Dear families,

What an incredible year it has been! It has been a blessing being your child's teacher this year and 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 am sad that their time in PreK4 with me is over, I know they are ready for their next adventure. I am so excited for them, and I know they will all 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. 

I hope you all have a restful summer, enjoying time with those that you love and making memories. Please stay in touch. I am always available if you need anything and would love updates on your wonderful children.

Love,

Mrs. Faircloth 

 

Dear Families,

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

Snack Families:

  • Week of April 29 - Bohil
  • Week of May 6 - Campbell 
  • Week of May 13 - Good
  • Week of May 20 - Gottsch
  • Week of May 27 - Higginbottom

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • May 6th - May Birthdays Celebration in Chapel
  • May 9th - Mother's Day Tea at 1:00pm in the classroom. An email was sent home earlier this week with additional information.
  • May 13th - June Birthdays Celebration in Chapel
  • May 20th - July Birthdays Celebration in Chapel
  • May 21st - Spirit Day!
  • May 24th - Last day of after school programs
  • May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 28th - May 30th - Camp Week
  • May 30th - Field Day & last day of school

Our Upcoming Unit: Moving On

During the month of April, we enjoyed learning about Easter, nature, plants, and spring. We learned the parts of the plant when dissecting and putting back together a flower; we grew plants teaching us what plants need to grow; and we talked about the different seasons. Of course, we also spent some time talking about Easter and learned about how Jesus came 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 be starting our new 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 PreK4 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 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 curl up with a good book. 

3. Write with your fingers in different sensory trays (salt, sand, shaving cream, etc.) This is fun way to review those 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, play doh, 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. Each of your children are so special, and we are excited for them to start their new adventure next year!
 
As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Love,

Mrs. Faircloth and Miss Zeller

Dear Families,

We have enjoyed the month of March in PreK4, and I am so excited to begin the month of April. We have so many fun things to learn about at school! 

Snack Families:

  • Week of April 1 - Ramundt
  • Week of April 8 - Robbins
  • Week of April 15 - Shaikh
  • Week of April 22 - Ward
  • Week of April 29 - Bohil
  • Week of May 6 - Campbell 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • April 1st - April Birthdays celebrated in chapel
  • April 17th - Class Easter Party at 11:00am in our classroom! Wear your Easter best. 
  • April 18th - Easter Sanctuary Service at 10:30am and Grandfriends celebration following the service.
  • April 19th - April 22nd - Easter Holiday. No School!
  • April 24th - Spirit Day!

Our Upcoming Unit: Nature All Around Us

During the month of March, we enjoyed learning about space, books and book authors, and our state of Texas. We learned about space while researching and creating planets, received awards for training like astronauts, and studied famous book authors. We loved hearing about what your children love about their dads while preparing for Dad's night!

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 4 team, we thought the guidelines listed 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 about nails, the crown of thorns, or other painful details for when your child is older. You may simply say to your three year old: “Jesus was hurt by some bad guys, 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! He made a way for us to go heaven! Easter is a story with a happy-ever-after ending. 

4. Answer their questions: Little people don’t process big things all at once. Expect lots of questions. Answer them the best you can, keeping in mind that short answers are best. It’s also okay 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 that you will join us for the 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,

Mrs. Faircloth and Miss Zeller