From the Director
I have a challenge for you…………… I challenge you NOT to buy any electronics for your children thisChristmas. I know, some of you might be thinking it would be nice for your child to have their own iPad or other hand-held device, but before you buy take some time to truly research age-appropriate, beneficial toys. At Compass Christian Preschool, we believe that preschool children should have very limited screen time and learn through physical and creative hands on learning. http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/sites/default/files/Families.pdf
There are so many wonderful gifts you can give your children. I have asked your child’s teacher to make a point of watching to see what things your child plays with at school. So if you are looking for some ideas just ask your child’s teacher. Be creative and think about your child’s interest at home too. Below are some ideas to get you started –
- Have a budding artist? Get an easel, paints, brushes, paper and apron. There are some wonderful children’s books about famous artists and different styles of art. Get them playdough, clay and tools to help them sculpt. Markers, glue, feathers, googlie eyes and other collage materials will keep them busy for hours. A great place to order these types of items is http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?category=29&src=categorynavigation1.
- Does your child love to build and construct things? Consider investing in unit blocks to have at home. Add cars, people and animal figurines to extend the play. http://products.lakeshorelearning.com/search#w=blocks. Or if you really want to be brave get them a woodworking set. http://products.lakeshorelearning.com/search#w=Woodworking%20,
- All children seem to love to do science activities. There are so many fun science kits for sale just about everywhere. Here are a few websites that we use at the preschool – http://www.constructiveplaythings.com/category/science/science-kits, http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/products.html, and http://products.lakeshorelearning.com/search#w=Science.
- Preschoolers love to dress up – both boys and girls! Buy them a box to store them in or a little hanging rack like we have at school. If you have several children I suggest investing in better quality dress up clothes.http://www.melissaanddoug.com/dress-up-role-play-costumes
- Books, puzzles and games are always a hit. Set aside a special night to play games as a family. Make sure the puzzles are challenging for your children – buy a cool 100 piece puzzle to work on together.
Don’t forget the greatest gift you can give your child is to share with them the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus Christ was Born!
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
One of my families favorite traditions is going to look at Christmas lights. There are so many wonderful light displays in our area. The one we go to every year is in Bedford on Cummings Road between Central and Forest Ridge. The theme for the neighborhood is “Night before Christmas Texas Style”. You drive through the neighborhood stopping at houses along the way and read the story displayed on huge signs in the yards. At the end, there is a house in a cul-de-sac that has a spectacular display. You can get out and walk around. When the kids were little we would put them in the pajamas, get some warm chocolate milk and listen to Christmas music while we drove around.
Don’t forget about the Glo event we have at Compass Center the first week in December. It is an really cool way to kick off the Christmas season. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you join us for Christmas services this year. We work hard each year to make it a memorable experience for your family. You can always find out more information about the church by visiting our website atwww.mycompasschurch.com. ‘
Merry Christmas! Love – Mrs. Kim
December 1 – Julie Nelson ( Dolphin Class)
December 1 – Kellie Routon (Polar Bear Class)
December 19 – Suzanne Hewitt (Music Teacher)
December 22nd – Susan Shepard (Truck Class)
December 9 – Spirit Day
December 11 – Christmas Program for the Three-Year-Old Classes at 1:00pm
December 16 – Pajama Day and Christmas Stories with Mrs. Kim
December 18 – Red Day and Christmas Parties
December 19 – January 5 – NO SCHOOL
Glo is a Family Christmas Experience! Prepare yourself for a Christmas experience like nothing else. We invite you, your family and your friends to join us for a worship event designed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And we’re doing it all with your favorite Christmas Carols and lit by thousands of Glo sticks. Glo is free and available to EVERYBODY.
December 5th, 6th and 7th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Compass Center.
Compass Christian Church Christmas Services
December 23rd at 5:00pm and 6:30pm
December 24th at 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm and 7:00pm
December 24th at 4:30pm and 6:00pm
Just hear those sleigh bells jingling! Ring ting tingling too! We will be ringing those sleigh bells and dancing to holiday tunes from around the world. Christmas songs are a wonderful way to create new memories and share traditions during the holiday season. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” is a great quote from one of my favorite holiday movies, Elf. Singing songs during this special time lifts spirits and brings cheer to everyone. Children love to share their favorite songs. I encourage you to sing in the car, visit a nursing home, or go caroling in your neighborhood with your family.
The 3s classes have been learning new songs about the importance of Christmas and will be performing their program, “The Shepherds’ Christmas,” on December 11th at 1pm.
Love and Logic Parenting Classes
We will be offering Love and Logic Parenting Classes for 5 weeks starting in January. Together we will explore ways to make parenting fun while getting your children to learn from their mistakes. More information about becoming a Love and Logic Parent can be found on their website –http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-what-is-for-parents.aspx. You can sign up for the classes with Laura in the preschool office. The classes are free and open to the community. The workbook needed for the classes is $20.00. No childcare is provided. The classes will be held –
Thursday, January 15th, 22nd and 29th and February 5th and 12th from 9:15am – 11:00 am.