Preparing Your Child For Preschool

As your child gets ready to start in any new school or camp environment, it is helpful to remember that all children respond uniquely to their change in routine. Some will jump right into school while others will take some time to warm up. Separation anxiety is a concern for many parents, but with a little preparation, you can help ease your child’s transition into school.

At our school, we encourage you to bring a transitional item such as a stuffed animal, book, or photo of you to keep at school. Keep your drop-off calm, short and sweet by spending only 2 – 5 minutes in the classroom. Once you are ready to leave, reassure them you will be back, give them a hug and kiss, and offer them to to the teacher if they are in distress. Leave promptly after saying goodbye as delaying the exit will cause undue stress on both of you. The teachers will work their magic with love, cuddles, hugs, distraction and reassurance. It is normal for a child to cry when his/her parent leaves…it is their way of saying, “I will miss you.” As they gain confidence in their new routine, build independence, and get to know their teachers, drop-offs will become a happy experience…it may just take a bit of patience.

The following article from Scholastic is helpful in learning about how to help your child (and you!) adjust quickly and smoothly to his/her new experience.

Click here to read: A SMOOTH START

Kidspace Children’s Museum

We had a blast at our field trip to Kidspace Children’s Museum. This was the perfect field trip for our little guys in Room #4. It was a short drive from our preschool and the museum had lots of fun and age appropriate things to explore. Thank you to all our parent volunteer who made this trip an enjoyable and successful experience.

This place was filed with many safe and fun things to see, explore and do, If you have not been there, you might want to check it out, They have the Galvin Physics Forest, Imagination Workshop, Nature Exchange, Roberts Pavilion and the Outdoor play to visit and discover. The kids enjoyed both the in door and outdoors activities. 

Thank you again parents/grandparents for volunteering and joining us in this fabulous, out of the routine adventure. It was a blast!

BAKING CORN BREADt

In class we cooked corn bread with our children in class#4. In this fun and interactive activity the children learned skills needed in life such as, social-emotional development; pride and confidence in their skills and abilities, follow directions and using thinking skills to problem solve. Physical development; spreading and mixing, skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye-hand coordination, and even early concepts of math and science.  Cognitive development; Cooking inspires children’s curiosity, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations. Language development; cooking is also a great opportunity for language development, children can match pictures to words and articulate questions inspired by their new experiences. Literacy; following written recipe with images. 

 

American Sign Language in Room 3

This morning we welcomed a few Maranatha High School students to be apart of storytime, in Room 3. These third year American Sign Language (ASL) students shared what ASL is and demonstrated their fluency with some fun stories! Our special guests read: How to Babysit Grandma, Butterfly Garden, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Curious George Curious Kittens, and Ten Little Fish. They taught us a few words like: grandma, moose, puppy, and fish. It was a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure to a beautiful language that many of us do not get to encounter very often. Check out this clip from storytime!

Garden Collages

Today the students are collaging using clips from garden magazines the parents donated. A fun way to strengthen their little hands and to properly learn how to use the scissors. This project also builds their composition skills. I also love seeing them light up when they recognize a plant or flowers from their gardens at home. -Mrs. Monica

Room 1 Holy Week Festivities!

Room 1 has had a very busy and exciting week in preparation for Easter! Each day we had a special activity to help our kiddos remember the true meaning of Easter: Jesus’ death and resurrection!

Monday we watercolor painted wooden crosses and wrote our name in the middle to remind us that Jesus died for us! We are so thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice for us that we made a big Thank You card for Jesus and took turns signing our names. We even played Resurrection Bingo!

Tuesday we had worship with Ms. Sarah and her guitar, with special guest Ms. Joy helping with hand motions. We sang our favorite Jana Alayra songs to worship our king Jesus!

Wednesday we went to an all-school Easter chapel and then had a Resurrection Egg hunt on the big field. We had a great class discussion as we retold the story opening up the eggs one at a time.

Thursday we ended our Holy Week celebrations by watching The Beginner’s Bible: The Story of Easter movie!

We hope you have a blessed Easter weekend and take time to thank Jesus and worship Him… just like we did all week long!

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:8-11‬

Insect Inventions

Hi all!

We have been studying, exploring, experimenting, observing and documenting all things, insectely speaking. Your blessings now know everything there is to know about Praying Mantises, spiders, Honey Bees, ants, caterpillar-chrysalis-butterflies, ladybugs and metamorphosis! Whew! I’m tired thinking about all those facts! A few days ago we brainstormed wondering if God allowed us to create for a day, what new type of insect we would bring to life. We discussed color, size, shape, number of legs, feet, antenna, eyes, mouths and what they would eat. This pow-wow led us to our very own creation (cue drum roll), the amazing Goo-Goo Chomperbug!! He eats big, big, giant sandwiches and bubblegum. He sometimes lives in a huge log in a river and other time in an undisclosed location 😉. He can fly but don’t make him angry because he will turn into a giant LOL doll! Oh my!! Below are some rare up close pics (drawings actually) of Mr. Chomperbug. Check him out! Please save the date of April 26th, Open House, when you can come and see all our bug explorations and hard work up close. Come one, come all, bring a friend!