During this very difficult time for all, we hope our little ones and all of our families can find some joy in the simple things in life. Please take a moment to read this poem and know that we at St. Andrew's Preschool are all sending you love, hope for the future and healing for our world:
And the people stayed home. And read books and listened, and rested and exercised, and made art and played games, and learned new ways of being and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in
ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless
ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, they dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
- Kitty O'Meara
Please wash hands and stay well! Stay tuned for fun virtual curriculum videos,
ideas and posts coming soon!
Happy 2020 to all our preschool families and friends! With our new year comes the beauty of new resolutions, change and the incredible growth that takes place both within and without in our little preschoolers. This semester is always exhilarating, as our little children truly begin to feel like St. Andrew’s is their home away from home. With this comfort, their minds and hearts begin to stretch and grow, while discovering new boundaries. We launched our little ones by exploring the letter W and focusing on the winter season. Whether it was molding winter snowmen out of our homemade play dough, watching our weather, or working hard to paint watermelons while we munched on their juicy sweetness, our little ones were immersed with sensory, tactile and cognitive play. We even learned about winter planting as we dug holes and placed our tiny and giant seeds in the dirt, which we learned will turn into broccoli and carrots and beautiful tulips. K week we focused on all kinds of kindness, marsupials from Australia (such a big, fun word to roll off the tongue for our Littles to learn about) - We painted and cut cotton ball Koalas and Kangaroos, all while learning about helping these very creatures in Australia who are suffering from the fires.
Suffering is a hard word to explain to little preschoolers. But helping the suffering is a very easy one. And helping is one of our favorite words here at St. Andrew’s Preschool. We talk about kindness and helping daily - even hourly - as part of our social/emotional curriculum. We can help our friends to build Lego towers, we can be kind by sharing our coveted Thomas train, we can even help our preschool peers by giving a hug when they get a boo boo. It starts here. There are so many ways in our families, our community and our classrooms to help educate our children about how to be kind and help.
During this very cold season of winter, many families and children in our local area go without food and/or shelter or are needy in other ways. This might be an ideal time to explore opportunities to share kindness in our community with your preschooler. Helping through our St. Andrew’s Church (where we have many programs of kindness) or through numerous other community organizations, might be a wonderful way for families to get involved in exemplifying kindness and help to our little ones.
The last two weeks the children have continued to learn behavioral boundaries as they bounce through the letters N and D. With noodle painting, number counting and dogs, drums and dinosaurs galore, our preschoolers have learned letters and numbers through play, every day. With love, fun and relative curriculum, we continue to help them see the joy and kindness in all things in their little lives.
Come back and visit our site to see what we unfold for U week, Valentine’s Day and our up-and-coming summer and fall registration information!
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.
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