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May 2021 Preschool News

It is hard to believe that we are already in the last month of preschool for this school year! What a strange year it has been with COVID-19, but also truly a great year!

The month of May will be a very fun, but busy month, as we wrap up final things to end our school year. During the month of May both classes will make special gifts and cards for their moms for Mother's Day. After that we will be learning all about ''Farming & Planting.'' We will cover the following stories during Jesus Time: ''Stephen Bravely Tells Others about Jesus'', ''Philip Tells a Man about Jesus,'' and ''Jesus Blesses the Children.'' In the three-year-old room the children will learn the Bible story, ''Jesus is the Good Shepherd.''

We are currently practicing for our final Spring Program which will be held on Sunday, May 23 at 1:30pm. Our last days of school will be on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th.

A huge thank you to my helpers this year and good luck to all the four-year-old children in moving on to Kindergarten next year! It has been my pleasure and a blessing to work with you all.....have a fabulous summer! I will be looking forward to the fall and getting to see all who will be returning again next school year!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

The month of May is already here! As we begin the month, the Little Sprouts will be busy learning about ''Trucks and Transportation.'' One of our activities will be taking a closer look at the transportation toys in our classroom and deciding if they travel on the road, in the air, or on the sea. We will also find time to make some special Mother's Days gifts. We end the month with the theme ''Down on the Farm'' where we will learn about farm animals and discover how much of the food we eat comes from farms - a perfect opportunity to have a special snack! Our Jesus stories this month will be ''Jesus Visits Mary and Martha'', ''Jesus Returns to Heaven'', ''Jesus Takes Care of the Birds'' and ''Jesus is our Rock.''

As our first year of Little Sprouts comes to an end this month, I am thankful for the opportunity to see these young children grow and mature physically, mentally and spiritually. I am also thankful for the support that I have received from the church, the preschool, my family and my students' families. It is greatly appreciated!

Little Sprouts is now accepting registrations for the 2021-22 school year. If you know of parents in the community who are looking for a two-year-old program, please refer them to Little Sprouts.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews





Class schedules for May 2021:


Highlights

May 2nd - Final Preschool Sing With Sunday School Children
May 3rd - Conferences (3:10-5:40pm)
May 10th - Preschool Open House (6:30-8:00pm)
May 23rd - Spring Program (1:30pm)
May 27th - Last Day Of School (2's/3's)
May 28th - Last Day Of School (4's)



[Little Sprouts]

April 2021 Preschool News

We will be getting back from our Spring Break on Monday, March 29th and Tuesday, March 30th. I am hoping that we will have some nicer weather and will get to enjoy some time outdoors discovering the season of spring and all the beauty it brings. In the four-year-old class we will be studying the theme ''Insects & Bugs.'' In the three-year-old room we will be learning ''All About Spring.'' Both classes, near the end of the month, will also learn about ''Recycling'' and ''The Importance of Caring for the Earth.'' During Jesus Time the children will learn the following stories: ''Jesus Dies on the Cross, Jesus Comes Back to Life, Jesus Helps Thomas Believe, Jesus Comes Back to Heaven.'' Also, I will be meeting with parents soon for our final parent/teacher conferences. Finally, we will begin preparing for our final Spring Program which will be held on Sunday, May 23rd at 1:30 p.m. Wishing everyone a Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

The Little Sprouts will be hopping into April by finishing the theme of ''Spring'' and making a special Easter craft. During the next two weeks we will learn about ''Rainy Days and Ducks.'' Planned activities include making rain sticks and playing with mini rubber ducks in our new sensory table. April ends with an exploration into ''Bugs and Butterflies.'' Sweet ladybugs, creepy spiders and beautiful butterflies will be focused on, along with practicing some beginning classifying skills as we work on categorizing different insects. Our Jesus stories this month will begin with the somber story of ''Jesus Died for Me,'' followed by the joyful triumph of ''Jesus is Alive!'' and ending with ''Thomas Believes'' and ''Jesus Teaches Us to Pray.''

Little Sprouts is now accepting registrations for the 2021-22 school year. If you know of parents in the community who are looking for a two-year-old program, please refer them to Little Sprouts.

Happy Easter to all!

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews





Class schedules for April 2021:


Highlights

April 2nd - Good Friday - No School
April 4th - Preschool Children Sing In Church With Sunday School Children
April 26th - Conferences (3:10-5:40pm)
May 3rd - Conferences (3:10-5:40pm)
May 10th - Preschool Open House (6:30-8:00pm)
May 23rd - Spring Program (1:30pm)




Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool Morning Devotion


March 2021 Preschool News

It's nice to see the weather getting a little warmer and that the darkness is coming a little later each day! We were able to get outside to play in the snow a few times and the children had lots of fun, but I will welcome spring when it comes on March 20th!

This month in preschool the three-year-old class will study the theme ''Community Helpers''. Normally, at the end of the month we would enjoy a trip to the local fire station for a tour, but due to Covid-19 we are instead going to participate in a one-day fire safety program. Probably not as much fun as a visit to the fire station, but I think it will still be enjoyable while they learn all about fire safety. In the four-year-old class we will study the themes ''Life Under the Sea'' and ''Reptiles and Amphibians''. We will end the month with a meaningful Easter egg hunt. During Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: ''Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem'', ''The Garden of Gethsemane'', and ''Jesus Before Pilate''.

We will be on Spring Break the week of Monday, March 22nd through Friday, March 26th with classes resuming on Monday, March 29th and Tuesday, March 30th. Additionally, I will also be starting to test children for their final conferences which will be held in April.

Finally, we have a good start on our enrollment for next school year, but if you know any two-, three- or four-year-old children please share information with them about our programs. Fliers can be found on the display on the lower level when you come through the doors.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

Warmer weather, melting snow and outside time are among the hopes of our Little Sprouts as we enter the month of March. We will begin the first week of the month with a study of lions and follow the next week with a look at lambs, remembering that we are Jesus' little lambs. Spring will be the focus for the rest of the month (which includes a week off for Spring Break), with activities featuring green grass, blooming trees and pretty flowers, along with a special craft for St. Patrick's Day and an Easter egg hunt. Our Jesus Time stories will feature ''Jesus Goes to a Wedding'' and the Passion Week stories of ''Blessed is the King!'', ''Jesus Prays in the Garden'', and ''Jesus Died for Me''.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews



Class schedules for March 2021:


Highlights

March 7th - Preschool Children Sing In Church With Sunday School Children
March 22nd - 26th - Spring Break/ No School
March 30th - Learn Fire Safety. Play Safe! Be Safe! (3's)
March 31st - Meaningful Easter Egg Hunt (4's)





February 2021 Preschool News

It's hard to believe we are entering our sixth month of preschool already! The school year thus far has been going very well and I am really enjoying teaching and watching the children learn and grow.

This month in preschool we will be learning about ''Shapes'' in the three-year-old class. In the four-year-old class we will split the month up by learning first about ''Love and Friendship'' and then ''Healthy Living'' the last two weeks. For a special project the four-year-old class will be making special Valentine's for seniors in care facilities in Lake Zurich. I'm sure these cards will warm the hearts and bring a smile to the recipients! During Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: ''Jesus Changes Water into Wine, The Great Catch, Jesus Calms the Storm,'' and ''Jesus and the Paralyzed Man''.

Both classes will also enjoy a Pajama Valentines Party on Thursday, February 11th and Friday, February 12th. There will be no school on Monday, February 15th for President's Day. Finally, the preschool children are invited to sing with the Sunday school children on Sunday, February 7th.

Finally, please note that we have begun to accept registrations for the 2021-2022 school year. Tree of Life will host an open house on Monday, February 22 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Appointments can be made to visit the preschool either virtually or physically by appointment as well. If you know anyone with a 2, 3 or 4-year-old, please send them our way! Additional information can be found downstairs at the preschool display as well as open house fliers that can be handed out.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

The Little Sprout students are hoping that the groundhog does NOT see his shadow so there can be an early spring this year! We will learn about groundhogs as we begin the month of February with an underground animals theme. We hope to get our hands dirty in some ''mud'' and look at some squiggly worms as well. Valentine cards will be exchanged in the middle of the month and we will close out February by exploring backyard birds and make a bird food treat, as well as other fun projects.

Our Jesus Time stories will be: "Five Loaves and Two Fish", "Peter Learns to Trust", "Jesus Heals a Little Girl" and "One Man Gives Thanks".

Thanks to the Hessenthaler family for donating a sensory table to the preschool!

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews



Class schedules for February 2021:


Highlights

February 7th - Preschool Children Sing In Church With Sunday School Children
February 11th - Valentine's Day Party At 10:15 (3's)
February 12th - Valentine's Day Party At 10:15 (4's)
February 15th - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School







January 2021 Preschool News

Happy 2021 to everyone! School will resume on Monday, January 4th for the four-year-old class and Tuesday, December 5th for the three-year-old class. During the month of January we will be learning about ''Winter'' in both classes. However, the projects and activities will be a little different for each class. Additionally, during Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: ''The Wise Men'', ''Young Jesus Visits the Temple'', ''Jesus is Baptized by John'' and ''Jesus Turns Water into Wine''. If we happen to get some snow during the month we will try to gear up and go out to enjoy it as well!

Finally, before winter break, we did have some interest for children to join our school in both classes. Possibly we will add to our rooms in January and/or February. Please continue to pray for our school and for all to stay healthy and our doors open, so we can continue to spread God's good news and love!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

While it was very nice to have two weeks off for Christmas break, I am looking forward to seeing my ''Little Sprout'' students again as we begin a new year of learning and fun. We will start the month of January by taking a look at snow and the season of winter. Perhaps there will be some snow for an outdoor ''field trip'' to explore the area behind the church. Our second theme for the month will be a night/bedtime theme, culminating in a special pajama day celebration. Our Jesus time stories will include the Epiphany story of ''Gifts for a King'', ''Jesus Goes to Church'', ''Come and Follow Me'' and ''Jesus Shows His Power''. May everyone have a happy and healthy New Year.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews



Class schedules for January 2021:


Highlights

January 4th - School Resumes (4s)
January 5th - School Resumes (3s)
January 18th - Martin Luther King Holiday - No School






Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool 2019 Winter Program - December 20th, 2020.


Tree of Life Lutheran Preschool 2019 Winter Program - December 20th, 2020.


December 2020 Preschool News

It is hard to believe we are already in the month of December and will soon say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021. Hopefully this new year will go a little smoother than the past one. During December we will be vey busy preparing for our Christmas Program which will be held on Sunday, December 20th at 1:30. Due to COVID-19 we will only be able to allow two family members per child to attend, but are going to try to livestream and will also record it so it can be viewed at a later date. The children will also enjoy a special Christmas Craft Day as well as a Christmas Party on their last days before break begins. During Jesus time we will learn the following stories: ''God's Special Message for Mary'' and ''Jesus the Savior is Born.''

We will be on break from December 21st through January 1st, with school resuming on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th.

We wish everyone a Blessed and Very Merry Christmas as well as a Happy New Year!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director


Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

As Christmas approaches, the Little Sprouts will have a busy three weeks of class before winter break begins. Our month begins with a ''Bears'' theme, where we will learn about hibernation and different types of bears, including teddy bears! To celebrate the end of this unit, the children will be allowed to bring their stuffed bears to school for a special teddy bear picnic. We will end the month by focusing on the beautiful story of Jesus' birth.

Our Bible stories this month are ''Mary's Big News, The Savior is Born,'' and ''Go and Tell.'' I am also happy to share the good news that we added a new student to our class last month, bringing our total enrollment to 5.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


Class schedules for December 2020:


Highlights

December 3rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:10-5:10pm)
December 6th - Advent Festival at church. Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children followed by family crafts (9:30am - 12:00pm)
December 9th - Craft Day -4s (10:00-11:30am)
December 10th - Craft Day -3s (10:00-11:30am)
December 17th - Christmas Party -3s (10:00-11:30am)
December 18th - Christmas Party -4s (10:00-11:30am)
December 20th - Christmas Program -3s/4s (1:30pm PLEASE ARRIVE BY 1:15pm)
December 24th - Children's Christmas Eve service at Church
December 21st - January 1st - Winter Break
January 4th - School Resumes -4s
January 5th - School Resumes -3s





We Have So Much To Be Thankful For!

November 2020 Preschool News

This month in Preschool we will be learning about ''Our Five Senses'' in the three-year-old class, while we learn about ''Native American Indians and Thanksgiving'' in the four-year-old class. During Jesus Time we will learn the following stories: ''Joseph Forgives His Brothers, God Takes Care of Baby Moses, God Chose Moses,'' and ''God Gives the Ten Commandments''. In the three-year-old class we will get to use all our 5 senses when we pop popcorn and then eat it at snack time. The four-year-old class will get to make their own butter by shaking a jar a marble in it and then try it for snack as well. We will continue to try to get outside everyday for some fresh air weather, permitting. I will also be preparing for our first Parent/Teacher conferences which will be held November 30th and December 3rd. We will be out of school Wednesdays, November 25th through Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving Break with class resuming Monday, November 30th.

We hope everyone has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving and may we all remember all the blessing God gives to us each and every day!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director

Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

The Little Sprouts children were happy to welcome a new friend to the classroom this past month and are looking forward to playing and learning with her in the months ahead.

We will begin the month of November by continuing to learn about the season of Fall and then expand on that theme by focusing on how animals start to prepare for winter during the fall months. We will end the month by celebrating God's blessings by having a special day of giving thanks.

During Jesus time, the children will learn all about Moses with the lessons ''God Keeps Baby Moses Safe, God Chooses Moses'' and ''Crossing the Sea.''

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


Class schedules for November 2020:


Highlights

November 1st - Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children
November 25th-27th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
November 30th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:10-5:25pm)
December 3rd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:10-5:10pm)
December 6th - Advent Festival at church, followed by family crafts (9:30am - 12:00pm)
December 24th - Children's Christmas Eve service





We Have So Much To Be Thankful For!

October 2020 Preschool News

Well, we made it through the first month of preschool and so far so good! The children are really doing well and I think are really enjoying being able to interact with their friends again and yes, the teachers. To date, we have 8 children that come every Tuesday/Thursday and 9-10 that come Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

This month we will begin our study of ''Colors'' in the three-year-old class and will be learning all about ''Fall'' in the four-year-old class. During Jesus time we 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 continue to work on the song version of the Lord's Prayer, which we have been invited to sing with the Sunday School children on Sunday, October 4th. Unfortunately, we will not be able to go on our yearly field trip to the pumpkin patch due to COVID-19. I still wanted to do something special, so I ordered pumpkins to paint and then take home at the end of the month. Finally, we will be having a ''Fall'' party in each class on the last two days of school in the month of October.

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director



Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

The Little Sprouts classroom is off to a great start and the students have adjusted well to our classroom routines. We are looking forward to a busy October, where our class will learn about different shapes, including a shape sorting activity and sponge painting with shapes. We will have an apple taste test during our two week study on apples and end the month with an outdoor leaf hunt as we explore the theme of ''Fall''. Our Jesus time stories will feature ''Noah's Ark'', ''Jacob's Beautiful Dream'', and two stories about Joseph. It is wonderful to see these young children learn about God's glorious promises and love for His people.

- Mrs. Rachel Andrews


Class schedules for October 2020:


Highlights

October 4th - Both classes sing in Church with Sunday School children
October 12th - Columbus Day - no school (4's)
October 23rd - Paint pumpkins from Country Bumpkin (4's)
October 27th - Paint pumpkins from Country Bumpkin (3's)
October 29th - Fall party (3's)
October 30th - Fall party 10:30-11:30 (4's)





Pumpkins!

September 2020 Preschool News

Finally, we are able to get back to school since having to close our doors at the end of last March. I am really excited to get back to teaching in-person again! As of today we have seven signed up for our three-year-old class and eight signed up for our four-year-old class, with some inquires still coming in.

We will start school officially on Tuesday, September 1st for the threes and Wednesday, September 2nd for the fours. We will start the year off in the 3's class learning the theme "All About Me and My Family". The 4's will start the first week learning "All About Me", then go to "Apples", and finally finishing off the month learning about "Pets". During Jesus Time we 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". Unfortunately with Covid-19 right now we will be unable to go on any field trips, but maybe as the school year progresses this will change.

I am anticipating another great year and look forward to getting to know all our new families and reconnecting with my past families as well. May God continue to bless our Preschool and keep us safe!

- Mrs. Lori Dundore, Teacher/ Director



Two Year Old Toddler Program - Little Sprouts

The Little Sprouts program for 2-year-olds begins its inaugural year on September 1st. There are currently 4 children enrolled in the program. In the month of September, we will explore the themes of school and colors, and complete activities such as a school supply backpack craft and participate in a classic beanbag color song. Our Jesus Time stories will be "Jesus Blesses the Children", "God Made the World", "God Made Me" and "The Sneaky Snake". We are looking forward to many days of play and learning and having fun!

- Mrs.Rachel Andrews


Class schedules for September 2020:


Highlights

September 1st - First Day of School (3's)
September 1st - First Day of School (2's)
September 2nd - First Day of School (4's)