p is for play days

New Creation Preschool PLAY DAYS are back. This summer will be a hybrid of virtual learning and hands-on activity boxes. Ms. Kristin will broadcast from her home in Kansas and ship PLAY DAY BOXES via USPS.

Facebook live PLAY DAY CIRCLE TIMES will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am CST (see schedule below). Like our school year live Circle Times, these are free with no registration required. Watching the PLAY DAY CIRCLE TIMES will not be necessary to utilize the PLAY DAY BOXES.

PLAY DAY BOXES can by purchased for the suggested price of $10 (shipping included) to arrive by mail with supplement materials. Each PLAY DAY BOX has one kit of supplies. You can add additional kits in a box for the suggested price of $5/kit.

There is one box for every PLAY DAY (meaning 21 in all). You can choose which ones you would like to receive.

I will demonstrate using these materials during the live circle times but I will not talk with children about the option to purchase them. This way, children without PLAY DAY BOXES are full participants in the PLAY DAY CIRCLE TIMES.

With this form you can
•place an order to receive PLAY DAY BOXES at your house
•place an order for PLAY DAY BOXES to be shipped to someone else
•place an order for PLAY DAY BOXES that kristin will distribute to families experiencing financial stress
•request to be notified when donated PLAY DAY BOXES are available

If there is more than one child in the home, you have a couple of options:
•purchase a PLAY DAY BOX for each of them and they will ship separately (fill out a separate form for each)
•purchase a single PLAY DAY BOX and indicate how many separate kits you want included within that box (suggested price of additional $5/kit)

All funds generated beyond shipping and supply costs will be added to the Preschool Fund (used to purchase new equipment/supplies for our preschool).

PLAY DAYS 2020:

june 2: rainbow day

june 4: hug your cat day

june 9: iced tea day

june 11: corn on the cob day

june 16: fresh veggies day

june 18: juneteenth

june 23: pink (it’s for everyone) day

june 25: chocolate pudding day

june 30: postal worker day

july 2: mae jemison appreciation/ufo day

july 7: strawberry sundae day

july 9: teddy bear picnic day

july 14: shark awareness day

july 16: snake day

july 21: world jump day

july 23: amelia earhart day

july 28: milk chocolate day

july 30: international day of friendship

august 4: chocolate chip cookie day

august 6: wiggle your toes day

august 11: the (final) dog day of summer

h is for hunger

h is for hunger, part one: the collecting

we collected and sorted food all week for The Salvation Army Harvey County.

hooray for teamwork, strong bodies and gentle hearts.

🌈💪🏽❤️


h is for hunger, part two: the pricing

each piece of food got at least one heart sticker. this food won’t cost anyone anything and we give it away to The Salvation Army Harvey County with love. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

(also, in order to make this video i had to turn off the music that had been playing…so they are “freezing” until it’s back on. 😂)


h is for hunger, part three: the counting

we estimated, guessed, hypothesized and did a lot of counting.

the final count as the last mama brought a bag of donations when picking up her thursday afternoon kiddo was 108 items of food.

lining the food up to make a “parade” helped with counting.

this video is thursday morning, by thursday afternoon the food went all the way under the tub table and touched the wall!


h is for hunger, part four: the bagging up

while we permitted playing with the food all week which included bagging things up, thursday afternoon had the final opportunity.

we recognized the skill it takes to effectively pack a bag of canned goods and called out “thank you” to the workers in our community who do this work so well.


h is for hunger, part five: the processing

one of the things i hope to impart on these children is that there doesn’t have to be the “other.”

we all experience hunger, we all need food. there are some of us who have resources to get food into our home and there are some of us who use the resource of The Salvation Army Harvey County to get food.

this is not about the other, the poor, those less fortunate than us. this is about us, our community, working together.

and honestly, i don’t think they learnt any of it from me. they already knew it. “if someone is hungry and doesn’t have food, then someone who has extra food gives it to them.”

simple.


h is for hunger, part six: the giving

a few days later, during church on sunday morning, a few preschoolers (who also attend New Creation Fellowship Church) brought our donations to the front of the sanctuary.

and one day later a preschool family took the food to The Salvation Army Harvey County and found out it weighed 126 pounds!!!

way to go, families. we made a difference in our community. and if you imagine those young hands blessing as they handled the food, that food is BLESSED. 😂😂

🌈🖐🏻🤚🏼🖐🏽🤚🏾🖐🏾🤚🏿🌈

rev dr martin luther king jr 2019

we’ve got a lot of activities in the archives (search “martin” and you’ll find them).

here are a couple of new printables for this year:

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as classes we’ll be painting big pieces of paper red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white and brown. those will dry for a day and then cut apart into shapes, glued on to another paper and used as backgrounds for these words:

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we’ve had black and white paint at our easel and will use those completed paintings as backgrounds for sparkly foam star stickers and a photo/quote of dr. king.

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2019-2020

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dear 2019-2020 families, here are the forms! what you will find:

ALL PRESCHOOLERS:
snack (optional)
play dough (optional)
emergency medical care release including insurance information
tuition agreement (will come to you in a separate email)

NEW PRESCHOOLERS:
all of the above plus
medical record/immunization history/health assessment*
internet release

*you may bring a copy if you have them on file at another facility

RETURNING PRESCHOOLERS:
you will have opportunity to review forms on file at the Parent Meeting/Open House to make any changes necessary.


ALL PRESCHOOLERS-SNACK SIGN UP:


ALL PRESCHOOLERS-PLAY DOUGH SIGN UP:

(recipes following sign up form)

1970s Play Dough

2 c flour

4 t cream of tartar

1 c salt

2 T oil

2 c water

food coloring

boil water.  add salt and oil and stir til dissolved.  add remaining ingredients and stir/knead/mix in mixer.  can add additional flour as needed.  can also add essential oils or extracts for scent.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

1 pkg kool-aid

2 T oil

1 c water

1/4 cup salt

2 cups flour

heat water to boiling, add kool-aid and salt.  stir til dissolved.  add oil and flour.  knead in additional flour as needed.


img_1183ALL PRESCHOOLERS-EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE RELEASE:

click here to access form


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click here to access forms


NEW PRESCHOOLERS-PHOTO RELEASE:







f is for feelings

i fell in instant love with this product i came across online.


i loved the concept of children taking time to pause and experience the passing of time.

what didn’t work for me is the text included on the product:

“A fairy’s magic changes red to green, gone are your worries never to be seen.”


in the past i might have welcomed this notion, after all it fits the same notion that if i just pray enough, hard enough, right enough, i’ll be saved. a message like this would have translated into my child self that i’m wrong, it didn’t work, the fairies didn’t take my worry away and the quiet fear and shame would fester.

but i’ve grown from  my childhood experiences and i see things another way.  i feel the truth that even when we feel fear and shame, we aren’t alone. feeling angry doesn’t warrant punishment.  sadness isn’t equated with loneliness.

and preschoolers feel all of these things, often in one day, maybe even in one preschool session.


so i renovated the board. keeping the same principle of watching time pass with the handprint turning red to green, i made a new slogan:


“feel your feelings with your hand on the ring, watch the light turn from red to green.”


the difference is that they are staying with their feelings. breathing and feeling while they watch the color change. often they’re interrupting the pattern of distress, never abandoning themselves without having someone else save them.

feelings matter, no feelings are wrong, feelings are meant to be felt.


i’ve watched two little friends who were in significant distres: shaking in anger, tense muscles, red faces, tears in eyes, growling and moaning, add the magic ring to their practice.

it’s okay to be angry. it’s okay to be mad. feel that.

click to watch it in action on you tube:

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within a few rounds of watching the light change, they seemed regulated. they carried on conversations and landed back in play. the magic is within.

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