Friday, November 13, 2015

Healthy Kids Unit

Hello Everyone!

Our Healthy Kids unit is full underway, and everyone has been having a blast! The preschoolers have been busy learning about their bodies and the importance of maintaining good health through nutrition, sleep, and exercise. The children have been exposed to many fun types of exercise, with Zumba and Yoga being popular favorites! They have taken a look inside the human body through many varieties of literature to get an understanding of what a complex and fragile piece of art it is, and then they've had the chance to explore many fun ways to take care of themselves. The unit will continue to take place through the end of November, but we've taken so many fun photos in the process, that I couldn't wait to share! Take a look: 

Ian's dad, Brad gave a super fun demonstration on training and participating in a triathlon! The kids just loved him!:

The children got to prepare healthy vegetable soup that they called "Group Soup"! Each student provided a healthy veggie from home in which they got to clean, prep, and throw in the soup!

Some liked the soup, and some did not, but everyone gave it a try!

We learned that healthy bodies aren't always being physically active, but sometimes are mentally active! Here we did finger painting to music (which the kids could have seriously done ALL day):

 ...And here the kids made zen-gardens with scented "sand" and paintbrushes (again...hours of tranquil fun!):

And of course we had many opportunities for busy bodies to be creative:

We learned the importance of "eating a rainbow":

And the kids have been absolutely loving yoga (and are seriously cute doing it!!):

Stay tuned for more fun & healthy pics!

-Ms. Jakki

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nov./Dec. Newsletter

What We're Learning
November comes to us with many fun activities! Our Halloween Candy days are long gone as our theme of the month is Healthy Kids! We will be learning about nutrition, exploring many ways to exercise, and focus on being all-around healthy kids. And of course we will also be gearing up for Thanksgiving as time gets closer.

December’s themes will be Winter in Duluth & Holidays/Family Traditions. We will be diving into winter and what it means for the animals and people who live in our city. We will talk about weather changes, learn how to dress for winter, and identify seasonal characteristics of animals and environmental changes.

We will be focusing on the letters E-K, and we will also be learning about numbers: 3-6, shapes: triangle & oval, positional words: “on”, “off”, “over”, and “under", and colors: brown, gray, and blue. For reinforcement, look for ways to incorporate these areas in your everyday lives!

You will see we have a Parent’s Night Out scheduled in December. This is a fun night for the kids where they get to have a PJ party at school; eat fun treats, play cool games, do fun crafts, etc.! Not to mention the perfect opportunity for moms and dads to have a date night…or catch up on a little holiday shopping!! Be on the look-out for sign-ups at school.

Important Dates

Thurs. Nov. 26th & Fri. Nov. 27th: No School/Thanksgiving Break
Fri. Dec. 11th: Parent’s Night Out
Thurs. Dec. 17th: Preschool Holiday Program
Thurs. Dec 24th – Fri. Jan 1st: No School/Holiday Break


  • We are entering hats, gloves, boots, and warm jacket weather. Please make sure your child has these items at school.

  • We are looking for volunteers to come to school for a health/nutrition demo. Contact a teacher if you are interested.

  • Sept./Oct. Snack Duty assignments for last name beginning with F-L

End of October Pics

Hello Everyone!

The preschoolers have been busy, busy, busy! Not only have we been totally spoiled with some amazing fall weather, we've had tons of fun happenings going on around school! Check out some of the fun we've been having:

Sunny fall days call for lots of time up at "Old Main":

October was Community Helper month, so we took a field trip up to Mt. Royal Foods and Bulldog Pizza! It was raining for our walk, but the preschoolers sure didn't mind!!:

Fun times at Bulldog Pizza!!:

Halloween was sure a blast at CCP! Here is Quinn getting ready to carve her pumpkin:

And Cordelia painting with a Witch's Broom!:

The children got to have a pumpkin-carving party with the UMD girls soccer team!!:

And of course, we practiced a little trick-or-treating!

A BIG thank-you to everyone who contributed to our Halloween Carnival! It was a big success! We already can't wait until next year!!:)

-Mrs. Jakki

Sunday, October 18, 2015

CCP Firefighter Day

Greetings Families!!
Our Community Helpers unit at preschool is in full swing, and the children are loving every second of it! Last Wednesday, we had the fun opportunity to have firefighters come visit the preschoolers to talk about fire safety! In fact, one of the firefighters was a familiar face to some of the preschoolers: "Uncle Norm", or Firefighter Chris (Chris Orman!!)You can imagine the excitement that was buzzing around the school. The children got to talk about the risks of burns from fire as well as learn some fire safety skills, not to mention they got a full tour of the fire engine! It was a happy day!! Check it out:

And the last snip-it I'll leave you with is a fun video of Mrs. Elicia...only because I know how much she'll appreciate being on the internet. Not only was it firefighter day, it was also Mrs. Elicia's birthday! And she got to try on the fire suit! (Dream do come true here at preschool!!)
Have a great week everyone!
-Mrs. Jakki


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Community Helpers

Hello, Everyone!
It's been another great week here at CCP! Our Community Helpers unit has been off to a great start! We've taken a look at our community here in Duluth and have explored a variety of professions. We had our very first field trip last Friday, where we walked to the Mount Royal library. The children did a GREAT job with their walking! And everyone loved learning about the library. We had a big discussion on how the library is a community place where people go to learn and concentrate, and we practiced using our best whispering voices. The preschoolers did an awesome job whispering all during our visit....until they played with the train table! It is NOT easy to make whisper-train sounds! haha We tried!
This week we continue to talk about Community Helpers. The teachers have been busy working on setting up some potential field trips. A firefighter visit, a trip to the farmers market, and a trip to the grocery store are all in the works, so be on the look out for sign-ups at school.
Don't forget that this week is a short week! No school Thursday and Friday.
I'll leave you with some fun snap-shots of your cute little ones at work and play!!:

Monday, September 28, 2015

End of September/Grandparent Tea Pictures!

Hello Everyone!
Well, the first month of preschool is underway, and what a success it has been so far! The kids have all been learning up a storm. We welcomed fall with some apple math activities, literature, and sensory play! Check it out:
Here is Mrs. Susi reading an apple math book to the kids:

We measured how tall everyone was with the apples.

The children also got to dissect apples and even make apple sauce! Yum!

Last week we talked a lot about apples and fall, but we also continued our theme of "All About Me". The preschoolers got to take a look at how far they've developed since baby-hood! They compared their baby-size to their now-size, they looked at the vast differences in capabilities from when they were babies compared to now, they cared for pretend babies, and they even got to try some baby food! Yuck! 

We started this week with one of our favorite events of the year: The Grandparent Tea Party!! It was a total blast! The room was full of beaming love and warmth, and everyone enjoyed their time together! Here is a peek into the party:

There were many photo-booth pictures taken that will be coming home to you in your child's memory book at the end of the year!

Just a quick reminder before I end this post: Picture Day is Wednesday of this week, and we still have some order forms that have not been turned in yet. Please get those in ASAP; and remember: picture day is for everybody, not just those scheduled on Wednesdays.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Ms. Jakki