Celebrating our beautiful fall season, families, health, and the joy of children - our Harvest Festival was fun and friendship at its best! It was a coming together of communities as so many of our preschool families joined our church and community families to usher in the fall season. Dressed in Halloween garb, our little ones “trunk or treated” at specially decorated cars in our lot. Live music from our local band, “Rolling Heartbreakers” entertained the crowd, while children enjoyed pony rides and many carnival games. A silent auction and 50/50 drawing created a festive atmosphere, while families enjoyed the yummy homemade chili cook-off and BBQ bonanza.
Embracing our families and our community is such an important aspect of preschool education at St. Andrew’s Preschool. The harvest is a lovely reminder of all that we have to be thankful for. The past weeks we have melded this theme into our letter of the week projects, focusing on the science of apples and ants for the letter of the week, Aa. Children discovered how apples emerge from flower buds, by looking at our very own apple tree, blooming in the play yard. We made fingerprint ants after exploring a nonfiction book all about ant trails, hills and ant bodies. This week, our preschoolers will learn about how family, friendship and feasts, (letter of the week, Ff) are all part of giving thanks during this season. As they march along a giant F on our carpet, read inclusive books about how different ALL kinds of families can be, create a “What I am thankful for” poster and even create a painting together with a new friend, we hope they learn about the true meaning of giving thanks through the letter F. Happy fall and friendship to all. Stay tuned for the next buzz, as we begin the excitement of the holidays!
As our preschoolers are settling in to the fall season, the children are finding more and more friendship and fun at St. Andrew’s Preschool. The letter L was introduced with great enthusiasm, as our first letter of the week. It is simple for tiny fingers to connect those lines. Our little ones have all been very busy learning about the many patterns on a lizard’s skin, which we then reproduced on our own watercolor paintings. We went on an early morning leaf hunt and even made healthy lemon muffins in our new kitchen! We had such fun discovering that the letter L is in so many words and things in the world.
The children explored the letter E with many different textures and mediums. They found out that hard boiled eggs can actually be rolled around to paint a picture and that a paper plate can be magically transformed into an adorable elephant. How fun to have passion fruit as the center of our science lesson! We scooped, smashed and strained each passion fruit and created some yummy passion fruit juice to taste. Whole child sensory learning is wonderful.
Last week, after hopping on hearts, we each created a Halloween hat using paper bags and LOTS of glitter. The letter H came just in time for the Halloween season and our preschoolers have found great delight in all things that start with H. Stay tuned for our next update on fun and friendship.
Rolling out Rainbows, Shapes and All About Me!
Our first few weeks of preschool have been filled with smiles and giggles, as our preschoolers have had new adventures and discovered new friends. While painting, hopping, coloring and dancing, the children have learned about triangles, squares, rectangles and hearts. We saw, in a sensory way, how much fun it can be to swirl blue and yellow with our hands, to make green - and red and blue, to make purple - and then to simply wash our hands and all the messy (and maybe a little uncomfortable) stuff, went away.
The delight in their eyes says it all! :)
We created self-portraits and Preschool Picasso's with shapes, while we realized how exciting it is just to be ME!
The next few weeks, we will begin to learn all about our alphabet - and of course - have LOTS of fun doing it! Stay tuned....
Tuesday, July 9- First day of summer school!
Summer School runs July 9 through August 1 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Summer Fun 101 - Our summer program for new preschoolers will start on August 6 and continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 15
Extended Day Options:
Early Bird will be offered every day of summer school. 8AM- 9AM
Lunch Bunch will be offered on Wednesdays only
during summer school. 1230PM- 130PM
We love to share what our children are doing!