Good Beginnings Preschool Shares Information for the 2018-19 School Year

Posted July 23rd, 2018

I am looking forward to the 2018-19 preschool year with returning staff members Dorothy Janzen and Cora Duerksen! Dorothy and I will teach the Prekindergarten Class and Dorothy and Cora will teach the Younger Class. Both classes are full!

We are excited about implementing more of our new curriculum this year. Get Set for School is a nationally recognized curriculum focused on social/emotional development, kindergarten readiness, and motor skills. Thanks to the Barbara Flory Memorial Fund, we were able to purchase curriculum resources and all staff received training for the curriculum this summer. We were very thankful for this opportunity and thank the Flory family for making it possible!

Parent orientation meetings are on Thursday, August 23. Younger class parents meet at 6:30 p.m. and Prekindergarten Class parents meet at 7:25. The Prekindergarten Class begins on Wednesday, August 29 and Friday, August 31 and the Younger Class begins on Thursday, August 30. We are looking forward to greeting returning preschoolers and meeting new students!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Carol Temple, Director

Fundraiser at Wendy’s to Benefit Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted May 25th, 2018

Everyone is invited to join the preschool staff at Wendy’s, on Wednesday, June 6, from 5-8 p.m.  Twenty percent of your purchases will be donated to the preschool!!!  Take Mom, Dad, Grandma,and Grandpa!  Invite friends and family!  Take dinner to your employees!  Call ahead and large orders will be ready for you. Thank you for your support!

– Carol Temple, Director

 

News from Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted April 18th, 2018

It’s hard to believe the preschool year is wrapping up already! It has been a year of tremendous growth and learning for each child. Dorothy, Cora, and I have been thrilled to be a part of each child’s journey.

The Prekindergarten Class will explore insects and animals in May. They will create an edible caterpillar, do insect lacing, and count and sing with Creepy, Crawly Calypso and The Ants Go Marching. A highlight this month will be our field trip to Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Farm, rural Nickerson, to see and learn about many unusual animals. The children will have an opportunity to feed giraffes and kangaroos!

The Younger Class is planning “construction fun” in May and will enjoy a trip to Lakeside Park. Both classes will enjoy play time outside on the wonderful playground and celebrate the friendships they have made this year!!

Thank you for your support and prayers this year! You make a difference in the lives of the preschool children.

— Carol Temple, Director

June opportunity to support Good Beginnings Preschool:  Join us for supper at Wendy’s and bring your friends on Wednesday, June 6 from 5-8:00 p.m. 20% of all sales during this time will be donated to Good Beginnings Preschool! Thank you!

News from Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted March 19th, 2018

In March the Prekindergarten Class took a field trip to the McPherson College Sports Center where college students under the direction of Professor John Hoffman were their teachers. The children enjoyed familiar activities like doing a somersault and walking on a low balance beam and new activities like ladder ball, using a racket to hit a balloon, and working together to move a giant parachute! Another highlight was doing yoga with Miss Kelli Dosset. The children tried many poses including cat, cow, dog, butterfly, snake, flower, and plow. Both of these experiences helped the children find new ways to use and control their bodies.

The Younger Class made cloud and sun puppets to report the weather. The dentist was rescheduled for March and the children learned which foods/drinks are good and bad for their teeth. Each child had a turn to help brush Alex the Dragon’s teeth.

Both classes made Easter baskets and will be celebrating Easter with their friends.

The Prekindergarten Class is looking forward to gluing a windsock and painting a kite in April. Lindsey Friesen from the McPherson County Extension Office will teach the children about plants and help them plant seeds. Books that will guide the children’s learning are My Spring Robin; Going on a Nature Hunt; Up, Down, and Around (the way seeds grow); Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash; and the old favorite The Carrot Seed.

We hope you have a wonderful Easter with family and friends. We appreciate being part of the Church of the Brethren family!

Carol Temple, Director

News from Good Beginnings Preschool

Posted January 24th, 2018

Both Preschool classes have been enjoying action songs, books, and activities using the I-pad and new TV.  What fun!  Going on a Bear Hunt was a favorite book to watch and act out.

The preschoolers were excited to see snow at the beginning of January. The older class even brought snow inside to explore! They scooped it, packed it, dumped it, and noticed it starting to melt. They were glad the snow melted outside so they could run and play again. Favorite winter activities for the older class children included painting mittens, drawing snow pictures with chalk, gluing a snowman, cutting snowflakes, and making roll-up sandwiches. The children enjoyed dressing in their pajamas and bringing sleep toys to share and compare for pajama day.

Younger class children painted bear shapes, glued buttons on bears, laced a mitten, glued a snowman, and made an edible snowman! Favorite stories included Mat Man Shapes; Llama, Llama, Home With Mama; and Corduroy.

In February all the children will create valentines and valentine boxes. They can work with old valentines, envelopes, and stamps to make mail for each other and for their families. These activities will provide opportunities for the children to practice communication, writing, literacy, imaginative play, and sharing skills!

Since February is Dental Health Month, we are fortunate to have two dentists willing to share time with the preschoolers. Matthew Perry, DDS and Stacy Wince, DDS will teach us how to take good care of our teeth.

Blessings in the New Year! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Carol Temple, Director