Neighbors | Submitted.Maddie Accordino, invited her mom, Nikki, to play with her during Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool’s annual Mommy’s Play Day March 19..Maddie is a student in the school’s three-year-old class.
Neighbors | Submitted.Monica Egolf, three-year-old class lead teacher at Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool, led her students and their mothers in singing “The Weather Song” during the school’s annual Mommy’s Play Day March 19.
Neighbors | Submitted.Denise, left, and Jenni-Lin Remias, Ray and Julie McCune and Amy and Ashton Nabb enjoyed a snack of snicker doodles, made by the three-year-old class, during Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool’s annual Mommy Play Day March 19.
By ABBY SLANKER
Students at Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool celebrated their mothers during the school’s annual Mommy’s Play Day March 19. The moms were invited to the school, with handmade invitations, to play with their children and experience a day in the life of their preschooler.
The school has three classes: a 3-year-old class with lead teacher Monica Egolf, a 4-year-old class with lead teacher Ellen Bennett and a 5-year-old class with lead teacher Christine Kaleda. Each class has a scheduled time of an hour to just play and have fun with their moms.
The students prepared for their mom’s visit the week before Mommy’s Play Day. They made name tags for their moms and helped prepare a snack. The 3-year-old class made name tags that resembled rose corsages and made snickerdoodle cookies. The 4-year-old class drew pictures of their mommies as name tags and made lion cookies, tying in with studying the month of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. The 5-year-old class made butterfly name tags and muffins for their moms.
The teachers set up stations where preschoolers and moms could choose to draw on easels together, play at the doctor’s office, color or play with blocks and playhouses.
Before the moms and children enjoyed their snacks, they cleaned up and put all the toys away together. The moms then joined the children on the carpet to go through their morning routine, including singing the weather song.
At the end of the hour, the moms experienced the ritual that ends each school day, including joining the children in singing “Rock Your Body” and performing all the movements the song suggests. They then formed a circle to sing the “Buckle Up Song” and the “Goodbye Song” together.