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.
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.