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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Working Fine Motor Muscles - Mrs. Krantz

Today, as we sewed together paper baskets and cut out 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread to go in the baskets, we worked our fine muscle motors a lot!  It was a BIG workout for those little muscles, making them strong and able to do wonderful things... like write!

We had some fun with eating sounds too.  Check out our list of words that describe sounds of eating.  It is at the top of the stairs!


We Love Beach Day - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Beach day started with taking a close look at some amazing beach finds! Sand dollars, brain corral, a sea sponge, and even a sea horse! Ask your preschooler what did all the sea stars have in common!

During centers these beach babies found the hula skirts and swayed to the sounds of waves crashing on the beach. Painting shells, splashing in water and reading some terrific ocean books made for a wonderful morning.

At worship we played a game! If the music was playing, the fish kept on swimming around the circle. But if the music stopped, so did the fish and the preschooler shared something God has given them. Mommies, food and cars were among the list of God’s blessing to us!


Friday is our field trip to Pets Are People Too!



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Feeding 5,000 - Mrs. Krantz

We had another great morning of Science with Mr. Levi.  Today we got to see raisins dance!  Ask your preschooler just how that happened.  

In centers time we finished up a woodworking project that will be part of the upcoming art show.  Each preschooler made a picture frame for his/her self portrait!

We also sewed paper baskets together to hold 2 fish and 5 loaves to help us remember the amazing miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000!



Beach Day - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had so much fun today! It started with Mr. Levi and Science. Ask your preschooler what happened to the raisins in the bubble water!

During centers we painted shells, played in the water table with all sorts of ocean creatures, laid on beach towels while playing an I Spy beach game and enjoyed the pool full of fish and books!

Parachute played had our bodies moving making waves and working together to keep the beach balls on the parachute.

Thursday is our field trip Pets Are People Too!



Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit - Mrs. King

This morning we learned all about Snowshoe Hares and how they change their fur for winter and spring!  Our "snow-dough," is always a favorite and I saw many penguin nests and eggs being made as well.  I love to see our preschooler's creativity!

In worship we learned about Jesus doing a miracle! Ask your preschooler how many people Jesus and his friends fed with only 5 loaves and 2 fishes! We also learned a new song called, "My God is so Great!," with fun motions to go along.  

Don't forget that Thursday is SHARE day for our class!  I can't wait to see what preschoolers bring to share!


Monday, January 29, 2018

More Than Enough! - Mrs. Krantz

It is always a good day when it is science day with Mr. Levi!  What fun we had exploring density.  Ask your preschooler about our fun experiment today!

In worship we figured out that 5,000 people is a lot of people and there is no way that 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread could ever be enough to feed them all... unless Jesus is in charge!  In fact, He made sure there was MORE than enough!


There is Nothing My God Cannot Do! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Our morning stared with learning about density with Mr. Levi! He had 4 things, sand, water, oil and shaving cream. The preschoolers predicted which one was more dense. Ask your preschooler if we were right on our prediction!

We have been singing “My God is so great! So strong and so mighty! There’s nothing my God cannot do!” And today we heard another amazing story that seemed impossible but there is nothing our great and mighty Lord cannot do! Ask your preschool if all 5,000 people had lunch!

Outside was glorious!! It was a sand digging, slide sliding, hill rolling, pretend playing, enjoying the warmer temperatures kind of morning!

See you on Wednesday for BEACH DAY!!


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

It's exciting to think about all the events coming up in preschool as we look to start a new month! February is full of fun events so please let me know what questions you have as things come up!  This week we will wrap up our study of snowy animals by focusing on Snowshoe Hares!  We will read the book, "Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit," by Il Sung Na.  We will also read nonfiction books about snowshoe hares and other snowy creatures.  

This week in worship we will learn about how Jesus fed 5,000 people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread!  Wow!

Class lists for Valentine's will be in your boxes this week.  We will exchange Valentines at preschool on February 15th.  Your child is not required to exchange Valentines, but it is a fun activity.  If you plan to include candy, please remember we are a peanut/tree nut free facility.  

The Heart Cafe is also coming up on the 15th from 9am-10am.  This is a full breakfast that your preschooler will be inviting you or another special person to attend.  We will take reservations and the whole family is welcome to attend! Watch for a Facebook live video soon for Mrs. Krantz to explain more about this favorite family memory making event.  

Blessings,
Amber

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/1  SHARE day!
2/8  Art
2/15 The Heart Cafe 9am
2/22  Art
2/27-3/1 Preschool Spring Break/Parent Teacher Conferences
3/1 Art Show 6pm

Friday, January 26, 2018

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

This is our last week of ocean fun and learning!  We have absolutely loved all the ocean books that were brought in this week.  If your preschooler didn’t get a chance, and would like to, feel free to send in books this week as well!

Science with Mr. Levi is Monday and Tuesday!  He is going to be telling us about liquid density and sharing some pretty fantastic experiments.

In worship, the preschoolers have heard stories of Jesus performing great and mighty acts; Calming the Storm, Healing the Blind Man and now this week: Feeding the 5000.  All these amazing stories show Jesus’ great and mighty love! 

Our Beach Days will be Tuesday and Wednesday!  Dress like you would at the beach: shorts, sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts, (but probably not bathing suits). We will have the room toasty warm and enjoy some beach games, activities and art!

The field trips to Pets Are People Too are on Thursday and Friday.  Please drop off your preschooler like normal at 9am.  We will have an opening circle, quick centers (this will be a mandatory bathroom use time) and snack.  If you are driving, please meet back at the preschool at 10am so we can pray, load up and head over.  If you are not driving, please be sure to leave your preschoolers car seat in the car of their driver. (I will send out a list of car arrangements early next week)  The field trip will be about an hour, having us be done around 11:15am.  If you would like to go home directly after the field trip, feel free to do so.  Please just let me know.

-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
1/29: Science
1/30: Science, Beach Day
1/31: Beach Day
2/1: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/2: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/5: SHARE Day
2/6: SHARE Day
2/7: Chapel—9:20am, Art
2/8: Chapel—9:20, Art
2/14: Heart Café—9am
2/15: Heart Café—9am

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

This is the last week fully dedicated to our restaurant fun and learning.  We will be exploring sounds of eating, and the fun words we use to describe those sounds.  Crunchy, slurpy... there is an abundance of wonderful words!  We will also enjoy Science with Mr. Levi on Monday and Tuesday, and have SHARE Day on Thursday and Friday.  

In worship we will see more of the amazing things our God is able to do, including feeding over 5,000 people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread.  What an amazing God we serve!

Next week will end our restaurant unit field trips to local restaurants.  On Monday the 5th, our class will visit "The Old European."  On Tuesday the 6th, our class will visit "Dairy Queen."  On both days, please drop you preschooler off as usual and if you are driving, return at 9:45am to load up and head over.  If you are not driving, you will need to leave your child's car seat.  I need a final count by Tuesday the 30th, as I need to finalize reservations with each restaurant.  Snack is not needed on these days as we will be enjoying some food from each restaurant.  

Class lists for Valentine's will be in your boxes this week.  This is a great opportunity for your preschooler to practice his/her writing skills!  

Blessings on your weekend,
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/29 Science
1/30 Science
2/1 SHARE
2/2 SHARE
2/5 Field Trip - The Old European 9:45am
2/6 Field Trip - Dairy Queen 9:45am
2/7 Art, Chapel
2/8 Art, Chapel
2/14 The Heart Cafe 9am
2/15 The Heart Cafe 9am
2/19 No Preschool - President's Day
2/21 Art
2/22 Art

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Making Pizza - Mrs. Krantz

The best part of our morning was making our own pizzas and eating them!  What fun it was to spread the sauce on our English Muffin crust, add the toppings and cheese, and wait for them to bake in the oven.  Eating them was delightful too!


Fire Drill - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had our first fire drill this morning! This amazing group of preschoolers hears that fire alarm, quickly and quietly lined up and walked out to our safe spot. You should be so proud of these firefighter helpers. I definitely am!


Indoor Snow and Fire Drill - Mrs. King

We had a fun morning making painted snowstorms and learning more about penguins in centers today! We interrupted centers to have a fire drill! We talked about helping fire fighters so that we can know how to be safe! 

Outside time was especially fun with the beautiful sun and warmer temperature!



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I Spy - Mrs. Krantz

This morning, the preschoolers put together and ABC I Spy puzzle while everyone arrived.  They found this puzzle so intriguing that we switched lesson plans all together and played a big game of I Spy using our teacher helper pointers to find the hidden items.  We found letters and lots of objects that began with those letters.  What a fun game!

We have also been keeping track of the paperwhite growth both in our scientific journals and in our growth chart.  The bulbs have done amazing things in such a short amount of time!

Pizza was still a big part of our day as we created pizzas, wrote down orders and counted out money to pay for the pizza.  Tomorrow and Friday we will be making real pizzas to eat, so no snack is needed!


Fiction Stories - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We have been loving all the ocean books the preschoolers are bringing in. While we love the true and amazing facts a non fiction book has to offer, we love the made up, usually silly, fictions stories! Our writing center was quite busy today with many stories being written and illustrated by preschoolers.

During closing circle, preschoolers put their imaginations together and wrote a wonderful story; “Party in California”! If you didn’t have a chance to read it, it’s now hanging in the lobby.

Friday will be a fire drill. We have discussed exactly what will happen and this group is ready to be firefighter helpers!


Monday, January 22, 2018

Sharks in an Aquarium - Mrs. O'Loughlin

To begin our shark week, Mrs. O’Loughlin read a poem. She read it twice; the first time was fast, loud and upbeat. The second time was quiet, slow and as described by the preschoolers “a little scary”. They decided that the second way was more fitting with the mood and matched the picture and was the preferred way to read it!

To go along with our new poem, we did a fun cooking project! Each preschooler had their own “aquarium” (just like in the poem) to hold their own shark. After pouring in the water we were quick to put the lids on these so the shark didn’t jump out! We can’t wait to see what happens to our little aquariums after they’ve been in the fridge. We’ll be enjoying these treats on Wednesday!

During worship all the preschoolers closed their eyes as they heard the story of a man who was blind. We all agreed he probably wanted to see. Lucky for this man, Jesus loved him very much and healed his eyes so they could see. Ask your preschooler what Jesus used. We tried out our new musical instruments to sing about Jesus’ mighty and powerful love for us!

We ended our morning together with a non-fiction book that was brought in! This book was so interesting we decided to add a few of those facts to our poster!



Pizza! - Mrs. Krantz

Today we were all about pizza.  We sang a song about what to put on a pizza and shared our favorite toppings.  I took note as we will be making our own pizzas later on this week.  Our Preschool Pizza Shop was open for business and they had a very busy first day.  Lots of pizza building was done and they were sent out for delivery.  

In worship we heard about how Jesus healed a blind man.  Ask your preschooler what Jesus did.  It brought up a lot of conversation!  We also enjoyed using our new egg shakers as we sang during our worship time.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

This week is full of pizza excitement!  We will be singing a great pizza song, reading a pizza delivery book, creating our own non-edible and edible pizzas, and really getting into the roll of a pizza maker with hats and aprons.  Listen for pizza rhymes and poems this week too.  We will be counting pizzas, sorting toppings, and perhaps a pattern or two will emerge in the proper placement of toppings on tops of a yummy pizza.

In worship we will hear how Jesus healed a blind man.  His love is for everyone!  We will be using our prayer journals for some prayer time and our new musical instruments will help us make a joyful noise as we worship.

I have a few field trips in the works, so be watching for more information on those.  We could use some paper grocery bags this week too, so please bring any extra you might have.

Looking ahead, for those planners out there... we will be exchanging Valentine's in class and a class list will go out in the next week or two.  Your child is not required to exchange Valentine's, but it is a fun activity.  If you plan on including candy, please remember we are a peanut/tree nut free facility.  The Heart Cafe is also coming up on both the 14th and 15th from 9am-10am.  Please note the time as preschool will not start at the normal 8:45am.  Preschoolers will go to class after our Heart Cafe experience.  This is a full breakfast that your preschooler will be inviting you (or another special person) to attend.  We will take reservations and the whole family is welcome to attend!  A Facebook live video will be posted soon to tell you more about this favorite family memory making event.

Blessings,
Mrs. Krantz

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/29 Science
1/30 Science
2/1  SHARE
2/2  SHARE
2/7  Art
2/8  Art
2/14 The Heart Cafe 9am
2/15 The Heart Cafe 9am
2/19  No Preschool - President's Day
2/21  Art
2/22  Art

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

Penguins, Penguins Everywhere!  will be our main book this week.  It has such cute, rhyming text and a lot of characteristics about penguins! We will also share some nonfiction books about penguins, where they live and what they eat and how they behave.  I am excited to see all that our preschoolers learn about penguins.  It is amazing to see what their little minds can absorb and remember even at a young age!  

In worship this week, we will learn about the story of Jesus healing a blind man.  We continue to pray, sing songs and learn about Jesus' life each day.  

While we are thankful for the space we have for large motor play when the weather doesn't cooperate, we are itching to get back outside this week!  Please remember to send coats, hats and mittens and we will (hopefully =) enjoy our outdoor space again this week!

Blessings to you!
Amber

UPCOMING EVENTS

2/15 The Heart Cafe--More information to come!

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

It’s shark week! As soon as the preschoolers guessed that there were sharks in the mystery bag, the excitement for these large fish intensified! New songs and a wonderful shark poem will be a part of our shark week learning.      

With the help of some non-fiction books, we will be creating our own “Shark Facts” poster.  We have been discussing the difference between fiction and non-fiction stories this year and in the writing center there will be opportunity for your preschooler to write their very own shark story.  We will also be writing a shark story as a class!

If your preschooler has an ocean book (fiction or non-fiction) please feel free to bring it to class!  We love reading and over the next two weeks we will take the time to read each book that is brought in.

During worship time we will hear another amazing story about our great and mighty Lord.  Jesus shows His great and mighty love in many ways and in our bible story, we will hear how that love was shown by making a blind man's eyes see.

We have our field trips to Pets Are People Too coming up next week.  We will need drivers and if you are able to come along, there is a sign up sheet for each class.

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

Mark Your Calendars
1/29: Science
1/30: Science, Beach Day
1/31: Beach Day
2/1: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/2: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/14: Heart Café—9am
2/15: Heart Café—9am

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Oddles of Noodles - Mrs. Krantz

What fun words can be!  We enjoyed much silliness with the words oodles, noodles, and foodles.  We discussed out favorite foodles, and made a classroom book called "Our Favorite Foodles."  It will be laminated and added to our classroom library.

Chapel was wonderful as we all gathered to worship together and hear God's Word and sing and pray together.  Walking back in the rain gave opportunity for some excellent puddle splashing!

Centers time is always filled with building and creating.  We did some great counting with the straw builders today... creations got quite tall!


Wind Make Waves...and Art! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We love chapel! Ms. Ann sang “When the Storm Roars” with us before Pastor Matt told us the story of Jesus calming the storm. It was perfect on the wet, stormy morning.

Back at the preschool we used our wind to create art! It took some finesse to get the straw just right and making the paint go in the direction they wanted. Lots of directional vocabulary was used during the super fun activity. Light tables, water in the sensory and sticker scenes rounded out our center time.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Polar Bear, Polar Bear - Mrs. King

We had a fun morning learning about polar bears!  We learned the sign for polar bear in sign language and learned that polar bears have white fuzzy fur and eat seals! 

We enjoyed having our first chapel for the new year!  It is so sweet to see our class enjoying songs with Mrs. Ann and a bible story with Pastor Matt!



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Storm - Mrs. Krantz

One of our favorite times in preschool is chapel, when we get to worship together with all of the preschool classes, Pastor Matt and Ms. Ann.  It is always full of joy, music, prayers and the Bible.  Pastor Matt shared the story of Jesus calming the storm.  For children, they think of this in terms of literal storms... thunder and lightning.  For adults, we might think of it a bit differently.

This post if for us adults.  Sadness and tragedy is always around us in this world, but it became so evident yesterday and today in our little town.  There is no understanding, no reasoning for such tragedy.  But Jesus rides the storm with us.  He will not leave us.  We may never receive understanding, but He does give us His peace.  So, in this storm, my prayer is that you may know Jesus is in the boat with you, and peace will come someday.  May the light of His love burn bright and give you hope.



Peace! Be Still! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

In chapel, we heard how Jesus and his friends were caught in a storm while on a small boat! Huge waves and big winds made their boat toss back and forth. They were so scared and called out to Jesus. Jesus commanded the storm “Peace! Be still.” And as quickly as it had begun, the stormed stopped. What a mighty and powerful Lord we serve!

We took the opportunity to retell this bible story during our outside play with the parachute. The preschoolers worked together to create huge “waves” and each kiddo had a chance to command “Peace! Be still.” We love incorporating what we learn in chapel with the rest of our day!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

She'll Be Going Out to Dinner!- Mrs. Krantz

There are so many ways to get from one place to another.  The preschoolers came up with a list of different types of transportation methods that could get us to a chosen restaurant... cars, trucks, walking, bikes, motorcycles, trains, airplanes, boats.  There are so many types of transportation!  In our songs today, we she took a train!  We became a train, 12 cars in all!  As we sang "She'll Be Going Out to DInner" we made some spectacular train noises.

Later in the day we learned about Jesus calming the storm and we sang a song about when the storm roars.  Perhaps your preschooler will sing it for you!

There are green letters taped to the floor in our classroom.  We are using these for a variety of fun activities including building letters out of sticks.  They are also good gathering places for games and spots for jumping.



The Mitten - Mrs. King

This morning we had so much fun reading, "The Mitten," by Jan Brett.  In this story various animals try to fit into a mitten tight to get out of the cold until the great big bear SNEEZES and everyone gets blown out! During centers we got to glue animals unto our own mittens and fill it up full!  If you wonder why your preschooler may smell a bit like shaving cream, we enjoyed shaving cream "snow," in our sensory table with various plastic snowy animals to play with.  

We are  looking forward to learning more about polar bears and having our first chapel of the new year on Thursday. See you then!


Waves!- Mrs. O'Loughlin

Ask your preschooler what makes the waves in the ocean! If they say wind, give them a high five from me! We used our own wind to move “water” across the floor. The bigger the wind, the more our water moved. Waves are the same way!

Our wave talk didn’t stop there. In worship Jesus and his friends were on a little boat when a storm came bringing big waves! They were so scared when Jesus stood up and said “Peace! Be Still!” And the storm stopped! We acted out the story using our parachute! Each preschooler took turns being Jesus and calming the storm.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

This week we will begin a new unit about Snowy Animals.  We will begin on Tuesday by reading, "The Mitten," by Jan Brett, a classic children's story. We will make a list of all the animals we may find in the snow.  On Thursday we will focus on polar bears and read, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?" along with some non-fiction books about our favorite snowy bears.  I am excited to transform the classroom into a Arctic wonderland!  

Each week we continue to teach and embed learning of friendship skills into our daily routines.  I am so proud of how our preschoolers have grown in giving/sharing toys and giving gentle touches.  This week we will introduce a new skill of giving compliments.  This is an important skills that our children will grow in as they mature.  Learning this will include partner work and beginning to share the things we like about our classmates!  Should be fun!

In worship this week we will learn about the story of Jesus calming a big storm for his friends when they were out at sea!  Jesus helped his friends when they were afraid and we can ask him to help us when we are afraid too!

We are excited to have our first chapel of the new year on Thursday at 9:20.  As usual parents are invited to join us!

Blessings to you in the new year!
Amber

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/18  Chapel
2/15 The Heart Cafe

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

A quick reminder: we do not have preschool on Monday, the 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Your preschoolers have done a wonderful job using their math bags and number lines.  As these Math Bags make their way home, please help your child find 10 small items to put into their math bags to bring back to preschool.  Marbles, pennies, legos, rocks...are some of the items we discussed would fit inside!  On Wednesday and Thursday, using our number lines, we will count out these 10 items during circle time! 

Keep a look out for new creatures being added to our ocean mural!  We will be exploring ocean waves and wind and introducing prepositional vocabulary with some creative artwork.

In worship, the preschoolers will understand how large waves can be as they hear the story of Jesus calming the storm.  Chapel in on Wednesday and Thursday!  Families are welcome to join us for worship.

Have a wonderful long weekend!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
1/15: No preschool in observance of MLK Day
1/17: Chapel
1/18: Chapel
1/29: Science
1/30: Science, Beach Day
1/31: Beach Day
2/1: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/2: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

First, a reminder that there is no preschool on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The rest of the week we will enjoy more restaurant fun with a catchy tune, "She'll Be Going out to Dinner When She Comes" and a silly poem "Oodles of Noodles."  Positional words will be part of our learning along with naming of objects, and playing around with rhyming words.

In worship we will learn about Jesus calming the storm.  Chapel is at 9:20am on Wednesday and Thursday over at the church.  Family is always welcome to attend too!

Blessings,
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/15 No Preschool - MLK Jr. Day
1/17 Chapel
1/18 Chapel
1/29 Science
1/20 Science
2/14 The Heart Cafe 9am
2/15 The Heart Cafe 9am

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Circles! - Mrs. King

A circle's like a ball,
A circle's like a ball,
Round and round, 
It never stops,
A circle's like a ball.  
(to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell)

Today was all about circles in Mrs. King's class!  We used various circle shaped items to make circle paintings.  What a joy and privilege it is for me to see our preschoolers recognize basic shapes this week! This knowledge is something we will continue to embed in all our learning along with colors, numbers and letters as the year progresses.  


Rainbow Fish! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

This morning, after reading The Rainbow Fish and hearing how a good friend shares, the teachers had on their “rainbow glasses” watching for Rainbow Fish friends! And they saw A LOT of Rainbow Fish in our class!

During centers Rainbow Fish shared scissors while making octopi, sharing of kind words about foil painting creations, and sharing laughter in dress up! What a fun morning!


Making a Menu - Mrs. Krantz

We needed to add some menus to our classroom restaurant, so we got to work on that job today.  Such a variety or delicious foods and beverages.  All items are priced for your budgeting convenience.  The menus have great, colorful pictures to help you choose exactly what you would like to order.  I'm really glad we have such hard working preschoolers!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fishy Friends! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We started our morning together with reading The Rainbow Fish! The most beautiful fish in the ocean didn’t want to share any of his shiny scales. All the other fish didn’t want to be around the Rainbow Fish and after talking to the wise old octopus, The Rainbow Fish decided to share his beautiful scales. Ask your preschooler what made The Rainbow Fish happy in the end.

During centers we painted on foil! The foil was shiny like The Rainbow Fish’s scales and it’s fun to have a different surface to paint on!  Some strong scissor skills were needed today in order to give our octopi 8 legs! And 8 just happen to be our special number today with Math Bags. Ask your preschooler what we searched for!

Mrs. Hein was here for art, Papa Ken was here for woodworking (those are crayon holders) and Papa Joe was here to read. We are blessed with amazing people!


Sandwiches - Mrs. Krantz

We started out our morning drawing our paperwhite bulbs that are planted in the rocks.  We are excited to watch and document what happens as they grow.  Scientific drawings and science journals are so much fun!

We did a little bit of talking about sandwiches at opening circle.  We each shared what our favorite sandwiches are and what it takes to build each type of sandwich.  We discussed the colors of said ingredients and then had some fun with a poem titled "Yellow Butter."  We listened close and did things like clapping or jumping or dancing when we heard colors.  This was especially fun because the poem increases in speed as it is read! 

The best part od the day was making crayon holders in woodworking.  The preschoolers carried their hard work home with tremendous smiles and satisfaction in their work!




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Shape Hunt - Mrs. King

During centers today we had so much fun hunting for shapes around the room! We finger painted and built creations with foam shapes and glue. I love seeing creativity come alive!

We really enjoyed having Mrs. Hein with us for art today. I can't wait to see the sweet hats the preschoolers painted when they are dry and finished!



Learning Fun! - Mrs. Krantz

We jammed packed all kinds of learning fun into our morning!  We started off singing about Chicken Soup and changing some of the words, replacing some of the words with clapping and learning some fantastic new vocabulary.

In centers we made money, created dough flowers for painting at a later time, had some busy chefs in the kitchen and some wonderful story reading with Ms. Tietjen.  In worship we learned how Jesus cares for the birds of the air, the flowers of the field, as each one of us!

Mrs. Hein joined us for art and we created some beautiful hats for the upcoming art show!  We finished up planting our paperwhite bulbs and drawing our first scientific drawing for our science journals.  Whew!  What a fun day.



Movement - Mrs. O'Loughlin

If anyone is wondering what seaweed looks like in the water, you just need to come watch the preschoolers singing their newest song! Music and movement experiences are helping your preschoolers practice important skills like language, motor coordination and peer interaction. And we are having so much fun in the process!

See if your preschooler remembers what our special number was today! And what were we collecting in our Math Bags and counting on our number lines?

Ask your preschooler who takes care of the birds and the flowers! Today we heard a story Jesus told His friends about how much God loves us and how he takes care of our every need!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Flowers of the Field - Mrs. Krantz

God cares for us!  He cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, and especially for us!  We discovered different ways God cares for us... ask your preschooler!

We made dough flowers today, like the flowers of the field, and will paint them once they have dried.  We made the dough in preschool and took turns dumping and stirring the ingredients.  It is fun to work on projects in a group!


Lets go to the Sea - Mrs. O'Loughlin

What a fun morning! We learned a new song that had us shaking our hips and pretending to be sea weed and colorful fish swimming in the ocean. Music is such a fun way to add movement to our learning!

At centers colorful fish were created with tissue paper that bled color when sprayed with water bottles. You may have noticed the seaweed added to our ocean; the preschoolers used some amazing cutting skills create these.

The sun was out and so were we!! Cars, hide and seek, sandbox, and teeter totters kept us plenty busy while we enjoyed the beautiful weather!



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

I'm so thankful for the smooth transition back into preschool last week and I am looking forward to another great week coming up! This week we will focus on recognizing and naming shapes!  Our main book will be Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  I am excited to incorporate this basic knowledge in fun ways with games, songs and art creations!

In worship this week we will learn about how Jesus shows us God's love.  Jesus came to earth to live among us and so we can know what God's love is like.  He takes great care of the flowers and birds and loves us even more than these! We are learning the classic song, "Jesus Loves Me," with motions and I love to see preschoolers learn more and be willing to try the moves!

I'm looking for a handful of white sheets (any size will work) for our next unit.  I need them by Monday the 15th.  We will use them for a couple of weeks and then it will be washed and returned to you! If you have a white sheet to spare please let me know!  Thanks a bunch! 

Blessings to you in the new year!
Amber

UPCOMING EVENTS

1/11 Art with Mrs. Hein
1/18  Chapel
2/15 The Heart Cafe

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

God made so many amazing creatures that live in the water.  This coming week we will come up with a list of all the creatures whose home is the ocean!  As we continue to learn about the ocean, this list will grow!  Together we will be learning a new song called “Let’s Go to the Sea” and we will also be enjoying the fabulous story of friendship and sharing; The Rainbow Fish.

In worship Jesus points out the birds in the sky and flowers in the field to his friends.  He explains that they do not worry about food or water because God takes such good care of them.  And God loves us so much more than birds and flowers!  Our Lord’s love is great and everlasting!

We will continue working with our Math Bags and number lines!  Using small manipulatives as counters is a great hands on learning tool for your preschoolers to count and use one to one correspondence.  Also, the numbers lines give great number recognition practice!  And the best part is we get to go search for these items all over the classroom once the magic number is given!

I am collecting empty water bottles for a project!  If you have any, (any size) I would appreciate them very much!

Blessings!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
1/15: No preschool in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/17: Chapel
1/18: Chapel
1/29: Science
1/30: Science, Beach Day
1/31: Beach Day
2/1: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/2: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am

Mrs. Krantz's Weekly Newsletter

We are ready to have some restaurant fun in preschool!  We will be using songs, poems, and books to bring the restaurant into our classroom.  This week we will be singing about Chicken Soup and learning a poem about yellow butter.  Rhythm and rhyming are part of our objectives, along with following directions, building vocabulary and becoming more sensitive to the sounds of spoken words.  We will be creating money and working with numbers in our dramatic play restaurant too.  

In worship we hear about how much Jesus loves and cares for us.  He cares for the flowers of the field and the birds of the air, and he cares for us even more.  We will  learn a new worship song about the Lord's great love!

If you have any restaurant menus at home that we could have for preschool, we would love to use them.  I'm also looking for cooking magazines we can use for cutting out food pictures.  Thanks for any help you can give in this area!

In Christ,
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/15: No preschool in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/10  Art
1/11  Art
1/17: Chapel
1/18: Chapel
1/29: Science
1/30: Science
2/14  The Heart Cafe
2/15  The Heart Cafe

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy to be Back - Mrs. Krantz

What a joy it was to be back in preschool this morning!  All of the preschoolers were happy to see their friends again and get back into the rhythm of preschool.  We started out with a journal entry and illustration about what might be hiding under the winter hat.  I love to see the illustrations of their creative thought!

Building is a big part of our classroom and today we had several building options including building on the light table.  What fun to see those building blocks glow!


Happy New Year - Mrs. King

We had a great morning back at preschool together with SHARE day and celebrating the New Year together.  I loved seeing the preschoolers excited to see each other and go over old/new routines.  During circle time we sang a song called Ring the Bells and shared the items each preschooler decided to bring in.  

During centers we made Happy New Year shakers and even painted snow in our sensory table!  

We had so much fun outside exploring the snow that remains in our outdoor space. We enjoyed digging and jumping on ice chunks to watch them break.  

Thanks for a great day back at school!  Happy 2018!



Lots of Change - Mrs. O'Loughlin

The preschoolers were greeted by 3 very different, very tall paper white bulbs! Such excitement to see the growth and change that took place over our Christmas break. These changes were recorded and put in the preschoolers binders.

SHARE Day went beautifully! I’m so proud of the patience and turn taking that these kiddos display.

Our room also changed over break! Dress up was a popular choice today as was using the magnet boards in the writing center!



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Building - Mrs. Krantz

Our first day of preschool in 2018 was wonderful!  It was so great to see the preschoolers, hear their stories from break and see their special items for SHARE Day.  We headed outside and discovered ice, blue sap of the trees, and frozen sand!  

Building was a big part of our morning as we used notched popsicle sticks to build.  It was challenging, but the preschoolers worked hard to create!  I'm very proud of their work!



Math Bags - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had a fantastic first day back! Your preschoolers had lots of newness to explore. Our dramatic play is an underwater world, new games and toys, a writing center to work in, and lots of new books!

Our morning together ended by reading Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. The preschoolers were then introduced to their Math Bags! Our magic number was 4! And guess what they searched the room for? 4 groovy BUTTONS! It was wonderful practice counting and one to one correspondence for these kiddos! We’ll be using these Math Bags a lot this month and growing our number knowledge!



Monday, January 1, 2018

Mrs. O'Loughlin's Weekly Newsletter

We are diving into 2018 with our ocean unit!  I am so excited for all the aquarium play and learning!  Together, we will become marine biologists and learn all about the amazing underwater world God created! 

In worship we will be finishing up the story of Jesus’ birth and hearing about the three wise men bringing gifts!

I bet there are some special, new items at home that your preschoolers would love to show their friends.  SHARE Day will be Wednesday and Thursday of this week!

If the temperatures are above 25 degrees, we will be outside.  And if snow play is an option, we will most certainly take advantage of that!  If there is good snow out, please bring your preschooler dressed in snow gear as we will go out right away in the morning!  I will try to put a quick note on facebook letting you know the plan is to be in the snow right away so you can layer up your preschooler!

I am collecting empty water bottles for a project!  If you have any, (any size) I would appreciate them very much! 

Blessings!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin



Mark Your Calendars
1/3: SHARE Day
1/4: SHARE Day
1/15: No preschool in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/17: Chapel
1/18: Chapel
1/29: Science
1/30: Science
2/1: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am
2/2: Pets Are People Too field trip-10:15am

Mrs. King's Weekly Newsletter

Happy New Year 2018!  Preschool resumes on Thursday and we will start the year off with SHARE Day on Thursday.  Please remember to help your child choose one item! I am so excited to see what our preschoolers choose to bring in to show and share.  As usual, if you have any questions about an item your child would like to bring please feel free to ask! In centers we will celebrate the new year!

In worship this week we will learn about the three wise men visiting Jesus and bringing gifts to him.  

At the beginning of January, I think it's important to share with parents that some children have a short time of difficulty with the change in routine of re-entering preschool.  This is very normal.  We are very equipped to help with a smooth transition for your preschooler.  As always, please let me know if you have concerns.  

Please remember to send outdoor gear including hats and gloves/mittens.  We do plan to play outside if the weather is above 25 degrees and not raining.  Please double check your child's set of extra clothing to make sure it still fits and is season appropriate.  

When there is good snow on the ground to play in, please bring your preschooler to preschool fully ready in his/her snow gear.  We will play outside first thing in the morning so that we don't have 30 minutes of prep hats, snow pants etc. to just get outside for outdoor play! I will send reminder texts or emails on school days that this is our plan.  

I'm looking forward to 2018 with your preschoolers and with you!

Blessings to you in the new year!
Amber

UPCOMING EVENTS
1/4  Back to Preschool
1/4  SHARE Day
1/18  Chapel