Terrific Thursday

The preschoolers began their day by coloring a coffee filter with a marker. Why you may ask? The filter made a good template for turkey feathers. Each preschooler took time to sit and color. When they were finished they came to see me. The preschooler then used a spray bottle to mist water onto their filter. They loved watching what happened next! All of the colors ran together and gave the filter a tye-dye effect! We later glued a turkey body, some eyes, and a beak to the paper. They loved seeing their amazing turkey creations!

During Jesus time we began talking about the Ten Commandments. We reviewed that a commandment is a rule. We also sang a song that helped ups to count the commandments. Ask your child to sing it to you!

We practiced making our letter Q today using dobbers! The preschoolers loved making the shape and love any opportunity they get to use dobbers!

To those of you I will not see tomorrow, HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!

See many of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

We are halfway through our school week!

Today the preschoolers started their day by coloring a Thanksgiving picture. The preschoolers took note of the Pilgrims and Native Americans in the picture.

During circle time we talked a lot about Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful. We went around the circle and all of the preschoolers shared something they were thankful for.

Pastor Biber led us in chapel today! (The preschoolers absolutely love Pastor and are always so excited to see him!) We talked more about what it meant to be thankful and each time someone shared, we thanked God for giving us those things!

Our project of the day was to share with a teacher what we were thankful for. After that the preschoolers used crayons to draw and color a picture of what they are thankful for! These were sent home today in your child’s folder, be sure to check them out!! I made copies of what each friend made and I am going to create a class book out of our creations!

Reminders
Tonight is the PTL Dinner Fundraiser at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Watson from 5-8!

There will be no school next week due to Teacher Conferences in the Ozarks and Thanksgiving break.

Have a blessed day!

Miss O’Toole

Tip Top Tuesday

The preschoolers started their day by coloring a picture of a queen. We discussed that queen starts with our letter of the week, Q.

After that we began circle time and read a story called “My First Thanksgiving”. In this story we learned why we celebrate Thanksgiving and what the first Thanksgiving celebration was like. We talked about somethings that we are thankful for and came up with grandmas, pets and food. We mentioned that we should also be thankful for everything God gives us.

Our centers of the day were:

Writing- The preschoolers used Q-Tips to practice writing letters.
Math- The preschoolers rolled dice and had to put the specified number of turkeys (brown pom poms) into their turkey pen (cupcake tray). The preschoolers used tweezers to transfer the objects.
Dramatic Play- The preschoolers pretended to be Pilgrims and Native Americans having their first Thanksgiving feast.
Project- Today we used (dyed) noodles to create Native American Jewelry as was seen in our circle time story. The preschoolers strung the beads onto string!
Blocks- The preschoolers had a free block center where they could build and create.

Moses visited us today during Jesus time. He told us a bit more about the 10 Commandments. We are curious to find out what these rules/commandments may be.

Have a blessed day!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

Happy Monday!

The preschoolers started their morning by coloring a picture of our letter of the week, Q! Many preschoolers noticed the resemblance between the letter O and the letter Q.

At circle time we read a story called “5 Silly Turkeys”. We used our fingers to count after each turkey went away and found out how many were left!

During centers we practiced writing the letter Q in a combo of orange paint and shaving cream (to look like pumpkin pie)! The sensory table was filled with feathers and we talked about how the feathers felt in our hands. In the dramatic play center, the preschoolers pretended to make a Thanksgiving feast for one another! In the math center the preschoolers rolled some dice to figure out how many feathers to put on their turkey. The feathers were glue to clothes pins and the turkey was a paper plate. We also had some cutting and name recognition practice today. The 3 year olds made short snips on the sides of their turkey feathers (to make the feathers look textured) and then found all of the letters in their names. The 4 year olds cut out their own feathers and wrote each letter of their name on a feather!

During Jesus time we talked with our friend Zippy about rules. We all discussed why rules are important and why we need to have them. This is leading us up to the Ten Commandments, that we will learn later this week.

*Reminders*

Tomorrow night is the Kindergarten Open House at the k-8 campus from 6-8.

We will have no school November 23-27!

Have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

Happy Thursday!

So far this week, Pete the Cat has been a HUGE hit! The kiddos love hearing Pete the Cat stories and love singing the songs that go along with it! They ask to hear the story over and over again!

During centers the preschoolers rotated around in groups of 2 or 3. The centers they visited were the kitchen center (dramatic play), the rice table (sensory), geoboards (fine motor and math) and a Pete the Cat shoe matching game (math and ABC).

We sat down after centers and did a dobber sheet. We used our dobbers to make the letter O. While dobbing we tried to think of some words that start with the letter O.

After that, we made a Pete the Cat headband. The preschoolers listened for directions so they knew what piece to pick up and glue on. They were so excited when the headband was finished and they could wear it.

During Jesus time we learned a fingerplay. We used our fingers to tell a part of our story of the Israelites in the desert. We also read some words from the Bible. We talked about how God always provides us with what we need. The preschoolers truly enjoy Jesus time.

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole

Terrific Thursday

Hello!

Today we had an unusually small group today. There were only 7 friends in preschool today!

Our day started by coloring a picture of a car. We all figured out that car starts with C! We worked on our grandparents day songs at circle time. We have really done a GREAT job learning them. Ask your child to sing them for you at home.

We learned about another symbol of our country today. We learned that the bald eagle represents America because of it is strong and beautiful. We talked a bit about how it also represents freedom, but this was a tough concept! 🙂 We watched a video of a bald eagle flying away. The kiddos thought this was so interesting and wanted to watch the video over and over!

During centers the preschoolers worked on red, white and blue sorting. Tweezers were used to transfer objects so that we could work on fine motor strength. The preschoolers used blocks to create roads for CARS. There was an alphabet matching center using magnetic letters and ABC cards.

Our project of the day was to make a handprint eagle. These will be on display in the hallway for grandparents day!

Zippy visited us during Jesus time today. He came dressed in a cape, just like a superhero. Zippy was feeling all mighty, like he could solve any problem! We reminded Zippy that without God, we could not solve all of our problems and that we NEED God to be with us. At the end we all shouted “GOD is our HERO!!” The preschoolers had so much fun interacting with Zippy today!

**REMINDER**

Tomorrow is our Faith in Action day at the K-8 campus! Drop off is from 8:00-8:15. Pick-up for all will be at 11:45. Aftercare is provided from 11:45-6:00 if needed. A hot lunch (grilled cheese sandwich, green beans, fruit and teddy grahams) will be provided at 11:00. E-mail me with any questions!

Please send your child in their black SHINE t-shirt.

If your child brought in canned goods, they may wear a hat to school tomorrow!

Blessings!

Miss O’Toole

Wonderful Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Our activity this morning was to come in and color a picture of a caterpillar! The preschoolers loved finding out that caterpillar starts with C.

Oliver brought the letter bag today. He brought many things that start with the letter C like cars, candy, a camera and a cupcake! The preschoolers had fun guessing what would come out of the letter bag next!

We had two projects for today. The first was to make a gift for our grandparents and the veterans who will be coming to grandparents day next week. The second was making a placemat using red, white and blue paint with star sponges. These will be laminated and will help to decorate the tables next week!

Pastor Biber led us in chapel today. We learned about Saints and that Saints are people who let God’s light shine through them. Pastor told us that we are Saints! The preschoolers loved hearing this message and always love seeing Pastor Biber.

*Reminders*

On Friday school will be at the Ascension (K-8) Campus. Students may be dropped off at 8:00. The school day will end for ALL preschoolers at 11:45. Aftercare will be provided from 11:45-6:00 if needed.

If your child brought in canned goods, they may wear a hat to school on Friday!

Grandparents day is next Wednesday, November 11.

Have a blessed evening!

Miss O’Toole

Tip-Top Tuesday

Hello Preschool Parents!

We started our day off by using markers to color a picture of a clown! The preschoolers took their time to add many different colors to our clowns!

During morning meeting, we spent most of our time practicing songs that will be performed during grandparents day!

During centers we laced stars that were red, white and blue. These will be used to decorate the room for grandparents day. The preschoolers practiced writing the letter C on whiteboards. Beads and pipe cleaners came in handy to practice making patterns.

Our project of the day was to create windsocks that look like the American flag. These will be hung in the classroom to decorate for grandparents day!

During Jesus time, we learned about how God parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites. The preschoolers were so AMAZED to hear that God could do this. We reenacted parts of the story with class participation! Ask your child to retell the story!

Have a great evening!

Miss O’Toole

Marvelous Monday

Happy Monday!

This week will be patriotic week at school! We are also learning about our new letter of the week, C!

This morning we started our day by coloring a picture of the letter C. During circle time we said goodbye to October and hello to November! (Can you believe it’s already November??) The preschoolers always get so excited when they get to learn about a new month. We also talked about our American flag this morning. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance (which the preschoolers have pretty much mastered at this point!!!) we talked about the colors we saw on the flag. We talked about how many stars and stripes were on the flag. We all counted together and were amazed that there were 50 stars on the flag! 🙂

Some highlights from centers were making our own American flags. The 4 year olds were able to cut their stripes and assemble the rest of their flag. The 3 year olds were given pre-cut pieces and were asked to assemble their flag! (These are hanging in the hallway at school!) The preschoolers also dobbed the letter C today and had some practice writing it too. We also practiced making the letter C in shaving cream and spelled our own names with ABC magnets!

During Jesus time we began to learn the plan that God had for Moses. We heard about how God wanted Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt away from Pharaoh. We talked about how Pharaoh chased after Moses with an army and how then Moses was trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. This is where the story left off. The looks on their faces showed they could not wait to find out what happens to Moses next! We will find out on Wednesday!

Have a great evening!

See some of you tomorrow!

Miss O’Toole