The public is invited to come to Tipp City United Methodist Church Great Hall this Wednesday, April 27, to view works of the student-artists. The exhibit is open from 5 pm until 7 pm. During the exhibit a spaghetti & meatball meal–to include chicken nuggets too–will be served between 5-6:30 p.m. Carryout is available. Family $15 or single $5. Raffle packages filled with gift cards and specialty items will be on display to view and purchase tickets during the dinner also.
The staff at Main Street Preschool in downtown Tipp City believes that art enhances the lives of children. Through art, children expand their decision-making, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and academic performance. As student-artists, they learn self-control and progressive thinking that will benefit them well for life.
Tipp City United Methodist Church is located at the corner of 3d & Main Streets. The facility is handicap accessible. The student-artists are anxious to show their talent to their families and the public.
Main Street Preschool is planning an Open House for Sunday, January 24 between 2 and 3 pm. Stop by to meet the staff and visit the classrooms. Register your child(ren) for one of the classes available for the 2016-2017 school year. We recommend registering early to hold the option you prefer.
Located at the corner of 3rd and Main Streets in downtown Tipp City, the preschool offers consecutive days of learning for ages 2 through 5. One, two, three, and four-day class options are available. The ever-popular, after-school Lunch Bunch opportunity allows for children to stay an extra hour or two to eat lunch with friends and continue learning classroom concepts while participating in children-directed activities. Licensed by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Main Street Preschool opened in 2005.
Visit the preschool’s Facebook page to see many more activities.
Pastor Dan explained “The Great 2015 Christmas Challenge.” We will partner with the church to bring in 10,000 pounds of foods until Christmas Eve to be donated to Needy Basket of Southern Miami Co in Tipp City. Since 2007, Main Street Preschool has donated jars of jelly and other food items to Needy Basket as a service project. Some of the teachers continued a discussion about food. The children learned the song “Aikendrum” about the man who lives in the moon and plays upon a ladle. Each part of his body is made of food. The students discovered whether each piece of food came from an animal or grew on a plant.
Dressing up for our Halloween Parade was so much fun. The children sorted characters into groups and counted them for a “Numbers” book. Even when they are having fun, the children are learning, and they don’t even know it. At the end of the school day, the children and their families walked down Main Street and visited merchants who had treat for them. Thanks to the Tipp City merchants who participated to make this a very fun event for the families. The staff is looking ahead and planning registration and open house in January for the 2016-2017 school year.
Handwriting Without Tears is a part of our curriculum.
Tipp City kindergarten classes use the same program.
The children use various resources to learn to write. Owen is using a blackboard to learn proper sizing of upper and lower case letters. At the table several are using magnetic boards to practice number writing.
From www.hwtears.com: …children flourish with programs that take a balanced approach to learning that addresses their physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development. … (the) hands-on materials are designed to bring multifaceted learning…. Opportunities for teacher-directed and student-initiated learning abound, and they address the needs of the whole child to ensure the best possible outcomes.
After school the children pack a lunch to eat with friends and stay until 1:00 or 2:00. One day in the Play Garden a group of children explored how they could create new sounds or music with items around the school. They figured out they could turn pots and bowls into drums. They liked the sound the metal ones made the most. They figured out they could turn the bowl over to make a new sound. If they rubbed a stick on the side it made another sound. One wanted to make wind chimes & worked until he figured out an idea.
Main Street Preschool started its 11th year this September.
Before we know it, we’ll be setting registration dates for next year!
The children were a delight this year as the staff watched them grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The preschool families enjoyed our year-end picnic at Kyle Park on May 22, our last school day.
One group repainted a birthday chair. Another group hammered wooden shapes together for a structure they created before they painted it. A third group enjoyed the play garden, checking out new mulch to dig in and many new things blooming all around.
We invite any families to give us a call if you are interested in learning more about our class options. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 8.
Canine Creations welcomed Main Street Preschool’s Pre-K class where they met a very friendly dog named Misty. The students visited recently to study pet care and pet nutrition. Among many things, the staff showed the children how the animals are bathed and groomed. The tour ended with a treat for each of the students. The Pre-K class agreed that the walking field trip was an exciting end to their unit on animal care.
Main Street Preschool is hosting Dinner with the Artists that features a delicious Italian meal and a display of artwork by this year’s student-artists. Generous merchants and congregation members have donated items for a basket raffle. Dinner is served between 5 & 6:30 pm, the Art Gallery is open until 7, and winners of the basket raffle will be announced around 6:30. Located at Tipp City United Methodist Church at 8 W. Main Street, Tipp City, the building is handicap accessible and carry outs are available. Staff will be present to answer questions about the preschool program. Call or email the preschool office if you are interested knowing more about Dinner with the Artists or to register a child for a class for next year. All proceeds benefit Main Street Preschool.
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. Music, dancing, play-acting, drawings, paintings, and sculptures encourage students 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 life skills.