Unity Preschool News

Home School Edition - Volume 2

Remote Greetings

I hope you are staying well and are spending some quality time with your family. These are different days for all of us. My oldest daughter relocated to Seattle last summer for a job and she is now working remotely from our home in South Carolina until at least the end of May. I do contract legal work and my husband is a Marketing Engineer with Siemens and we have both been moved to remote work from home. Thus, we have 4 adults (1 son still has his retail job - for now) and 2 high school students living, working and studying in our home.


I am not going to lie - we have been challenged keeping our pantry stocked, finding our "own" space and connecting to wifi. On the other hand, the opportunities for connection that we have discovered through more family dinners together, game nights, doing puzzles, riding bikes and movie nights have been priceless! One piece of wisdom shared with me when I was a younger parent was "the days may be long, but the years are short." I have found that to be so true. Thus, I am thankful every day to have all my chicks back in our nest.....even if it is a bit crowded.


Please know that your preschool is still here for you. We may not be meeting each morning, but we are still a family and we continue to hold each and everyone of you in our thoughts and prayers. If you need ANYTHING, please do not hesitate to let us know. We have faith in our loving God who can see beyond our limited understanding and who promised "I will be with you always." You are loved. You are not alone.

Ms. Jen - INSPIRATIONAL ART

Ms. Jen has had a successful week after overcoming some technology challenges and settling into a routine with her two children. In addition to their school work, Ms. Jen's children, Layla (4th grade) and Nolan (1st grade and a Unity Preschool alum) have been busy decorating their driveway with inspirational art. We have included some pictures of their inspirational chalk drawings below.

Ms. Carolyn - NEIGHBORHOOD JOY

Ms. Carolyn's neighborhood has been "planting" flowers. Each neighbor has been encouraged to make a flower and tape it to their front door or a window for neighbors to see and children to count on their neighborhood walks or rides. Next week they are going to hang decorated Easter eggs on their doors.

Ms. Lauren - ALPHABET FUN

Ms. Lauren has been busy painting the alphabet on discarded wood that she found at neighbor's house who was building a fence. Her daughter, June, has been having fun with her new alphabet tiles. Your alphabet tiles do not have to be this fancy. You can simply use ABC magnets or make the letters on paper. I have included a link below for Ms. Lauren's instructions.


https://vimeo.com/400000290



Enjoy Ms. Lauren reading ABC Bible Verses for Little Ones!


https://app.seesaw.me/pages/shared_item?item_id=item.124e0abf-ed33-4f03-99fb-f8b5298c3d9e&share_token=WlfdAbAaTG29VDBITTZSnw&mode=share



Click on the link below for 50 simple and fun alphabet activities for Preschoolers.

Ms. Sarah - OUTSIDE ADVENTURES and ART

Ms. Sarah has been spending time with her two daughters, Katherine (9th Grade) and Elizabeth Grace (Kindergarten and a Unity Preschool Alum), hiking on trails around her home. I have included a picture for a fun neighborhood scavenger hunt that you can use. Elizabeth Grace has been interested in Art and has been working on some rainbows and Pete the Cat drawings.

Ms. Maureen - MATH FUN

Ms. Maureen has been very busy homeschooling her three daughters. Colleen, her first grader, had a fun math game called Bugging Out as one of her assignments last week. Ms. Maureen's family had so much fun playing the game that she wanted to share it with all of you. You will find directions for the game below.


Her family has also enjoyed this fun Rainbow Hop letter sounds game that you can all play:


https://funlearningforkids.com/rainbow-hop-letter-sounds-game/

Coach Derrick - PLAYBALL ACTIVITIES

Our children in the Three's and Four's classes LOVE participating in Playball with Coach Sonia. I was very excited to receive an e-mail from Coach Derrick, our Playball Franchise owner. The Playball head office has created Playball@Home, a set of activities that are designed for you and your child to do together at home. Coach Derrick will be sending a new lesson each week. I will forward those lessons to you in an e-mail! Thank you Coach Derrick and Coach Sonia!

Website Recommendations

My in-box is full of ideas for teaching preschoolers at home and I am sure that you are overwhelmed with the amount of choices. We will share some of our favorite websites in each Home School Newsletter. (Yes, extra screen time during the chaotic time is just fine!) All of the websites below have activities for Pre-K through elementary ages :


1. Scholastic has put together daily learning journeys on fun and interesting topics:

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html


2. ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ are offering free at-home access while your child’s school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities. All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account!


https://www.abcmouse.com/redeem (Preschool - 2nd grade)


https://www.readingiq.com/redeem/ (Preschool - 6th grade)


https://www.adventureacademy.com/redeem/ (3rd-8th grade)


Unity Preschool's Access Code is: SCHOOL7006 (Thanks Heidi Crowder, Colton's mom!)


3. One of Ms. Maureen's favorite websites is ABCya. ABCya provides over 400 fun and educations games for grades PreK through 6. The activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. I believe that a desktop version is free, but you may have to pay for mobile access.


https://www.abcya.com/

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

We were working hard in March teaching our students proper handwashing technique that included singing the ABC song which helped them to wash for the required 20 seconds. I came across a song that parents may enjoy singing when handwashing! The fun refrain is about 53 seconds into the video if you are not a Neil Diamond fan:)......!
Neil Diamond performs 'Sweet Caroline' with new lyrics Coronavirus Hands washing hands

Miscellaneous Reminders -

Thinking Positive - so still including these dates:)!


*School Closed:

Spring Break: No school April 6 thru April 13


*Picture Days: Kelly Smallman will be doing our pictures again AFTER Spring Break. She will take individual, sibling (students at Unity) and class pictures. The pictures are taken outside in our pretty courtyard on the following dates:

April 15: M/W Twos and Fours

April 16: T/Th Twos and Threes


*Muffins with Mom:

Three's - Wednesday, May 6

Four's - Thursday, May 7

Unity Preschool Staff 2019-20

Big picture

Top Row (Left to Right):

Ms. Tami and Ms. Heather: Four's (Fish)

Ms. Linda: Director

Ms. Tee and Ms. Danielle: Two's (Bees)

Ms. Maureen and Ms. Kellie: Four's (Owls)


Bottom Row (Left to Right):

Ms. Kelsey and Ms. Jen: Three's (Monkeys)

Ms. Sarah and Ms. Lauren: Three's (Frogs)

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