We are blessed to be able to share the joy of gardening with our preschoolers, thanks to the lovely garden that was built by one of our dads, Mike Van Fleet. In addition to providing the children with a wonderful sensory experience, gardening offers another hands-on opportunity to explore science, math, language and visual arts.
In addition to playing (planting) in the dirt, the children learn patience as they wait for their vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden and teamwork as they learn to share the garden with their classmates. Gardening helps our little ones learn where food comes from and are fascinated in seeing the vegetables pulled from the ground. Young children are usually willing to eat the veggies because they helped to grow them.
We would like to give special thanks to the Denton, Schmitz, Wicke, Kaufman, Paugh, Bissmeyer, Haggerty, Burt, Fletcher and Van Fleet families for their generous donations to our garden. We would also like to thank our gardener extraordinaire, Mrs. Hendrickson, who is helping to ensure that our garden will indeed grow!
Excited to see our peas sprouting after only one week!
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.
Mrs. Hoffsmith has been teaching at St. Paul’s..
This is her 2oth year.
Her extraordinary worth and value
have been made so abundantly clear.
St. Paul’s is so blessed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Liane Hoffsmith, lead teacher of the Crayon Kids. Words alone cannot describe the value of this special person. However, an excerpt from a letter sent by a parent does it well. “What can be said about Mrs. Hoffsmith? It could be said that she is quiet, soft spoken and gentle. It could be said that she is gracious, slow to anger and filled with goodness.
Handprint quilt from the Crayon Kids
It could also be said that she is a magnet for 3 and 4 year olds. But none of these statements do her justice. The legacy of a teacher is something that is difficult to measure. The greater learning isn’t reflected in just academic achievement. It is shown by a child’s confidence and their ability to work well with other children. A child’s belief that the word is a genuinely good place is a tribute to the way all children are warmly received into Mrs. Hoffsmith’s classroom and into her life.
Simply stated, Mrs. Hoffsmith shows both children and parents what it means to love and be loved in everything she does. Thank you, Mrs. Hoffsmith for loving all the children you’ve taught for the last 20 years. You are a gift to treasure.”
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