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The First Academy Preschool Blog, Week of May 4th

IMPORTANT EVENT DATES FOR  MAY

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

 A Message from Sarah Donovan, Director of The Extended Educational Programs

What does technology look like at The Extended Educational Programs of TFA? So glad you asked! This year we have really experienced growth with Technology Trailblazers at TCS and The First Hope. If you walk into Lori Shipley or Susan Gentry’s TCS classrooms any given Tuesday or Thursday, you will see Nearpod being used. This tech tool is designed for teachers to create, engage, and assess through a plethora of multi-media resources. We also started launching the use of Canvas, a learning management system that provides a ‘one stop shop’ for middle and high school class’s toolbox and resources.
Emma Bachman, The First Hope teacher, says “It’s awesome, I am so grateful for Proloquo 2 Go” in her classroom. This tech tool assists students with communication. What was once a non-verbal interaction has turned into a conversation! You will also see the use of Osmo in The First Hope classrooms, an educational games system that yields high engagement with high learning.
And what about the Preschool? Grayson Merritt shared in her TFA Preschool Blog The American Academic of Pediatrics updated recommendation with early childhood media usage. This included no use prior to the age of 18 months and very limited from the ages of 2-5 years old (1 hour per day). TFA’s Preschool focuses on purposeful play and self-regulation so that when they enter their formal schooling years, they have the ability to focus on both technology and face to face presentations. Grayson’s blog link is below for more information:
For more information on the technology tools and information adopted at TEEP, please explore the links below.
Kindergarten students make use of technology in the classroom.

 

Message From Mrs. Grayson Merritt,  Preschool Principal

Summer Camp is Right Around The Corner-Save your Spot Today!!

SESSION 1 (4 weeks): Monday, June 5th-Thursday, June 30th

SESSION 2 (3 weeks): Wednesday, July 5th-Friday, July 21st

For more information and to register, please visit https://thefirstacademy.org/academics/preschool/summer-camp/ 

TFA Preschool Partners with First Baptist Orlando For Preschool VBS 

TFA Preschool is so excited to partner with First Baptist in offering VBS for our preschool friends (Ages 3 & 4) this summer.  During the week of June 26-June 30, 2017, we will be experiencing all the fun!  Our theme this year is going to be a blast and will include art, music, worship, edible arts & more!  If you are signed up for Summer Camp your 3 & 4 year old child will automatically participate in VBS during this week.  If you have an older child in elementary that would like to attend as well, please click on the link below to register them today!!

Event Date: June 26-30
Event Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Kids Studios is coming June 26-30! VBS is a five day fun, interactive and creative experience for children entering kindergarten-5th grade and it’s free! This year kids who have completed 5th grade will have an experience all their own with our Student Ministry! Register at www.firstorlando.com/kids

We need your junk!!

To help us begin to prep for Vacation Bible School, we need the following materials.  If you have any of these items lying around the house, we would love to take them off your hands.

*shoeboxes   *papertowel/toilet paper tubes   *cardboard boxes   *foil   *foam board   *thin sheets of styrofoam

Please drop them off to the preschool office.  Thank you!!

Preschool Conference Save-The-Date

Register today to attend our inaugural Preschool Conference, “Growing Little Hearts & Minds” on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  We are excited to share with you that because of our commitment and strong implementation of Conscious Discipline, Dr. Becky Bailey (the founder of Conscious Discipline) will be our featured key-note speaker.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  We hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting time together!

Please click on the link below and to find out more information:

https://thefirstacademy.org/academics/preschool/conference/

PRESCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE

Parents:  Be sure to check out and LIKE our new Facebook page.  We want to spread the word about all the amazing learning taking place on our campus  each day.

https://www.facebook.com/The-First-Academy-Preschool-1839052006368253/

We are so excited to announce that the Preschool now has our very promotional video.  We are so excited to share with you a little sneak peak into your child’s day and our preschool family!

CLASSROOM SPOTLIGHT

Miss Kim’s 2 & 3-Day Threes’s

This week both classes learned about how to keep the earth clean and what recycling means.  In order for the children to understand exactly what the earth was the all made a painted or tissue paper design of the earth. 

Each child the gave me ways that they could keep the earth clean. I document this on a poster board. 

The most exciting part of the week is when each class got to experience what recycling was like.  Each class got a chance to clean up paper and plastic and put it in the correct bin.

Each classes favorite activity is playing with the parachute. Usually we do this activity in the classroom but I wanted to children to experience all the wonders of having a clean earth and the fun things we can do, so we too, the activity outside and had a blast.

Thank you so much for your amazing support of the preschool.  We are so truly blessed by your precious families and thank you for choosing our preschool to serve your family!

SCHOOL FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

Happy Birthday to our Preschool  Friends During the Month of May:

Students-
5/1- Chloe Weiss
5/2- Kai Tayler
5/16- Kai Tayler
5/18- Neo Copely
5/19- Elora Saint- Ouen
5/22- Nora Langenkamp
5/23- Julian Felix
Teachers- 
5/4- Melanie

Welcome New Friends to Our School Family:

Welcome, Luis!

 

Congratulations:

Miss Ava on arrival of her granddaughter, Alanah Lynette

Congratulations to Briana on becoming a BIG SISTER to Jake

Congratulations to Neo on becoming a BIG BROTHER to Willow

 

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