In Our Classrooms

Camp North Branch: “Under the Big Top” - August 3, 2016

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Campers enjoyed a special visit from the performers from The Circus Place! They watched a balancing act, juggling, spinning... 

Camp North Branch: “Super Hero Academy” - July 14, 2016

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Our campers arrived in their very best Super Hero shirts, dresses, and bathing suits and learned all about how they could... 

Camp North Branch: “God Bless America” - June 30, 2016

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director God Bless America, Land that I Love… Patriotic music flowed through our classrooms, our students wore red, white,... 

Camp North Branch: “Fairy Tales” - June 23, 2016

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Crowns, wands, and a special visit from The Little Mermaid herself, made this week especially magical! Movement Monday included... 

An Attitude of Gratitude - November 20, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks... 

Fall Enrichment Classes - October 29, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Have you heard about our amazing Enrichment Classes? Preschoolers can stay for lunch and a special activity after their... 

Halloween Happenings at the Preschool - October 20, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Princesses, Firemen, Superheroes, and all sorts of other costumed kiddos will have the opportunity to participate in several... 

Camp Week #5 – Skylights Star and Laser Show - July 31, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director “Stellar Space” campers boarded a big, yellow school bus and headed to the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College... 

Camp Week #4 – Kids’ Music Round with Miss Beth - July 24, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director During Creative Campers week, Miss Beth of Kids’ Music Round, led our campers in two music classes. She started each... 

Camp North Branch Week #2 “Natural Wonders” - July 13, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director When the Cloverland Farm pony truck arrived, our campers jumped for joy! Strawberry and Cocoa gave TWO rides to each of... 

Camp North Branch Week #1 “Mix It Up” - June 26, 2015

By Mrs. Landrieu Our campers had a blast “mixing up” colors this week! Mrs. Sodano helped everyone make homemade sidewalk chalk using plaster of paris,... 

2014-2015 Parent Survey Results - June 22, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every spring, we ask our parents to fill out a survey to let us know how their year went. Here’s a sample of what they... 

Farm Field Trip - May 15, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu In preparation for their trip to Norz Hill Farm, our three-year-old preschoolers have been learning all about farm animals! We hatched... 

Welcome to Our 3-Year-Old Room! - May 8, 2015

By Mrs. Kiser and Mrs. Halligan Wow! Where did the time go? There are only four more weeks left to our school year. What fun we’ve had watching our... 

The Story of the Wide Mouthed Frog: A Musical Presented by Ext. Day Class - April 24, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director We are so proud of the children in our Extended Day Class. They presented two performances ofThe Story of the Wide Mouthed... 

Take a peek through the door… here is what happens in room 204! - March 7, 2015

Lisa Vidal What a fantastic year we have had so far! Each day starts with our Morning Meeting which is full of learning. We have our leader of the day... 

Happenings from the MWF 203 class! - February 7, 2015

by Janice Davenhall Our class greeted 2015, by singing goodbye to December 2014 and hello to January 2015. As we read the book Calendar, we talked about... 

The Christmas Story - December 12, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director And there were, in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the... 

Greetings from 5-Day in Room 202 - December 5, 2014

Kim Sodano & Dotty Mooney For the month of November, Mrs. Sodano and Mrs. Mooney’s 4 year old 5 day class has been focusing on Thanksgiving... 

Science Explorers - November 14, 2014

Science is all around us. Science is a part of who we are and what we do. Young children have a natural curiosity for all things scientific and it is... 

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat - October 31, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director The North Branch Reformed Church Preschool welcomed over 200 participants to our 2nd Trunk or Treat sponsored by our PTO!... 

Welcome to our 4 year olds in the Green Room! - October 24, 2014

It is hard to believe that we have been in school for two months. Our 4 year olds are an energetic and social group who keep Mrs. Kiser and Mrs. Halligan... 

5-Day Happenings - October 10, 2014

by Gerianne McGowan We are experiencing the Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly in the 5-Day Class right now. Right before school started a female Monarch... 

Christian Curriculum - September 26, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,... 

2014-2015 School Year Welcome! - September 5, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu The leaves are beginning to fall and that means it’s almost time for our teachers and children to return to the Preschool. All... 

Playdough - August 8, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Do you want to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills? One of the best and easiest ways to strengthen the small muscles... 

Sensory Table - August 1, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director SCOOP MEASURE POUR SIFT The children play cooperatively or independently at the tables using cracked corn or water. Sieves,... 

Wild West Pony Rides - July 25, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director The sun was shining, the ponies were friendly, and our riders could be heard saying “Giddy-Up!” The children went... 

Block Center - July 18, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu Develop hand/eye coordination. Develop a sense of balance. Develop math concepts – number, size, shape, space, and weight. Learn... 

Aquatic ABC’s Program - July 11, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu Mrs. Kerdock from the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences’ TrOUTREACH program visited the campers at Camp North Branch as... 

Eyes of the Wild Traveling Zoo - June 27, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu Miss Kim introduced our campers to a chinchilla, hedgehog, fox, dove, and wallaby today! She explained that Eyes of the Wild rescued... 

2013-2014 Parent Survey Results - June 13, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every spring, our Preschool parents are asked to fill-out a survey to let us know how their year went. Here’s a sample... 

Greetings from the TTh 203 class! - May 30, 2014

We are a joyful group of 11 girls and boys. Upon arrival, after hanging up our coats and bags, we find our names, which are written on shapes representing... 

Greetings from the T/Th 104 “Diaper-Friendly” Class! - May 23, 2014

Mrs. Gaboda and Mrs. Belardo are the teachers of this class and have a group of eight children who are almost all potty-trained! Many of the children... 

Music Class - May 16, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Bells – Shaker Eggs – Rhythm Sticks – Drums – Piano – Maracas MUSIC! Mrs. Orlando welcomes... 

Gym Class - May 9, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every Thursday and Friday, our Gym Teacher, Mrs. Kolb prepares gross motor activities for each of our age groups. The... 

Art with Anna - April 25, 2014

Enrichment Class “Every child is an artist…” – Pablo Picasso Miss Anna is an Art Therapist who visits our Preschool every week to offer her... 

Welcome to our older 3-year-olds in the Green Room! - April 11, 2014

by Pam Kiser & Dotty Mooney It is hard to believe there are only a little over 2 months left to our school year. Our class is full of bright, social... 

The Benefits of Pet Ownership - March 7, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Three of our teachers recently welcomed new puppies into their families! Mrs. Reinhart & Bailey. Mrs. Sodano... 

Exploring Dinosaurs Inside Room 204 - February 28, 2014

by Kim Sodano & Dotty Moony In February a very fun theme we have is Dinosaurs, so in our MWF class Room 204 we decided to dedicate a whole week to... 

It is Okay to Play with Our Food! - February 21, 2014

Healthy Chefs offered in the Winter Enrichment session to all ages! Children slice, dice, spread, and measure the food ingredients they need to make their... 

The Winter Olympics Come to Preschool - February 9, 2014

This week our preschoolers arrived at gym class to discover they were now Olympic athletes. Each child ran and carried the torch around Fellowship Hall... 

Greetings from Room 103 - January 31, 2014

Hi! We are Maureen Gaboda and Karen Belardo and we run the 3 day 3 year old class. They are the older 3’s and have to be potty trained for this... 

Helping Your Child Learn to Read - January 24, 2014

By Kim Sodano & Nicole Young The best way to help your child learn to read is to read, read, read! Model reading in front of your child. Read directions... 

Winter Books We Love - January 17, 2014

Winter sure is showing off this year! We’ve had two snow days already and perhaps a few more to go before Spring arrives. I’d like to share with... 

Say Hello to the Boys and Girls in MWF Room 202 - December 27, 2013

Welcome December! All the boys and girls in MWF Room 202 have been very busy. We are having a lot of fun being a little family of learners. Here is a look... 

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe - December 13, 2013

What you’ll need: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water Rolling pin Cookie sheet Toothpick Miniature cookie cutters Acrylic paints Glitter glue... 

Come Visit Our 4-Year-Olds in the Orange Room - December 6, 2013

We have been in our MWF class for 33 days. We know this because every day during our circle time we count all the days we have come to school on our School... 

Respecting the Importance of Play - November 29, 2013

I was saddened in a classroom this week to see a preschooler in tears, frustrated at her inability to form the letters of her first and last names in the... 

Science Explorers - November 8, 2013

According to Kid’s Science Lab, science is important for preschoolers for three reasons: Science engages curiosity. Science provides practical tools... 

Greetings from the Four-Year-Old Green Room - October 25, 2013

How quickly time passes and we’ve already completed seven weeks of school. We are having many new experiences, learning class routines, sharing, taking... 

5-Day Happenings - September 27, 2013

We are already into our third week of school and we have been busy making new friends, learning new things, and having lots of fun. During our Morning... 

Handwriting Curriculum - September 20, 2013

We’ve adopted a new handwriting curriculum this year – Handwriting Without Tears. It’s the same program that the Bridgewater-Raritan and... 

2013-2014 School Year, Welcome! - September 5, 2013

Our teachers are returning to their classrooms with fresh ideas and excitement for a new school year! On the afternoon of September 4th, they will mail... 

Playgrounds - August 23, 2013

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director The playground at the North Branch Reformed Church Preschool is a favorite spot for our students. During the school year,... 

Centers - August 9, 2013

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director It’s amazing how much our Preschoolers learn while “just” playing in centers! In the Writing Center, a child… Practices... 

Gross Motor Activities - July 26, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director Gross motor refers to large muscles in our body (legs and arms), the same way that fine motor refers to small muscles in... 

Butterflies in the Classroom (Part 3) - July 12, 2013

In the end, we will preserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. (MTN, 2010) After... 

Preschool Parent Surveys - June 14, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every Spring, our Preschool parents are asked to fill-out a survey to let us know how their year went. Here’s a sample... 

Wide Mouth Frog Play - June 7, 2013

By Tracey Wurmstitch Our extended Day is in session each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:3O until 2:00. After lunch and a short rest time the children... 

Original Works - May 31, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director Someday I will be big And gone upon my way, But here’s my little handprint To remind you of this day. We’re so creative... 

Journey of the Monarch Butterfly (Part 2) - May 24, 2013

by Kim Sodano & Gerianne McGowan The story of the Monarch butterfly…an annual journey that spans a continent, three nations, and multiple generations... 

Hatching Chicks - May 17, 2013

by Karen Reinhart One of the surest signs of Spring at our preschool is the arrival of two large incubators and this year I volunteered to be one of the... 

Ladybug, Ladybug! - May 10, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director 5 little ladybugs climbing up a door. One flew away, then there were 4. 4 little ladybugs sitting on a tree. One flew away,... 

Life of a Butterfly (Part 1) - April 19, 2013

by Kim Sodano & Gerianne McGowan The story of the Monarch butterfly…an annual journey that spans a continent, three nations, and multiple generations... 

Annual Spring Flower Sale - April 5, 2013

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our 3rd Annual Spring Flower Sale at North Branch Reformed Church Preschool. We have once again partnered... 

Dental Health - March 29, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu Our Preschoolers learned all about keeping their teeth healthy when Dental Hygienists, Donna and Danielle, visited our classrooms.... 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day - March 15, 2013

By Jennifer Landrieu Rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns might make you think of St. Patrick’s Day, but at the North Branch Reformed Church, a visit... 

What is the dynamic tripod? - March 8, 2013

by Kim Sodano How children learn to grip their pencils will help them with the fine movements needed for writing. There are other ways to grip a writing... 

Read Across America - March 1, 2013

March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the gifted author who provides so many children with a multitude of indelible memories. Dr. Seuss’ birthday... 

How to Choose the Right Preschool - February 15, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu For the last month, I’ve been happily taking prospective parents on tours of our school, showing them our facilities, telling them... 

Happy Chinese New Year! - February 9, 2013

by Karen Reinhart As many of you may know, Sunday, February 10th marks the start of a new year in the Chinese calendar. What you may not know is that this... 

Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies - January 28, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu Mmmmmm… is there a better smell than Chocolate Chip Cookies baking in the oven? I’m not sure! Our children will soon welcome... 

New iPads! - January 14, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu The North Branch Reformed Church Preschool teachers were surprised by our PTO President and Vice-President at our December meeting... 

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