Squallis Puppeteers Teach Important Lesson

Our preschoolers adored the puppet show Tricky Fox, performed by Squallis puppeteer Nora Christensen this week. The story was brought to life through the beautiful puppets, the interesting voices she used for each animal, and the silly humor that preschoolers (and teachers) love! Our friends laughed and giggled at Trixie the fox as she tried to “trick” nice people into getting her a pig. We learned a big lesson about being a good friend - it’s not nice to trick people and we should be kind to one another. After the show our preschoolers were invited to interact with and play with the puppets. Nora shared her “tricks” about how she makes the puppets move their mouths, heads, and hands. The show sparked imaginations and hand puppets were seen throughout the day everywhere we looked.  Spring Egg Hunts Our Spring Egg Hunts and parties will be held on Wednesday, April 17th following morning carpool. We are asking for volunteers to help hide the eggs that morning. We are also asking each child to donate two dozen plastic eggs by Wednesday, April 10th. Each year we contribute half of our collected eggs to Keystone Academy in support of their egg hunts. The eggs can be filled with toys, stickers, fun band-aids, or non-chocolate, non-nut candy. Please tape the eggs shut (so they stay together when hidden), and remember an egg could be picked up by a two-year-old or a five-year-old. Thank you for supporting our egg hunt and one for our friends at Keystone! Volunteers Needed for 2019-20 Love St. [...]

2019-03-15T14:00:33-04:00March 15th, 2019|Preschool|

A Long-Standing Tradition

One of the highlights of our program is our community Big Sings. The tradition began many years ago as a way to connect families in a more meaningful way to our music program. Faith Murphy has continued the tradition with new ideas, energy, and song selection interwoven with storytelling. We are proud of this music tradition and appreciate our parents’ support and participation. Next Thursday, March 14th, Squallis Puppeteers will present Tricky Fox for the preschoolers. The puppet show is based on the book The Tale of the Tricky Fox by Jim Aylesworth. On Monday, March 18th, we are welcoming local children’s book author and artist Mary Maier to read her book Hoo Hoo Who?. Sharing stories with children through music, nursery rhymes, puppetry, and good books often innately invites children to join in and participate. They become the characters and feel their emotions, and they are building the necessary skills needed for learning to read. Connecting our students to literacy-rich experiences helps stimulate intellectual growth and increases their vocabularies. Our greatest advice to families is read, read, and read some more. Lastly, if you are looking for a family-friendly activity that is sure to bring giant-sized fun for all, check out the Forest Giants at Bernheim! Danish artist Thomas Dambo is creating giants from recycled wood and materials on site through March 18th. You don’t want to miss this gigantic opportunity. I’ll see you there!

2019-03-08T14:42:24-04:00March 8th, 2019|Preschool|

Extending a Child’s Learning

Welcome back! We are very excited to see our friends return this week from Winter Break, and they may have noticed a few changes in our Preschool classrooms. The Pandas relaxed in the new quiet story space in their room. The Adventurers arrived to find the return of wooden blocks, tree blocks, and new puzzles (a few other materials have been stowed away). And the Trailblazers explored new plants, books (thank you, parents, and friends of our program), and matching and letter recognition games. We are routinely thinking about our environment, what the children’s needs are, and how we can support and extended their learning. Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on Friday, March 15th. Please note that the Preschool will be closed and we will not offer childcare during conferences. The link to sign up for conferences will be emailed to you next week. Here are a few pointers for your conference: Prior to your conference, write down any questions you may have. Feel free to take notes during the conference. You will receive a good deal of information in a very short time, and it can be hard to recall everything at a later date. Let your child’s teacher(s) know of any big changes at home (new house, new sibling, new routine, etc.) which can greatly affect your child’s behavior at school. Ask what you can do at home to help your child. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher(s) at a later date with any follow-up questions or information. “Camp Curious” registration is open! Our Preschool summer [...]

2019-03-01T09:02:39-04:00March 1st, 2019|Preschool|

The Year of the Pig!

We kicked off the Chinese New Year this week in the Preschool with a parade through the Lower School, led by a beautifully constructed dragon created by the Trailblazer class. Our junior kindergarten friends joined us for the parade, too! The parade route included spectators from kindergarten through 4th grade, as well as many of our supportive faculty and staff. This week, each Preschool class participated in Chinese activities such as creating paper fans, trying calligraphy and Chinese writings, making shakers for the parade, and constructing lanterns to light our classrooms. We enjoyed a traditional snack of long noodles (for a long life), and oranges (good luck). We look forward to reading and learning more about Chinese traditions over the next few weeks.  We want to thank all of the parents who have sent new books to our classrooms for the Preschool PA’s New Year, New Book Drive. We have received over 40 new titles to add to our classroom libraries that celebrate diversity, kindness, and compassion. Thank you, thank you! There’s still time to purchase a book or two off the list. And it's super easy. Click here, do your shopping, and check out! Over 20 years of summer fun with St. Francis Preschool... Calling all explorers seeking adventure, naturalists looking for wonder in nature here in Goshen, gardeners, artists, and scientists. Summer camp information is coming soon! Preschool camps will run June 3rd through July 12th for ages two through rising kindergartners. Registration will open at the end of February.

2019-02-13T10:52:33-04:00February 8th, 2019|Preschool|

Singing Songs of the Holidays!

Everyone enjoyed the Big Sing this week! Children, parents, and staff gathered together to sing songs of the holidays! With sleigh bells ringing merrily, we all joined in the festive time that proved to be a jolly respite from the hectic pace we tend to keep during this season. It’s good to stop now and then during this holiday season and enjoy the simple things. Happy Holidays to everyone! The faculty and staff of the Preschool wish everyone a safe, happy, and relaxing holiday! Best wishes for the New Year!

2019-01-28T01:12:22-04:00December 21st, 2018|Preschool|