October 2022 Newsletter
Fall is in the air and we are so grateful for each and every day we have at school. Your children are flourishing in making new friends and learning new skills. There are many lessons to be learned this year and it is pure joy to watch your child grow and develop every step of the way.
We welcome the arrival of the Pumpkin Patch as a way to celebrate a community tradition. The children love a walk through the orange sea and experiencing the sights of fall. As we celebrate traditions at school, take some time to enjoy traditions at home. They can be big or small and just require a little thought and intentionality that can lift the spirits. Establishing family traditions are an important part of early childhood as they provide a sense of identity, strengthen the family bond, offer comfort and security, teach values, and add to the rhythms and seasons of life. They can also connect generations, pass on cultural and religious heritage, and create lasting memories.
With the seasons changing, I am reminded about the message in the book of Ecclesiastes. God created seasons and in our lives there is a season for everything. Not only do the leaves and weather change, but you may be in a season of happiness and comfort or that of challenges and despair. Parenting young children in and of itself presents daily joys and challenges along with your own personal growth and change as well. The one thing we can rest in is knowing that God never changes. He is always with us and will never leave us. He is sovereign, stable, and will provide peace and wisdom for those who ask. When you find yourself in a moment of prayer or praise, ask your children to pray with you and thank the Lord that He is good (no matter what we are going through) and never changing.
If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask! My door is always open and I welcome every chance to get to know you and your family.
Blessings and joy,
Thank you for keeping your child home when they are sick. With flu season already upon us, it’s important to keep your child home if they exhibit any symptoms.
Thank you for a great turnout at Parent Night! It was so wonderful to see your smiling faces. Your support and attendance are appreciated.
Thank you for making our annual Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser a success. We raised close to $2,000 that will be put back into our classrooms. We owe it all to our wonderful families and community. We truly have the best parents in town!
There are a lot of opportunities and fun events to attend at our preschool this month and I look forward to seeing you there! We have our classroom trips to the Pumpkin Patch, Chapel on the 12th, Lunch on the Lawn the 26th, and the Costume Parade on the 31st. The church is hosting Trunk-or-Treat on the 26th along with movies and food trucks in the Pumpkin Patch.
Thank you for helping us “GO PINK”! Your donation will help cancer patients and your generosity will help find a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds are given to the Joanna Francis Living Well Fund, a nonprofit foundation that supports and provides financial assistance for those struggling with terminal breast cancer.
Mrs. Nickels and Ms. Baker Two Year Olds
Happy October! The weather has turned just in time as this wonderful new month rolls around. October brings so many fun things to our class as we get ready to learn about the farm and of course, celebrate Halloween with our costume parade and lots of adorably spooky crafts!
In September, we enjoyed learning about transportation and our five senses. The kids got to roll construction trucks in mud to leave tracks and create sailboats and buses to place on our boards. For our five senses unit the children created a book where each page represented one of our senses and we talked daily about things we could see, smell, hear, taste, and touch all around us at school.
As we move into our next units, be listening to some of our favorite songs that are coming up in October which include Old Macdonald Had a Farm and Five Little Pumpkins, as well as some cute art hanging in the room!
Dates to remember:
October 10th: Pumpkin Patch at 11:30am (parents invited!)
October 17th: No School
October 31st: Costume Parade 9:00am
October 31st & November 1st: Class Halloween Parties
Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Roberts Two Year Olds
I would first like to say THANK YOU for all the flowers, cards, and treats for my birthday! Everyone made me feel special and appreciated.
We closed out September learning all about the animals on the farm. We talked about the feel and colors of different animals, where they live and what they eat. Everyone also had fun with Mrs. Roberts tasting the different kinds of apples and telling her which was their favorite.
October starts with our Nocturnal Animal unit, combined with Halloween and shapes. We will get to scoop “spooky rice,” play with pumpkin playdoh, and maybe even carve a jack-o-lantern! We will visit the pumpkin patch on October 14th from 11:30-12, and parents are welcome and encouraged to join us on our one and only “field trip.” Please send in $2 so your child can bring home their very own small pumpkin.
Our Parade of Costumes will be on Monday October 31th at 9:00a.m., please make plans to come watch this exciting event!
Mrs. Larkin and Mrs. Stewart Three Year olds
October is here and we are enjoying the cooler mornings of Fall! This month brings a flurry of activities around our units of nature, apples, pumpkins and Halloween.
Our fun experiences will include a nature walk, apple graphing and tasting, pumpkin seed planting, pumpkin carving, cooking and a visit to the pumpkin patch. The children always enjoy the pumpkin patch fun and we will be visiting the patch on October 10th at 9:30 ($2.00 per child for a small pumpkin). Also, we will be focusing on the colors orange (anaranjado), black(negro), number 3(tres) and the shape triangle. Which should be easy to spot all around us this month.
Many thanks to our volunteers who made September extra special with Lawson’s mom, Kalin for reading and Calvin’s mom, Kirsten for cooking in our classroom. We would especially, like to thank all our families for joining us on Parent Night to share your child’s school experiences and the joy of having your children in our class. Your support is invaluable!
Be on the lookout for details on our annual Costume Parade and Halloween Party on October 31st to celebrate a little fall fun.
We are looking forward to a fabulous month!
Mrs. Newman and Ms. Newman Three Year Olds
We are finishing up our units on Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have been discussing the different versions of both books, and the class has definite opinions about why they like a certain version over others. We also have meaningful discussions about the moral tales of these books. For the Three Little Pigs, we had lots of discussions and shares about the importance of hard work. We talked about scribbles vs. drawings. Scribbles are fast and drawings take time, but drawings make us proud. We shared about things that are hard for us, such as monkey bars (we had spent a lot of time at the monkey bars that day) and building with blocks—taking the time to use a “flat” helps make the building more sturdy and stable. For the Three Billy Goats, we discussed that to get what the goats wanted they had to do something scary, but they stayed calm and thought things through and they all got across safely. We have not had specific shares about times when the kids confronted things that made them scared yet, we will do that this week, and I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.
One of the reasons I love exploring FairyTales with young children is the moral value to them. It can be difficult to discuss the moral/Biblical concepts with young children, the Bible is full of real characters, who often do real bad things, while there is redemption and saving in the end, it can be difficult to explain to young children the morality of these sto