Celebrating Jesus' Birthday at VCP

Our classes have been enjoying the Christmas season at VCP in many different ways. We've made special gifts, read the Christmas story, baked cookies, predicted the first snowfall, sang Christmas carols in a gazebo, practiced our very special Christmas Nativity program and much more!

Below are a few photos of these precious moments.

Lunch-a-bunch children listen to a Christmas story near the big Christmas tree!

Having a great time baking during Lunch-a-bunch!

Graphing With Our 4-Year Old Class!

Throughout the year, our 4-year-old class will be exploring numbers, counting and organizing data by graphing information. Graphs make counting and comparing meaningful and provide opportunities to explore and discover numbers, letters and letter sounds and other literacy skills. They also provide opportunities for children to develop social skills.

Recently, during 4-year-old Lunch-a-Bunch, students graphed information about the first letter of their name, how many boys were in the classroom vs. the number of girls and more! During these activities, we practiced counting, collecting information, reading results, organizing data and even addition and subtraction!

We will continue graphing throughout the year using themes, holidays and everyday items to compare and sort.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Valley Christian Preschool Pilgrims and Native Americans recently sat down for a yummy feast in celebration of Thanksgiving! Leading up to this big day, we read the story of the First Thanksgiving, created art projects including Thankful Turkeys, Pilgrim Hats and Native American Headbands and also sang Thanksgiving-themed songs. We hope you enjoy our photos!

A Peek Into Our Classroom

We strongly believe that when children have the freedom to spontaneous play and interact, they explore, solve problems and develop social skills. Below are photos of both our 3-year-old class and 4-year-old class enjoying free play - each day new discoveries and friendships are made! (Click on any photo to make it larger)

Thanksgiving Songs and Finger Plays!

We are learning lots of new and fun songs for Thanksgiving! Please encourage your child to sing these songs at home, too!

I'm a Very Fine Turkey
(Children pretend they have wings)

I'm a very fine turkey and I sing a fine song,
Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble...

I strut around the barnyard all day long
and my head goes
Bobble, bobble, bobble!

We're Thankful...
We're thankful for the corn,
We're thankful for the corn,
We're thankful for the corn and more,
We're thankful for the corn.

(Next, name a different food and continue singing)

The Turkey Ran Away
The turkey ran away
before Thanksgiving Day
He said, "They'll make a roast out of me...
if I should stay"

The pumpkin ran away
before Thanksgiving Day
He said, "They'll make a pie out of me...
if I should stay"

The cranberries ran away
before Thanksgiving Day
They said, "They'll make a sauce out of me...
if I should stay"

Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck
(This is a finger play. Hold up each index finger like they are "talking" to each other. One is Mr. Turkey and one is Mr. Duck.)

Mr. Turkey took a walk one day in the very best of weather.
Along came Mr. Duck and they both talked together.

Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Quack, quack, quack.

Good-bye. Good-bye.

And they both walked back.

Hat Day Parades and Making Music!

Our 4-year-old class enjoys marching in their hat parade!

Our 3-year-old class displays their hats and has fun marching and making music!

Enjoying Autumn at VCP!

Meredith and Chloe smile big as they display their "sand pies" on the playground.

Lunch A Bunch for 3 Year Old Class!

We are excited to announce that Lunch-a-Bunch will be starting on November 9th for the 3 year-old class and will continue on most Tuesdays during our 2010-2011 school year.

Lunch-a-Bunch is a great time for students to spend additional time with their classmates and teachers. Included in the additional hour and a half beyond the regular school day is extended play with additional toys, puzzles and games, outdoor play (weather-permitting), and lunch time at the table (students bring a sack lunch). Students really enjoy this extended time and it proves to be beneficial for socialization, extended time to discover through play and additional time to explore more toys, puzzles and games!

If you are interested in signing your child up for Lunch-a-Bunch, please look for the sign-up sheet in the school lobby. Each Lunch-a-Bunch session is $12. We hope that your child will be able to join us during this special time!

A Special Visit From Officer Joe and Drak the Dog!

We had a very special visit from Officer Joe and Drak the K-9 dog! Officer Joe talked with our 4-year-old class about safety and also sang the "Laughing Song" with us as we held our silly smiles that he gave to us. Take a peek at our pictures! We had so much fun!

After Officer Joe's visit, we read a book about jobs and asked the children what they would like to be when they grow up. Some of the answers included: an artist, rescue worker, scientist, office worker, house builder, animal doctor, people doctor and more!

Singing Songs and Having FUN!

Music brings joy, movement, socialization and smiles to each class and we are very excited to share new songs and practice other ones that we know!

We have had a wonderful time singing the following songs:

"The More We Get Together"
"I am Special"
"Way Up High in the Apple Tree"
"I'm an Acorn"
"I Love to Rake"
"Who's Name Is..."

In our 3-year-old class, we have enjoyed singing:
"Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel"... Ask us how we swish our bushy tails!

In our 4-year-old class, we have also enjoyed singing:
"Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" During this song, we love to choose another classmate and learn each others' names!

In many of these songs, we have enjoyed stretching, moving, shaking and learning hand motions - please encourage your child to sing these songs at home! They are sure to bring a smile to your face!

We are Learning Sign Language!

One of our favorite things to do at Valley Christian Preschool is to learn new words in Sign Language. In our 4-year-old class, we have learned how to sign the following words:

Apple, alligator, bumblebee, butterfly, Bible, cat, dinosaur, elephant, friend, frog and I love you!

When we start a new letter of the week, we also learn the sign for that letter! In some of of songs that we sing during circle time, we also use sign language. We encourage you to practice the words we have learned with your children!

September 2010 Newsletter - Now Online and Going Green!

We are excited to announce that our monthly newsletters will now be available online through this blog! By keeping our newsletter online and converting to a blog, our preschool will continue in the direction of "going green" and will also allow students to easily share news (by sending this website link) with friends and family.


We are happy to welcome you to Valley Christian Preschool! If you are new to our school, we invite you to take some time to explore our blog. Here you will find information about our school, our goals, educational philosophies and even download our monthly newsletters!

Families of current students, we invite you to use this blog as a tool to communicate with parents of students in our classes, to communicate with teachers and also to enjoy updates including newsletters, events, class updates and more!

We are so glad that you have stopped by our page!

Program Hours

3 Year Olds: TUES*& THURS, 9:00-11:30am
* Extended day option until 1:00pm beginning in mid-Fall
4 Year Olds: MON, WED, FRI, 9:00-11:30am*
 * Extended day option available daily until 1:00pm


• To nurture a positive self-image in each child.

• To provide the opportunity for creative
self-expression through play, music and art.

• To develop each child’s social skills of sharing, helping and interacting with others.

• To teach children to understand and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

• To offer curriculum areas of creative arts, science, math, language, imaginative play, health and large and small motor skills.

• To enhance curriculum with educational topics including sign language, environment, safety and nutrition, in addition to special classroom visitors and field trips.

• To offer curriculum that is theme-based for 3-year olds and alphabet-based for 4-year olds.

• To prepare children to enter kindergarten, including teaching independence and self-help skills along with full visual alphabet recognition.

• To help children see themselves as uniquely created and loved by God.


Valley Christian Preschool

First Church of Christ
P.O. Box 212
Unionville, Connecticut 06085

p: 860.673.6589
website: valleychristianpreschool.blogspot.com

Our Educational Philosophy

Our preschool emphasizes the development of the whole child through active learning situations. We strive for a balanced, nurturing, caring, developmental approach to education for children who are 3, 4 and turning 5 years old.

Our program provides freedom for children to have spontaneous play and interaction, where they make discoveries, explore, solve problems and develop social skills. This, in addition to structured, teacher-directed activities in which children learn to focus attention and function in a group, fosters success and positive self-esteem.

Our curriculum provides opportunities that encourage the social, emotional, artistic, imaginative, physical and spiritual development of a child, while also offering many activities that allow for development in cognitive-academic areas as well as kindergarten-readiness.

Our qualified staff and small class sizes allow each child to develop according to his or her own pace, interest and learning style. We emphasize encouragement as a vital role in each child's development.


What is your contact information?
Phone: 860.673.6589
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 212, Unionville, CT 06085
Physical Address: 61 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085
When visiting, our entrance is located facing School Street, across from George's Pizza and the Fire Station. There is also a hanging sign for our school on that side of the building. Please enter through the big red door closest to the intersection.

Are you licensed by the State of Connecticut?
Yes. Valley Christian Preschool is State Licensed.

Are your teachers qualified?
Yes. Patricia Heath has been teaching at Valley Christian Preschool for 20 years, and has an additional 10 years of child care experience. She hold a Degree in Early Childhood Education and is First Aid/CPR Certified. Susan Laskos has been teaching in various capacities for the past 20 years, with 5 years specifically focused on Early Childhood Education. She has applied her Bachelors Degree and teaching certification by working in many different classes as well as with students with special needs. 

How old does my child need to be before enrolling in your 3-Year-Old (Tuesday/Thursday) class?
A child must turn 3 years old by December 31 of the same year that child would start school. For example, a child who is 2 years old may start in our 3-year-old class in September if they will be turning 3 years old by December 31 of that same year.

When are your enrollment dates and times?
We have open enrollment, so you may enroll your child at any time. If possible, it is best to enroll your child by February if they will be attending in following September, in order to assure a spot in the class.

What is your teacher/student ratio?
Our class ratio is 9:1 or fewer.

Do you offer extended day programs?
Yes! We have a lunch-a-bunch program, from 11:30am-1:00pm on M/W/F for our 4-Year-For our T/TH, 3-Year-Old class, we offer lunch-a-bunch once a week, from 11:30am-1:00pm on Tuesdays, beginning in late fall.

Do you offer parent/teacher conferences?
Yes, we hold parent/teacher conferences twice during the school year. However, we value ongoing and open communication with parents and welcome one-on-one conversations whenever requested or needed.

May we visit your school before deciding to enroll our child?
Absolutely! We encourage you to come visit, with your child, and experience first-hand our classroom environment. Please contact us by calling 860.673.6589 to schedule a time to visit. 

Do you follow the Farmington Public Schools calendar?
If schools in Farmington are closed due to weather or other emergencies, we follow the Farmington cancellation policy. However, even if there is a morning delay, we still begin class at the originally scheduled time (9:00am). Although our vacation days typically coincide with Farmington's vacation schedule, we also welcome students from all towns in the surrounding areas including (but not limited to) Avon, Simsbury, Canton, Burlington, Bristol and Plainville. Therefore, our vacation days may not directly align with Farmington Public Schools. However, parents of enrolled students will receive a calendar in August that will outline all vacation days to allow for ample time to plan accordingly.

2011-2012 School Calendar

Important Revisions:
Due to Hurricane Irene, our last day of school for the Tuesday/Thursday class is now MAY 29. The last day of school for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday class is now MAY 30.

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