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  1. 1. Our Saviour Lutheran Preschool 120 South Henry Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54302 Director: Christina L. Scholz School 920-468-3596 Dear Parents, Thank you so much for sharing your child with us this year. We are so excited to get to know you and your family; we hope to make this a wonderful learning experience for your family. As we partner with you in the growth of your child’s faith and character development we pray that you would grow together as a family as well as in your relationship with Christ. Our “Integrity” word of the month is Obedient. Our Bible verse is: “…Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:24 In our first few weeks of preschool we will be focusing on establishing our routine. This simply means we will be working on classroom procedures: lining up, making choices, bathroom procedures, transitioning activities, cleaning up & taking care of our environment. We want them to become autonomous in our classroom; we desire to give them the tools necessary to be independent learners and helpers within our classroom and the world around them. We appreciate your patience in waiting to volunteer to help in our class until October so that we can create this setting with them. Please note that our Country Kritters Field Trip is scheduled for September 24 & 25 for all classes. You can help us with this trip by signing up to chaperone, the class will leave shortly after arrival on each day. Please see sign up on the table in the coat room. The cost of this trip is $10.00 for each student; please turn in money by September 22nd. The $10.00 covers the cost of the field trip and the bus fee. Adults pay for entry at the door. Hillside Orchard Trip October 15th & 16th, please be on the lookout for more information and sign- ups for chaperones. This field trip with bus and Orchard fees will be $9.00 per child. Please have money in by October 12th or 13th. They will come home with apples and a pumpkin.
  2. 2. Book Orders will be coming home for all classes this week, please fill them out and get orders back to school by Friday September 18th or next class day. Please make checks out to Scholastic Book Club, we will send in your check with the classroom order. Please plan to provide a nutritious snack for our class; please try to keep them simple during the first weeks of school. When it is your child’s turn to provide a snack, your child will bring home the ‘snack bin’, please include everything needed to serve your snack. This includes napkins and spoons. At pick-up times we will bring your child up to the parking lot overhang. As we work on establishing our routine it is important that you wait for your child in the Welcome Center just inside the church doors or in your cars. It can become easily crowded in the hallway outside our classroom; we appreciate your waiting for us by the church doors. The tuition payment for quarterly plans is due on or by October 15th; please give to your child’s teacher or drop in at the office. This week we will talk about how Jesus welcomes all the little children into His family. We will sing about his love as we discuss the cross and what that means to us as Christians. We will talk about forgiveness using an old coffee mug with a broken handle and a story that happened to me many years ago. The emphasis will be that when we use words or actions to hurt others we can’t take the action back but are required to ask for and give forgiveness. As we talk about being OBEDIENT to God we will focus on forgiveness. Remember to talk about your child’s day with them, ask them to share their “highs & lows” from each day. Please note that studies show the most important times of your child’s day are the first five minutes of each interaction: waking in the morning, picking up after school, or play dates etc… Use these times to connect with them, our desire is that they get used to sharing their world with you so that 10 yrs from now they are so used to sharing with you it isn’t a struggle to drag out a few words about their day. ☺☺☺ Serving the Master Teacher,
  3. 3. Christina L. Scholz & Our Saviour Staff ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Parent’s name: _____________________________Child’s Name ____________________Class________ Please cut and send in your email address ___________________________________. I’d like to send these via email next month.
  4. 4. Pre-K Something New “I can do it” You can stimulate Children gain confidence by doing things on their Tid-bits your child’s curiosity about their world own. Show your youngster how to do these tasks while expanding their vocabulary. by slowly and carefully doing them while he/she is Every so often, help them discover something new, like and unusual watching. The more they do for themselves the fruit. Ask her questions, such as more they will be able to do! We want our children whet they think it tastes like and to grow and become productive and independent where it is grown. citizens. Why not give them these skills early and You’re the Star! enjoy the extra help? Give your youngster—and yourself ☻ Prepare cold cereal. —a lifetime of priceless memories. ☻ Make a sandwich. On his birthday, record him/her ☻Choose her clothes playing, singing, and telling a little for the next day. about his/her life. Continue each ☻ Tie their shoes. year, using the same tape. You’ll ☻ Answer the phone have a treasured record of your child politely. growing up. ☻ Hang their wet towel in the bathroom. Handwriting Workouts ☻ Make their bed. ☻ Feed their pet. Did you know that exercising ☻ Pack their backpack. his/her hand muscles helps them ☻ Buckle their seat. develop good handwriting? Let your child use tweezers to pick up small objects like dry pasta or beans, and drop them into a cup. Stringing “The first duty of love beads or doing puzzles can also strengthen tiny muscles. Don’t be afraid to get them using a is to listen.” pencil/crayon early, the earlier the better. Paul Tillich Just for Fun In Pre-K We Learn By Doing Please read the attached apricot sheet Q: What do you call a about school readiness and how bee who can’t make up preschool helps to prepare them for his mind? school. As teachers we are not only concerned about Academic Readiness but A: A maybe. developing the Whole Child. Preschool gives your child the chance to prepare by developing their: Language,
  5. 5. Stages of ART Every now and then we become involved with a teaching principle that we feel you would find as fascinating as we do. Many of these moments will be taking place in our classroom throughout the year; we’d like t o share it with you. It has to do with the developmental stages that children pass through in their drawings. There are basically five of these stages that can take place between the ages of two and six. By observing, we can learn a lot about how your child is maturing. Let’s get into the stages so that you can understand the process as well and watch your child develop through them. STAGE ONE: Random Scribbling: The very young child makes large arcs on the paper. They have no “visual” control over where the marks go. Here, however, the motor activity of using the entire arm is very important to their development. STAGE TWO: Controlled Scribbling: Now, there is greater variety of scribbles. The arcs get smaller because the child is using the wrist. Now, there is visual control. The child looks at the drawing until it is finished. STAGE THREE: Names Scribbling: There is no doubt in the child’s mind about what his or her picture is. Adults, however, can’t recognize it. Drawings are symbols of the objects, events or experiences that the child has had. This is an important step because the child is using abstract thought. The child can see the relationship between the marks on the paper and the symbol or object. STAGE FOUR: Early Presentation: The drawings start to look like the objects they represent. There will be distortion in size. Usually, the most important part of the drawing will be much larger than the rest. Their drawings are still not adult pleasers, but they are very important to the child. Also, by this time, the child has naturally changed the grip on the drawing instrument to an almost adult grip. Objects that are important to the child will appear. STAGE FIVE: Preschematic: The progression goes on very naturally. Now, objects are more relative to size. There is a right side up to the paper and a base line develops, i.e., green for grass, blue for sky. By this time, the child is using the wrist and fingers and has mastered an adult grip on the drawing instrument. Authorities have observed that when a child is doing closed forms in his or drawings, the child will also be able to use closed forms in writing his or her name. If the child is in the early scribbling stages, the name will also be scribbled. If this is the case, the child should not be forces to print letters because he/she is not ready.
  6. 6. P e-K r Out of the Mouth of Babes “One Sunday, a pastor was using squirrels as an Ti dbi t s illustration for a children’s message. He started out by saying, “I’m going to describe something, and s “Twenty-five years of I want you to raise your hand when you know what research has identified six it is.” The children nodded eagerly. He said: “This traits that build strong, thing lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)….” healthy families. No hands went up. They are: “It is gray (pause) and has a long bushy tail 1. Commitment to (pause)…” The children were looking at each other, each other’s but still no hands rose. “And it jumps from branch welfare and to branch (pause) and chatters and flips its tail happiness. when it’s excited (pause)…” Finally one little boy 2. Appreciation and tentatively raised his hand. The pastor breathed a affection for each sigh of relief and called on him. “Well,” said the other (Genesis boy, “I know the answer must be Jesus….but it sure 2:23-24; Psalm sounds like a squirrel to me!” 127:3-4) 3. Positive communication Improve Your Health (Ephesians 6:1-4) 4. Spending time Sing. together Singing your way to work releases physical tension, (Deuteronomy 6:7; oxygenates the blood, exercises your muscles, and Proverbs 22:6) liberates suppressed emotions. 5. Spiritual well-being (Acts 2:38-39; Show Gratitude. Deuteronomy 6:7; Write a note to someone who has made a difference Ephesians 6:4) in your life. Long-term research has found that 6. The ability to cope individuals who report high level of gratitude and with stress and crisis (Ephesians optimism have a 23% lower risk of health-related 6:4; 1 death. Thessalonians 2:11).” In Pre-K We Learn By Doing Kay Meyer Please read the attached apricot sheet Christian Family Ministries— about stages of art in the preschool LCMS child. As teachers we are not only concerned about Academic Readiness but It is important for us to developing the Whole Child. Preschool take hold of the gives your child the chance to prepare by developing their: Language, opportunities God gives our Physical, Social, Cognitive & Discovery