August 1st update: Today is the day – Welcome letters being sent today! School begins August 12. We are looking forward to another amazing year at St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool!
Water day at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church VBS
It is hard to believe that the lazy days of summer will soon be over. We hope all of our preschool families have enjoyed their family vacations, hanging out at the pool and reading a book or two. The first of August is just around the corner and it is the the date when our preschool teachers send out their welcome letters. They are currently busy getting their classrooms ready for another exciting school year. Enjoy the rest of your summer and look in the mail for your letters the first week of August.
Just a reminder…we request no backpacks be brought to school. All new students will receive a St. Paul’s UM Preschool tote bag.
Summer fun at VBS
Returning students – Don’t forget to bring your tote bag from last school year.
Mark your calendars for Meet Your Teacher night on August 11, where you will meet your child’s teachers, pay the first full month of tuition and fees and have the option to purchase school shirts and additional totes. See you soon and feel free to contact the Director with any questions.
Making good friends at preschool!
The addition of Soaring to our pre-k program has been well received by the children and their parents. Soaring is the Monday enrichment class that allows children to continue their discovery of the wonderful world of books.
Reading is such an important skill to develop in children. The more young children are read to, the greater their interest in mastering reading. Reading out loud exposes children to proper grammar and phrasing, and helps young children develop vital language skills. It enhances the development of their spoken language skills and their ability to express themselves verbally.
Through books, children learn about other people and places, both real and imaginary. Through stories, they meet new friends and characters. Books can encourage children to be helpful, kind and show how to resolve conflict. At preschool, story time is a group activity that offers children the opportunity to sit quietly and be respectful in a group and also socialize and share with each other what they have heard.
Our Soaring class continues to nurture this skill in a fun filled day.
Soaring allows the children the opportunity to…
- Hear the story “Not a Box” and discover a box is just a box . . . unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. The children are allowed the opportunity to see where their imagination takes them.
- Share an adventure with Harold and the Purple Crayon.
- Discover the world of science as they make a cloud and hear the story, What Are Clouds?
- and so much more
Watch as our children soar ahead and discover the joy of reading.
Recently I read an article about whether we should teach children to share. This had me ponder the value in teaching this vital, yet sometimes difficult, social skill to our preschoolers. In a preschool environment, every day the teachers share their attention, experience and love, in addition to their classroom toys and materials with each and every child, and hopefully impart upon them the joy they will find if they pass this gift of kindness on to others.
Learning to share in a preschool environment is so much more than simply encouraging a child to share a specific toy and is never about forcing a child to give up a favorite item. As we encourage the children to share classroom materials with other children, they also learn the value of cooperation. The expectation to share everything in the classroom allows a child the opportunity to figure out how to play collaboratively with another child. Sometimes it may be taking turns, but many times, the children discover a way to play together. This encourages creative thinking and also provides the child the opportunity to expand the very necessary social skill of playing and interacting with others, which will help them to be a well-adjusted person in the world.
Sharing in preschool is not just about giving up a special toy. Sometimes they need to share a teacher or a friend’s time with another person, or share and pass markers, glue or even snack during craft or snack time. These opportunities reinforce simple courtesy toward others. We watch as children, on their own, notice another child who may be in the need of something and offer to help their friend.
At St. Paul’s Preschool we also strive to show the children the joy that is received when we share our time and resources with others. The children are so excited to collect food for our church pantry, to create and give away beautiful centerpieces for church activities, and create and deliver valentines to special individuals around our church community. Our children show appreciation for others who share their time and talents by preparing special thank you letters for parents and special people who come to school.
So yes, because the benefits are so far outreaching, we will continue to teach our preschoolers the joy that comes from sharing.
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.
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
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
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
Centerpieces the children made for church
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
- Moms 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
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 in our world, as we teach our precious little children about God’s great love as we celebrate the Easter season.
Through 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 teachers. 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
Preschool 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.
A day in the life of our preschoolers often involves special visitors in our classrooms. The Star classroom enjoyed two visitors this past week.
First, 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.