done so, please send your family picture in so we can add it to our wall! 

Blessings on your weekend and upcoming week!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
9/12: Chapel—9:20am
9/13: Chapel—9:20am
9/21: SHARE Day
9/22: SHARE Day
9/27: Chapel, Art with Mrs. Hein
9/28: Chapel, Art with Mrs. Hein
10/10: School pictures—all classes
10/13: No preschool—Teacher work day

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dinosaur Footprints - Mrs. King

Miss B and I saw many surprised faces around our opening circle today as we read, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton.  We learned that dinosaurs have horns, spikes and different kinds of feet!

During centers we made Dino prints with plastic dinosaurs in play dough!  We made big
prints and small prints and talked about all different kinds of dinosaurs with different feet! We also painted our dinosaur searching binoculars to get ready for our hunt next week.  

During worship we sang, and read the story of baby Moses and helped wrap up our baby Moses and fit him in his basket.  The kids were surprised to find out that he was floating in a river!

We are so thankful for our indoor space for our large motor play time.  We enjoyed playing catch and throw with some playground balls and there were a few fun games of Ring Around the Rosie.  And of course the wheeled toys for scooting and riding were the favored choices.  

What a wonderful first week!  I am so proud of the progress each kiddo made even in our first two days!  See you on Tuesday.

Mixing Colors - Mrs. Krantz

This morning we reread the story Little Blue and Little Yellow and then we each took a small ball of yellow play dough and a small ball of blue play dough and had the two colors give each other a big hug!  They mixed and mixed and then we had one ball of green!  Later we saw what happens when blue and red mix together.

In worship we tested out items from the classroom to see if they would sink or float.  We talked about the Bible story of Moses in the basket.  That basket floated, and God took good care of Moses!

White Shoes - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We began our morning by coming up with all the things we know about books! One of those was we can learn after reading one! Pete the Cat taught us about colors and that white can change into a new color! During centers we explored this by adding liquid watercolors to our very own white shoes. Ask your preschooler what happened? And what happened if colors mixed?!

In worship we discussed that the basket for baby Moses was a good basket because it floated. We tested out some other items to see if they too would float.

Reminder: Please be sure to send in your parent information for the directory! Thank you!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

God Has Big Plans! - Mrs. Krantz

What fun we had together this morning!  Everyone got right into the class without a hitch and we got busy with preschool fun.  We are figuring out the routine, learning names and making new friends.  

Little blue and little yellow were quite a bit of fun today, and we found out that when they are together, they make green!  What fun new things we can do when we are together!  Blue shaving cream mixed with yellow shaving cream made for some fantastic green fun!

We learned about God caring for baby Moses and that God had big plans for Moses.  Guess who else God has big plans for?  Ask your preschooler!

Ms. Tietjen and I are already so excited to teach your precious ones.  We are going to have a wonderful year together!

Hickety, Pickety Bumblebee - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Our first day at preschool was fantastic! This sweet group met a little friend of mine, Hickety Pickety. With his help, we learned all our friends' names with a fun song. Can your preschooler sing it for you?

At centers the preschoolers has the opportunity to make their own Hickety Pickety. We also had many beautiful masterpieces painted. Dress up was busy as was our pretend restaurant.

In worship we had a little baby doll we used to act out the Baby Moses bible story. There were some concerned eyes when the baby was placed in the river, but quickly went away when the preschoolers found out the big sister made sure baby Moses was safe. We discussed how God gives us people to care for us too!

See you all Friday!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

We Are the Dinosaurs! - Mrs. King

We are the Dinosaurs! We began our morning with a fun song book by Laurie Berkner. We were marching dinosaurs at our opening circle. We sang good morning to each preschooler and are working on learning each of our new friend's names. 

During centers each little one began creating some binoculars for our dinosaur hunt! Other favorites were our sensory table with water, dress up, and our train table!

During worship we sang, "God cares for you!" And we talked about how parents take care of babies. We prayed and thanked God for giving us families to care for us!

For large motor play we stayed indoors to avoid the poor air quality and we played movement games, road tricycles and enjoyed our indoor slide! 

Miss B and I both agreed that today was a great start to our school year!! Thank you parents for helping drop off and pick up to run so smoothly!! Can't wait to see you again on Thursday!

Little Blue and Little Yellow - Mrs. Krantz

Ms. Tietjen, Ms. Baty and I all agree that today was wonderful!  This group of 12 is already working together, making new friends and catching onto what preschool is all about!

In addition to learned the routine of the class and how we transition to the next thing, we sang a name song to meet one another and read "Little Blue and Little Yellow."  We had fun with this book during our centers time as we created our own sets of little blues and little yellows and experimented with baking soda and yellow vinegar and blur vinegar.  Ask your preschooler what happened!

In worship we sang songs about God's care and love for us.  We heard about baby Moses in the basket and how God made sure he was safe and cared for.  We also prayed together!

The poor air quality kept us from going outside, but we went bowling, balance on rocks, climbed through tunnels and more to keep our bodies moving!

Thanks for a great first day!

Happy First Day! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had such a wonderful first day! Your preschoolers met a friend of mine: Hickety Pickety the bumblebee. Hickety loves to hear new names and was excited for so many new names this morning! This sweet little group was then sent off into centers to explore their classroom with their new friends! Painting, building, puzzles and baby dolls were some favorites.

During worship, we heard about a baby in a basket. Does your preschooler remember the babies name? God gave this baby lots of people to make sure he was safe, loved and cared for. God gives us people too!

This smoke kept us inside but gave my friends introduction in our "Inside/Outside Time"! All that energy was able to get out with our large motor toys!

We ended our morning with reading "Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes." We added a few verses to the song so each preschooler could sing about their own colored shoes!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

I am seriously looking forward to our first week of preschool!  I know this is going to be a fabulous year of growing and learning together.

This week we will be working to learn the routine of the classroom, exploring all the classroom has to offer, working to learn the names of all our new friends, playing outside and getting comfortable with preschool.  I will be working hard these next few weeks to get to know each child so that we can best meet their individual needs!

There will be a few books that we will explore together as a class this week.  The first one is "Little Blue, Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni.  We will be interacting with this book in several spectacular ways that hopefully will be exciting for your preschooler to share with you at home.  Another Leo Lionni book, "A Color of His Own" will also be a focus this week.  And because I always like to share my favorite books, we will be reading "Have You Got my Purr?" by Judy West.  

Our Bible Story this week is about baby Moses in the basket.  We will hear the story and see how God protected baby Moses.  We will learn some new worship songs and learn about praying together as a group!  

Please be sure to send your preschooler's backpack with a change of clothes.  Include his/her snack for the day and a water bottle.  Please do not send juice or milk.  We will serve water with snack.  If you would like your child to have sunscreen on for our time outside, please apply it before drop off.

One last thing... at pick up time, you will be walking through Mrs. O'Loughlin's class which will still be in session.  Please do your best to walk through quiety both going up and coming down with your preschooler!

Have a wonderful remainder of your weekend and I will see you all soon!!!

God's Richest Blessings,
Mrs. Krantz

9/5 First Day of Preschool (5 day and 2 day groups)
9/6 First Day of Preschool (3 day groups)
9/13 Chapel 9:20am
9/14 Chapel 9:20am
9/27 Chapel 9:20am
9/28 Chapel 9:20am
9/28  SHARE Day
9/29  SHARE Day
10/10 Picture Day - All Classes
10/13 No Preschool - Teacher Workday
10/27 Pumpkin Party 10:30am - All Classes

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

It’s finally preschool time!  Miss Stahlecker and I are so excited to begin our school year.  We are honored you have entrusted us with your most precious person.
This week is all about learning our preschool routine, exploring the space and getting to know one another and our names.  We will also be enjoying many of the things your preschoolers listed on their note cards during orientation.  Our first priority is to get the first building block of education in place, feeling safe and secure!
Your preschooler will learn about our morning circle time, helper jobs, how we line up on our number rug, when and where to wash hands, when we eat snack and when we play outside.  They will discover all the fun opportunities in our classroom to play and learn!  We will also discover worship time together!  They will learn that Jesus loves and cares for them in our Bible stories, the songs that we sing and our prayers.  Your preschooler will learn how we end our time together with a closing circle and a blessing song.
We are looking forward to a wonderful first week of getting to know our routine, the classroom and one another!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
9/5: First Day of Preschool for the T/TH group
9/6: First Day of Preschool for the MWF group
9/13: Chapel
9/14: Chapel
9/21: SHARE Day
9/22: SHARE Day
9/27: Chapel
9/28: Chapel

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

Mrs. Bartelheimer and I were so blessed to meet you and your little ones this past week at orientation.  We cannot wait to get started this week! I'm sure these first days will be filled with lots of excitement, apprehension, joy, busy-ness, and maybe a few tears.  We are truly blessed that we get to partner with you to love on them and get to know your families.  

This week we will be working on getting to know our classroom, our indoor and outdoor space, new friends and learning our routines.  We will explore dinosaurs, reading and singing the book, "We Are The Dinosaurs," by Laurie Berkner.  We will find out what kind of prints dinosaurs make in play dough, sort them by color or size and we may even find some dinosaurs in our outdoor space!

Our worship time together is all about how God cared for Baby Moses.  His mother made a special basket to help protect him in a difficult time.  We will explore ways that God and our families take care of us. We will care for babies and explore different shapes and sizes of baskets.  

If you would like your child to have sunscreen on for our outdoor play, please apply before school.  Feel free to send a hat as well and we will make sure they use it!  Our outdoor space gets full sun, which will be so nice on chilly days, but may get warm so also send a water bottle labeled with their name if you would like to!

Please be sure to send your child's backpack each day with a change of clothes (and extra pull-ups if your child needs them) that will stay in the backpack.  Also, please send your child's snack everyday.  There is a snack bin under the hooks that your child can drop off his/her snack.  Please have the snack labeled so we know who it belongs to!  The fridge is available for snacks that need to be refrigerated.  Please keep the snack small, able to be eaten in about 5 minutes or less.  We provide water, but you are welcome to send a waterbottle.  No juice or milk please!

Praying for all of us as we begin a new week!

Mrs. King

9/5  First Day of Preschool
9/14 First Chapel 9:20am
9/26 Our First SHARE Day9/28  Chapel 9:20am

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We Are Ready For Preschool!!!

We can't wait to see you all at orientation!

Mrs. Krantz and Ms. Tietjen

Mrs. O'Loughlin and Ms. Stahlecker

Ms. Bartelheimer and Mrs. King