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Hands-On Learning with our Kindergarten class

Recently, our Kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about The Eastern Woodland Indians. Then we continued our study back in the classroom. As we studied that many tribes had their own languages, they communicated with signs as well as pictographs on materials found in nature.  The children created their own stories [...]

By Robin Robinson| Wed, Nov 22, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play|

A Thankful Heart

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart I’m glad for what I have That’s an easy way to start For the love that He shares Cause He listens to my prayers That’s why I say thanks every day These lyrics are from the Veggie Tales video Madame Blueberry - and I highly recommend it to [...]

By Tara Frodigh| Tue, Nov 21, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Praying Prayers of Thanksgiving With Children

One of the most wonderful gifts that God has given me -- besides my family and friends, cinnamon, Irish Setters, and the color green -- is a great love for children. I especially love four-year-olds. God gave me a “new crop” of 4’s each fall of my 11 years at TPK.  My love for our great Father [...]

By Patty Royall| Fri, Nov 17, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Growth|

Choosing Toys & Games for Your Children

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Mr. Rogers Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide them with a [...]

By Fiona Bracy| Fri, Nov 10, 2017|Categories: Play|

More Preschool Books We Love

It’s Literacy Week at TPK! You might have seen our littlest friends parading about the building in costumes - teachers too - and carrying books related to their costumes. So we are taking this opportunity to share with you about books we love and how to help your child find books they will love too. [...]

By | Fri, Nov 3, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy|

Praying Blessings for Children

Praying Blessings for Children Patty Royall Years ago, one of my very best girlfriends, who is my all-time best prayer partner, gave me an article about using bible verses as blessings for children. The article recommended selecting a verse to be used every night at prayer time. The blessing was to be prayed over a [...]

By Patty Royall| Fri, Oct 27, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Spiritual Growth|

Real life “life hacks” that work for your life

Life hacks and organizational tips are everywhere you look. Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest are chock full of ideas.  Some ideas are great and others are just not doable.  I cannot imagine any world where Legos stay sorted by color or Barbies need their own individual pockets in hanging shoe bags. My favorite new hack floating [...]

By Vicki Ledeboer| Fri, Oct 13, 2017|Categories: Parenting, Resources & Recommendations|

A Love like God’s Love: Every Body is a Gift

God wants us to know Him and His love, and to share that love with the rest of the world through our lives and the way we choose to live them. During the first few weeks of Chapel, we’ve used a popular hand signal to start teaching a simple, yet incredibly important truth, the truth [...]

By Penelope Hayes| Fri, Oct 6, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

STEM activities to enjoy with your kids

Have you heard the term "STEM education" used in the media? You might wonder what it is and whether it's something that preschoolers can do. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It refers to a way of learning where children engage with design, building, research, and discovery - and it can be absolutely age [...]

By | Fri, Sep 29, 2017|Categories: Education & Literacy, Play, Resources & Recommendations|

How much does your 2-year-old really understand?

Everyone has heard of the ‘terrible two’s’ so when my firstborn, Jonah, sailed through the first half of the two’s stage without much fanfare I was very much relieved. But then his sister was born. And we started potty training. His preschool his teacher said that he was ‘squawking’ instead of using his words. Let’s [...]

By Kathy Kan| Fri, Sep 22, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|