b week


something that wasn’t ever in my lesson plans was this fantastic child created activity:

thursday was the first day of autumn so we made leaf balls and enjoyed unseasonably warm outside time!

mr. matt brought his dog, fozzie, to play.

he even let us dress him up in dress up clothes!

and one time, he was so thirsty he drank out of my cup!

we celebrated mr. matt’s birthday with lots and lots of donuts.

look at these friends work on block city!

the big blue slide had a lot of action this week…including some brave experimenting:

we do show and tell different ways: on wednesday we set our things on our big white board and i wrote the words. and i provided a lesson in inventive writing as i worked to write “brachiosaurus” knowing it was wrong!

on thursday, we worked to “fill in the circle” and oh, the joy of adding a real baby to the collection!

our B tray had bikes and bunnies on the beach

we did a lot of bread talk:

and made a HUGE baguette! last spring one class went on a field trip to baker sharon:

and these kiddos remembered her making five cuts in the top of each loaf!

(notice the five “cuts” made by tape)

and perhaps the greatest peek into B week is this unedited video of work time:


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{another response to violence}


i will greet you with smiles and a determined hope as my heart grieves and soul rages and mind stops with exhaustion at the continued violence.

our children see it. and for those who are afraid and confused,

may they know. their. worth.

and may they know there are helpers, people calling out truth and not settling for the injustice that is breaking communities.

and now, to set out crayons and glue and teddy bears, creating another bubble.


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a week

A week was amazing, awesome, adventurous, adorable!


a new tiny muscle option this year are mini sensory boxes (26 plastic pencil boxes for each letter of the week): this week we had alphabet beads and short lengths of pipe cleaner.

we took pictures to use for our picture boards, cubbies, journals, etc.

charrliethis is when children can use any expression they like and choose which photo to use. that’s why some look “mad” or “sad” or “wild” or “happy” or “glad” or “silly” or “normal.”


as is tradition: the first days of school we paint! we used hands and brushes on plastic bags that were taped to the table, then made prints.


one little friend knows the space well since she also comes to church here, so when she was done painting, i had fun watching her go get the bike out of the depths of storage.

outside time was full of the “littlest pushing the biggest” and screaming and running and saying hello to neighbors.


and one day, it rained!

we taste tested apple slices and apple sauce, then circled which one we preferred.

another traditional first day activity: free reign on glue bottles. 

i love giggling at preschool:

and we’ve already had birthdays to celebrate!



and finally, this found writing proves that the letter A is not needed to communicate that the family corner store sells sausage, eggs and ice cream.

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2016-2017 forms


dear families of the 2016-2017 school year…here are the forms! there are optional online forms for ordering t-shirts, bringing snack, bringing play dough and a photo release. there are state required forms (the authorization for emergency medical care and the medical record forms) that are required on your child’s first day of preschool. we are also offering automated payment plans for tuition. let me know if you have any questions.




(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.




returning families will review forms from last year at the Parent Meeting/Open House to make any changes necessary. there is one form that needs to be completed every year for every child:

FOR ALL PRESCHOOLERS: click on the following form or this link to download. you can either print out and bring me the hard copy, or email it to me for me to print out.


FOR NEW PRESCHOOLERS: click on the following forms or this link to download the medical record form. if your preschooler is already in a childcare facility/home, you can bring in a copy of these completed forms.


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