Let’s Keep Our Bodies Clean and Healthy!

For Personal Hygiene Week, we wanted to teach our students about the importance of keeping our body clean and healthy. Our activities were based on Ben Magleby’s Sugarbug Doug: All About Cavities, Plaque, and Teeth book.

Reading the story allowed us to follow sugarbugs (bacteria) as they destroyed teeth by building houses (plaque) and creating cavities. We learned that sugarbugs love when we eat sugar and dislike when we eat fruits and vegetables. The only way to get rid of sugarbugs is when we brush and floss our teeth in the morning and night. The following day we discussed, “What is a Cavity?” and “What Can We Do to Keep Our Teeth Healthy and Clean?”.
We drew our interpretation of cavities and healthy teeth! Some of us drew teeth full of sugarbugs that were creating cavities. Others drew what they could do to have clean teeth, like brushing and eating vegetables. We did an amazing job sharing our interpretation and listening to others!

After having a discussion about dental health, we were ready to practice brushing! Each student was given a styrofoam cup that was colored in yellow watercolor. This signified a dirty tooth with plaque and it was our job to brush our teeth and clean away the yellow stains. We each received a toothbrush with toothpaste and brushed away. This was our favorite part! Afterwards, we were shown what happens when we brush and rinse with water. The cup was put under water and rinsed away the yellow on the cup. The cup (tooth) was now squeaky clean! Yay!

We also read The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, Teach Your Dragon Good Hygiene, and Germs Are Not for Sharing. To end our week, we had a large group discussion and visual demonstration of how to wipe correctly when we go potty. The dos and don’ts of using toilet paper.

What an exciting week we had, we learned how to keep our bodies clean and healthy! Amazing work, friends!

Special Visitor Today!

Today we had the extreme privilege of a visit from B.G. Hennessy, the current author of the Corduroy books, as well as over 35 other children’s titles. She is the proud grandmother of two of our own preschool kiddos who were extremely proud to share her with us. Each classroom was blessed with an individual presentation by Mrs. Hennessy. The kids from Room 5 to 1 sat in rapt attention as she shared her fantastic and whimsical stories with us. We can’t thank her enough for her visit and sincerely hope she comes back soon.

Flu & Illness Prevention

Flu and cold season is officially upon us and unfortunately, and at times, it seems the only things little children are willing to share are germs!

Please click here to visit the CDC’s “ACTION STEPS” for fighting the flu!

At preschool, we are taking every measure possible to prevent the spread of germs at school such as disinfecting surfaces and toys with an EPA approved, school-friendly disinfectant, washing hands regularly, and as required by law, checking students daily for signs of sickness. Students who exhibit symptoms will be sent home to recover.

We appreciate every parent who has been proactive in checking their child(ren) daily for signs of sickness before coming to school. Please remember to keep your child home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of sickness, including lethargy, fever, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, excessive crankiness, disrupted sleep patterns, etc.

If your child does get sick, please remember that there is a mandatory 24 hour waiting period after the final symptoms of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea without the aid of medication.

Finally, if your child does exhibit signs of the flu, it is highly encouraged to see a doctor right away as your child may be eligible for an anti-viral that will shorten the duration of the sickness.

Happy Birthday Jesus Party

What a blessing it is to work with these little ones each day! It is also a joy to be able to share the love of Christ with them and to sing about His birth this Christmas season! Thank you, parents, for sharing them with us!

Our annual Happy Birthday Jesus Party was a huge success! Each and every one of our Littles did such a spectacular job performing on stage!! Games, crafts, pizza and cupcakes were a special treat for a job well done!

Thank you to all the teachers who made this show possible and to our parent volunteers who helped make this event a success!!

Pre-k 1 & 2 sang a medley of songs. This is their performance at Grandparents’ Day.

Room 3 (younger 3s) recreated the manger scene by singing “Oh What a Special Night”.

Rooms 4 & 5 (2 year olds) sang a peppy version of This Little Light of Mine and One Little Finger.

Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill

PCS participated in the Great California Shake Out Earthquake Drill again this year and it was another successful event! After 2 minutes of simulating the duck and cover position (we call it Bunny in the Hole), we headed up to the big field to “safety”. While the preschoolers enjoyed a snack and songs, the elementary students and staff simulated everything from broken bones to a pretend fire in the science lab. A few teachers were “trapped” in classrooms and several people were taken to “triage” for assessment. While we pray we never need to use these skills, it is affirming to know we are well prepared in the event of an emergency!

Beary Blessed Bear Day

A couple weeks ago we had a beary special, beary exciting day! Bear Day!! Our kiddos had been studying all about Corduroy and his many adventures. We retold his story, learned how to located the beginning, middle, and end of a story, and painted his buttons. We also read numerous books about bears. The students got so into Bear facts we brainstormed how to extend our learning. And what do you know that brainstorming led to the organization of our beary amazing Bear day. We ate Teddy Grahams for snack. We brought bears from home to love on all day. We made Corduroy button picture frames. We sat for photos with our special Bear friends. We constructed Bear hats. We created Bear dens from cardboard packing material. Whew! We were beary exhausted!! Take a look at all our bear-tastic adventures…

Room 1 Fun!

Well, we’re off and running! We have been so busy getting to know each other, our classroom agenda, and all our pre-k responsibilities. Your little blessings are learning letters, writing our names, counting and writing our numbers, and learning patience (this is a tough one!😉). Each Wednesday we get to walk to the “big school” to have learning fun on the field and attend chapel with the big kids! Our small groups are off to a terrific start as we explore more challenging, focused science, math, language & literacy, writing, journaling, and working independently. We have also studied about Creation,  Adam & Eve, Noah, The Tower of Babel, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses! Phew! We have been busy! Here’s a look at all our fun…