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Not a box

Monday’s Soaring class enjoyed discovering the book “Not a box”.

Forget expensive toys and electronics, children absolutely love being read to and playing with boxes.

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool Fall Calendar

Just a reminder of important fall dates at St. Paul’s.


DSC_0010_2 Wednesday & Thursday, October 8 & 9 Sign up for our next Stay & Play.  Due to our fall break, this sign up will be for the Tuesday after break, October 21.

Thursday, October 9 Orders for our fall fundraiser, Original Artwork, will be due.  Should you require some additional time to order, or wish to submit artwork for one of your preschooler’s siblings, please talk to the Director. Color sample of artwork can be found on each classroom’s window.

Next week, October 13 – 17 we will have our Fall break.  Take the time to enjoy some special fall activities with your little ones.006

Get ready to smile.  Picture day will be Wednesday, October 22.  We will take individual as well as class pictures.

Join us at the church, in costume, Sunday evening from 4 pm until 7 pm, October 26, for Halloween Daze.  Enjoy trick or treating, games and food inside the Life Center and Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot. You will also see the preschool pumpkin patch wall.

The children will enjoy Fall Festival activities during the school day on October 30.  No costumes for this day as the children enjoy fall food and games.


DSC_0060No school on November 11 as we all honor the vets for Veteran’s Day.

The children will enjoy our Thanksgiving Feast on November 26 during school hours, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy our last day of school for November.


How will our garden grow?

IMG_1105We 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 IMG_1103teamwork 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!

Excited to see our peas sprouting after only one week!

First day of school

to fast friends, all in one day

fast friends, all in one day

First day with our youngest class..from apprehension to

First day with our young Star class.            From apprehension to

The first day of preschool brings a good deal of excitement, but also a little trepidation.  For little ones who are entering a school setting for the first time, this day can be a little intimidating.  Even returning students need time to get back into the routine of school.  Some children may be sad to leave an old school and friends, but through loving guidance they learn the joy of embracing a new experience and IMG_20140812_113124 forming additional new friendships. Already on the first day, we watched the children forming special bonds with their teachers and new friends, and these friendships will only continue to grow. It is encouraging to see how warmly young children reach out to each other.

Today, we enjoyed another first day at St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool.   After a few tears (mostly from moms) and lots of hugs (for both children and moms), we began the first step towards a wonderful learning adventure.  All of us at St. Paul’s understand parents feelings about leaving their little ones, as we are all moms and have lived through this ourselves.  We come to each school year ready to provide lots of hugs, love and understanding, and provide tons of fun and wonderful learning experiences.

So to all our wonderful parents out there.  Thank you for sharing your precious children with us.  We will do our absolute best to provide all they need while they are in our care.


Welcome packets coming soon!

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

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

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!

Making good friends at preschool!


Soaring – Discovering the wonderful world of books!


website57The 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.

website64Through 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…website9

  • 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.


  • website13Share an adventure with Harold and the Purple Crayon.






  • website225Discover the world of science as they make a cloud and hear the story,      What Are Clouds?





  • website33and so much more

Watch as our children soar ahead and discover the joy of reading.



Should we teach our children to share?

website38cornRecently 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.

website34Learning 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 Crayonkids8teacher 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 Free choicechurch 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.

Celebrating Mrs. Hoffsmith 20th year teaching at St. Paul’s

Mutual love

Mutual love

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

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.  Crayonkids12You are a gift to treasure.”


Saying goodbye

Last day of school

Last day of school

Yesterday was our last day of preschool for this school year.  We watched the little ones perform some lovely songs for their families and finished the program with our annual procession of classes.  We ended our day with a fun Eegees party and lots of laughter. 

It is always hard to say goodbye.  Especially to the little ones who will going off to kindergarten.  We know that we have given them our best and that they are ready to join the world of big kids as they continue their learning adventure, but we will miss their special hugs. 

Th Owls

The Owls

The last day of school is always filled with a lot of excitement, love, hugs and a few tears. Mrs. Monier, our Owl teacher, reflected on how it feels to say goodbye to her future kindergarteners.  “Finished my last day of preschool – As I opened my classroom door at the end of the day and released my little “OWLS”, I watched them fly away in all different directions. It dawned on me that it wasn’t so much about what I’d taught them, but all the things they taught me: How to laugh, tolerance, pure joy, curiosity and unconditional love, just to name a few. So, to my little people, my best wishes will follow you to kindergarten, along with a piece of my heart! Love you all!”

Thank you to all the parents for your kind thoughts, lovely gifts and for all your support throughout the year. Have a great summer, and remember to stop by for a visit next year!  And to our little ones returning next year…..it is not goodbye, but see you soon!

Special friends saying goodbye

Special friends saying goodbye


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