Unity Preschool News

Home School Edition - Volume 4

Happy Easter

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear…Psalm 46:1-2


In times like these, I like to remember and reflect on God's promise to be with us. God made us, God gave us his Son and God is with us in this time of trouble. We talk about prayer at Unity Preschool and tell the children that prayer is how we talk to God. Prayer is not a last resort, but a loving promise from God that he will hear us. Please join us in praying for those who are suffering from the coronavirus, those who are caring for the ill, those who are serving others and those who are experiencing anxiety. And please know that your Unity Preschool family is praying for you.


Unity Preschool wishes you a joyous Easter celebration filled with family, love, joy and laughter.

Ms. Linda - A PRESCHOOL ADVENTURE

We are missing you and we are missing Unity Preschool. Ms. Linda stopped by for a visit this weekend and thought that you would like to join her on her adventure. Click on the video below to see some very special places at Unity Preschool.
Unity Preschool Visit

Faith Formation Resources

Each week Kathryn McGregor, Unity's Director of Christian Education, is providing a weekly devotion and amazing resources for "Faith Formation during Social Distancing." She has included some wonderful resources for children that focus on the Holy Week and preparing for Easter.


http://unityfortmill.org/childrens-ministries


The Easter story, while beautiful, can be confusing to young children. At Unity Preschool, we try to keep things simple and focus on the positive and joyful parts of the Easter story. Remind your children that we celebrate Easter to remember what God did for us, and how much he loves each one of us. Easter is bigger than we can understand, so we do not have to know all the answers to talk with our children about Easter. May you find much joy and love in celebrating Easter just like our sweet Evelyn (Four's) who is waving her palm branch while celebrating Palm Sunday!

Unity Staff - EASTER TRADITIONS


Ms. Danielle: Ms. Danielle is looking forward to doing several Easter crafts from Oriental Trading with her children this week. They will likely have a little different Easter this year and order out. Their family does this jelly bean riddle with Daxton and Colton each year.


Ms. Heather: Ms. Heather's family enjoys using Resurrection Eggs during Easter. They open one egg a night at dinner until Easter Sunday. It’s perfect because it has a story and bible verses that go with each egg. She is using them to tell the Easter story with her Four's class this week. Here is a link to make your own set of resurrection eggs with items around your home:

https://lifeyourway.net/diy-ressurection-eggs-easter-story-book-printables/


Ms. Heather's family also decorates eggs and makes crafts that try to combine the fun of Easter baskets and eggs with the real reason for Easter :

http://godlyladies.com/easter-cross-craft-children/


Ms. Kelsey: Ms. Kelsey and her family decorated an Easter tree this year. They cut out the shape of eggs from construction paper, then they decorated them on one side and wrote something or someone they are thankful for on the other side. They spent a lot of time doing this and the children loved it. Her daughter, Lily, said, “It is like we are celebrating Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving all in one!”


Ms. Maureen: Ms. Maureen's family tradition for Good Friday is to dye their Easter eggs and make a delicious shrimp dinner. On Easter, her girls wake up super early and look to see what the Easter bunny brought them and then they hunt for Easter eggs in the house. After eating a nice breakfast, they put on pretty Easter outfits and attend to church, but this year they will be watching church on their laptop. After church, they usually visit Ms. Maureen's mom with other family members for Easter dinner.


This Easter cross is one of Ms. Maureen's favorite crafts to do during Easter.

https://www.theresourcefulmama.com/tape-resist-easter-cross-craft/

Ms. Sarah: Ms. Sarah's family usually attends an egg hunt in her parent's neighborhood of Carolina Lakes. This year they will have their own egg hunt in their backyard. Her daughters, Elizabeth Grace and Katherine, enjoy dying eggs and hunting for Easter baskets. This year they plan to watch Unity's Easter service on-line as a family. Unity will post a link to a pre-recorded Easter service that can be watched any time.

Ms. Jane - GUEST READER

Ms. Jane, our Storyteller, wanted to share one of her special stories with you using her "magic scissors." If you live in Baxter, you may spot Ms. Jane's house because she is adding a bear to her front porch each day.


Ms. Jane and her husband, Ralph, have been staying busy doing some projects around the house that they have put off. They have also been sewing face masks for their daughter who is a Veterinarian and still working at an office. Their beautiful garden is benefiting from the extra time that they have and looks great. Lastly, Ms. Jane has been reading (Book#3 of the Game of Thrones series), of course!

Ms. Jane's Bunny Story

Scholastic Pop-Up Shop

Books make great Easter basket gifts and Scholastic has created a "Pop-Up' shop so that your purchases will be sent to your home AND Unity Preschool will receive bonus points! Simply remember to enter our Class Code "GXCK8" in the Promo Code field in your shopping cart.

Website Recommendations

1. Ms. Heather likes the Go Noodle app. They use it often for "Brain Break" time.


2. Ms. Maureen recommends "Learning Palettes", another great website for learning the alphabet and sounds. Compliments of Learning Wrap-ups, Teachers and Students can have

the online version of Learning Palette for FREE while students are away from school. After you click on the link, you enter an Email, First and Last Name, and then enjoy access to 660 lessons:

https://learningpalette.com/


3. Vooks is a streaming digital library of animated read-aloud books for your children and parents can have a free month right now. Vooks offers the following:

  • Hundreds of classic books and new favorites, with over 50 recommended just for Pre-K!
  • Animated illustrations and read-along text to keep kids focused and engaged
  • ZERO ads (safe screen time for the win!)
  • Dozens of free lesson plans and activity guides that turn Vooks into rich literary instruction. Parents can download for use at home.
  • Accessible on any device, including phones, tablets, and TV

https://www.vooks.com/resources/?utm_source=pre-k-pages


4. An early literacy calendar from our friends at Demco:

https://ideas.demco.com/blog/early-literacy-activity-calendar-apr-2020/?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=04.01.20%20-%20Upstart%20-%20May%20Events%20(1)&utm_content=30&spMailingID=64441294&spUserID=Mzc2ODg0MDc0Nzg1S0&spJobID=1860133158&spReportId=MTg2MDEzMzE1OAS2

Vacation Bible School - Sign Up

Join us for Unity's Wilderness Escape VBS! We'll take a journey with Moses and the Israelites and watch God guide and provide. Each day, the children will become part of history as they see, hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in the Bible-times wilderness. These experiences will make God's Word come alive with new meaning for all who participate!

June 15th-18th from 9:00 until noon

Ages Rising 4k to Rising 5th graders

Click here for more details and to register until April 30th:

http://unityfortmill.org/vacation-bible-school

Tuition Update

An e-mail was sent last week regarding March and April tuition payments. Please contact me if you have any questions and please know how much we appreciate your financial support during this challenging time.

Benediction - Our Frog CLass

I hope that you enjoy this precious video from our Frog class. Ms. Lauren and Ms. Sarah end each day at Unity Preschool with this blessing. Ms. Lauren is also using The Easter Story Egg to tell the Easter story to her class this week. It is a great family activity and a helpful resource to teach children why we celebrate Easter.
Blessing

Unity Preschool Staff "Zooming" Together

Big picture

Top Row (Left to Right):

Ms. Lauren (3's), Ms. Linda (Director) and Ms. Danielle (2's)

Second Row (Left to Right):

Ms. Kellie (4's), Ms. Tee (2's) and Ms. Tami (4's)

Third Row (Left to Right):

Ms. Carolyn (Librarian/Class Helper), Ms. Jen (3's) and Ms. Kelsey (3's)

Bottom Row (Left to Right):

Ms. Maureen (4's), Ms. Heather (4's) and Ms. Sarah (3's)

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