Think back to your favorite times with your extended family as a child. I’m sure you remember food. Somehow that is always an important part of our gatherings. My guess, though, is that you remember playing next. Playing with your cousins and hopefully playing with grandparents, aunts, uncles, mom and dad.
I went around the classrooms today to snap photos of their Thanksgiving activities. The first two classes I visited (Blue and Red) were busy playing group games. At first I thought, hmmm, I’m surprised they aren’t doing something more “theme” oriented to Thanksgiving. Then, I got to thinking that this game play is often times at the core of our Thanksgiving experiences. We play together.
Our younger classes were busy playing as well with blocks, play dough, dolls, balls made from scarves . . . . and more! What I loved most was that many times I saw adults playing with the children.
By the books we read today were about giving thanks. My heart fills with gratitude and thanks for each of you, our families. I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get a chance to play!
The holiday season is HERE! Especially if you see Halloween as the beginning of the season. It certainly seems as that once the kids start their Trick-or-Treating, time marches quickly to Thanksgiving and then Christmas.
Today I am focusing on a sampling of the many things we are THANKFUL for here at Aldersgate Preschool.
Our Preschool Board!
Our members may say they don’t do much but personally I don’t know how I could do this without them. Here are just a few things they do:
- Monthly meetings in which we deal with the mundane, but where we also have in-depth discussions on policies, programming, improvements and more.
- Supporting our staff with birthday wishes, occasional small items that show they care and coordinating treats and meals.
- Special events! Recently our board represented us at the church Trunk-or-Treat. They created a fun space and handed out fun treats.
- Fund-raising! Those note cards you just received from our fall fund-raiser were folded and packaged by our board. We did have the bonus of some good conversation while we worked. They are also already working on our spring Ice Cream Social. You’ll hear more about this soon.
You support us in so many ways!
- Your kind words and notes. In the day-to-day duties it is always welcome and encouraging to hear from you the things you enjoy. Our staff truly have a heart for their jobs and your words fill those hearts to overflow.
- Treats for Teachers. Just today some unexpected treats arrived for our staff. These fun snacks whether sweets or good for us veggies are always welcome. Your willingness and time spent preparing these are greatly appreciated!
- Conference meals. Do you see a theme here? We do love to eat and the meals during conferences gives us a chance to grab a bite between meetings. And, they are always so yummy!
- Your daily efforts to do the right thing for your child. We know every day isn’t perfect. We also know, and appreciate, that you try to do your best everyday. We love your little guys and watching you raise them is a real treat for us.
Without a church congregation that values young children and dedicates themselves to providing children with a quality early education experience, none of this is possible. Pastor Shelly and Carrie Lahmeyer also reach out to the kids through our devotion worships, our special events and so much more.
As a staff, we are a strong group that truly cares for and supports each other. We’ve weathered some tough storms lately and having this group of
co-workers friends has been invaluable. As the director I am especially blessed. Many people question how a staff of all women (until we recently added Nate to our staff) work together without all the expected drama. While we sometimes have those little disagreements, I thank God every day that our staff work hard at working well together. Having God at our center gives us a basis of love and understanding.
This list could go on and on. We receive so many blessings as we work with kids each day; laughter, conversation, smiles, hugs, pretend play, unexpected thoughts, children’s perspective . . . . .
As parents, you may be wondering how to encourage your children to have a heart full of thanks. Here is a wonderful blog post about the simple day-to-day things that can support a child’s grateful heart.
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Our hearts are full! This quote captures that so well.
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I am researching information for an in-service with the staff about communication – especially communication with you, our parents. In the process I came across this wonderful post on the PBS Parent page. In a concise article, the writer includes wonderful tips for helping children through tough situations that may be charged with emotions.
This focus on supporting social/emotional development is supported by research. One research conclusion stated, “The new study, a comprehensive 20-year examination of 800 children from kindergarten through their mid-20s published recently in the American Journal of Public Health, found a link between a child’s social skills in kindergarten and how well they were doing in early adulthood.”
“Study: Behavior in kindergarten linked to adult success,” by Kelly Wallace, CNN, July 16, 2015
It is definitely worth a look. Just click on the photo below for the link to the article.
This site would be worth spending a little time with There are many wonderful articles that would be helpful for parents and educators alike.