October 28, 2009

Fall Campaign Extended

We are extending our fall enrollment campaign for one week, until November 6, because of the two-day school closure earlier this week. Here is a link to more information.

More Ideas for Home Study

Some children have gotten over the suffering part of influenza and are into "feeling-fine-but-waiting-to-be-noncontagious" part. Looking for something to do with your child? Playisessential.net is a blog with tons of great home-study ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Here's an example that lines up nicely with our "rock" theme at the preschool this week.
Today you can find Rocks.

As you walk collect rocks.
Discuss their size, shape, color, textures, and if they are pretty.

Bring your rocks home and paint them to be pet rocks!
You can give your rocks hair, googly eyes, nose, and mouth.
You can let your toddler paint the rock and after it is dry, you can put the face on it for them.

October 27, 2009

Preschool at Home

Here is a student who was feeling better after being hit by the flu and wanted to do preschool at home. (Her mom shared the pictures. I asked for and got permission to post them here.)

Calendar Time

Letter of the Week and Coloring Projects

Bible Time

She made this card and sent it as a fax to us teachers. I love it!

October 25, 2009

Home Study

The preschool is closed temporarily because of an influenza outbreak. If your child has energy and wants to "do school" here are some ideas for things that will (sort of) simulate a preschool day. These are just ideas. You may adjust them to your situation or do something completely different.

Circle Time

Talk about the weather. "How's the weather today?" It's (sunny, rainy, windy, cloudy, partly cloudy). It's (hot, cold).

Look at a calendar and talk about it.
"What day of the week is it today?" "Today is Monday."
"What day of the week was it yesterday?" "Yesterday was Sunday."
"What day of the week will it be tomorrow?" "Tomorrow will be Tuesday."

"What month is it?" "It's October"
"What is the date?" (pointing at each number on the calendar, count together from 1 to today's date, 26.)
"What year is it?" "It's 2009."
"Let's say today's day and date together." "(together) Today is Monday, October 26, 2009."

Talk about the letter of the week, E.
  • Write a big "E" and a little "e." Ask your child to say the name of the letter. Help if needed.
  • See if your child can tell you what sound the letter makes (the first sound in the word "egg").
  • Practice writing the letter, especially the big "E" with your child. They can write it in the air, on a table, or in a little tray of salt with their fingers. They can also try on paper with a pencil, crayon, or marker.
  • Think of as many words as you can that start with "e." Examples are egg, elephant, engine, extra, envelope . . .
  • Try to find things in the house whose names begin with "e" or look for the printed letter "e." You might find it on clothes, packaged food in the kitchen, or in books.
Project Time
  • Set out some blocks or puzzles.
  • Set out some art supplies like paper, paints, crayons, scissors, glue, tape, etc.
  • Make play dough together. Here's a simple recipe.
  • Prepare a snack or meal together.
Park Time

If your child is healthy and the weather is good, take a ball or jump rope and go to a nearby park. Look for leaves changing colors. How many different kinds of leaves can you find? Are there acorns or pine cones around? Collect some and arrange them by size for math practice.

Bible Time
  • Tell or read the story of David and Goliath. The story is in I Samuel 17 in the Bible. You will want to simplify it for your child or read it from a children's Bible. If do not have a children's Bible, see the minibooks linked to below. The main point we want to get across in the lesson is that with God's help, little people can do big things.
  • Print and fold a minibook of the story of David and Goliath. Here are links to pdf files of minibooks in color and black and white. (I recommend black and white if your child wants to color the book himself).
  • Talk about some things that are hard for your child to do but doable with God's help.
  • Pray with your child for his friends from preschool who are sick.
Story Time
  • Read some story books with your child. Pause occasionally to discuss the pictures, what your child thinks will happen next and what your child would do if he were a character in the story.
  • Get online with your child and play with some favorite characters from books. Here are some links:
  • randomhouse.com/kids Dr. Seuss, Thomas, Sesame Street, Berenstain Bears, and more
  • http://www.scholastic.com/clifford/ Clifford
Above all, be safe and well! We hope to see everyone together again soon. If you have any questions or comments, please call or email me. If you have ideas to share with others, you can put them in the comments section at the bottom of this blog post.


October 16, 2009

Baking Bread

Our Bible story this week was from the book of Ruth. Ruth gleaned barley and wheat to get food for herself and her mother-in-law, Naomi. We learned about loyal friendship and how wheat becomes flour to bake bread. On Friday, we capped off the week by baking bread. It was great fun and the fresh baked bread was delicious.

Wheat becomes flour.

Measuring the ingredients (math and practical life skills)

Shaping the rolls (motor skills)


October 15, 2009

Fall Field Day

We spent a beautiful Tuesday at Hikarigaoka park. Here are several thousand words' worth of pictures.

October 08, 2009


We had three birthdays recently. Happy birthday kids!

Z is for Zoo

Z was a recent letter of the week. A table had just been delivered in a big box so we figured what better way to illustrate the letter Z than by painting a ZOO! Click the photo for a larger version.

Welcome Sign

Last month we had a party for preschool families and staff. The children were learning about hospitality that week so they prepared a welcome sign for their parents. They had a lot of fun making it and I think it turned out great!

The children also made blueberry tarts, of which unfortunately, I don't have photos. They were yummy though.