The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS

“And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.”
Galations 6:9

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
– Ephesians 2:10

God has created us to do GOOD! When we do good deeds, we become more like Jesus and learn to be loving and caring to all people.

fruit-of-the-spiritHere are some scenarios you can discuss with your child:

  • A friend from school is crying because s/he missed Mommy. What can you do?
  • Someone dropped their snack on the floor. How can you help them?

Here’s an easy idea that you can do with your child:

  • Whenever you go food shopping with your child, let them pick-out one non-perishable food item and donate it to the Food Bank. (NBRC has a food bin in Fellowship Hall!)

– Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Greetings from the Four-Year-Old Green Room

MWF203How quickly time passes and we’ve already completed seven weeks of school. We are having many new experiences, learning class routines, sharing, taking turns, walking in a line, using walking feet, and inside voices to name a few. For some of us, this is our first year in preschool but everyone has adjusted nicely and is enjoying playing with their new friends.

Our hallway and classroom have been decorated for fall and Halloween by our class. We stamped with apples, finger painted pumpkins, made colorful fall trees with our hand and arm, cut out bats, and created an “I Am Special Tree”. The children love to see their art work displayed for everyone to see.

Our days are busy from the time the children arrive until the end of the day. After everyone arrives we have our Morning Meeting. We are assigned a letter to sit on which changes monthly. We love to have turns being the leader, forecasting the weather, helping with our calendar, and holding the flag while we recite “The Pledge of Allegiance.” We are getting good at knowing which is our right hand.

Playing in Roo 203Guessing what is in the Mystery Box after the clues are given is fun. We are very good at solving the clues given and whoever is right gets to open the box. We’ll discuss the day’s activities and sometimes play games or share a special memory or treasure from home with the class. Getting up in front of a group to speak can be difficult, but we see their self confidence improving and they enjoy being the center of attention.

Room 203 Puzzles Next we have centers set up in the classroom where we can challenge our minds, verbal, social and fine motor skills. Playing with play dough or at the water or cornmeal tables are fun tactile and fine motor experiences. At the tables there are a variety of manipulatives, i.e. blocks, Legos, bristle blocks, gears and etc. from which we can choose. We especially enjoy the dress-up and dramatic play areas where we like to try out our culinary skills. There are puzzles, pegs, sorting, sequencing, patterning, matching, lacing, stringing, magnetic shapes, and letters for us to play with. It takes a lot of patience to wait our turn or to ask another child to share a toy with us.

Rm2032Using our words is an important means to communicate our needs both with our friends and with the teachers. We also can either paint or draw at the easel. Working with the teacher one-on-one is something we look forward to. We practice our cutting, writing, drawing and gluing skills while having time to spend with our teachers.

After cleaning up our room, it’s snack time. We enjoy sitting with our friends and chatting. When we’re done eating, we have quiet library time while waiting for everyone to finish eating. Once everyone has finished, our teacher reads a special story to us. Every first Monday of the month either Pastor Mark or Todd comes to tell us a Bible story which we all look forward to. We’re especially good listeners at this time.

Rm2034We love going to specials like music, language arts, and gym, but I think our favorite time has been outside on the playground. The weather has been fabulous and provides us with an opportunity to meet other friends, as well as strengthen and improve our coordination, balance, and gross motor skills.

Our teachers love their time with the children who always bring a smile with the things they say and do.

– Pam Kiser

Fall Books We Love

Preschool Fall Artwork

Autumn Leaves

(to the tune of “Merrily We Roll Along”)
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling down,
Falling down,
Autumn leaves are falling down,
They’re falling all around.

It’s that time of year again! Time for raking leaves, sipping cider, and picking out pumpkins. It happens to be my favorite time of year and thought I’d share with you a few of our Preschool’s favorite fall books.

  • Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
  • The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  • Applesauce by Shirley Kurtz
  • Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • How Do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • P is for Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin
  • Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchings
  • Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell
  • Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
  • Pumpkins by Mary Lyn Ray
  • The Scarecrow and the Spider by Todd Aaron Smith
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  • Thank You, God, For Fall by Jane Belk Moncure
  • Up, Up, Up! It’s Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro
  • When Autumn Comes by Robert Maass

— Jennifer Landrieu, Director

16th Annual Branchburg Country Fair

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Mrs. LandrieuDid you go to the Fair last weekend? Mrs. Landrieu, Mrs. Belardo, and Mrs. Halligan did and saw so many familiar faces! The Preschool sponsored a table under the tent and gave away 100 Preschool bags and over 200 craft kits to children of all ages.

We were visited by young families who were interested in registering their children who told us “We’ve heard such wonderful things about your program.”, families who had children who recently graduated from our program, who said “Your school prepared our child so well for Kindergarten.” and some older parents whose children attended the Preschool over 30 years ago who said, “We just loved your program… is Mrs. Davenhall still there.” (We were happy to tell them Mrs. Davenhall has been with our Preschool for 35 years!)

NBRC PReschool Branchburg PairHundreds of people enjoyed performances, food, games, firetrucks, and even a fireworks show at dark, but our favorite part of the Fair was getting to see so many of our previous students and families, as well as meeting new ones!

See you at the Fair next year!

The Fruit of the Spirit is PATIENCE

… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Galations 5:22

Are you a patient person? Most of the children who enter our Preschool need to practice being patient because it’s not an easy task to wait quietly for your turn at the water fountain or at the painting easel.

Our Music Teacher sings a great song with our children called “Have Patience” and you can listen to it here:

fruit-of-the-spiritThe children quickly catch onto the words and you’ll hear them singing it to their friends as a reminder to be patient.

Here are a few books that you might find helpful:

  • Abe and the Amazing Promise by VeggieTales
  • Babushka’s Doll by Patricia Polacco
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
  • Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

– Jennifer Landrieu

5-Day Happenings

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.

Morning MeetingDuring our Morning Meeting each day the children are learning math without even realizing it. At the calendar, we not only go over what day of the week it is, but we count forwards and backwards and we review what the pattern of the month is (Sept. is ABAB). We are counting the days of school until we reach 100. Once we get far enough, we then start counting by 10’s and once we reach 100 days we begin counting by 5’s. During our meeting we will review our letter of the week and the sound it makes. We also have a sight word of the week. The leader of the day will write the letter and the sight word on our white board. We will also read many stories during the week that begin with our letter, so they hear the sound of that letter in many ways. On Fridays they bring in an object beginning with our letter of the week. They each have a turn to come to the front of the class and tell us about their object. Some have a hard time at first being the focus of attention for that short time, but as the weeks pass their self confidence grows and they are up there telling about their object like a pro.

Playing on the PlaygroundOnce our meeting is finished they have some free time to choose what they play with. We always have a variety of educational and fun things for them to choose from. As we all know, “Play is a child’s work.” Playing together helps them in so many ways. They learn to communicate with others and to negotiate and respond to their friends feelings by sharing and waiting for their turn. Sharing and cooperating are stressed in our program. Helping them find the words to ask for something they want or solve a dilemma are very important in our class.

During this time the teacher will call one or two students at a time to work on a project. It may be writing in their journals or cutting and gluing, but they are getting one on one attention to help them learn.

5-Day on PlaygroundIt is very important to us to have a variety of fiction and non-fiction books in our library. They have time to look at books after snack each day. We change the books out every month to give them variety.

Another thing we love to do in the 5 day class is sing and dance! We love the smiles and giggles as we dance to songs like the Tooty Ta, the Freeze Dance, or the Funky Monkey. These dances are great for learning to follow directions and remembering lyrics. We love hearing them sing the songs we sang that day as they walk out of the classroom.

– Gerianne McGowan and Kathy Moczydlowski

Handwriting Curriculum

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

Our students will focus on the formation of all the upper case letters and recognition of some of the lower case letters. They’ll work in journals and focus on a different letter each week.

The children will use wooden and magnet pieces to form the letters, roll dough to create the letters, and use their fingers to trace them in sand.

We’re excited to introduce this new program to our students and know it’ll make them more proficient writers.

– Jennifer Landrieu, Director

The Fruit of the Spirit is KINDNESS

… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Galations 5:22

Every September, we begin our year with a focus on kindness, reminding our little friends to use kind hands and kind words with each other. We discuss that it’s kind to share our toys and take turns. Our students bring in snacks to share and help serve one another. We have conversations about how to be a good friend and show them that a kind smile can make our friends’ hearts feel happy.

fruit-of-the-spiritHere are some great books you can read with your child about kindness:

  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • Hands Are Not For Hitting by Martine Agassi
  • Heartprints by P.K. Hallinan
  • How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
  • How Kind by Mary Murphy
  • The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (wordless)
  • One Smile by Cindy McKinley
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
  • Sharing – How Kindness Grows by Fran Shaw, Ph.D.
  • Words Are Not For Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick

– Jennifer Landrieu

2013-2014 School Year, Welcome!

WelcomeOur 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 each child a personalized, colored postcard to introduce themselves and tell the children which classroom will be theirs. Once parents receive the postcards, they can visit our “Who’s Who at the Preschool,” page where they will find photos and biographies of each teacher.

Students may attend our Open House on Friday, September 6th before their first day of school, so they can meet their teachers and familiarize themselves with their classrooms. Their first day of school, the following Monday, is only one hour and parents stay for a Parent Orientation. We’ll have extra staff on hands to give hugs to little ones (and parents, too) during the first week of school.

May God continue to bless our staff, students, and families!

– Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Helping Your Preschooler Cope with Separation Anxiety

Separation1Preschool is an exciting place to learn and play, but if it’s your child’s first time away from home, it can also be a little daunting. We suggest you gradually introduce your child to the idea of attending preschool.

Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Speak positively about all the fun your child will have with their new teachers and friends.
    (If you have any worries about your child starting preschool, don’t let your child know.)
  • Visit the Preschool before your child’s first day of school. (Our Open House is a great opportunity.)
  • Read books about going to Preschool. (i.e. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Llama Llama Misses Mama By Ana Dewdney)
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  • Prepare your child for what to expect.
  • Once school starts, make drop-offs brief with a big hug and kiss. Make sure to leave promptly and always say good-bye.
  • Be kind, patient, and consistent during this adjustment period and remember our teachers and staff are here to support your child and you, too.

We know your child will learn to LOVE coming to our Preschool!

– Jennifer Landrieu, Director

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