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“Loose Parts” Help Children Think Critically, Take Risks

Rocks, sticks, gems, shells, tree blocks, beads, corks and paper towel tubes. “We call these materials ‘loose parts,’ and they help to inspire open-ended play,” said Shannon Jones, 3/4-Year-Olds teacher. “These natural and synthetic mate[…]
Posted February 23, 2018

St. Mary’s Episcopal Preschool Awarded Accreditation by NAEYC

We are pleased to announce that St. Mary’s Episcopal Preschool has been awarded accreditation by NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC Accreditation is a transformative quality improvement system that sets p[…]
Posted January 30, 2018

St. Mary’s Families Enjoy a “Great Pumpkin” Night

St. Mary's preschool families gathered together for Family Night Oct. 24. An annual tradition, Family Night allows parents, preschool children and siblings to gather together, build community and have fun. This year, we had a pizza party, and the chi[…]
Posted October 26, 2017

Little Pumpkins in the Patch

The children in our PreK and JK classes (and their parents) took a field trip to Chesterfield Berry Farm Oct. 20. We took a hayride, searched for pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, visited with farm animals, navigated a corn maze, played on the playgroun[…]
Posted October 23, 2017

Dinosaurs Are Roaming the PreK Classrooms!

Last week, Mrs. Anders' class went on an adventure to the school library. The children discovered many, MANY books and learned how to explore and re-shelve the books when finished. The children then had the opportunity to each select a book to bring […]
Posted October 05, 2017

Pre-K Kicks off the Year with TWO Rooms of Exploration

The children in Mrs. Anders' Pre-K class are loving a new set-up this year: two classrooms! The bonus room allows the children a special space for building, creating and process art...things that sometimes can't be picked up at the end of the day or […]
Posted September 17, 2017

Journal Writing About the Class Pet: Pete the Goldfish

Mrs. Anders & Mrs. Johnson's Pre-K class has devoted their journal time to writing about their class pet, Pete the goldfish. “The boys have been telling stories about Pete by drawing pictures of their thoughts and ideas and then dictating th[…]
Posted February 23, 2017

Pre-K Gets Building!

Every Thursday morning, Mrs. Hendrix's Pre-K class pushes back the furniture in the classroom and spends the morning building. “When children build with blocks, they have a hands-on opportunity to explore math and science concepts,” Hendrix sa[…]
Posted February 22, 2017

All About SPIDERS in PreK

Mrs. Anders & Mrs. Johnson's Pre-K class spent the better part of October learning about SPIDERS  - a perfect segue from their studies about all the different creatures that live together in Anthony D. Fredericks' book, "Under One Rock." The […]
Posted November 02, 2016

Making Bread with “The Little Red Hen”

This week, Mrs. Hendrix's Pre-K class has been reading "The Little Red Hen," a classic story about work ethic and personal initiative. In the story, a little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant[…]
Posted October 19, 2016