Aldersgate Preschool


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CLICK, CLICK, CLICK, This Year is LOOKING GOOD!

It is always so good to have all the staff back for our back-to-school meeting.  This year we had a photography theme so it was the perfect way to use our HURRAH as the title.

For those of you new to us, we have little “hurrahs” we do at the end of music that just celebrate us and help indicate this is over and we are moving on to a new activity.  You can look forward to learning about those this year.

It is important for our staff to connect so we did that first.  With our photography theme we shared our first and last photos that are saved on our phones.  It really brought about some good conversation.

Next we covered the important items that we all need to know to keep children safe, help things run smoothly, etc.  I like to have fun, even in meetings, so we did this as a game show.

We spent some time talking about why we take so many photos of the kids.  We reinforced our belief that a . . .

a picture is worth a thousand words!

We have heard from families over the years how much they appreciate seeing their child’s day in action.  Having the DVD’s or printed pictures are also wonderful memory keepsakes.

So we spent some time talking about makes a good photo.  One of those aspects is light.  We talked about how we can bring the best “light” into our classrooms.  Through our connections with God we carry the light of his love to reach out to everyone; each other, our kids, our families and the community around us!

Another way to bring the best out of a child in a photo – well in EVERYTHING – is to really get to know them.  I shared this quote from one of my trainings this summer.

You have to reach a child before you teach a child.

Temperament is an important part of each child.  This is a topic we spent quite a bit of time learning about.

I used a lot of information from these two books for this in-service training.  I wish I had some of this information when I was raising my own kids.  We have these two books in our parent library if you are interested.

Temperament Tools; Working with Your Child’s Inborn traits, by Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N. with Diane Clark Johnson

Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D

We followed our meeting with a wonderful lunch provided by our Preschool Board.  These ladies worked hard for us!


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Back to school – there is a lot to get ready!

Its an exciting time of year!  I’m sure your are busy getting things ready for school. I remember that feeling even as I readied for High School.  Some children worry about things as the year approaches.  It is important to allow those nerves but also reassure children that our teachers are here to keep them safe and to help them enjoy school.

It is also a fun time for school supply shopping.  Every child will need a regular size back pack and we have sent out a suggested school supply list.  You can find that HERE.

Previously I posted information about other ways to prepare your child.  You can find it HERE and HERE.

We are busy too – only our busy is probably quite a bit different than yours.  Our office staff are busy with files, forms, lists and so much more.  I’m busy preparing for our Back-to-School staff meeting.  Our teachers return this week!  Last week we had our tile floors stripped and waxed and tomorrow the carpets are getting cleaned.

We have also done  a little renovating in our bathrooms this summer.  Ms. Virginia is helping out by painting those rooms.  Thanks so much Virginia

It’s a busy time but also a time filled with excitement as we look forward to another great year here at Aldersgate Preschool.  See you soon.


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For mom’s with strong-willed, over-emotional, or otherwise challenging kids

Isn’t that all of us at some time in our parenting?  I’ve talked with so many mom’s over the years.  Mom’s that are questioning their parenting.  Mom’s that are second guessing their hard decisions.  Mom’s that are weary of the day to day “work” of parenting their “spirited” or challenging (in some way) children.

To all those moms I say. . . .

You’re a good mom too!

You are a mom in the trenches of tantrums.  You are a mom dealing with sensory issues and finding socks that “feel right” each morning.  You are the mom encouraging the very reserved child to try something new.  You are the mom that leaves in tears after dropping your child off because he is crying AGAIN.  You are the mom that faces endless decisions for what is best for your child.

Today is a busy day – another special parent day in one of our classes.  I’m stopping though, to write this, because it is so important.  Diana Markel, one of our previous staff, posted this on her facebook wall.  It spoke to me deeply.  You see I, too, was one of those moms.  One of those moms that wondered what people thought, as my child threw herself on the floor in the middle of Target.  One of those moms that had to leave a full cart of groceries to take home a child that was just out of control.  One of those moms that wondered if her middle child was drawing on the walls (mulitple times) because she wasn’t getting enough attention.  I was one of those moms that wondered what people thought of me as a, well, . .  a mom.

I’m sure that is why this article spoke to me so profoundly.  I hope this speaks to many of you as well.


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He is risen

Happy Easter! 

Did you know it is this Sunday?  The kids are very excited!  Yesterday we had a Devotion Worship and talked about Easter and the real reason we celebrate this day.

 

  

 

We began, as we always do with some songs.

“If You’re Happy Cause God Loves You,” “My God is So Big” and our “Rhyming Easter Egg song.”

I love singing with the kids.

I had some items that helped us talk about this special day.

  a stick off a bush with new leaves – we think about the new life that Jesus gave us

a cross – we think about Jesus dying on the cross (it was a very sad day)

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rock – we think about Jesus’ body in the tomb for three days

And then, surprise – Jesus’ body wasn’t there.

Jesus was alive!  

He walked on earth again and told about the special gift that God gives; life after death.  We know we can live again in heaven!

 

The older kids had lots to say about all of this.

(I also explained that only God and Jesus can live again on earth.  After we die we live again in heaven.)

But then I had an Easter bunny and an Easter egg.

We remembered having talked about Santa Claus at Christmas time, Jesus’ birthday.  Santa Claus is a special fun way to celebrate the special gift of Jesus birth.

The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are the same thing; a special way to celebrate the special gift of new life!  Eggs also helps us think about new life such as baby chicks.

I showed them that at our house we hid a few empty eggs.  We remember the empty tomb and celebrate!

To end our time together, I lit a candle and talked about celebrating Jesus’ new life – kind of like a new birthday.  I also talked about the Bible saying that Jesus is the light of the world.

Then I blew it out.  We talked some more and WOW, the candle re-lit all by itself.  As you can imagine the kids wanted me to do this a few times.  Jesus is alive – again!

We closed with prayer.

He is risen!

 

 


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Ice Cream Social Fun! 2019

We had a great afternoon!!

Our entertainment this year was Scott Henderson.  He performed some fun magic!  Children were laughing and families were awed.  You can find out more about his performances HERE.

WE HAD FUN PLAYING AND PAINTING

ICE CREAM AND BAKE SALE EATING

TUNNEL CRAWLING, SCARF FLYING, CONVEYOR BELT MOVING, RAMP ROLLING, OBSTACLE COURSE MOVING AND BALLOON DANCING

FACE PAINTING

CUP PUNCHING AND SUCKER PULLING

AND FRIEND VISITING.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE BUSINESSES THAT DONATED OR SPONSORED ITEMS FOR THIS EVENT!

 

 


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It’s Ice Cream social time!!

Are your looking for something fun to do during the drab winter weather?

You won’t want to miss this year’s Ice Cream Social! It’s this Saturday!

I am taking a quick break from setting up the activities for the basement to write this.  I always enjoy watching the kids have fun with the obstacle course, the wind tunnel our Dance and Move room, and of course the awesome box tunnel our boy scouts from Troop 315 build for us.   Our board members come in tomorrow morning to scoop ice cream.  Once school is out on Friday we will get the upstairs ready for an afternoon of fun!!  Everyone is welcome.  You can purchase tickets at the door.

Our preschool board has worked hard to make this Silent Auction special, especially Brooke Curry!  We have some new, and very fun things for our auction.  Here is our preliminary list of baskets and I know some more fun items have come in this week. 2019 Silent Auction Item List

We hope to see you there! 


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1,2,3 God Loves Me

Today we had our February devotion worship.  It was the perfect time to talk about God’s love for us and how he want’s us to share that love with others.  There’s a certain holiday coming up tomorrow that is all about love.

One of our beginning songs goes like this;

1, 2, 3 – God loves me.

4, 5 – I’m glad I’m alive.

6, 7, 8 – God is great.

9, 10 – Let’s sing it again/God’s love never ends (second time)

Our bible verse was Colossians 3:12-14 (living Bible)

Since (God loves you and has chosen you,) you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others.

We talked about how we have been sharing God’s love through our kindness campaign.  And BOY, WE HAVE WE!!!

We also talked about what bodies and faces look like when the person is feeling sad, mad, frustrated or happy.  We learned that pictures sometimes use color to help us know the feeling of what is being portrayed.  Vibrant colors are often used when someone is feeling happy or excited.  Muted colors portray sadness, etc.  A youtube video demonstrates that beautifully.  The kids really enjoyed this one.

(Click on the picture for the link to the video.)

Next we played a game with a feelings meter.  My poster board had lots of colors on one side to represent happy feelings and grey and black colors on the other to represent sad.  The kids helped me know which side to show for the following:

You fall down  . . . . . . . . . and someone helps you up and gives you a hug.

You don’t have anything to do . . . . . . . . . . . .and someone asks you to join their game.

You have a very hard job to do (like maybe folding all the laundry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . and someone offers to help you.

You are a baby that is kind of fussy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and someone makes silly faces or sings you a song.

The kids were proud to know that all of those actions were things that our kids have done during the Kindness Campaign.  So now . . . it was time to see just how long our kindness chain has grown.  Each link on this chain represents a kind action done by a child.

       

Can you believe it?

IT STRETCHES ACROSS THE WHOLE SANCTUARY!

Amazing!  Wonderful!  Exciting!  Heartwarming!

We were so exited we danced to a fun song; Give it Away

 

We ended our devotion with a prayer;

   

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for showing us how to love others.  Help us always look for ways we can be kind.  We want to share your love everyday.

Amen