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Spring Break is over, but we are finding ourselves in an unwelcome extended spring break amidst the virus outbreak and so many schools and businesses closing up for a while.

At the last newsletter writing, we had finished up most of February and were heading into March and looking forward to spring activities. We did have a great time at the Museum here in town complete with a Learning Lab activity called “Sink or Float.” Basically the kiddos had to come up with hypotheses about which items on the board would sink and which ones would float. After making the hypotheses as a group, the kiddos all had a tray of items, a bowl of water and two other bowls to sort the items according to their findings. After doing the experiment, we all came back together as a group to discuss what we found, and how it stacked up against our predictions. The Learning Lab teacher read a fun book that reinforced what we learned. Then the kiddos got to “build” their own boat out of foil, and got to put marbles in the boat to see how many it could hold before sinking. It was a lot of fun and the kids learned a lot.

The last week of February was all about weather, which is always fun and ever-changing here in Colorado. Then our first week of March was, of course, all about Dr. Seuss and his birthday. We had fun with the books and crafts that were about Dr. Seuss and rhyming. This is one of our favorite weeks! The next week, just before Spring Break, was all about Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes, which is another favorite week. Many of the kiddos hadn’t heard the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, so I enjoyed teaching them that story and they loved it! We even made a fun craft that allowed them to go home to re-tell the story to their families using their story telling craft.

Unfortunately, that was the last week of preschool up to this point. We were supposed to be talking about space and colors and shapes the week after break, followed by Dinosaur week, which the kids always love! However, we are going with the flow and improvising as we go. Yesterday, Mrs. Long, Mrs. Prim and I got together to start deep cleaning the classroom, but we started our time together by doing a Facebook Live video with our families. It was good for a few laughs, at least, since we’d never done that before, but we had a great time and it was fun to connect with several of our families who were able to tune in. During the video, we just checked in with everyone, but we also did a couple of crafts on the video to show them some activities they can do at home. We’ve already gotten photos and videos back from some of the families telling us how much they loved this connection, and how their kids’ faces lit up when they saw their teachers on “TV.” We plan to do this more here in the coming weeks to stay connected and to support our families. We are also sending emails with ideas and resources to help both kiddos and parents while we are all holed up in our homes.

We always follow PSD, so we will be closed through April 17, hopefully back up and running April 20. Of course, time will tell as we take one day at a time. April is such a fun month with our butterflies, and Easter, all followed by our Mother’s Day Tea, Spring Program, Graduation, and last day picnics in May. We are hoping and praying we can all be back to normal by the twentieth since we have the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program scheduled to bring a big bird into our classroom for a fun presentation on the 22nd.

These are crazy times for us all indeed! I am staying in contact with the families through email, phone, our Facebook page, texting and a couple of other apps that they utilize. When we come back, things will not be quite the same after losing four weeks of time, but we will make the best of it and plan to end the year with our favorite events that all of the parents and kiddos are looking so forward to.

I hope everyone reading this is doing well, staying healthy and taking this time to gain some perspective on the things that really do matter most in life. My family is certainly doing this very thing. Puzzles, games and crafts are abundant in our house, and our pets love the extra snuggle time with their humans. Then there is the bonus of having an extra clean house!

Hugs and prayers to you all! God Bless!

Kandy Wise is the Director of Open Arms Preschool, a ministry of Saint John’s Lutheran Church. You may reach her at 482-1357 or with any questions about the Preschool.