Dear Families,

What an incredible year it has been!  It has been a blessing being your child's teacher this year!  I have loved getting to know you and your families.  Thank you for your support all year long.  Each of your children are so special to me and will forever hold a place in my heart. I am so proud of all that your children have accomplished this year.  Although I'm sad that their time in PreK 4 with me is over, I know they are ready for their next adventure.  I'm so excited for them, and I know they will continue to do great things.  I pray that they have a great next year, and that they continue to learn, grow and remember God's love for them.

I hope you have a restful summer, enjoying time with those that you love and making many happy memories.  Please stay in touch.  I am always available if you need anything and would welcome a visit from you and your children anytime!

With much love,

    Julie

Dear Families,

I cannot believe we are already beginning the last month of school.  What a wonderful school year it has been!

Snack Families:

April 29-Frierson

May 6-Chelsea Hunt

May 13-Chelsea Hunt

May 20-Michelle Hunt

May 27-Kelley

Upcoming Events:

May 6-May birthday celebrations in Chapel

May 9-Mothers Day Tea at 1:00 in the classroom.  Please come a few minutes early and line up in the hall.  Your child will have a special greeting for you!

May 13-June birthday celebrations in Chapel

May 20-July birthday celebrations in chapel

May 21-Spirit Day!

May 23-Last day of after school programs

May 27-Memorial Day holiday

May 28-30-Camp Week

May 30-Field Day and last day of school.  More info coming soon

Our Upcoming Unit:  Moving On

During the month of April, we enjoyed learning about Easter, nature, plants and Spring.  We learned the parts of plants when dissecting and putting back together a flower, we grew plants, which taught us what plants need to grow.  Of course, we talked about the meaning of Easter and we learned how Jesus came back to life again and made a way for us to go to heaven.

As we wrap up the end of our school year, we will begin the unit, "Moving On".  During this unit we will be learning about going new places and trying new things.

We know many of you are already thinking about summer. Our Pre K team has compiled a list of ideas to help you enjoy your summer with your child while having fun and learning along the way.

Here are some Summer Ideas:

1.  Play, play, play!  Outdoors and indoors.  Remember that play is a child's work.

2.  Read to and with your child this summer.  There is so much learning and bonding that takes place when you and your child curl up with a good book!

3.  Write with your fingers in different sensory trays (salt, sand, shaving cream,etc.)  This is a fun way to review the letters and sounds we have learned this year.  Sidewalk chalk is also a fun idea!

4.  Play number games such as Uno and count anything and everything.  Think flower petals, seashells at the beach, and watermelon seeds.

5.  Give your child scissors, pencils, colors, playdoh and tongs any chance you get.  Keep building those fine motor skills.

6.  Cook with your child.  Let them count and measure.  What a great way to review numbers, following directions and comparing quantities.

We have really enjoyed getting to know each of you and your children this year.  Your kiddos have grown and learned so much this year.  Each of your children are very special to us, and we are so excited for them to start their new adventure next year.

As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Love,

Mrs. Hahn and Mr. Wigfall

Dear Families,

   It is so hard to believe that it is almost April!  We have loved learning about space, famous authors, and the state of Texas.  We loved hearing about what your children love about their dads while preparing for Dad's Night!

Snack Families:

April 1-Burns

April 8-Conroy

April 15-Doak

April 22-Ellis

April 29-Frierson

Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 1- April birthdays recognized in chapel

Wednesday, April17-Class Easter Party 1:00pm.  Wear your Easter best!

Thursday, April 18-Easter Service and Grandfriends' Day-More info later

Friday, April 19-Monday, April 22-Easter Holiday

Wednesday, April 24-Spirit Day!

Information about Mother's Day will be coming soon.  Our Tea will be on Thursday, May 9 if you need to plan ahead.

Theme:  Nature all around Us and Easter

Easter is just around the corner!  As we prepare for this wonderful celebration of Easter, we wanted to share some helpful tips for talking about the Easter story with your child.  Talking about death, specifically the crucifixion, can be tricky!  As a Pre-k team, we thought the guidelines below were a helpful resource for talking about Easter with our curious little ones.

Tips for Talking to Children about Easter (Full article:  http://www.weekdayschoolorlando.org/news/4-ways-to-talk-about-easter-with-young-children)

1.  Keep it simple:  Stick with the basics of the Easter story and save the details of nails, the crown of thorns or other painful details for when your child is older.  You may simply say to your four year old: "Jesus was hurt by some bad people and they put Him on the cross and He died."

2.  Tell the truth:  Death is a part of life.  If your child has lost a goldfish or a great-grandparent, they may have already felt the sadness that death can bring.  In a gentle and simple way, talking about death helps a child understand their world and the promises of life after death with God.

3.  Focus on the GOOD NEWS!  Jesus came to life again.  He beat death!  Easter is a story with a happy-ever-after ending.

4.  Answer their questions:  Little people don't process big thing all at once.  Expect lots of questions.  Answer them the best you can, keeping in mind that short answers are best.  It's also ok to say, "I don't know...what do you think?"  Questions mean that your child is thinking about Jesus, which is a good thing!

We hope you will join us for our Easter Service and Grandfriends' Celebration.

In addition to celebrating Easter, we are learning all about nature, plants, and spring in the coming weeks.  We look forward to exploring all of the beautiful nature that God has created.  As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Love, Julie and Adam