NEWS FROM THE OFFICE:
We are already into February! The year is really flying by, but we have a lot left to do and explore. February is “I Love to Read” month, and to honor that important part of a child’s learning journey, we will welcome the Wayzata Children’s Librarian on the 21st and 22nd. Each class will take turns visiting her and listening to her read some of our favorite stories. Make sure to ask your child about their time with her. Also, we will be having our annual Scholastic Book Fair the week of the 12th. This is a really fun way to stock up on some great literature for your kids. I hope to see you there!
WCCNS enrollment is well underway. Some classes are filling. Please make sure to tell your friends and neighbors to check out our website or call the NS office soon, if they would like more information. Confirmation Packets, with your classroom information, extended care and enrichment class offerings for next year, will go out early in March.
Have a great day!
- Priority 1: Returning Families – Feb. 5
- Priority 2: Past Nursery School Families – Feb. 12
- Priority 3: WCC members – Feb. 19
- Priority 4: New Families to WCCNS – Feb. 26
FEATURED ACTIVITY: DANCE
Dance FUNdamentals 2018 is a 7 week class led by Mrs. Mary Coats (Ms. Mary) on Tuesdays. This enrichment has been an option to expand on the music and movement experience at WCCNS. The hope of this enrichment class is that young children are provided the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and magic that is the art of dance. A few highlights of our time together so far include: practicing favorite dancer numbers like 4 and 8-counting forward and counting backward (for a challenge), warming up with something new called “plie and tendu” (basically bend and stretch), moving with the concepts of sudden/sharp energy and sustained/smooth energy, feeling the difference between embodying curved shapes and straight or angular (bendy) shapes, enjoying games with friends that include many brain engaging lessons, creating story telling with dancing and improvising of the story of Horten Hears a Who (Seussical Adventure), and dancing a good-by dance each week with an small audience of grown-ups. What a grateful experience: learning to dance and dancing to learn!!!!
“Dance embodies one of our most primal relationships to the universe. It is pre-verbal, beginning before words can be formed. It is innate in children before they possess command over language and is evoked when thoughts or emotions are too powerful for words to contain.” Standards for Dance in Early Childhood Education.
Dr. Seuss Book Breakfast at WCC!
Saturday, February 10th
9:00 to 10:30 AM, Mithun Hall
You could not , would not miss, a celebration quite like this!
February is the month, the 10th is the day, 9am is the time we’ll play!
Stay till 10:30 and you’re sure to see how much fun the Lorax can be!
Art , games, and breakfast galore, storytime, prizes, need I say more?
Learning to read and reading to learn are critical academic skills, but reading for pleasure is one of life’s greatest gifts that stretches far beyond classrooms. Wayzata Community Church’s Early Childhood Ministry invites you to celebrate “I Love to Read” month at the Dr. Seuss Book Breakfast! Join us on Saturday, February 10th from 9-10:30 a.m. in Mithun Hall at Wayzata Community Church for a delicious breakfast and a morning full of whimsical and age-appropriate games, art, and a larger than life story time featuring this year’s Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax. We will be hosting a book drive at this event. Bring a favorite children’s book, new or gently used, and you will receive a special gift and a single raffle entry. For each additional two books brought, you will receive an additional single raffle entry. The winner will be chosen at random during the event and will receive a special Lorax-themed gift basket! This year, we will be preparing a special breakfast, on separate equipment, for our friends with food allergies/dietary needs. The menu is being put together and executed by one of our Early Childhood Ministry families that has a child with food allergies.
FEATURED CLASSROOM: APPLE ROOM
Greetings from the Apple Room! We are having a wonderful year. We are introducing the concept of geography in our units. First, we will emphasize many facts about Minnesota and to highlight that we can live in different cities and towns in Minnesota. Then we will move onto our Valentines/Post Office Unit. We will work on our addresses, making a mailbox and discussing how the mail system works. Then we put that it into practice by mailing a Valentine we made to grandparents or another special friend. We will ask them to mail us back a letter, when we receive a response we mark it on our Minnesota, United States map or World map. Many of the children are able to name several other states such as Florida and California by the end of the unit. Finally, we conclude with a Space unit to familiarize them with the fact that we are on Earth and the names of the other planets. Every unit has a corresponding letter of the week, art projects, science activities, sensory table activities, easel art, songs and literature. We realize that it is important to remember that each child is an individual and they grow and develops at their own pace and in their own way. We give a wide variety of experiences to instill an eagerness and sense of wonder as they learn. We encourage them to try new as well as a variety of activities.
Everyone ages 3-to-Adult, join us for hands-on service projects at Mission in Motion, February 14, from 4-6 p.m. in the GraceLand Gym! This year the day we celebrate love is also a day to show love to our neighbors near and far! During this annual service event we’ll make sandwiches for the homeless, fill bags of laundry soap for those in need, make dog and cat toys for the dog shelter and so much more. Representatives from many organizations will be here also to tell you more about their non-profit and to encourage your family to continue volunteering. No cost for this event! Bring your friends!
MOM ALISON SCOTT PERFORMS AT WCC COFFEEHOUSE!
Friday, February 16
7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)
Come for a relaxing evening of soulful, organic and empowering music performed by singer Alison Scott. There will be a SILENT AUCTION and RAFFLE during the concert to raise money for the Nursery School, featuring raffle baskets with assorted toys including MiP Robot, Leapfrog TV, Dolls, Magnatiles, Magic Sets and much more! Raffle Tickets are $10 each, or 4 for $30, and can be purchased in the WCCNS office. The drawing will be during the concert. You do not have to be present to win.