Rivendell Preschool

The Senses

We have jumped right in to our 5 senses thematic unit. We kicked off the unit talking about hearing and sight last week. Alison and Wendy’s class took a hearing and seeing field trip to Edora park on Friday. It was a chance to look and listen to nature. This week we will be learning all about the sense of touch and the sense of smell.

Happy Halloween Week

This week was filled with celebration and excitement with Halloween. In class, we accomplished a lot with small motor scissor snipping to make bats and ghosts. We also were able to paint our own Jack-o-Lanterns. We had so much fun creating decorations for our classrooms, for the Halloween parties! Thank you to all of the volunteers and families that help create such a wonderful experience for our preschoolers.

In art, we created more pumpkins with dots and lines. In Spanish, we have learned about Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and all in which that is celebrated in different cultures.

In science, we did not have class, but instead had a presentation about reptiles! The Northern Colorado Herpetological Society brought in an iguana, a box turtle, a bearded dragon, and a snake. We had the opportunity to touch all of these scaly creatures.

On Friday, we had a PJ, Pizza Party movie day! Thanks for all of the Fun Run donations to make this possible!

Next week, we will be starting our new unit about The Senses. We are looking forward to the new show-and-tell objects, and all we will learn!

Trying New Things in Preschool

Hello families,

In preschool we have been trying new things and working on new skills.

We are finishing up our reptiles and deserts unit. Students have really enjoyed sharing their Reptile Reports! Preschoolers got the chance to experience researching, writing, and presenting information in front of an audience. In turn, their classmates have gotten the chance to practice listening skills, comprehension skills, and how to ask a question.

Some new centers have been incorporated into our classrooms. We are completing tough puzzle projects like putting the entire alphabet in order while working with a small group. We are working with play doh and stampers to build our small motor skills. We are building our imaginations with puppets. And, we have been turning our kitchen area into a full service restaurant. This is a great way to practice our social skills-ordering from a menu, creating new dishes, and dealing with any unhappy customers 🙂 .

Rivendell Restaurant
Completing an alphabet puzzle cooperatively
Play doh creativity
Puppets are useful for many things

Finally, our parent reading sessions are an important and special part of preschool. Thank you to all parents who have read so far and to those who will read in the future.

Have a great week!

A Visit to a Pumpkin Patch

Walking through the corn maze at Bartel’s Farm.

The preschoolers took their very first field trip to a local pumpkin patch! We got to ride a yellow school bus to Bartel’s Farm, take a hayride, and search for the perfect pumpkin to take home.

We made it through the corn maze!

The preschoolers have also been working on their reptile journal pages.

Writing and illustrating

We Painted fall trees.

Stamping leaves!

Deserts, reptiles and SNOW???

Our deserts and reptile unit is in full swing. Reptile reports are trickling in and being shared daily. It is so exciting to learn about these fascinating creatures. This week, we will learn that there are deserts all around the world. We will also discuss the different plants and animals that make their home in the desert.

We have officially had our first snow of the year. Thank you so much for sending your child with all of the cold weather gear. We head out for recess whenever the temperature is above 18 degrees. Gloves are essential. Our preschoolers little fingers tend to get very cold!!!

Welcome Fall!

This week we finished our journal writings about what we know about Ancient Egypt. We also finished our King Tut cutting projects. What hard workers!
After wrapping up Egypt, we have started introducing things about Fall. The weather has turned cooler, and we have noticed that some leaves have started turning different colors.

We are starting a new unit, Deserts and Reptiles! There was a research paper sent home with a different reptile. We hope there is a lot of discussion at home about these different reptiles, and can’t wait for them to be shared at school!

This will be a short unit that will be wrapped up right before Halloween!

We enjoyed seeing all of you at the back-to-school night Food Truck rally. Thanks for being apart of our Rivendell family.

Wrapping up Egypt

Hello Preschool Families,

We are wrapping up our mummies, pyramids, and pharaohs in the preschool classroom this week. As we finish our last projects, we look forward to our next unit-deserts and reptiles!

Two of our final projects are our journal pages and our cutting project. Our first cutting project focused on the skill of bilateral tearing. Now, we are practicing how to snip paper. Our journal pages help us to remember what we have learned about Ancient Egypt. We also get a chance to practice our handwriting skills.

We are enjoying projects in Art, making new friends, and trying new activities in the classroom. We are having fun!

And speaking of fun…thank you to EVERYONE who came to cheer us on at the Fun Run! We are so proud of our runners.

Have a great week!

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Working on beginning sounds.

Working hard!


Drawing cactus in art class.


Working on classification.


Friends working together to carry a heavy load.


Working on classification.


Friends working together.


Friends working on building a block structure together.

Pyramids, pharaohs and hieroglyphics, oh my!

This week we jumped right in to ancient Egypt. Our circle time and small group time has been dedicated to furthering our understanding of this fascinating period of time. We have answered questions like, “What was life like for children?” and “Did the Egyptians play games?”. By answering these questions, we are able to make connections from our own lives to people who lived in ancient times.

Dates to remember:

  • September 27 Fun Run 9-9:30
  • October 3 Food Truck Rally 5:15-6:45
  • October 4 RPA Meeting 8:30 am
  • October 10 Picture Day
  • October 11 & 18 Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 18 Fun Fest

Balancing Our Way Into Preschool

Using the Balance scale
Writing our names
Playground time!
Spanish with Brenda

                 This week we started to introduce the word “Balance.” What does that mean? How can we do that with our bodies? Can we achieve that with toys or a balancing scale? Our curiosities took us to some pretty fantastic discussions.
                 With our third week wrapped up, we have our classroom routines down pretty well. How to line up to go to Spanish, Art, Music, and PE.. How to set up our rest mats, open our lunches, and clean our classroom. We have Balanced with blocks and building towers and have Balanced out meals in the kitchen center. We have learned to Balance our day through play, and working hard! 
                We have completed (most of us) writing our names, maybe even for the first time, and drawing self-portraits. And, they look fantastic! Can’t wait to see what the next week brings!

Balancing some quiet time
Building with Blocks