Friday, November 17, 2017

Swimming Fun

Greetings Families!

Our first ever swim session has come to an end! We had a remarkable time with this group of little swimmers, and are sad that it has to come to a close. Not only did the children gain strength and skills in the water, they had a total blast getting to swim in a pool twice a week!! We are hoping to host another session of this sometime in early spring, so keep your eyes peeled for sign-ups if you'd like to get in on the fun. In the meantime, here are some shots from our swimming lesson fun:

Brooke's dad didn't do swim lessons with us, but he did help us out by bringing our lunches back to the preschool every day so that the kids didn't have to carry them; so as a thanks he got cookies of his shining face!!

We split into two groups, boys group and girls group. Here are the goofy boys!

And here are the girls!

The whole crew!

Thanks UMD for this awesome opportunity, and thanks swimmer families for making our swim lesson experience a huge success!!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fall Photos

Greetings Families!!

Another fun update from Preschool over here! I don't know about you guys, but the year is flying by for us! You know what they say, time flies when you're having fun! And fun we've been having! The children had the best time with our Community Helpers Unit! A HUGE thank you to all the parents who came in to tell the kids about your job and role in our own community! We also had a blast with Halloween as usual. And as bizarre as it is, the children have been totally loving this early winter! Hey, if you can't beat 'em,  join 'em! So we've been loving the cold and the snow too! As usual, we've snapped some fun photos along the way, so here they are to check out! Enjoy:

Community Helper dress-up fun:

Halloween Science Experiments:

Many days of Halloween Dress-up:


Practicing trick-or-treating!

Teachers love Halloween too!:

Community Helper field trip to the UMD Fire Station:

We sure love snow around here!:

And there you have it!

November comes to us with a fun and exciting Exercise, Health and Nutrition theme. We will be taking a look at the importance of taking care of our bodies and ways to be a healthy, strong kid ! Through healthy eating, daily exercise and fun lessons, we will gain a sense for a “Healthy Me”! We will also be getting ready for and talking about Thanksgiving. We have set up a “13 Days of Thankfulness” discussion board in hopes of teaching the children what exactly it means to be thankful for something. Each day leading up to Thanksgiving we will have a “Thankful Focus” and hopefully give the children a sense for all the things they have to feel grateful for. December of course we will be getting into the Holiday Spirit, and what’s more fun than doing that with preschoolers? 
Here are some upcoming dates for your calendars:
Thursday, November 23rd & Friday, November 24th: No School
Thursday, December 21st: Holiday Sing-a-long 3:30pm
Monday, Dec. 25-Jan 1st: No School
Check back soon for more fun photos and updates from Preschool!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Look at September

Goodbye Summer Hello Fall Free printable

Greetings Families!

We officially made it through our first month of preschool! Our All About Me and Five Senses units were a total blast! The children had fun comparing themselves to when they were babies, and then putting all of their "big kid" skills to work! We also had the best time for the Grandparent Tea Party. It was so fun to meet all the parent's parents and see all the beautiful relationships amongst them and the children. We sang, danced, played, created, and had tea and treats! Here are some fun shots we captured throughout the month, enjoy!

Free Play Fun:

Not a baby any more! Look how much bigger we've gotten:

Partying with the Grandparents:

We did so many fun activities for the Five Senses unit; one of them being experiencing POPCORN in lots of fun ways! Eat it, smell it, hear it, feel it, see it, and PLAY with it!:

Can you color with out using your sense of sight?

And as always, we got out and enjoyed our neighborhood:

Stay tuned for more fun photos as we head into October and our Community Helpers Unit! 

Friday, September 8, 2017

First Week of School!!

Hello Preschool Families!

Nice job on your first official week of school! All the preschoolers did wonderful! There were hardly any tears, in fact this bunch of kids might have been the most excited to start school we've seen yet! Everyone was happy, excited, and bounding with enthusiasm to be starting a new year of preschool. Parents did an awesome job too with the morning routine. Everyone had inside shoes for their child to change into, and lockers were stocked perfectly. Don't forget that in the morning, after your child signs in their name, they put their name tag in the color bucket of whichever group they are in; this is a way for teachers to know who is here for the day, and also we use them for learning activities during our small group time!

Lunchtime has also been running pretty smoothly. Don't forget, every lunch needs to include protein, fruits, veggies, and a whole grain, and keep in mind portion sizes! Lunches do not have to be super large. The children have a substantial snack in the mid morning AND in the afternoon, so no one will ever go hungry at school! Here is our post about portion sizes if you need a quick reference:Preschool Lunch Portions

Next week we will dive more into our content as many of the children should be getting used to school rules and routines by then. We kick off the year with an "All About Me" theme! The children get to compare and contrast themselves now to how they were as a baby, as well as take a look at all the ways they have developed. We will also celebrate the students individuality and learn about likenesses and differences, as well as build some important beginning of the year skills and a sense of family in our school. We will implement this unit by using language arts, math, and social/emotional activities.

I will leave you with some cute smiling faces that were captured these past few days. Check back for more fun photos to come!!!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Back to School 2017/2018

Back to School!
Greetings Families & welcome to Congdon Creek Preschool! Our teachers have been busy getting ready, and we are more than excited to begin another fun year with you all. Preschool is a time for children to expand their love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world! While preschool marks an exciting transition, it’s important that children still get to be children! Your preschooler is in for a treat of a year, and we can’t wait to get started!

“Let them be little, cause they’re only that way for a little while. Give them hope, give them praise, give them love everyday.”

{Upcoming Events}

Mon. 18th: Grandparent Tea Party 10:00-11:30

Wed. 27th: Picture Day 10:00am (all children invited. Group photo at 11:00am)

{Monthly Themes}

September’s Themes: All About Me, The 5 Senses, and Where I Live.

October’s Themes: Community Helpers, Me & My City. A-D/1-2/Square/Red


  • Don’t forget to have a pair of clean “inside shoes” to leave in your child’s locker. 

  • $40 Activity Fees are Due 

  • Baby Outfits due to school September 15th

  • If your child stays for lunch, please pack a well balanced meal. Refer to "Preschool Lunches" section for suggestions