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May 2022 Preschool News

Wow, what a fantastic year we had! It's hard to believe we are in our final month of Preschool. Both classes will be busy learning all about "Farms and Planting" this month. In addition, both classes at the end of the month will enjoy another field trip. This time each class will take a turn going to Volkening Heritage Farm, where they will learn about life on a farm. We will be continuing to get ready for our final "Spring Program," which will be held on Sunday, May 15th at 1:30 PM. Please mark your calendars as ALL children are expected to join us for this fun show. Our final parent/teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, May 4th. A few more exciting activities we will experience are watching butterflies grow and then releasing them by the end of the month and a juggler will visit the four-year-old class on Monday, May 23rd. We will wrap our school year with an ice cream party and game day on their last school days.

Before the year ends, I would like to give a shout out to all my amazing helpers this year: Mrs. Rachel, Mrs. Kelly and Ms. Katie, as well as the parent volunteers that helped throughout the year and/or donated food and drinks for our parties. Hope everyone has an amazing summer and I look forward to seeing those who are returning in the fall. Finally, Good Luck to all my four-year-olds moving on to Kindergarten next year. I will miss you all!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

Ladybugs and butterflies and bees, oh my! The Little Sprouts will begin the month of May by exploring all kinds of bugs. We will read Eric Carle's popular book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with a prop/flannel story using a decorated sock puppet for the caterpillar. The children will color and put together an "I See Bugs" book and will also practice their fine motor skills by using a hole puncher to put holes in a paper leaf which will mimic the holes a caterpillar might make when it eats through a leaf. Our final unit of the school year will be "Down on the Farm." We will focus our study on farm animals, including pigs and chickens. The Little Sprouts should have fun fingerpainting "mud" (brown paint) on a pig and creating a chicken who lays eggs with the letters of the children's name on them. Of course, we won't forget our mothers this month, so a special surprise craft will be created early in the month, and we will also be working on something special for dad at the end of the month.

For Jesus Time, we will look at the lessons "Jesus Visits Mary and Martha, Jesus Returns to Heaven, God Takes Care of the Birds," and "Jesus is Our Rock." It will be a busy month to end a wonderful school year.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews





Class schedules for May 2022:


Highlights

  • May 4th -- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • May 10th -- Preschool Open House (5:30-7:00pm)
  • May 15th -- Final Preschool Sing with Sunday School Children (3's/4's)
  • May 15th -- Spring Program (1:30pm)
  • May 18th - Field Trip To Volkening Heritage Farm (9:05-11:30am) (4's)
  • May 19th - Field Trip To Volkening Heritage Farm (9:05-11:30am) (3's)
  • May 23rd - Special Visitor (4's)



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    April 2022 Preschool News

    This month in Preschool we will be busy learning all about "Signs of Spring" in the three-year-old class. The four-year-old class will start out learning about "Bugs" and then about "Earth". Both classes will also have a week of learning about the true meaning of Easter: Jesus' death and resurrection. In addition, both classes at the end of the month will enjoy their first "out of school" field trip this year. We will go to a local park where we will walk the site and help clean it and then enjoy some play time.

    During this month we will also begin working on getting ready for our "Spring Program", which will be held on Sunday, May 15th at 1:30pm. Please mark your calendars as ALL children are expected to join us for this fun show.

    I am finishing up testing the children for their final Parent/Teacher conferences which will be held Thursday, April 21st, Tuesday April 26th and Wednesday, May 4th. A sign up sheet will be sent through an email very soon so everyone can pick a date to meet with me to discuss their child's progress this school year.

    Finally, we are looking forward to warmer weather so we can enjoy lots of outside time!

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    The Little Sprouts class will be hopping into April by beginning a two-week theme about the season of spring. The children will learn about flowers and plants and create a flower craft with decorated cupcake papers. We will also play a game by trying to identify what types of flowers and plants come from certain seeds. The theme will end with an in-class Easter Egg hunt and special Easter craft. As April usually brings rain, we will end the month of April by looking at "Rainy Days and Ducks." The children will explore how rain forms by participating in a "rain cloud in a jar" experiment. We will also make rain sticks using empty paper towel tubes and I will be sharing the flannel board story "Mushroom in the Rain". Both non-fiction and fiction books about ducks will be read as well, and the children will be able to create some cute duck crafts. Our Jesus stories this month will focus on the Easter stories of "Jesus Prays in the Garden", "Jesus Died for Me! Jesus is Alive!" and "Thomas Believes". Happy Easter!

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews





    Class schedules for April 2022:


    Highlights

    April 1st -- Spring Break No School
    April 4th -- School Resumes
    April 10th -- Preschool Sing with Sunday School Children (3's/4's)
    April 13th -- Meaningful Easter Egg Hunt (4's)
    April 14th -- Meaningful Easter Egg Hunt (3's)
    April 15th -- Good Friday - No School
    April 17th -- Easter Sunday (meaningful Egg Hunt after the 9:30am service)
    April 21st & 26th -- Parent/Teacher Conferences
    April 25th -- Field Trip to Heron Park (4's)
    April 26th -- Field Trip to Heron Park (3's)
    May 10th -- Preschool Open House (5:30-7:00pm)
    May 15th -- Spring Program (1:30pm)





    March 2022 Preschool News

    It's hard to believe we are already in March, only three more months of school for this school year! We had our open house on Tuesday, February 15th and it was well attended which is very exciting. We also welcomed Vivi, a new student to the four-year-old class.

    During this month the three-year-old class will learn about "Community Helpers". They will enjoy a visit at the end of the month before spring break begins from Officer Drish. I am sure they will love meeting a police officer in person and learning about what they do. The four-year-old class will be learning two themes for the month. First we will study "Life Under the Sea" and then "Reptiles and Amphibians". I am very excited to announce that they too will have a special visitor at the end of the month before break from the Lake County Forest Preserve to learn about and see in person some "Reptiles and Amphibians". During Jesus time we will learn the following stories: "Jairus' Daughter", "Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand", "Jesus Rides into Jerusalem" and "The Garden of Gethsemane". The three year old class will omit the "Feeding of the Five Thousand" story but add "Pilate Says that Jesus Should Die".

    During March I will also be testing the children and getting ready for our final Parent/teacher conferences which will be held in April. Finally, we will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st with classes resuming on Monday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 5th.

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director



    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    We will be using the old folklore saying "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb" to begin and end our calendar this month. We will start the month with a "lion" theme by enjoying a flannel board version of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and the Mouse", as well as making cute lion masks. The next two weeks of the month will focus on "Taking Care of Me". The Sprouts children will learn about the importance of healthy eating, brushing their teeth and washing their hands through songs, books and some creative crafts. The last theme of the month will be "lambs." We will read the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and practice singing "I am Jesus' Little Lamb" as well as make a beautiful watercolor relief lamb cutout. I am hoping that we really do have "lamb" weather as we end the month of March with a week off for spring break.

    Our Jesus time stories this month include: "Jesus Goes to a Wedding", "Jesus Teaches Us to Pray", "Zacchaeus You Come Down!" and we end the month by beginning the Easter lessons with the story "Blessed is the King!"

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews



    Class schedules for March 2022:


    Highlights

    March 6th -- Sing in Church with Sunday School (3's/4's)
    March 21st -- In-Class Field Trip: Reptiles & Amphibians (4's)
    March 22nd -- Special Visit from Officer Drish (3's)
    March 28th - April 1st -- No School/Spring Break
    April 4th -- School Resumes (4's)
    April 5th -- School Resumes (2/3's)





    February 2022 Preschool News

    In the month of February, we will be busy learning all about "Shapes" in the three-year-old class. In the four year-old-class, we will start off learning all about "Hearts & Valentine's" then finish learning about "Living Healthy". During Jesus Time the children will learn the stories: "Jesus Changes Water into Wine", "The Great Catch of Fish," and "Jesus and the Paralyzed Man". Both classes are invited to sing again with the Sunday School Children on Sunday, February 6th. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!

    We did get to enjoy some snow play at the end of January and are hoping to get another opportunity or two during this month. At the beginning of the month the children will be invited to join in on making Valentine's for the "Senior Program." Additionally, we will have a PJ Valentine's Day party on Monday, February 14th and Tuesday, February 15th. Finally, we will be having an Open House on Tuesday, February 15th from 5:30-7:00pm, so if you know anyone looking for a two's program or preschool please pass the information along to them so they can check us out!

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    February may be a short month, but the Little Sprouts have lots of learning and fun planned. We will begin the month by finishing up our "Pets" theme and focus on cute furry rodent pets and reptiles. Since the next week is the week before Valentine's Day, we will explore the idea of love and kindness and make a Valentine's Day bag to collect the cards that we will exchange. We will also enjoy the story called "The Day it Rained Hearts". Our month ends with a two week look at community helpers, including fire fighters, police officers, postal workers, and doctors and nurses. There will be plenty of books to read and interesting crafts to make, including a fire truck and a doctor's kit. A mail sorting game will give the children some practice with color and shape recognition.

    Our February Jesus time feature stories from Jesus' earthly ministry: "Jesus Shows His Power", "Five Loaves and Two Fish", "Peter Learns to Trust" and "One Man Gives Thanks". Our class was delighted to welcome a new student to our class in January, which brings our total to 8 students (6 boys and 2 girls).

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews



    Class schedules for February 2022:


    Highlights

    February 6th - Preschool Children Sing In Church With Sunday School Children
    February 14th - PJ Valentine's Day Party At 10:15 (4's)
    February 15th - PJ Valentine's Day Party At 10:15 (3's)
    February 15th - Prechool Open House (5:00-7:30 pm)
    February 21st - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School







    January 2022 Preschool News

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Our preschool program went well and the children did a good job, so thank you to all who attended. We did gain another student in the four year old class mid-December, so we now have 12 children enrolled in both the three and four year old classes.

    We will be on winter break now until classes resume on January 10th for the four year old class and January 11th for the three year old class. During the month of January we will learn all about "Winter." Our Jesus time stories will be as follows: "God Keeps Jesus Safe from Herod", "Twelve-Year-Old Jesus" and "Jesus is Baptized by John." Additionally, we will be having hearing and vision assessment on Wednesday, January 19th. We will see what the weather brings as far as snow. If we get enough to play in, we will try to take the children out in it to get some exercise and fun!

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year! Our first day back from Christmas break is Tuesday, January 11th.We will start the month by investigating the season of winter. We will complete some fun crafts including a winter collage scene and a cute cup of cocoa. We will also discuss appropriate winter clothing through an interactive flannel board story and practice our counting with a snowman game. The month ends with the theme of "Pets." Cats, dogs, birds, small animals, fish and even reptiles will be included. Pom poms will be used to create a cat craft with the letter "C" and a goldfish bowl will be constructed with paper plates. Fingerplays, songs and a mix of non-fiction and fiction books will all serve as a tool to learn more about cute and cuddly and scaly and slimy pets.

    Our Jesus time stories this month include the Epiphany story of "Gifts for a King" as well as "Jesus Goes to Church" and "Come and Follow Me."

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews




    Highlights

    January 10th - School Resumes (4s)
    January 11th - School Resumes (3s)
    January 17th - Martin Luther King Holiday - No School






    December 2020 Preschool News

    Well, here we go, the month of December is already here and will go by very quickly I'm sure, as we will be very busy! In both classes we will be learning all about Christmas, ''Christ Birth.'' Both classes are invited to sing again with the Sunday School Children on Sunday, December 5th to celebrate Advent. Immediately after church there will be treats and a ''Family Craft'' project. Please mark your calendars and join us for this fun event.

    During Jesus Time the children will learn the following stories: ''God's Special Message to Mary, Jesus the Savior is Born,'' and ''The Wise Men.'' will continue to work very hard this month for our Christmas Program, which will be held on Sunday, December 19th at 1:30 PM. Additionally, we will have a special ''Craft Day'' and ''Christmas Parties'' for each class this month. Finally, we will be on Christmas break December 24th through January 7th. Classes will resume on Monday, December 10th and Tuesday, January 11th. I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

    Over the past month, two gifts have been given to the preschool by non-members, totaling $4,000.

    Thanks to Joe and Sheila Berg who distributed the ''Advent Project Bags'' to all the preschool kids the last two days of November.

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    November went by so quickly! We kept very busy in our classroom so the days just flew by. As we enter the month of December, we are continuing our ''Bears'' theme by learning about different types of bears and exploring the idea of hibernation. We will get a chance to use our bear counters as we sort, count and categorize them.Our theme ends with a special pajama day where the children will wear their pajamas to school and bring a stuffed bear or stuffed animal. We will go on a bear hunt and end the day with a special snack of Teddy Grahams. For the last two weeks of school, our theme will be ''Christmas.'' A special craft with be made for a gift to give to parents and other activities, songs and crafts will be completed. Our focus will be on the most precious gift of all - the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Jesus stories this month feature: Bread from Heaven, Mary's Big News, Jesus is Born and Go and Tell. Our Christmas break begins on Friday, December 24th and runs to Sunday, January 9th.

    A special thank goes to Emily Sass, a former preschool student at Tree of Life. For her Eagle Scout project, she constructed a beautiful bookshelf for our classroom. She also held a book drive where she collected boxes full of donated books. Our bookshelf is now filled with wonderful books that are just right for our young students. We are so very grateful and appreciative of Emily's hard work!

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews


    Class schedules for December 2021:


    Highlights

    December 5th - Advent Festival at church. Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children followed by family crafts (9:30am - 12:00pm)
    December 5th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30 - 3:00pm)
    December 7th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:10 - 5:40pm)
    December 14th - Craft Day -3s (10:00-11:30am)
    December 15th - Craft Day -4s (10:00-11:30am)
    December 19th - Christmas Program -3s/4s (1:30pm PLEASE ARRIVE BY 1:15pm)
    December 20th - Christmas Party -4s (10:00-11:30am)
    December 21st - Christmas Party -3s (10:00-11:30am)
    December 24th - Children's Christmas Eve service at Church (6:30pm)
    December 24th - January 7th - Winter Break
    January 10th - School Resumes -4s
    January 11th - School Resumes -3s





    We Have So Much To Be Thankful For!

    November 2021 Preschool News

    Wow, the month of October really seemed to go by fast! We did add a new student to our four-year-old room the last week of October, which was very exciting. In the four-year-old class we will be studying the theme "Native American Indians & Thanksgiving." In the three-year-old room we will be learning about "Our Five Senses." Both classes are invited to sing again with the Sunday School Children on Sunday, November 7th. Additionally, both classes will have break Wednesday, November 24th through Friday, November 26th for Thanksgiving.

    During Jesus Time the children will learn the following stories: "Joseph Forgives His Brothers", "God Takes Care of Baby Moses", "God Chose Moses," and "God Gives the Ten Commandments." Another thing we are starting to work on this month is our Christmas Program, which will be held on Sunday, December 19th at 1:30 PM. Finally, we will have our first parent / teacher conferences on Tuesday, November 30th, Sunday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 8th.

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director



    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    Since the leaves are finally beginning to transform into beautiful colors, the Little Sprouts will continue their study of "Fall" during the first week in November. They will create a fall tree by gluing some bits of red, orange, yellow and brown yarn to a tree outline, which should be very colorful. Our next unit topic will be "Fall Animals" and we will make a brown squirrel with a bushy, furry tail, play an owl shape matching game and put together a fox paper bag puppet.

    We only have school on Tuesday during the week of Thanksgiving, so we will focus on giving thanks to God for all our blessings. The students will bring home a fall wreath craft that day to decorate their doors for the holiday. The month ends with a fun brown bear dot art project as we begin a two week look at "Bears."

    Our Jesus time stories this month feature "God Keeps Baby Moses Safe", "God Chooses Moses", "Crossing the Sea", "Bread From Heaven", and "Mary's Big News."

    At the beginning of November, we will be welcoming a new boy to the class.

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews


    Class schedules for November 2021:


    Highlights

    November 7th - Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children
    November 24-26th - Thanksgiving Break - No school
    November 30th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:10 - 5:40pm)
    December 5th - Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children
    December 5th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30 - 3:00pm)
    December 8th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:10 - 5:40pm)
    December 19th - Winter Program (1:30pm)
    December 24th - Childrens Christmas Eve Service (6:30pm)





    We Have So Much To Be Thankful For!

    October 2021 Preschool News

    We made it through our first month of school and the children seem to be getting the routines down pretty well. We have started morning chapel and the children are beginning to learn their first song that we will also sing during our Christmas Program in December. In the four-year-old class we will be studying the theme "Fall & Pumpkins". the three-year-old room we will be learning "All About Colors". Both classes, near the end of the month, will get to paint pumpkins from Country Bumpkin. Sadly, they are still not hosting any field trips, so instead we are doing this special activity. The last two days of the month we will also enjoy our Fall parties.

    During Jesus Time the children will learn the following stories: "God Answers Abraham's Prayer for a Son, Jacob Sees a Beautiful Dream, God has a Plan for Joseph," and "Joseph becomes a Ruler in a Faraway Land". , we will have our first opportunity to sing with the Sunday School children this Sunday, October, 3rd. The kids are asked to gather in the Fellowship Hall to warm up prior to the service at 9:15 AM.

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director



    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    Our eight new Little Sprouts children have been working hard on our adjusting to our classroom. There were some tears during the first few weeks, but we are seeing more and more smiles from the children as they enter the classroom.

    October will be a busy month, as we have new themes and Jesus stories to learn about and discover. We will begin the month by finishing up our "Shapes" theme and sing some shape songs and make a Noah's Ark with different shapes and animal stickers. The next theme will be "Apples" and the children will not only learn about apples through crafts, songs and books, but will also have the chance to taste different colored apples and develop their verbal skills by expressing which type of apples they like best. October closes with a "Fall" theme where we will be making a colorful fall collage with pretty fall leaves and have a Fall celebration with a game and a special treat for snack. Our Jesus time stories this month feature "Count the Stars, Jacob's Beautiful Dream, Joseph's Special Gift," and "Joseph's New Job".

    Thanks to Mrs. Frieda Krauth who is doing a great job assisting me in the classroom!

    - Mrs. Rachel Andrews


    Class schedules for October 2021:


    Highlights

    October 3rd - Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children
    October 11th - Columbus Day - No school (4's)
    October 21st - Paint pumpkins from Country Bumpkin (3's)
    October 22nd - Paint pumpkins from Country Bumpkin (4's)
    October 28th - Fall party (3's)
    October 29th - Fall party 10:30-11:30 (4's)





    Pumpkins!

    September 2021 Preschool News

    Here we go! School starts on Wednesday, September 1st and Tuesday, September 2nd. First is the four-year-old class on Wednesday and then three-year-old class on Thursday. The themes for the four-year-old class are, "Getting to Know Me," "Apples," and "Pets." In the three-year-old class we will have the theme, "All About Me." At the current time we have 11 four-year-olds signed up and 13 three-year-olds signed up. During Jesus Time both classes will learn the following stories: "God Creates Our Beautiful World, God Creates Man and Woman, God Saves Adam and Eve," and "God Saves Noah and His Family." The threes will start with the story "What is God like?" I am very happy to announce that we will have pictures taken on Tuesday, September 21st and Wednesday, September 22nd. I want to say a huge thank you to Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Rachel for their help cleaning the toys and room with me, so it is all ready for our first days! Additionally, thank you to Mrs. Holly and Mrs. Rachel for collecting and organizing all the paperwork at our playdate. I am looking forward to another fun and exciting year!

    - Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director



    Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

    Summer went by very quickly this year! It is hard to believe our Little Sprouts class will begin again on September 2nd. We currently have 9 students enrolled, including 6 boys and 3 girls.

    On our first day of school, we will make a special handprint craft and then embark on a "school" theme where we will learn about classroom rules, school supplies and read some fun school books. Our next theme will feature "colors". The children will work on learning their color names and book entitled "Our Colorful World" and make a colorful rainbow with paper plates and streamers.

    Our Jesus stories this month include "Jesus Blesses the Children", "God Made the World", "God Made Me", "The Sneaky Snake," and "Noah's Big Boat." We are looking forward to a wonderful, fun filled year! Thanks to Frieda Krauth for being the helper for the Sprouts!

    - Mrs.Rachel Andrews


    Class schedules for September 2021:


    Highlights

    September 1st - First Day of School (4's)
    September 2nd - First Day of School (2's/ 3's)
    September 6th - No School - Labor Day
    September 21st - Class Pictures (3's)
    September 22nd - Class Pictures (4's)
    September 23rd - Class Pictures - Rain Day (3's)
    September 24th - Class Pictures - Rain Day (4's)