We did it! Thank you to our FIFTEEN generous donors we were able to raise $1,275 to purchase a beautiful, long-lasting, outdoor sensory table from Community Playthings. Our older pod friends are currently enjoying their new table along with some festive-fall pumpkin exploration.
Collaborative work is so important for healthy development. When we collaborate we— practice being flexible, learn to share space and materials, reduce environmental waste and build community with our peers! On the patio, we worked together to create some fall nature collages. Stop by the patio to check out our beautiful collaborative creations!
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Our older pod friends are enjoying some itsy bitsy (and some not-so-itsy-bitsy) spiders at the water table this week! It’s a sensory experience that ties in literacy—language development and story-telling fun.
We are off to a great start! Your little ones are enjoying everything preschool has to offer! We would like to invite you to participate in a volunteer opportunity.
Older Pod Patio is fundraising to purchase a beautiful, long-lasting, outdoor sensory table. Community Playthings is the company that built all of the high-quality furniture and equipment that has been with us since the opening of the preschool, 20 years ago. As you know, sensory tables are used to explore a wide range of materials such as water-beads, rice, beans, kinetic sand and so much more. This table will allow us to work on strengthening fine motor muscles by manipulating tweezers/tongs/chopsticks, scooping, pouring, using funnels and developing other practical skills. It will ultimately provide us with hours of enriching, hands-on fun!
This is a great opportunity to complete MVP hours! As part of PCS’ volunteer program, we rely on our Many Valuable Parents (MVP) to enhance and enrich our children’s educational experience. Each PCS family is asked to complete the following hours of service each school year:
Summer Fun in the Sun is off to a great start on the Older Pod Patio! At the water table, we’re working on fine motor—pouring, twisting on and off bottle caps and other practical skills. We’re also mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. This fun, hands on experience is the best way to build knowledge of color concepts.
We have also been Walking the Plank to practice balance and coordination. This on theme, gross motor activity has all our friends trying to keep their little toes safe from the sharks below. Our bodies and imaginations are working!
Painting, water beads, peg boards, dramatic play grotto, and so much more have all our friends exploring and growing together and it’s only week 2!
Checkout a few of our Room 3 friends taking a break from cooking in our dramatic play grotto to have a jam session on our pots and pans! This is a great demonstration of creative play— these friends found an alternative purpose for our materials and seized the opportunity to explore sound. They’re sharing space and materials effectively and developing an understanding of rhythm and music!
We are ready for some fun in the sun! The older pod enrichment patio is an extension of rooms 1, 2 and 3– our three year olds, young fours and our pre-kindergarteners. Our littles are given the opportunity to flow in and out of their classrooms during their free choice play time. This gives them plenty of options to explore areas that peak their individual interests. Check out some of the play centers ready for our campers to enjoy!
We are looking forward to a fun summer full of water play, sensory exploration, building, bonding and growing in Jesus’ love for us!
As we end our final week of the school year, our friends on the older pod patio tie up loose ends in their PCS Business Office. They enjoy typing, stamping, making phone calls and, of course, exchanging money. With these little business men and businesses women hard at work, you can rest assured the final week of school ran smoothly.