Happy MLK day!

Hello Ladybug Families,

Lunch bunch was such a great hit with all my Ladybug friends this week. There is really nothing more exciting when you are 3 than a lunch box and some friends to eat with!  Thank you providing delicious and nut free lunches for your children. We look forward to this treat every Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of the year.

In class this week we will be basing our learning around the wonderful book, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt ‘. We will be retelling the story through movement, looking at prepositional words such as over, under and through and designing our own bear caves, nests and burrows!

Some reminders:

  • School is closed this Monday 15th for Martin Luther King Jr Day.

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Kristen's family, (w/f), and Juliana's family, (t/th).

    We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children, all over the world.

    Sarah

 

 

Time to hibernate!

Hello Ladybug Families,

The Ladybugs have been discussing hibernation in class this week. Today seems like a good day to curl up inside, safe and warm out of the ice and rain! We will continue to explore the season of Winter this week. We will be experimenting with the concept of freezing and melting, writing our names in snow, and we will be making stained glass mittens.

We are very excited to start our lunch bunch program this week. My m/w/f friends will stay for lunch on Wednesday 16th, and my t/th friends will stay on Thursday 17th. Pick up is at 1pm. Please leave peanut/tree nut free lunches and a drink in your child’s cubby each Wednesday or Thursday.

Snack this week is kindly provided by Keito’s family,(mwf), and Joshua’s family,(t/th).

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world.

Sarah

A new year begins!

Hello Ladybug Families,

Happy New Year ! I am so looking forward to seeing all my Ladybug friends again this week, I have missed you all so much! I just returned home from London late last night, where I got to spend lots of cuddle time with my new 12 week old nephew and my much missed family.

This week in Ladybug Class we will be learning about snow and ice. We have an igloo to curl up in,  an ice hole to fish in, and we will be experimenting with ice.

You may notice a few changes in our classroom over the next few weeks. When your children sign-in in the morning I will be removing their picture from their name card, leaving only the letters of their name.  Don't worry if your child needs a lot of help initially to recognize their name, we will work on it together! We will also be starting our lunch bunch program on Wednesday 16th January for MWF class and Thursday 17th January for T/Th class. Pick up is at 1pm after lunch on these days. Please bring a packed lunch, and a non carbonated drink for your child in a named lunch box, and leave it in the cubbies. Please be mindful that no peanuts or peanut products can come to school for the safety of our children with allergies. This means no peanut or almond butter. A note about lunch bunch is in the cubbies. If you have any questions about our extended day, please do not hesitate to ask Ms Amber or myself at school this week.

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by: Jackson's family, (m/w/f), and 's Jackie’s family, (t/th).

We wish peace,love and happiness to all the children all over the world in 2019!

Sarah

 

 

 

Thank you Ladybug friends!

Hello Ladybug Families,

Ms Amber and I just wanted to take time to thank you for all the generous gifts we received this Christmas. We really are touched that you would take time to think of us,  Thank you, you are the best!

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. I feel so fortunate to be able to share 2019 with my little Ladybugs.

Wishing peace, love and happiness to all the children, all over the world.

 Sarah

 

 

Brrrrrr! It's cold outside!

Hello Ladybug Families,

I hope you are keeping warm in this chilly weather. I'm sure the appearance of snow was very exciting for my Ladybug friends!

In Ladybug Class this week we will be making stained glass mittens, practicing our cutting skills with wrapping paper and ribbon, and playing with gingerbread play dough.

We have been working together to practice breathing and relaxation in our class. Ask your children about taking deep belly breathes. The ladybugs know breathing helps their bodies and minds! Try it, it works for grown ups too!

This week snack is kindly provided by Gabriel's family, (MWF), and Audrey's family, (T/Th).

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world,

Sarah

 

 

Christmas is coming!

Hello Ladybug Families,

This week in Ladybug class it will be starting to look a lot like Christmas! We will be learning the Christmas story, building Christmas trees on our light table, and exploring Christmas Ornament water play.

  • Please mark an important date on your calendars! Our Ladybug families are warmly invited to watch our Christmas show on Wednesday 19th December at 11am. Come and sing some Christmas songs with us, and we will enjoy milk and cookies together after our performance. T/Th families are welcome to bring their children to perform in the show on Wednesday and enjoy some Christmas cheer!

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Daniel's family, (MWF), and Asher's family, (T/TH).

  • Check out new photos in our class photo albums!

Wishing peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world.

Sarah

Food Glorious Food!

Hello Ladybug Families,

I hope you all had a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving with your families.We have had a lovely time exploring the colors of Fall in our classroom. We are now moving on to discover the wonders of food! We will be looking at the tastes, smells, sounds and feel of food.  We will be shelling peas, painting with spaghetti, washing dishes and working in our own Ladybug Pizza restaurant!

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Vivienne's Family, (mwf).

 We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world.

Sarah

 

Happy Thanksgiving Ladybug Friends

Dear Ladybug Families,

I can’t express how thankful I am for the supportive Christ Church community I am part of. This past week I have seen my dear friend and colleague Amber, face such a deeply tragic crisis in her family. My heart goes out to little Sam, our Ladybug friend, and his whole family. All of Ladybug class are holding you in our hearts and wishing you well. There has been such an outpouring of love and support from the CCP community. For this I am so Thankful.

This week is a short week at school, just Monday and Tuesday. We will continue to explore the Thanksgiving story, and reflect on everything we are thankful for.

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Nora’s Family, (Mon), and Reese’s family, (Tues).

We wish peace, love, and happiness to all the children all over the world,

Sarah

I am Thankful for you!

Hello Ladybug families,

In our classroom this week the Ladybugs will be beginning to explore Thanksgiving. We will be harvesting a cranberry bog, making corn art with lego and reflecting on all the many things we are thankful for.

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Mia's family (w/f), and Piper's family (t/th).

We wish peace,love and happiness to all the children, all over the world.

Sarah

Beautiful Fall!

Hello Ladybug Friends,

This week in class we will continue to explore the wonders of Fall. We will be making leaf sun catchers, examining apples, playing in a farm stand and reading the beautiful book, Leaf Man.

See if your little Ladybug can sing our Fall song,'Five Golden Autumn Leaves’.

  • Thank you to Madeleine’s Family,(mwf), and Oliver’s Family,(t/th) for providing snack this week

  • Come and check out the Book Fair in Ascension Hall starting this Monday, 5th November.

We wish peace, love and happiness, to all the children, all over the world,

Sarah

Happy Halloween!

Hi Ladybug Families,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and your Halloween preparations are going well.

We have another fun filled week lined up for our Ladybug friends. We will continue to study Fall, and we will be finding out what is inside a pumpkin! We will be printing with pine cones, and making some monster slime....eeewwww! 

We are excited to celebrate Halloween on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Children can wear their costumes to school if they would like to on these days. Make sure they have play clothes underneath, or in their cubby to change into. Costumes are completely optional.  Some children find dressing up really stressful, so no worries if dress up just isn’t their thing! We will have a little ‘parade’ around the other classrooms to get into the Halloween spirit!

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Lena's Family, (MWF), and Keaton's Family, (T/Th).

  • Please check the spare clothes in your child’s cubby are suitable for the colder weather.

  • Please send your child into school with a warm coat or jacket for the playground.

  • Check out the class photo pages for a sneaky peek at our fall fun!

We are looking forward to another spooktacular week!

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world.

Sarah

Golden Autumn Leaves

Hello Ladybug Families,

As we begin to think about fall you may spot some pumpkins arriving in Ladybug Class! We will be hunting for leaves in our outside play times and studying the changing seasons. If you are going out and about please collect any signs of fall that you see: leaves, pine cones, twigs, and acorns, and bring them to our class to share. We will also continue our transport theme in class, painting our big red firetruck,making trains and experimenting with boats and the scientific concept of sinking and floating.

  • We are excited to have Happy Dan the Magic Man join us at school on Wednesday at 10am. T/Th friends are welcome to join us with their caregivers if they wish.

  • Snack is kindly provided this week by Kristen's family, (MWF), and Juliana's family, (TTH).

I am looking forward to another happy week with my Ladybug friends,

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children, all over the world.

Sarah

 

 

The Wheels on the bus..........

Hello Ladybug Families,

It was so lovely to meet you all for parent conferences last week. I hope that you are as proud as I am of your little Ladybugs, and the wonderful start they have made to this school year. Good communication with parents is so important to me. You are the experts of your own children, and there is much that I can learn from you. Your insights into your child help inform our classroom practice, and aids us in best meeting the needs of ALL the children in our care. Please don't hesitate to share your concerns or ideas with me. Thank you!

This week in Ladybug class we will continue our theme of Transport. We will be exploring vehicles that move on land, sea and air. We will be making a fire truck, looking at the scientific concepts of speed and gravity with cars and ramps, and singing, dancing and playing together.

Thank you all for your patience while we battled with another storm last week. We are making up a missed school day this Thursday 18th October, which was originally fall break. School is still closed, however, this Friday 19th, as CCP will be studying hard at a preschool conference.

Some reminders for this week:

  • This week snack is kindly provided Keito's Family (MW), and Joshua's family, (T/Th).

  • Please bring any cardboard dozen egg boxes and toilet roll tubes you have at home to school for a craft project

  • Please check the class photo button on the Ladybug Class page of the website regularly for a sneaky peek into our classroom fun!

Thank you for sharing your fantastic children with me every week!

We wish peace, love and happiness, to all the children all over the world

Sarah

 

Cars and Trucks and Things that go......

Hello Ladybug Families,

This week in Ladybug class we will be exploring all forms of transport. How do we move on land, sea and air? We are also very excited to be meeting with Chapel Hill Fire Department on Thursday 11th around 9 30, to look around a real fire truck, and talk about fire safety. If you are a m/w/f Ladybug, you are very welcome to accompany your child to explore the fire truck on Thursday.

I am very much looking forward to meeting with all my Ladybug parents on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th October. Ms Amber will be taking very good care of the children in class. I will be over in the church offices, building 105. I am excited to share what a lovely start to the year we have had together.

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by: Jackson’s Family, (mwf), and Jackie's family,(t/th).

I wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world,

Sarah

 

 

Creating a School Family

Hello Friends,

This week the Ladybugs have been learning all about each other, and our families. If you have a chance, come and look at our family tree in the hall outside our classroom. It has been wonderful to talk to each other about our Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters, Grandmas and Grandpa's, and family pets too! This week we will be focusing on building our own unique class family. We will be working on learning each others names, and how to show love and kindness to each other every day. We will be exploring how each of our Ladybug friends are unique, with their own skills and talents. We will be making our own Ladybug friendship books to take home too!

Some reminders:

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Iker's Family, (MWF), and Greyson's Family, (T/TH).

  • Check out the Conference sign up form on the Ladybug blog page and make a date for a chat! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044caaaf2ba02-fall

  • Smile! This Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October are picture days. We will keep messy play to a minimum!

  • We are excited to introduce Clare Feole to our Friday morning classroom. Clare is studying early years education and will volunteer with us each Friday morning. Clare volunteered in our classroom last year, and is much loved by Ladybug Class! We are excited to have her return and help out.

I am looking forward to a new week with my Ladybug friends!

Sarah

 

 

Ladybug News!

Hello Ladybug Families,

The Ladybugs have been having so much fun in class this week. But most importantly, we have been getting to know each other and our classroom routines. See if your little ones can sing you our good morning song, or the Ladybug song. We have also been practicing breathing together. We have been working on smelling the flower, and blowing out the candle! 

This week will be very exciting as we continue our music classes with Ms Rebecca, (Monday and Thursday), and our Chapel times with Ms Debbie, (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Our theme in the classroom this week is my home and family. We would love to make a family tree. Please send in a photo of your family that we can add to our tree. Please list your family members on the back of the photo. Talking about families is a great way to show we love and value each child, and that we are eager to get to know the whole family. It is also a great way to initiate language and conversation, and to get children to open up and feel comfortable with us.

Some reminders:

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Hannah's family (MWF), and Fletcher's family, (T/TH).

  • Please sign up to make play dough for the class on the Ladybug page on the website, we still have a few spots to fill! www.christchurchpreschoolnc.com Password: CCP2018-19. Look on the Ladybug class page

  • Click on the class photo album buttons to see more photos of our Ladybug fun, I add to this each week!!

Wishing you well!

Sarah

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

Hello Ladybug Families,

I hope you are all safe and well during this storm. I am sorry that our start to the new school year has been somewhat disrupted by the arrival of Florence. While you are still cooped up at home, I thought I would let you know what our week ahead in Ladybug Class looks like!

We have enjoyed reading the Brown Bear, Brown Bear book together in class. This book is fantastic for developing color recognition, sequencing, and rhyme. We will continue to explore Brown Bear in class this week, linking it to art, math and literacy learning. We will also continue to work on strengthening our school family connections. We will be using our 'wish well' board to send love to our absent friends. We will be looking at our helpers chart, and will each take responsibility for a job in our classroom. We will also be practicing using breathe to feel calm and happy!

Some reminders:

  • This week snack is kindly provided by Gabriel's family, (M/W/F), and Audrey's family,(T/Th).

  • We are excited to begin our first music class with Ms Rebecca this week, on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Chapel also begins with Ms Debbie on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am.

  • Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Ladybug blog page.(www.christchurchpreschoolnc.com password: CCP2018-19.) You will find photo albums for each class, a calendar with class events and snack reminders, and a play dough sign up button. Please help us by committing to make 1 batch of play dough during the school year. Thank you so much for your help!

    Lets have a happy, (rain free!) week together!

    We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children, all over the world.

    Sarah

So proud of my Ladybugs!

Hello Ladybug Families,

I am so proud of all my little Ladybugs! They have all managed a full day of preschool! It is a big step for your little ones to say goodbye, and begin to function autonomously in a classroom environment. We will be working hard to introduce a predictable structure and routine into our daily preschool sessions, so that your children gain confidence and feel safe and secure with us. If your child is unsure, remind them that Miss Amber and Ms Sarah will love them and keep them safe until you return. Talk about the play materials and routines such as playground time, story-time and snack. We are excited to continue our Ladybug adventures with them! In the class photo albums on the Ladybug blog page you will see how busy your children have been in class. Use these photos as a resource to talk with your child about their school day.

This week in class we will continue to focus on building our class family. We will begin learning each others names, and we will practice our good morning song. We will also begin learning breathing techniques. We will talk about our safe place in class and how to use it. We will be thinking about how to use different centers in our classroom, and discuss how to look after our classroom our toys and each other. So a very busy week ahead!

Some reminders:

  • School is closed this Friday 14th September, as the teachers attend a training conference.
  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Daniel's Family (MWF), and Asher's Family (T/Th). Please bring in enough snack for 12 children each day. Thanks so much for your support. We don't need any plates/cups or napkins at this time.
  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes in a ziploc bag in their cubby.
  • Please sign up to make a batch of play dough for our classroom. You can sign up on the ladybug page on the CCP website. 
  • Please ensure your child wears clothes that are easy for them to remove when using the bathroom. It is also easier and safer to wear closed toe shoes like sneakers, with socks for outside play rather than sandels/crocs that fill with sand and mulch and are slippery on the climbing equipment.
  • Please save paper towel/toilet roll tubes, egg carton's, boxes, lids and any interesting recycled materials, and bring them to class for us to use for model making and crafts. Thank You!,

We are looking forward to a wonderful week,

Ms Sarah