April 2017 Newsletter

What Art in Preschool

Cognitive Development

Through art, children learn about the world, record thoughts and ideas, and enhance academic learning. “Artmaking is a form of inquiry and way of learning about oneself and the world” (Tarr, 1997, p. 2).

Social Development

As children examine art from various artists, in different time periods and diverse cultures, they have the opportunity to learn about and to appreciate differences. They come to understand that people have unique values and see things in different ways.

Emotional Development

Art experiences can also assist children’s emotional development. As children participate in art activities they gain self-confidence, feel pride in their work, and experience success.

Creative Development

Art enhances creativity, which is crucial for innovation and adaptation. Creative people have the ability to see multiple solutions to a problem, employ original thoughts, and use their imagination. As a field, art promotes these skills, encouraging unique and divergent responses and diverse ways of looking at things.

Artistic Development

Through early childhood art, children can increase observation skills, learn art techniques, begin to understand the relationship of art to culture and history, and learn to appreciate and enjoy images and art.

Easter Egg Hunt

For preschool families, church members & the community

Saturday April 15 10:00

Bring your own basket or we will provide one and come hear the story of the Easter Egg and join in a hunt for eggs filled with goodies.

Join in the fun with Arts and Craft activities that will follow the egg hunt (in Fellowship Hall).

A complimentary lunch for children and parents will be provided after the arts and crafts.

Everyone is invited!!

Reminders

  • No School April 14 & 17 in observance of Easter
  • Every child needs a complete set of spare clothes at school. Please label all items with your child’s name.
  • Garden Preschool will be closed Friday April 14 and Monday April 17 in observance of Easter.
  • Scholastic Book orders go home monthly. For only a few dollars you can purchase some wonderful books and learning materials. Each purchase supports the school. Jay’s mom, Jen, is our Scholastic Book Parent. Thank you Jen!
  • As the weather gets warmer, continue to send a jacket to school with your child as the mornings and evenings are chilly. For safety, closed toed shoes and no jewelry please.

Other Ways to Say…

Nice: enjoyable, pleasant, thoughtful, lovely, gracious, likeable, considerate, courteous

Good: excellent, amazing, wonderful, fantastic, outstanding, terrific, splendid, super, pleasant Bad: awful, rotten, naughty, dreadful, nasty, wicked, lousy, terrible, unpleasant, wretched Sad: gloomy, miserable, forlorn, sorrowful, upset, downcast, somber, cheerless, depressed

Happy: cheerful, delighted, pleased, glad, joyful, ecstatic, content, jovial, amused, merry, elated Big: huge, giant, gigantic, anormous, large, massive, colossal, immense, hefty, jumbo

Little: tiny, petite, miniature, small, teeny, itsy- bitsy, miniscule, mini, microscopic, skimpy, wee Ran: bolted, sped, hurried, sprinted, jogged, rushed, galloped, hustled, dashed, fled, raced Walked: strolled, sauntered, tiptoed, trotted, marched, glided, shuffled, crept, trudged, hiked

Pretty: beautiful, goegeous, appealing, cute, lovely, exquisite, atractive, stunning, dazzling Scared: afraid, frightened, spooked, horrified, startled, petrified, anxious, aghast, alarmed

Did You Know?

  • a child’s vocabulary growth is directly linked to his or her overall school achievement
  • the size of a child’s vocabulary in kindergarten predicts his ability to learn to read
  • the more words a child knows, the more information the child has access to
  • having a large vocabulary helps children think and learn about the world

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