What could be more fun than going to preschool during the day? Going at night! Dressed in pajamas, the kids (and teachers!) played flashlight hide-and-seek, had a flashlight and bubble dance party, ate pizza, then enjoyed a popcorn and a movie! We hope the parents enjoyed their night on the town, but we are pretty sure our night in was WAY more fun!!!
The friends in Room 5 have been hard at work as they grow more and more each day in their skills and abilities. Everyone’s success in potty training has skyrocketed in the past weeks! Their excitement and support of one another in their bathroom triumphs has done most of the work for us- these youngsters really know how to rally each other! We thank the Lord each day for blessing us with the happy and compassionate children who have bonded so well in this class. We owe it to their loving families that they care for themselves and others with such sincerity.
Our Valentine’s Day party was a sweet success!
And everyone remains very engaged honing their math, social/emotional, and fine motor skills in the dramatic play bakery!
We are getting ready for March with a brand new feature in our sensory table…
Green sand! The class dyed their own sensory sand green with Mrs. Erin and poured it into the sensory table. They are having a blast using the sifting scoopers to pour and measure the sand, sort through the coins and gems, and practice those early math and science foundations!
We are also integrating Bible foundations through art and storytelling. While we read about Noah’s Ark and God’s Promise at circle time, we created several beautiful rainbow murals for our classroom! We used ordering and sequencing with the song “Make God’s Rainbow Bright” to memorize the colors of the rainbow in order. We worked on color matching and building listening skills as everyone collaborated to make each rainbow.
The blessings of the Lord just keep raining down upon us, showering our classroom with love and laughter each day. As the friends in Room 5 become just that- we are blessed to see the bonds begin to form between our happy classmates and know they will cherish these friendships forever. Thank you to all the parents who have helped out so much to make this month so spectacular for these little ones at school!
“For the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16
Room 4 has been having a praise, worship, and prayer time before resting our heads. Our worship time has been lead by our newest teacher in the younger pod, Ms Wendy. The kiddos have looked forward to this time each day. They enthusiasticly raise their hands, close their eyes and praise Him. It is one of the most beautiful sights to behold!
Staying true to our emergent curriculum, which builds on the interest of the child, we are embracing all things medieval! Our Room 1 friends have expressed interest in castles, knights and princesses; therefore, we are doing our best to make this endeavor not just a thematic unit, but rather an authentic learning experience. We are facilitating conversations to keep their interest alive and to also think deeper about these topics. How do you explain the Middle Ages to a 5 year old, you ask? You let them explore the art, culture, architecture, customs, and don’t forget the fairy tales!
Exploring the literature…
Collaborating to create…
Telling stories through pictures…
Cultivating artistic expression…
Measuring in our math small group…
Exploring vocabulary and concepts associated with size…
Identifying shapes and writing numbers…
Developing a strong sense of symbolism through micro-dramatic play…
“This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?” Isaiah 66:1
Our prayer is that as we continue to discuss these topics, your child will know who The King of Kings is. More than anything, we want them to develop a reverent love for God so that His resting place will be in their heart.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
This week the children were introduced to the American painter Wayne Thiebaud. Wayne is widely known for his colorful use of pastel paints in depicting commonplace objects such as cakes, pastries, hot dogs and ice cream cones. The children created their very own cake. They put their imagination hats on to become a pastry chef while painting in the colors that Wayne would have used. Wayne lives in Arizona and is 95 years old.
The children in Room 2 went on a field trip to the Discovery Cube to check out their Storyland Exhibit that featured A Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. They enjoyed a story time and activity. The story read was The Mitten, by Jan Brett. They made their own mitten to place their animals in.
The children then got to explore the exhibit.
At the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree the children had to match the upper case letter with the lower case letter.
For The Snowy Day. the snow crunched under their feet. They got to make snowmen and snow angels.
They learned about gardening in a Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Abuela had lots of activities in different languages. When you opened a window children sang a song in a different language. They heard Welcome in different languages and got to play with magnetic pieces on a New York landscape.
One story that was new to the teachers and children was Tuesday. It is a wordless book about a day in a town when it rains frogs! The children got to tell time on a giant clock tower and had a chance to report the news on a television.
Other stories featured were If you Give A Mouse a Cookie and Where’s Spot?
Fun was had by all and we got to end the trip with a picnic Lunch at Hansen Dam Park.
As you can see by our many “love”-ly posts, thoughts and feelings of love, friendship and caring for one another are in the air! Students in all the classrooms have enjoyed Valentine’s themed cooking experiences, art, crafts, stories, songs and more. Of course, the enduring theme is always how God loves us and how we can show His love to others!
In the News:
Though February is half over, here are a few items to note for the remaining weeks:
Donations Needed for the Mom’s Club Preschool Fair: The preschool marketing fair will be held on the PCS campus this year. We are collecting baked goods, water bottles, and cans of soda for the participants. Please drop your items by Friday, Feb. 19th at the preschool office. MVP hours will be awarded.
Auction Baskets: The PTF is collecting auction basket items for the Golf Tournament & Dinner Auction. Items can be anything from gifts cards to local stores/restaurants, gift certificates for local goods/services/attractions, vacation opportunities, etc.
Jog-A-Thon: Join the fun and register for this year’s jog-a-thon! The preschoolers always have such a FUN time running their special track while supporting our school!
Moonlight Magic: We are SO excited about our upcoming Moonlight Magic event! Sign up now to reserve your space. The children will enjoy a pizza dinner, pajama party, and a movie while YOU enjoy a night on the town (or watching NetFlix in YOUR PJs at home!).
February 12 – In-service – No School
February 15th – Presidents’ Day – No School
February 19th – Mid-Year Developmental Profiles sent home
February 20th – Spread the word…the Mom’s Club Preschool Fair will be held at PCS this year!
February 26th – Moonlight Magic – Registrations are open for the next Moonlight Magic! Check the PCS Weekly, the PS front office, or click here for the registration form.
March 5th – Jog a Thon Fundraiser at La Salle…JOIN THE FUN!
March 15 & 16 – Hearing Screenings – Details to follow
March 22 – PTF Association Meeting
We’ve been having a wonderful time celebrating Valentine’s Day in Room 3. We’ve made treat bags, decorated hearts of all sizes, learned songs about love such as “Skidamarink” and “G.O.D. is L.O.V.E,” read several Valentines themed books, shared about who we love, and today we made mini heart shaped French toast with strawberry sauce. The kids had a great time punching out the hearts from the bread, while snacking on the pieces that we weren’t using, plus creating the egg, vanilla, and cinnamon custard to dip the bread in. We would like to give a special thanks to Ms. Lucia, Jacinta’s mom, for helping us out and being our master chef/cook. The project was enjoyably scrumptious.
Our hearts (and minds) are exploding with fun new learning experiences this week!
The scientists of Room 1 explore chemical reactions with a few substances (baking soda, vinegar, water colors, and of course GLITTER!).
Science experiments are a fun way to make sense of the world around us. We are able to make predictions, develop critical thinking skills, communicate with peers, exercise patience and perseverance, and solve problems.
We also get to show off our fine motor skills that make us the capable little scientists we are. Check out a true pincer grip…
…and now we’re working toward a proper pencil grip!
As you can see, we also enjoy hypothesis testing…