4s Class



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!

Show and Tell Schedule   Show and tell is an important activity for the children.  It helps them learn to speak in front of a group and gives them the “spotlight” for a bit!  They love to show and tell!  On your child’s scheduled day, they may bring in one item to show and tell.  If they happen to forget, don’t worry!  They still get to sit in the “hot seat” and answer questions their friends ask them. They really enjoy this almost more than talking about something they bring in!


Sight word list:  the, of, and, a, you, to, is, in, that, it, he, for, was, are, on, as, with, I, they, his, at, be, this, have, had, one, or, from

Pre K Class                                        March 2019

Classroom News  February was filled with love!  We learned about God’s command for us to love each other.  The children learned that sharing, using kind words, and helping others are all ways to show love to others.  We also learned about Community Helpers. We also had a visitor from Pediatric Smiles come in and teach us about taking care of our teeth.  The Kindness Tree was a big success!  The children did a wonderful job of showing kindness!  We are looking forward to learning about Dr. Seuss and our five senses in March!   We continue to work on letter recognition and sounds, writing and cutting skills, sight words, listening while others speak, and being attentive during circle time.  Please continue to practice these things at home as well.  The children will be ready for kindergarten!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you for coming in for Parent/Teacher conferences!  It was great to see you!

Kindergarten Registration

Unit 5 will be holding kindergarten registration on Tuesday, March 12th.   You can check their website, unit5.org for times for your specific school.  If your child will be attending District 87, Tri Valley, or Trinity, please check their websites for registration information. 

Upcoming Dates

March 21                  Field trip to Schnucks and Rosatis  Both classes 9-11

March 25-28             Spring Break – No school


Ashlyn      March 6                           Lexi   March 13

Silas         March 13

 January 2019

Classroom News    December was full of joy and celebration as we learned of the true meaning of Christmas and the most wonderful gift ever!!  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! 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!  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 sent out through Sign Up Genius 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 the academic skills we work on each day in being prepared for kindergarten!  Please continue to encourage your child to write, practice sight words, and work on letter sounds at home. 

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 12th.  Keep your eyes open for your school districts dates!

Adverse Weather Days   On days of adverse weather conditions, we will follow the closings announced for Unit 5. If you hear Unit 5 is closed, then we will be closed. Shining Lights Preschool will contact WJBC (1230 AM). You may also find the school closing information on this website: www.wjbc.com. Shining Lights Preschool will also notify you by email if there is a cancellation.

Illnesses  Just a reminder – Children who have a temperature of 100 or higher should be kept home. Your child may return to preschool when he/she has been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.  Children who have two or more loose stools within 24 hours are to be kept home. Children who have vomited in the previous 24 hours are to be kept home.

 Half Birthday         Bentley    July 25                                            

  Upcoming Dates

 January 28-31     Lutheran Schools Week

February 14         Valentine’s Party 9:45 & 1:15

February 21-22     Parent/Teacher Conferences

 December 2018

Classroom Notes  We spent time learning about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  We had fun cooking with Miss Dona and sharing a Thanksgiving Feast. We have had great time learning about science with Mr. Gil!  We have learned about how we make different colors, our five senses, and snow.  We are getting very good at asking lots of questions to figure things out like scientists do!  Our highlight of the month was Grandparent’s/VIP Day!  We continue to work our way through the alphabet and practicing our writing skills.  In December, we will learn about why we have Christmas and celebrate Jesus’ birth!

 Grandparent’s/VIP Day  Thank you to all who shared in this special day!  The children loved performing, sharing a snack, and making a craft with their special people!

Christmas Tree  This year our tree for the preschool is going to be a Teddy Bear-Prayer tree. The teddy bears will be donated to the Children’s Hospital in Peoria.  There is a basket of ribbons beside the tree and we ask that you choose a ribbon or two, say a prayer for the children in the hospital, and then tie a ribbon on the tree. Our hope is that by Christmas, our tree is completely covered with prayer ribbons. We are also presenting the option for you to donate towards the purchase of the bears or bring a new one to add to the collection under the tree.  One of our preschool Moms works at the hospital and is excited to take the bears to the little one she works with. It’s a great opportunity to teach the preschoolers the importance of prayer and the gift of giving to others, such as a comforting teddy when you are in the hospital.  We hope you all participate in this important part of our Christmas celebration!

 Christmas Program  We will have our Christmas Program on Thursday, December 20th at 9:30.  It will be held in the sanctuary.  We will move to Fellowship Hall for treats to celebrate Jesus’ birthday following the program.  The afternoon class will attend with the morning class from 8:15-10:30 on this day. 

Birthdays  Dec. 2          Jayden

Half Birthdays    June 11    Karsyn

 Upcoming Events    Dec. 20   Christmas Program – 9:30

 Both classes attend 8:15-10:30

Dec. 24-Jan. 7     Christmas Break

Jan. 8 – Back to school


     6  Brandon, Caleb                 7  Cora, Jayden

     8  Karsyn, Laci

    13  Maddox, Navya               14  Olivia, Paxton

     15  Grandparents Day

       19-22  No show and tell

     27  Sadie, Lexi, Silas            28  Addy, Anna

     29  Ares, Ashlyn


    4  Benji, Bentley                  5  Brandon, Caleb

     6  Cora, Jayden

     11  Karsyn, Laci                  12  Maddox, Navya

     13  Olivia, Paxton

      18  Sadie, Lexi, Silas

            No show and tell for the rest of December


     8  No show and tell               9  Addy, Anna

     10  Ares, Ashlyn 

    15  Benji, Bentley                 16  Brandon, Caleb

     17  Cora, Jayden

     22  Karsyn, Laci                   23  Maddox, Navya

     24  Olivia, Paxton

      29  Sadie, Lexi, Silas            30  Addy, Anna

     31  Ares, Ashlyn


     5  Benji, Bentley                  6  Brandon, Caleb

     7  Cora, Jayden

      12  Karsyn, Laci                  13  Maddox, Navya

     14  No Show and tell

     18-21  No School 

     26  Olivia, Paxton                 27  Sadie, Lexi, Silas

     28  Addy, Anna


     5  Ares, Ashlyn                   6  Benji, Bentley

     7  Brandon, Caleb

     12  Cora, Jayden                 13  Karsyn, Laci

     14  Maddox, Navya   

     19  Olivia, Paxton                 20  Sadie, Lexi, Silas

     21  No Show and tell


     2  Addy, Anna                     3  Ares, Ashlyn

     4  Benji, Bentley

      9  Brandon, Caleb                 10  Cora, Jayden

     11  Karsyn, Laci

     16  Maddox, Navya               17  Olivia, Paxton

     18  Sadie, Lexi, Silas

 No show and tell for the rest of the year!


4’s PM


     6  Katelyn                         7  Kristin

     8  Madeline

    13  Olivia                          14  Ryann

     15  Grandparents Day

     19-22  No show and tell

     27  William                   28  Brooklyn

     29  Elizabeth


     4  Jayson                           5  Katelyn

     6  Kristin

    11  Madeline                      12  Olivia

     13  Ryann

     18  William

           No show and tell for the rest of December


     8  No show and tell               9  Brooklyn

     10  Elizabeth

     15  Jayson                        16  Katelyn

     17  Kristin

     22  Madeline                       23  Olivia

     24  Ryann

    29  William                        30  Brooklyn

     31  Elizabeth


     5  Jayson                          6  Katelyn

     7  Kristin

     12  Madeline                      13  Olivia

     14  No Show and tell

     18-21  No School 

     26  Ryann                          27  William

     28  Brooklyn


     5  Elizabeth                       6  Jayson

     7  Katelyn

     12  Kristin                         13  Madeline

     14  Olivia

     19  Ryann                          20  William

     21  No Show and tell


     2  Brooklyn                        3  Elizabeth

     4  Jayson

     9  Katelyn                         10  Kristin

     11 Madeline

     16  Olivia                          17  Ryann

     18  William

           No show and tell for the rest of the year!

Star Student Schedule

Below is the schedule for our Star Student of the Week.  On the Thursday before their scheduled week we will send home a poster for you to work on together.  You can also send in or attach photos.  Your child can bring in 3 items that represent them in some way.  For example, they could bring in a favorite book, toy, or something that has special meaning to them.  The poster and items need to be brought to school on the Monday of their Star Student week.  We will share them with the class and the poster will be on display all week. 

4’s AM

Week of:               

Nov. 5              Benji                        Nov. 12            Bentley

Dec. 3              Brandon

Jan. 14             Caleb                       Jan. 28            Cora

Feb. 4              Jayden                    Feb. 11             Karsyn

Feb. 25            Laci

March 4          Lexi                         March 11          Maddox

March 18         Navya     

April 8             Olivia                       April 15           Paxton

April 22           Sadie                       April 29           Silas

4’s PM

Week of:

 Nov. 5              Kristin                     Nov. 12            Madeline

Dec. 3              Olivia

Jan. 14             Ryann                       Jan. 28            William           

Nov. 2018

We have had such a wonderful month. 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 day cooking with Miss Dona and we made our own pizza. We have learned the letters C,D,E and P and continue to learn God’s word through Noah ans Abraham. November will be filled with learning about families and Thanksgiving.

Grandparents/ VIP day.  We will be having our Grandparent/ VIP day on Wed. Nov. 14th. The program will begin at 9:45, followed by a snack and craft time. Both classes will be together in the AM. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Writing Skills      We spend time at school each day 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 day. For instance, playing with playdough, free drawing, stacking blocks, and painting are all helping to strengthen the muscles used in writing and cutting.   

Birthday-  Laci- Nov.9

Thanksgiving Break- Nov. 21-22

PreK Class                                               October 2018

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.  The children have really enjoyed getting to know each other!  Everyone loved the field trip to Rader Family Farms!

We look forward to learning about fall, fire safety, and pumpkins in the month of October.  We will also continue with the letters of C, D, E, and P. 

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 Thursday, October 25th.  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 9:30. There will be a party following the parade.  Parents are welcome and encouraged 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!  Both classes will meet in the morning!


Olivia R.    Oct. 1         Brooklyn   Oct. 5

Paxton      Oct. 21        Olivia M.  Oct. 24

 Upcoming Events

Oct. 8    No School Columbus Day

Oct. 18 Firemen Visit COMBINED CLASS

Oct. 25  Fall Party – COMBINED CLASS

 Pre-K Class                                              September 2018

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!

Family Pictures

We would love for you to send in a family photo for our Family Tree!  The children love being able to show others their families!

 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! 


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.


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!

Extra Clothes

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.


Navya      3

Upcoming Events

Ice Cream Social    Sept.  13

Picture Day             Sept. 20

Field trip                Sept. 26

Pre K Schedule           2018-2019


          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.”

                                      Psalm 107:1


          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

          WOW:  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.