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Monday, December 17, 2012

#483...Getting Ready for the Program

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#482...2012 - 4's Christmas Art

The children sang so wonderfully at the Christmas Program on Saturday! We were so proud of them, and also know how much Jesus enjoyed their songs of love, praise, and thankfulness! 

 May Christ bring you 
throughout the season and the new year! 

 (I am very sorry the 4's Christmas Artwork did not show at the program as I had planned,
but here it is. Enjoy!
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#481...3's - What Gift

#480...3's -Ten Little Angels

#479...3's - Bells are Ringing!

#478...All Sing - Ring the Bells!

#477...4's - Clop, Clop, Clop

#476...4's - The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy

#475...4's - No Room in the Inn

#474...Friday TOT Class - Christmas Angels

Thursday, December 13, 2012

#471...the minister's cat is a ....

We played a Victorian parlor game I was not actually around at that time, but have seen it on various versions of the movie Scrooge. Here are the directions - All players sit in a circle, and the first player describes the minister's cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'A' (for example, "The minister's cat is an adorable cat") Each player then does the same, using different adjectives starting with the same letter. Once everyone has done so, the first player describes the cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'B'. This continues for each letter of the alphabet. We, of course, needed to rehearse it and talk about different words that could be used to describe the cat. A number of nouns crept into it, but that was just fine! We also each took one letter of the alphabet in order.  We had lots of fun!

first the original

Here is our version!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

#470...Jj Day - Jumping Rope and Thanksgiving Day Songs and Prayer!

Not sure if we got everyone on the video! Sure was a fun day! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! See you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#449..Purple Class Fun

#448... Blue Class Fun

#447... fun today in the Red Class

Planned singing came first!  Spontaneous to come...


  1. Performed or occurring without premeditation or external stimulus: "spontaneous applause".
  2. (of a person) Having a natural, and uninhibited manner.

How wonderful is this singing?  So precious!

after I posted this, within a a few minutes came this email from Cindy Lithio...

Actually, the spontaneous came first!   Then we grabbed the camera and they faced us, and Janet next told them to do what they did before--which was gathering around the pictures and singing.  Best part--pointing to the words of "We were baptized" while singing "Father Welcomes!"   No, the best part was singing for Jesus!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

#446...Pastor James gives his message to the children

#445...Green, Orange, and Blue Class sing in church

A number of children were not able to be there today, but we were so happy to have the ones who were able to come.   A baby was baptized at the service.  He is the newest member of one of our past preschool families...which also means we will be welcoming the family back once again to the preschool in a few short years!  Please let your children view these videos whether they sang on Sunday or not.  I am sure they will love to sing along and you and Jesus will hear them!   

How wonderful to hear the children sing this AM!   
What a great job they did!
It was a "Beautiful Morning!"

Next we sang "Father Welcomes All His Children."
Our last song was "Go Now in Peace."

Saturday, October 20, 2012

#443...4's Family Night Video

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Friday, October 19, 2012

#442...3's Family Night Video

Great fun was had by all!  Really it was the on the 16th though! if you cannot view the video here...try the YouTube posting...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

#437...Sunday morning singing! Red, Yellow, Purple Classes!

The children did such a great job singing their praises to Jesus!  It was wonderful to have so many children attend!   See you at preschool on Tuesday!    

Saturday, October 13, 2012

#436...alphabet fun!

In this video your child will see a picture and name for each object, and it will also show the upper and lowercase letter.  At preschool we use the terms, "grown-up A" and "child a".   It seems to work quite  well!

Listening to and repeating the sound is also very helpfulness to the child!   If you click on the words "view on YouTube" it was give you a chance to watch it full screen, which is probably much better for your child.  There are also other suggested videos to the right for learning the alphabet and numbers.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 12, 2012

#435...Friday (Green) TOT Class

A little sample of our hour and 15 minutes in TOT Class once a week at Immanuel!    This class is for meant for 2 year olds and is attended with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

#434...Yellow and Blue Class Sing!

This Sunday the Yellow, Purple, and Red Classes are singing at the 10 am service!   Anyone from the other classes is invited to come up and sing also if they are at the service!   The more the better!   

#433...Getting ready for Sunday!

We love to sing our praises to Jesus! Come and hear us on Sunday!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


A few views from today!  First day of the new school year!   More to follow!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

#415...The Power of Play

This article by Deborah J. Stewart certainly explains... 

The power of play in the early learning environment

She has an amazing blog with many great ideas for preschool and home!
Click on the green words below for more!

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 26, 2012
“How will my child be prepared for school if all he does is play?” This is a fair and common question that is often asked by parents of preschoolers and a question that can often be difficult for preschool teachers to answer.  It isn’t because the teachers don’t know the answer – but to sum up the value of play in the learning process in one short answer is not so easy to do…

Part of the reason it is so difficult to explain how children learn by play is because play isn’t simple – it is instead complex.  Learning through play is not about children wondering aimlessly around a room dumping baskets and throwing blocks. Instead, learning through play takes a carefully prepared environment that invites young children to explore, examine, question, predict, test, investigate, trial, error, and manipulate…

Through play, learning is different for every child because every child is learning at his own pace, learning in his own style, and guided by his own interests…

So how will play help young children be prepared for school? Through play, learning is in-depth, concrete, and long-term. Play offers young children the opportunity to put into action the ideas and processes being presented so that concepts and ideas make sense and the processes can be mastered…

The best way to evaluate the power of play in any classroom is to observe children at play and then reflect on how their play is facilitating or empowering young children to reach desired learning goals and outcomes…

Another question often asked by parents is “How will my child learn his letters and numbers (academics) through play?” This is also a fair question to ask so it is important to understand and to be able to explain the difference between intellectual learning and Academic Learning…

Academic learning by definition is the stuff that is clear like the alphabet, it’s no logic, it just has to be memorized. Intellectual Learning has to do with reasoning,  hypothesizing, predicting, theorizing, and so forth and that’s natural. Academic learning does need to take place but academic learning will take place within the service of the intellect. (Lilian Katz in a discussion on STEM on Bam Radio).  And the most powerful way to facilitate intellectual learning is through play.

The photos shared here today are from some of our own classroom experiences. As I plan for next school year, I am using the term “Powered by Play” as my guiding force for the plans I make. For each concept or idea or learning goal we hope to achieve, I am asking myself – “How can we promote, facilitate or reinforce this skill or concept through a play experience?”

I have been sharing these posters on  Teach Preschool on Facebook to hopefully inspire and enlighten others about the power of play in the preschool classroom as well as to help me continue to reflect and learn how I can best teach young children through their play in my own classroom…