March 2019

Greetings Congdon Creek Families! 

We hope everyone has been enjoying this cold start to spring, we know we sure have. As much as the preschoolers love the snow, we’re excited for the ground to become green again and watch the world around us bloom. Here we are having one last hurrah in the snow:

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Here at preschool we like to celebrate the month of March with two of our favorite themes: Dr. Seuss and Creative Me. For our Dr. Seuss theme, the children had so much fun exploring many of his books and did many literacy based crafts and activities. Here we are having fun with “It’s a Great Day for Up”, “One Fish, Two Fish”, and “The Lorax”. For our Creative Me theme we learned about various iconic artists and looked at the many different ways we can be creative artistically and did lots of fun art project and crafts.

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In the midst of all our Dr. Seuss and Creative me fun we had a pajama themed “Wacy Week” in which we incorporated a lot of fun and wacky-ness. We did Backwards Pajama Day, Character Pajama Day, Sports Pajama Day, and Wacky Hair Pajama Day. Check it out!

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If you know CCP at all, you know we love to go big for St. Patrick’s Day, and the kids never mind! This year we had fun making leprechaun traps, dressing up in goofy St. Patty’s day garb, playing with leprechaun sand, and of course, attempting to catch that silly little leprechaun. The children came close to catching him but at the last second he got away….better luck next year!

That’s all for now. Check back soon for more fun updates and photos as we head into our Love our Earth & Nature Play themes!!

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February 2019

The 100th Day of School

We cannot believe how quickly time flies around here.  We have already been in school for 100 DAYS!  We celebrated with Charlie's VIP and making silly glasses with the number 100.  Each group had a fun time creating them and an even better time posing!

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Space

What's in Space? The children now know.  They were able to go take a field trip to anywhere they wanted to go in our rocket ship, dress up as astronauts, be in control in the command center, or simply pretend to be an alien.  We read many, many books and sang songs about our solar system.  Ask them to sing you the planet song!  We also ended our unit with a quick field trip to the UMD Planetarium.

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Valentine's Tea Party

What a special day!  Thank you for coming to the program filled with lots of songs about love and friendship.  The kids did a great job singing despite not having many days to practice with having so many snow days.   We ate snacks together, created projects, shared yummy snacks and took amazingly adorable pictures in our photo booth!

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Hartley Nature Center - Snowshoeing

What do Duluthians do on the coldest day in winter?  Well, we bundle up, then add a few more layers, and head outside, of course!  We strapped on the snowshoes at Hartley to go explore our surrounding woods, examine animal tracks and footprints, search for animals, and enjoy the wonderful experience.

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Don't forget, next week we will be celebrating Wacky Week! It will be Pajama Day - all day every day! In addition, we will also be adding the following themes:

Monday: Backwards Day
Wear your PJs backwards

Tuesday: Stripes/Polka Dots
Wear your favorite striped or polka dotted PJs

Wednesday: Favorite Character
Wear PJs featuring your favorite character

Thursday: Favorite Team
Wear a jersey or hat from your favorite team (plus PJs)

Friday: Wacky Hair
Wear your wackiest 'do (plus PJs)

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

January 2019

With the new year came a new theme... Fairytales! It is pretty amazing to see how well our kids can use their imaginations. We had a ball acting out our favorite nursery rhymes and telling group stories - line by line. We spent hours playing dress-up as knights, princesses and dragons and even made our own crowns and shields to protect the castle.

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Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Did he crack? The kids do an egg drop experiment to find out. After wrapping their hardboiled eggs in things like tissue paper and straw, the kids sealed them in a container. Then we brought them to the big room and dropped them from the loft! Many of the eggs did not survive unscathed but they would still make a great snack!

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December

Science Experiments/Pajama Day

Our FAVORITE day or two of the year!

We did some really cool and science experiments that made that children giggle with excitement! We mixed colors and create new ones and even added oil to see what happened.  Then we did a popcorn experiment and made the kernels dance (vinegar and baking soda, and water and alkaline seltzer) THEY LOVED IT!!

We had fun a great time in our pj's making forts, reading stories in the dark, and snuggling with stuffed animals.  A cozy way to lead in to our Christmas break.

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Holiday Sing-Along

Thank you all for joining us for our program and sharing in the children's joy and excitement of the holiday season.  Santa Claus even stopped by for visit!  The children sang a lot of fun songs, took pictures with Santa, and enjoyed a cookie with their friends and guests.

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November

Hartley Nature Center Field Trip

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We were lucky enough to partner with Hartley Nature Center with a grant they have to bring other centers to their facility.   We hiked around on the trails and learned everything we could ever want to know about SQUIRRELS! We found their "cash", saw their footprints, and even saw them chasing each other throughout the trees.  For many of our kids, this was their first trip on a big yellow school bus and they had a blast.

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Trick-or-Treating

We were invited to visit Aftenro to go trick-or-treating so we took a city bus in our costumes and got lots of laughs.  I'm pretty sure we made their day even though we made them squish to the back of the bus to make room or us.  We then walked back to school and stopped at some houses in the neighborhood along the way!

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Halloween Party

Thank you for joining us at our annual Halloween Carnival.  We hope you had as much fun as we did.  Between our photo booth, exciting games, face painting and bouncy house we hope you left with a full heart and heavy bag of candy!

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