Staff attended a workshop to learn how to use yoga tools to manage classroom behaviors, in addition to an “ocean breath” strategy for students who may be sad, cranky or distracted. Attending the workshop allows Main Street Preschool to have visits from the Yoga Lady in the near future so the children can learn some yoga positions. Here’s what Mrs. Oskey shared with her class parents: …in this workshop we learned routines to help children grow smarter, be happier, and behave better. The workshop taught me a unique blend of yoga based postures, breathing techniques, games, developmental movement exercises, and playful rhymes. These activities will help increase parent-child bonding, as well as teacher-child bonding, and promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Adding these activities to a child’s day will help prevent fewer tantrums and improve sleep, digestion, motor development, and listening skills…. I will start sending home information on these different yoga activities that we are doing in class. This way you have the opportunity to practice them at home with your child. This workshop was funded by a grant from the Troy Foundation.
Main Street Preschool staff embraces the techniques of Appelbaum. Recently another staff member had the opportunity to attend a training led by the prominent Appelbaum Training Institute. Appelbaum Trainers lead seminars and engage audiences from 15-1500 participants. They bring their experience to the seminars and they know the proven strategies to make a difference in classrooms and schools. The 5-hr seminar consisted of topics such as “Inexpensive Ways to Add Pizzazz to Learning Centers,” “Shake, Rattle, & Roll! Great Ways to Boost Brain Smarts,” “Stop Anxiety in Young Children: Social/Emotional Skills to Help Children Be Joyful.”
Main Street Preschool is offering tours so you can learn about class options and other programs such as our very popular after-school program called Lunch Bunch. Call or email the preschool for an appointment.
An Open House will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 2:30 to 3:30 for all families interested in our preschool for the 2015-2016 school year. Come and meet the staff, see the classrooms and find out what Main Street Preschool has in store for your child’s preschool experience.
We offer 4 class options for children from age 2 through Pre-K. The ever-popular, after-school Lunch Bunch program extends the school day until 1:00 or 2:00. Building on almost 10 years of success, Main Street Preschool is committed to helping you help your child succeed and be prepared for the next step on the education journey.
Children & staff from Main Street Preschool walked to The Needy Basket on 5th Street in Tipp City in December to bring their donations of jelly and other food items. This is the 8th year for the preschool’s “Jars of Jelly” service project. Volunteers were on hand to explain how the foods are stored on the shelves and how the donations are boxed for families to pick up.
“…learning takes place when children are engaged and enjoying themselves.” (Hirsh-Pasek & Golinkoff, 2003)
Since frost was coming soon, the children harvested all the pumpkins and gourds in the Play Garden. The soft, rotten ones went into a box. Leaves from the ground were added and the box was set in the corner of the garden. Mrs. Jans asked, “Do you think this box of gourds and leaves will turn into dirt?” Each child made a prediction on our magnetic board. Later, in the classroom, they read a book on compost; Mrs. Jans asked the question again. Some decided to change their answers after reading the book. They will check the box over the next months to see what happens.
In the Studio the children had a chance to play with the worms in the worm composting bin. They had put in apple pieces a few weeks earlier. They noticed the worms were eating the apples.
Students enjoy the pleasant weather at Main Street’s outdoor classroom, the Play Garden. According to teacher Lori Jans, “We strengthened our muscles as well as our hand-eye coordination by digging in the garden.”
“We strengthened language skills as we played with others.”
The doors opened in September for its 10th year. Classes are available for Pre-K and 2-to-5-year olds. Main Street Preschool offers consecutive days of learning. An added option is the ever-popular Lunch Bunch which allows children to stay an extra hour or two.
By Jennifer Runyon
TIPP CITY – With the educational demands of today, it’s never too early to get started. That’s even more so when an environment has been created just for those educational beginnings. For that environment, look no further than the two-year-old class at Main Street Preschool.
“This is our one-day option for that first step into preschool,” said Suzanne Collins, Main Street Preschool director. She added, “Mrs. Oskey is patient, caring and loves working with this age group” and the class is designed especially for the two-year-old child.
Meeting Thursday mornings from 9:10-11:40 a.m., students work on important early readiness and socialization skills.
“At such an early age, the children are like sponges. They retain so much of what they learn,” said Jenny Oskey, teacher.
Oskey said the class works on numbers, shapes, and colors and added that, by the end of the school year, nearly every child is able to identify these objects when asked.
Known as “Terrific Tots,” this class also likes learning to share and play nicely in a variety of learning centers. They develop gross and fine motor skills through indoor and outdoor play as well as sensory-stimulating crafts.
Registration is ongoing until the class is filled. For more information or to register your child, call Suzanne Collins at 669-4707.
Art—in all forms—is integral to the overall learning of children. We try to help the students with a “bigger picture” kind of thinking. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, music, dancing, and play-acting encourages student to think outside the box, problem-solve creatively, and generate unique ideas. Art helps the children take risks and attempt art forms that foster and nurture these skills.
As the families view the art projects throughout the Gallery on Thursday evening, May 8, the staff challenges them to see the connection of their child’s artwork and other lessons learned. Some examples include reading learned through nursery rhymes, science viewed through butterflies, and self-discovery through constructing special Stars). Appreciate Art. Enjoy the Discovery.
This Sunday is Main Street Preschool’s big fun-raising event of the year—the Quarter Auction in the Great Hall.
You won’t want to miss this fun-filled afternoon.
Doors Open at 1:00 p.m.
Drawings 2-3:30 p.m.
Main Street Preschool Staff
Downtown Tipp City was a special activity recently. The children spread blankets, put on slippers, and ate lunches with their favorite stuffed animals in the Great Hall of Tipp City United Methodist Church, where Main Street Preschool is located. They enjoyed watching episodes of a favorite children’s program. Afterwards some took time to learn about light and shadows on the lit-up screen. A bit of science with a lot of fun!
The ever-popular, after-school Lunch Bunch is just one of many activities at Main Street Preschool. Registration is going on now for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit www.mainstreetprod.wpengine.com to learn about their classes for 2s, 3s, 4s/5s, multi ages 3-5, and pre-k or call 937-669-4707 with questions or to schedule a tour.
Come between 2:30 & 3:30 Sunday afternoon to meet the staff and see the classrooms. Register your child for one of five classes: Morning: Pre-K, 4&5-yr-old, 3-yr-old, 2-yr-old; Afternoon: Multi-age 3-to-5-yr-old.