Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a special family lunch to celebrate this season of Thanksgiving. Thank you to all of the families and friends who made it out to this special event. We are so grateful for the wonderful families we have here at Holly Tree and treasure your little ones as we learn and grow with them every day.

There was lots of laughter and joy as we celebrated our families together!

May your stuffing be toasty.
May your turkey be plump. May your potatoes and 
gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and 
your pies take the price and may your Thanksgiving dinner 
stay off your thighs.  :) 

We want to wish you all a Happy holiday filled with love and joy. We are thankful for our Holly Tree family and look forward to a new year full of blessings. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why Preschool Matters!

 How important is preschool?

There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool. At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize - get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.
Music and gymnastics classes are great, but what preschools do that less formal classes don't is teach kids how to be students. Your child will learn how to raise their hand, take turns, and share the teacher's attention.  All of this makes for an easier transition to kindergarten. In fact, educators have so recognized the importance of giving kids some form of quality early education that about 40 states now offer state-funded pre-K programs.

    What will my child learn?

    In addition to strengthening socialization skills -- how to compromise, be respectful of others, and problem-solve -- preschool provides a place where your child can gain a sense of self, explore, play with her peers, and build confidence. Kids in preschool discover that they are capable and can do things for themselves -- from small tasks like pouring their own juice and helping set snack tables to tackling bigger issues like making decisions about how to spend their free time. Quality preschools help children find answers through exploration, experimentation, and conversation.

    There are other advantages to preschools -- primarily that they are the foundations for academic learning. In preschool your child will listen to poetry and songs -- building blocks needed to grasp phonics and reading skills when it is developmentally appropriate. The play that takes place with water, sand, and containers form the foundation for understanding some basic math concepts. The presence of other children and a wide variety of materials are two big reasons why a preschool is a positive experience. 

    We take pride in the great skills we provide for the children here at Holly Tree Christian Preschool. The love our teachers offer is evident in every classroom you walk into. As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, we are THANKFUL for the wonderful teachers we have investing daily in our children's lives. 

      Thursday, November 12, 2015

      Corn Shucking

      Our Pre-K classes had a fun time experiencing corn shucking! 

       They all wanted to eat the corn ;)


      Here are some fun facts about CORN:

      • Corn is called maize by most countries, this comes from the Spanish word ‘maiz’.
      • Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family.
      • An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed.
      • On average an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.
      • Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.
      • A bushel is a unit of measure for volumes of dry commodities such as shelled corn kernels. 1 Bushel of corn is equal to 8 gallons.
      • With the exception of Antarctica, corn is produced on every continent in the world.
      • There are over 3,500 different uses for corn products.                                


      Tuesday, November 3, 2015

      Fall Fun!

      We have been in full Fall ready mode at Holly Tree Priest Lake! Our teachers have gone above and beyond to create fun, creative artwork and activities this season.  

      Stay tuned for more artwork and pictures from our AWESOME classrooms at Holly Tree Priest Lake!  :)