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Diversity in the preschool classroom

Mrs. Monier's students share their All About Me poster with her classmates

Sharing her All About Me poster with classmates

Young children are so eager to share in each new experience and so willing to accept the wonderful differences in our world.  Children are excited to learn about how we are all the same in many ways, but how each person is also unique and special.

Preschool children begin to notice differences among people…some are short and others are tall, some have blue eyes and others brown..they notice skin color, eye shapes and hair color.  Diversity also encompasses children’s individual interests and capabilities, cultural differences, age and gender difference and language differences.

As children are discovering these differences, it is important to embrace the diversity in the classroom setting as it helps the children feel content in who they are and helps them feel valued.


Comparing fingerprints

Comparing fingerprints

A young child who learns to embrace diversity will embrace this concept as an aspect of life that they value. Preschoolers love to learn songs and dances from other cultures and sing and count in different languages. They enjoy activities that help them think about and discuss the concept of fairness, as this is a familiar issue for young children.  It is especially rewarding for children to learn about the culture and language of one of their classmates and their families.


St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool is proud to be a place where all children are celebrated and valued.




Celebrating Lei Day

Celebrating Lei Day

Working together

Working together





The Best Thing About Easter….

Pastor Janessa reading "The Best Thing About Easter"

Pastor Janessa reading “The Best Thing About Easter”

The mission of St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool is to prepare preschool children for kindergarten by providing for physical, social, intellectual and creative growth in a safe, loving Christian environment.  We also strive to contribute to their character and spiritual development through song, activities, direction, discussion and chapel time opportunities throughout the school year.  During Christmas and Easter our teachers and pastors will provide appropriate ways for children to learn and understand the Christian meaning behind these celebrations, as well as, provide joyful activities the children enjoy.



Special cousins enjoying an Easter snack

Special cousins enjoying an Easter snack

The children regularly share their hearts and love for others by creating centerpieces for Church events, collecting food for those in need, delivering Valentines and singing to the Church’s seniors. We hope to be a blessing to each child and their family as they go into the world to be a blessing to others.  Thank you to Pastor Janessa for sharing a very special Easter story with the children, and to all the parents who helped in our Easter celebration.       Happy Easter!


Little bunnies getting ready to hunt for eggs

Little bunnies getting ready to hunt for eggs


Centerpieces the children made for church.

Centerpieces the children made for church









Parents make a great preschool even better.

2014-02-19 14.28.37 20140306_113335 20140311_095451 20140311_105833 First, you start with an amazing preschool with committed, loving teachers.  Then you add a sprinkle of generous, energized parents, and you have a recipe for the best preschool around.  Every day, we are blessed to share the talents and gifts of our parents with the preschool children.  Besides just offering the children another adult to help them learn and grow and experience new ideas and adventures, the children are so very proud to share their mom or dad with the class.  So here’s a BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful parents who share their time with our children.

We value all our parents!

  • We honor the service of Mr. Matty, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Quick who provided such intrigue and excitement over the years as the the children learn about planes and flight
  • Dads who can build things…..Mr. Hicks who built ramps for the children in the Star room as they discovered “things that roll”, the Tapperos who helped the children build their own picnic table and the Van Fleets, who built our wonderful planter box for our garden
  • Moms who have been very valuable substitutes….Mrs. Yenzer, Mrs. Kaufman and Mrs. Burt
  • Moms who use their special artistic gift to make shirts for the children…Mrs. Cotter
  • Moms and Dads who help to refurbish our sand…The Fletchers, Mr. Cotter, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Schmitz
  • Dads who help others every day and share the love of this job with our children…Fireman Weber
  • Dads who have a really cool hobby like Mr. Fryer who showed the children how to rope a steer, or a cool job where he gets to play with rocks…Mr. Brown
  • IMG_0392Moms and dads who teach our children the value of exercise…..Mrs. Twito, teaching hula dancing, Mrs. Matty teaching Zumba and the Helms teaching the children how to keep moving
  • Moms who use their special talent to help create our wonderful website..Mrs. Perry
  • Grandparents who share their special gift…Papa Jim singing Rodeo songs with the Stars
  • Parents who provide special birthday snacks and treat, those who help with parties and events, those parents who say YES when we ask for help or need supplies for our classrooms and all the parents who commit to bringing their children to school every day

Spring has arrived….

Showing tender loving care

Showing tender loving care

Spring has arrived…

Spring at preschool is such a wonderful time.  It is so rewarding to see how much the children have grown and matured since school began in the fall. We have been blessed to experience each new adventure as our preschool friends have explored and learned.

Summer is just around the corner, but there are many new discoveries still to come before we send off our pre-k bunch to kindergarten.  As spring has arrived, it is now time to wake up our sleepy hibernating bears,  time to plant our spring flowers,  time to experience storytime with Mr. Bill from Bear Canyon Library, time to learn how to love and be kind to all of God’s creatures, including wiggly, squiggly worms.

But most important, it is a time to appreciate all the wonder that is spring and all the love and goodness worms2in our world, as we teach our precious little children about God’s great love as we celebrate the Easter season.

Happy Spring….


Spring break – Enjoy, relax and read a book!

We hope all of our preschool families will enjoy spring break next week.  It is a perfect time to enjoy the wonderful outdoor weather of Tucson and relax and share a great book or two with your preschooler.

A wonderful activity to share with your children this weekend is the Tucson Festival of Books, where Words and Imagination come to life. And you never know, you may run into one of your favorite teachers!

See you all again on Tuesday, March 25 (24th for Soaring).


Sharing a book with a friend

What makes a great preschool teacher?

CrayonKids10Through the years, you hope your children will have many wonderful teachers.  That special person who takes the extra time to get to know your child, the one who spends extra time helping them to understand a difficult concept, the one who makes them laugh and brings new life into their curriculum.  If your child is lucky, they will have many such teachers throughout their school years, and their first school experience will be a positive one.

Our children at St. Paul’s Preschool are blessed to begin their learning adventure by discovering and learning with amazing Owl10teachers.  What makes a great preschool teacher? Obviously, a teacher who knows her craft and is always learning and growing to be able to provide the most stimulating learning environment possible.  How fortunate I am to work with a group of teachers who are relevant and exciting educators, but also women who show their love, dedication and teamwork every day!  They continually support each other to provide a wonderful learning experience. The ability to teach can be taught and is very important, however, the love for these children and for the wonderful world of preschool must be a gift that is in their heart.

I want to take the time to say thank you for all you do to make my life and the lives of these precious little ones so much better.  Thank you…..Mrs. Ricardi, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Monier, Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Weber, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Stair.  You are all the best!!!! Mrs. Van Wormer

Are they ready?

Owl7Preschool is a special time to prepare children for kindergarten, but more importantly, a time to nurture their natural curiosity and sense of discovery as they continue to grow and develop every day.

As we approach the second half of our school year, parents often ask if their child is ready for kindergarten.  Each year our teachers meet with the parents to share the milestones their child has met during their time at preschool and discuss any areas where parents may wish to work with their child.

Our pre-k teachers embrace the uniqueness in each child to determine their strengths while assessing whether they are progressing towards or have achieved the appropriate kindergarten readiness skills to make the transition to kindergarten a successful one.


Visitors are welcome!

A day in the life of our preschoolers often involves special visitors in our classrooms.  The Star classroom enjoyed two visitors this past week.

Mr. Brownmr brown & kidsFirst, Geologist, Mr. Brown, aka Carson’s dad, showed us how rocks were all around us….in the walls, on the floor and even in the windows!!

The second special visitor was small, fast and very very happy to be in the Star room!  Mix small, fast and happy with a bunch of preschoolers and what do you get?  One special moment!

The children in the Star room have been watching Pastor Billy’s new puppy, Ollie, take her daily walks so they invited her in to say hello.  As the Stars are learning about love and kindness and giving to others, their teacher took this time as a special teaching moment to explain how we can show kindness and love to animals.  Ollie was more than happy to share her love with all the children.20140206_103645

Science curriculum at Preschool…absolutely!

To a young child, every day can be a discovery of something new.  Preschoolers love to  explore the world around them.  Simple science activities help young children enhance this natural curiosity. 

Science exploration in the classroom provides young children the opportunity to

The fascination of science

The fascination of science

  • Build self-confidence
  • Engage in “hands on” experiences
  • Increase observation skills
  • Receive opportunities to use tools, equipment and familiar materials
  • Problem solve
  • Develop sensory, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social attributes
  • Develop language through increased vocabulary as they ask and answer questions
  • Just have fun
Check out the soap cloud in Mrs. Ricardi's hand

Check out the soap cloud in Mrs. Ricardi’s hand

Science activities are incorporated into many of the learning themes throughout our preschool program.  A small sampling includes mixing colors, making slime, learning the difference between salt and fresh water and its effect on floating, erupting volcanoes and discovering the wonder of dry ice.

The Frogs and Owls have recently been spending some time in senses and science discovery.  Questions lead to activities that encourage children to explore, discover, and draw conclusions.

  • Can you paint with Jello?
  • What can you make from water, borax and glue?

    Mrs. Monier's Owls and their soap cloud

    Mrs. Monier’s Owls and their soap cloud

  • What happens to paint when you freeze it?
  • Will soap float or sink?  What happens when you put it in the microwave?
  • Add water to cornstarch… Does it stay a solid or turn into a liquid?

Our science discovery allowed the children to SEE, FEEL and SMELL results during many of their activities.

Our soap experiment yielded excitement, anticipation and a little nervous energy as they watched the simple bar of soap transform into a big fluffy cloud in the microwave.

During science discovery, “Professor” Van Wormer visited the classroom to help them discover liquids, solids and gas.  They also learned the most important part of science experiments…safety first!

Visit our Facebook page to see more science fun pictures.

Professor VanWormer visits the Frog Room

Professor VanWormer visits the Frog Room

Dry Ice bubble

Dry Ice bubble

Dry ice discovery in the Star Room

Dry ice discovery in the Star Room

Is it cold?  Fun in the Owl Room.

Is it hot or cold?
Fun in the Owl Room.

What happens in February? Why registration, of course!

February in Tucson is such a wonderful time of year.   The weather is beautiful and there are so many fun and interesting days to enjoy.

What happens in February? – Registration for St. Paul’s Preschool’s 2014/15 school year.

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on the following!

  • February 11, 2014 –  Registration begins for current families.
  • February 18, 2014 –  Registration begins for new families. 

Call today, 260-1350, to schedule a tour.  Spaces fill quickly, so don’t delay!

IMGP2810What else happens in February?  Did you know that …..

February 1st begins with National Freedom Day – A day to remind us all of what our country stands for and to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy.

February 2nd brings the always anticipated Punxsutawney Phil – Although those of us in Tucson may not be too worried about when Spring will arrive.

February 7th is Send a Card to a Friend Day, and the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.  Go USA!

February 14th is a day to ride high in the sky as you celebrate Ferris Wheel Day, and of course, Valentines Day.


February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day

The Star Class - Sharing love and kindness

The Star Class – Sharing love and kindness

Our goal is to help our little ones practice kindness on a daily basis.

February 20th is the Rodeo Break for Preschool – Head out to the Rodeo for Arizona’s Celebration of the Cowboy.