Spring 2020

We had just finished with fairy tales, make believe and space adventures and we were getting ready for the magic of the Leprechaun.  But then COVID-19 came in FULL FORCE!  We were all scared of the unknown, and we were all worried, but we were mostly able to be home safe with our families.
The pandemic, Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was the name of the virus that sent most people into a survival mode.  Children were taken out of school, parents worked from home and many businesses were closed.  This was to prevent the virus from spreading too fast.  Governor Walz issued a STAY AT HOME request.  This was followed for 6 weeks.  Parents became teachers and students were taking classes on the computer.  Families did the best they could and had fun with each other. Please enjoy the many different pictures that the families are sharing from their time at home.
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Mrs Patti kept her school open as the Governor did request that the Childcare Centers stay available to help the parents that needed to work out of their homes.  It was very difficult not to see ALL the children everyday, but the children that did attend were able to enjoy being outdoors, making May Day baskets and leaving them on the doorsteps of the neighbors, and play games together.  The weather never kept them in - they would put on rain boots, carry umbrellas and find puddles to jump in.
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We were all missing our friends, so we started gathering on the computer using the Zoom App.  Mrs Patti would pick out some books, sing songs and just let the kids look at each other on the screen.  It is really a positive way to greet each other while being safe in our own homes.
Stay strong, have faith and be kind to each other.  We are all in this together. Until we see each other again!
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December 2019

SNOW MUCH FUN

Living in Northern Minnesota we get our fair share of snow (especially around these parts) and if you'd ask these children, they'd say we're the luckiest folks around! I can't think of anything more fun for these preschoolers than to play in the snow, and after our 20" plus snow storm we had after Thanksgiving, these kids were in heaven. We had so many snow days combined with Thanksgiving break, we were gone for a whole week! Below are some our preschoolers having fun in the snow at home during our days off.

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By the time we got back to school, the snow reached almost to the top of the fence in our playground. We couldn't believe our eyes! And who needs toys outside when you have snow like this? Check it out:

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ZUMBA

We take a lot of fun field trips here at preschool, but one of the best to date was our recent trip to the YMCA to partake in a Zumba class. We took the DTA downtown and the Y had a super fun, child-oriented Zumba class. Talk about a fun way to burn off some energy! The kids loved it and couldn't get enough.

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CHRISTMAS

Christmas around Congdon Creek is always a magical time. The month of December was sure fun around here as we did lots of Christmas projects, art activities, dramatic play, and of course, our wonderful CCP Holiday Program. Santa even stopped by for a visit and the preschoolers were absolutely blown away.

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November 2019

Our November unit is always one of our favorites around here as we focus on Health & Nutrition. We like to teach the children about this early on in hopes of instilling good habits from a young age that can carry into adulthood. During this unit we cover all aspects of health including sleep habits, screen time, hygiene, and emotions, and as always, we had a lot of fun along the way. We had a doctor's office set up for dramatic play, along with a "YMCA" themed room which included a variety of exercise activities such as jumping, balancing, and climbing. Check it out!

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Field Trips

We incorporated some awesome field trips into our month which included the Plaza Super One Grocery Store, Great Harvest Bread Company, and we even stopped by the National Bank of Commerce to visit a preschool parent at work. The Super One Field trip was such a fun experience! They let us tour the front of the grocery store plus gave us a wonderful tour of the behind the scenes stuff. The kids got to see the meat grinder. We got to see the freezer. We got to tour the basement and even see the box crusher, and boy did the kids love it all! Great Harvest Bread Company was extremely generous to us as well. They let us tour their back rooms and show us the flower mill, their huge bread mixer, and they even let us get a little hands on and roll out our own dough. Oh and who can forget the delicious cookies they let us sample? On our way home we were in the neighborhood so we stopped by the National Bank of Commerce to visit one of our preschooler's dad and got a fun tour of the bank: the drive through, some offices, and most fun of all: the big vault. Some kids thought they saw the vault actually glowing in gold!

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was a wonderful time spent with the preschoolers. Being thankful can be a hard concept to teach young children and we start by having conversations about how fortunate we are and all the privileges we are so lucky to have. Most children are so thankful for the biggest thing in their world right now: their families. That's why Mrs. Patti had the wonderful idea of having the preschoolers create a "Thankful Quilt" together with their families to display in our school as a reminder of how much we truly have to be thankful for. Check out these cute little turkeys!

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October 2019

Swimming Lessons

If your child did swimming this past session you know that Mondays and Wednesdays were the weekly "fun days"! We had a group of sixteen preschoolers who opted in for swimming lessons, and what a blast it was! Not only did the children learn basic and new swimming skills, they got the opportunity to play in the pool with their friends...and with Ms. Patti too! Whether it was playing in the pool, doing an assembly line of little girls hair, herding a group of bouncy boys through the shower, or walking from UMD back to preschool, the teachers were in for the task and will enjoy a small respite and be recharged and ready for the next session! Sign-ups to come.

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Farmers' Market Field Trip

It's always a treat for the preschoolers to go to the Farmers Market each fall. This year the weather was perfectly sunny & crisp, and the kids got to enjoy an afternoon venture to the market. With our monthly theme being Fall, Harvest, and Nutrition, the children got to get up close and personal with all the fresh fall veggies and other fun products the vendors at the market had to offer. The farmers were thrilled to see the kids and some even went as far as to let us touch, taste and try their products. In the end we purchased a variety of vegetables and even a big orange pumpkin!

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Duluth Fire Hall Field Trip

October is Community Helpers month at preschool and this year we had the awesome opportunity to tour the UMD firehall. The children always have fun pretending to be firefighters, so what a treat it was to meet some real firefighters and experience their daily life up-close and personal. The guys at the firehall were delighted to have their space filled with all of our cute little preschoolers and showed us all where they eat, sleep, work, and even play. At the end of our tour the firefighters even went as far as to let each student try out the cool big firehose, and I have to say, some of these kids were naturals!

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Carving Jack-O-Lanterns

After we brought our big orange pumpkin home from the farmers market, we let it ripen up a bit more and then we did what some preschoolers consider to be the most fun part of Halloween: carve jack-o-lanterns! This year we had two pumpkins to work with, and one of them was lop-sided and wouldn't stand up, but instead only laid on it's side. So we decided to work with it! We turned the stem from the top into the nose, and voila! A pumpkin elephant! Which the kids named Ellie. This was especially nice for the preschoolers who prefer to have not-so-scary options on Halloween. Here we are working away.

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Trick or Treating

For those of you who know CCP, you can attest to the fact that we love Halloween around here! The decorations. The crafts. The activities. And most of all, the trick-or-treating. For some of the preschoolers, this is their first time trick-or-treating. Because of this, the teachers really like to break things down, and teach the children what to do on Halloween night. From walking with a grown-up, to crossing the street, and even using polite manners when ringing the doorbell, the teachers took the preschoolers around the neighborhood for an afternoon of fun.

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Halloween Costume Carnival

It's always a blast to end the Halloween season with Ms. Patti's annual carnival. This year we had halloween-themed games galore along with some most ever fun prizes and even a light dinner. Families loved being able to show off their costumes because we all know that Halloween for Minnesota kids means hiding your costume under a coat! And we even had the UMD woman's softball team volunteering at the games and the preschoolers just loved them. Check out all the cute costumes and the fun!

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Stay tuned for more fun updates and photos to come!

September 2019

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Well another school year is underway and here at preschool we are seriously amazed at how wonderful these kids have handled the transition. Preschool can be a big thing to get used to with all of the new routines, rules, and procedures to learn and get used to, but this group of children are making it look easy. As expected there are some that are having a little bit of anxiety or uncertainness about coming to preschool, but note that this is completely normal! Especially if this is your child's first ever experience away from you. If you have a child who seems to be settling into preschool effortlessly, consider it a blessing! But if you're finding that your child could use a little help in making the preschool drop-off transition easier, consider the following tips.

  1. Play! Children make sense of the world around them and process their lives through play. Do some play-time at home and use some dolls or stuffed animals and have them experience a transition into a new place. Don't forget to include some helpful coping strategies in your pretending such as talking to a teacher or hugging a lovey.
  2. Be Calm. Children are masters at picking up on nonverbal cues. If you have anxiety or uncertainness about leaving them you better believe they will feel that too. Try to portray a sense of calm and confidence. We promise you that CCP is a wonderful place for your children to grow and develop new relationships outside of your family. Be confident in your decision of sending your child here and portray that as you go about your drop-off.
  3. Be Short & Sweet. Give a hug. Give a kiss. Say goodbye. And then leave. Giving into crying or a clingy child only festers their anxiety and prolongs the goodbye, making it tougher on everyone involved. Leaving promptly gives your child the opportunity to accept the fact that this is the way things are going to be. Don't worry, if you're leaving a crying child a teacher will quickly scoop them up and help them to feel better in no time. Oftentimes tears only last a couple minutes before they are on to bigger and better things.
  4. Don't sneak out. Children thrive on knowing what to expect. Sneaking out will only make your child feel scared and confused.
  5. Send along a little love. We've had children bring in family photos, stuffies, blankets, etc. When your child starts missing you, it can help to have a moment with something that makes them feel close to you.

Through all the drop-offs, easy or otherwise, we can confidently say that 100% of the children at preschool have been growing and having fun. There has been playing and building, pretending and exploring, singing and dancing, and a whole lot of laughing and learning. And all through the busy-ness the teachers have managed to snap a few fun photos along the way. Check them out!

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Grandparents Tea Party

We wrapped up our first month of school by celebrating with our families at the Grandparents Tea Party. It was so awesome to watch all preschoolers with their Grandparents laughing, playing, dancing, doing crafts and having a great time!

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Halloween Costume Carnival

It's coming up on October 31st from 4:30PM tp 6:30PM. There will be plenty of games, prizes, and treats, plus faceprinting and more. Everyone is welcome and don't forget to wear your costume!

We are looking for donations of the following for our Carnival:
Small toys (like Happy Meal toys)
Little Debi Snacks
Candy