Aldersgate Preschool

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Water fun!

This week was water days for our Summer Camp kids.   They had a GREAT time.

I must admit, though, that I got a little cranky about setting it up (and I didn’t do the majority of the work!)  Gathering materials, walking to the other end of the building for the key that turns on the water faucet, dealing with low water pressure, making sure the water squirters actually work . . .  none of it is much fun.

Perhaps you feel this way about setting up extra activities for your kids.  It takes too much effort.  Certainly there are days you need to just say, “Not today.”  But I also must admit that seeing the JOY on the children’s faces changed my thinking and attitude.  It may also be the case that taking that extra effort to set up some things will make your day go much smoother in the long run.

Back in my home daycare days I would actually plan big “special” days for the kids.  We would set up carnivals, Olympics games, and “water park days.”  The kids would be busy making signs and invitations for days ahead.  I would usually co-organize with a friend and her kids.  Having another adult around always makes things easier and more fun.  Also, the mix of other kids always made the activities more interesting for my own kids.  Perhaps this is another way to ease your workload.

Here are some photos of activities we did.  Hopefully you will get some ideas for play at home.

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Simple things like bringing water toys outside, using chalk in water, shaving cream play and an outside snack make things fun and unique.  I’ve gathered a few blog posts onto our Aldersgate Preschool Pinterest board.  It looks like there is a whole host of other great ideas out there so here’s my encouragement to give it a try (at least maybe one or two ideas? 🙂


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Fun in the Sun . . . and in the church!

Aldersgate United Methodist Church is offering several fun programs for young families.  A connection with a community of faith is a positive base for children as they develop and mature.  These fun activities will give you a chance to experience Aldersgate through active play, Bible teaching and fun games.  I’m sure you will want to check one (or all) of these out.

VBS! (Vacation Bible School)

The theme this year is G FORCE:  God’s love in ACTION!

Join the fun July 13-17 (with a family night on the 17th)

6:00 – 8:15pm  There is a snack supper included.

Children ages 3 years old (and potty trained) through those just completing 5th grade.

Come explore God’s love in action through science, crafts, music and Bible adventures in which you will act out the Bible stories.

The whole family is invited to join in on the 17th.  The basics of a hotdog meal is provided however each family is asked to bring a side dish to share.  There will be family games and activities throughout the evening.  Children will also be sharing the songs they have learned through the week.

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Fun in the Sun Playgroup!

Dr. Seuss and the Bible:  Experience how our childhood favorite stories relate to Bible stories and themes.




Children who’ve just completed fifth grade or younger, along with their families, are invited to the Fun in the Sun at Aldersgate for hands-on, age appropriate playgroups.  Come join in for stories, games, fellowship and much more. Join us for all or come for one or two. Playgroups will meet on the Aldersgate playground from 6:30 – 7:30pm on the following Wednesday evenings:

  • June 10
  • June 24
  • July 8
  • July 22
  • August 5

Give the church office a call at 764-7560.  Carrie Lahmeyer would be glad to give you more details!