Welcome to the PreK Class at Shining Lights Preschool! We are excited to have you in our family and we are looking forward to a great year!
Pre K Class January 2018
Classroom News December was full of joy and celebration as we learned of the true meaning of Christmas and the most wonderful gift ever! The children loved acting out the story of the Nativity! They enjoyed making wonderful Christmas crafts and ornaments, singing Christmas songs for the Sharing Joys bible class at church, and even making a “Jesus in the manger” snack! The Polar Express field trip was enjoyed by all! We topped off the month with a celebration of Jesus’ birth at our Christmas Program.
In January we will be learning about the season of Winter, Winter Animals, Health and Fitness. Our journey through the alphabet will continue with the letters M, N, O, and W. We will also celebrate Lutheran Schools Week and Shining Lights Preschool’s 20th Anniversary! More information will be coming home soon!
Parent/Teacher Conferences We will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences in February. These are short meetings in which we will discuss skills assessments, which we are completing during class, kindergarten readiness, and any other items you would like to discuss. There will be a sign up sheet in the classroom later on in January. There will be no class on conference days.
Kindergarten Preparedness We work hard each and every day on kindergarten readiness skills. As we enter the second half of the school year, we will focus even more on these skills. Sitting and focusing on longer (age appropriate) lessons, raising hands to talk, following multi step directions, and self help skills, such as putting on and zipping their own coats are all things we will work towards. These skills are every bit as important as academic skills in being prepared for kindergarten! We will also continue to work on letter recognition/sounds and writing skills.
Kindergarten Registration It is almost time to register for kindergarten! We will be posting dates as school districts release them. Unit 5 has already set theirs for Tuesday, March 13th. Keep your eyes open for your school districts dates!
January 22-25 Lutheran Schools Week
January 27 SLP 20th Anniversary Celebration
February 14 Valentine’s Day Party 9:45 COMBINED CLASSES
February 21-22 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Birthdays Half Birthdays
18 Ansley July 1 Paul
24 Cameron July 19 Kyle
Classroom Notes Nov. 2017
We have had such a wonderful month of October! We enjoyed a visit from the firemen, we learned about Fall and made scarecrows, leaves, and pumpkins of all kinds! I think the children loved the fizzy pumpkins the most! We had a fun “What’s Cookin’ Wednesday” with Miss Dona and made our very own pizzas! We have learned the letters C, D, E, and P and we continue to learn God’s word through Noah and Abraham. November will be filled with learning about families and Thanksgiving.
We will be holding our Grandparent/VIP day on Thurs., Nov. 16. There will be a program beginning at 9:30, followed by a snack and craft time. Both classes will meet from 8:15 to 10:30. We look forward to seeing everyone!
We spend time at school working on fine motor skills. You see some of the activities come home in the form of projects. However, we work on these skills in different ways each and everyday. For instance, playing with playdough, free drawing, stacking blocks, and painting are all helping to strengthen the muscles used in writing and cutting. Any additional practice at home will also help your child!
Please remember to take a moment to check your child’s bag every night. They bring things home almost every day! We don’t want you to miss important notes or miss seeing the wonderful work your child is doing at school!
Birthdays Kameron Nov. 6
Upcoming Events Nov. 16 Grandparent/VIP Day Combined classes
Nov. 20-24 Thanksgiving Break
Contact Info Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns!
PreK Class October 2017
Classroom Notes September had us very busy with such topics as All About Me, Apples, Creation, and the letters A and B. We went to music and Chapel and enjoyed meeting Mrs. Patty and Pastor Huehn and Pastor Fitzner. We had our first Cooking with Miss Dona and made apple treats. One of the highlights of the month was the field trip to Rader Family Farms! We look forward to learning about fall, fire safety, and pumpkins in the month of October.
Family Pictures There is still time to send in your family pictures! The children love to show their family to our class!
Fall Party We will have our Fall Party on Thursdays, October 26th. The children can wear their non scary costumes to school. They do not need to bring any props or accessories for their costume to school. We will be parading through the church to trick or treat beginning at 9:45. There will be a party following the parade. Parents are welcome to attend! We will have a sign up sheet in our room if you would like to help with games or a treat for the class!
Bags/Backpacks Please remember to take a moment to check your child’s bag every night. They bring things home almost every day! We don’t want you to miss important notes or miss seeing the wonderful work your child is doing at school!
Skye Oct. 11 Juliana Oct. 26
Oct. 9 No School Columbus Day
Oct. 26 Fall Party – Both classes in the morning 8:15-10:30
Pre K Class August/ September 2017
We will hit the ground running in September. We will cover such topics as All About Me and Apples. We will also look at all the wonderful things God has created and learn our first bible verse. We will begin our alphabet study with some fun with “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!” We also have our first field trip to Rader Family Farms scheduled!
Scholastic Book Orders Each month you will receive a book order from Scholastic Book Clubs. You are not obligated to order anything. You have the opportunity to purchase books to build your child’s library. We can’t stress enough the importance of reading to your child everyday. A child who loves to read is on the road to academic success!
Journals We will be using alphabet journals throughout the year to help practice letter writing and sounds. It will be used at school all year and sent home in May. We hope that you are also practicing letter writing at home!
Alphabet Envelopes You will soon be receiving a note regarding our Alphabet Envelopes. This is an envelope that will come home each week that we introduce a new letter. We ask that you help your child find a picture that begins with that letter sound and put it in the envelope and return it to school by Thursday of that week. Each child will get the opportunity to share their picture with the class.
Homework As we conclude our letter lesson for the week, we will send home a handwriting practice page for that letter. We hope that your child will practice at home. If they return the paper completed they will earn a sticker for their effort. It is not mandatory. However, it is strongly encouraged!
If you have not already done so, please send in a complete change of clothes in a plastic bag with your child’s name on it. Accidents do happen and it is helpful to have a change of clothes available. We will send them home in May.
Birthdays Cohen Sept. 10
Ice Cream Social Sept. 14
Field trip Sept. 27
Picture Day Sept. 28
Pre K Schedule 2017-2018
Themes: All About Me, Apples
Letters: Alphabet Introduction, A, B
WOW: the, of
Bible Stories: Creation – God made the world, God made people
Memory Verse: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth.” Genesis 1:1
Themes: Fire Safety, Fall
Letters: C, D, F, P
WOW: and, a, to, in
Bible Stories: Noah and the Flood, The Tower of Babel, God’s Promise to Abraham, Joseph and His Brothers
Memory Verse: “Do not be afraid for I am with you.” Isaiah 43:5
Themes: Family, Thanksgiving
Letters: E, G, T
WOW: is, you, that, it
Bible Stories: Jacobs Troubles, Moses’ Birth, The Ten Commandments, Giving Thanks
Memory Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.”
Themes: Christmas – Preparing for Jesus’ Birth, Jesus is Born
Letters: H, J, I
WOW: he, was, for
Bible Stories: The Savior is Coming, The Angels and Shepherds, The Wise Men Find Jesus
Memory Verse: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son.” John 3:16
Themes: Winter, Health, Lutheran Schools Week
Letters: K, M, N, W
WOW: on, are, as, with
Bible Stories: Jesus as a Young Boy, Jesus Heals a Blind Man, LSW Theme
Memory Verse: “Do to others as you would have done to you.” Luke 6:31
Themes: Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Community Helpers
Letters: L, V, O
WOW: his, they, I
Bible Stories: Jesus Feeds 5000, The Good Samaritan, The Lost Son
Memory Verse: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Themes: Dr. Seuss, Spring, Easter
Letters: Q, U, R
WOW: at, be, this
Bible Stories: Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem, Last Supper, Easter Morning
Memory Verse: “He is not here. He is risen.” John 24:6
Themes: Spring, Caterpillars and Butterflies, Five Senses
Letters: X, Y, Z
WOW: have, from, or, one
Bible Stories: Zacchaeus, Jesus’ Ascension
Memory Verse: “Forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” Luke 11:4
Themes: Summer, Flowers
Letters: Alphabet Review
Bible Stories: Sharing the Good News
Memory Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone.” Mark 16:15
Pre K Daily Schedule 2017 -2018
8:15 Arrival/Check In 11:45
8:30 Class Meeting – Calendar 12:00
8:40-9:05 Centers/Small Groups 12:10–12:35
9:05-9:15 Circle Time 12:35-12:45
9:15-9:30 Activity/Craft 12:45-1:00
9:30-9:50 Snack 1:00-1:20
9:50-10:00 Bible Story/Activity 1:20-1:30
10:00-10:15 Large Motor 1:30-1:45
10:15-10:25 Journals/Show and Tell 1:45-1:55
10:25 Pack Up 1:55
10:30 Dismissal 2:00
We will have Music on Tuesdays and Chapel on Thursdays.