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Chatfield Community Preschool: A sneak peek at a typical preschool day


Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By LuAnn Klevan

Community Education Director

You probably recognize that preschool is an exciting time for children and their families. But, have you ever wondered about what takes place in a preschool classroom? Let’s take a peek and see.

If you observed a typical day in a Chatfield Community Preschool classroom, you would see that learning begins as soon as a child arrives. They are welcomed with smiles by teachers who are ready to make the learning experience fun and worthwhile. From the very beginning, the preschoolers experience a sense of belonging. They find their names posted on lockers, cubbies, name cards and word walls. During sign-in children learn to recognize and write their names.

Learning comes in many forms. Centers provide opportunities to practice social skills, tryout theme related vocabulary and activities, and interact with teachers and other children. Free time to explore the centers gives children the opportunity to make decisions and to problem solve. Centers include hands-on experiences in art, science, math, writing, and dramatic play.

In circle and group time preschoolers learn through stories, songs, rhymes, morning messages, conversations about the calendar and the weather, and a time to share. During the opening circle time the children discover who will serve as the special helpers. Identifying the weather, being a line leader or caboose, serving as snack helper, or holding the door open gives every child the opportunity to contribute to the classroom.

During outdoor play or gym time, preschoolers run, jump, skip, spin, and play. Large motor skills are developed on a daily basis. Did you realize that mastering large motor skills is an important step in the development of literacy skills?

If you close your eyes, you will hear amazing things taking place in the preschool classroom. You will hear children recognizing rhyming, singing songs, sharing stories, identifying letters & letter sounds, and reading site words. More importantly, you will hear conversations. Teachers will be engaged in discussions with individual children – showing interest by asking questions, and making comments that extend the conversation. Children will be visiting with each other. Whether sitting at the snack table, playing in the dramatic play area, or working at the writing center, children are expanding vocabulary and learning conversational sk .....
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Chatfield School Board approves 2014 levy

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

CPA Alan Anderson was in attendance at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, December 16 to give a district audit financial report on the 2012-2013 school year budget. Anderson reported that the school district is doing well in terms of its ..... 
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Chatfield students utilize iPads for class projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The last couple of weeks for the entire Chatfield School District has been exciting time as fall athletic tournament time has taken Chatfield on the road to both the Mayo Civic Center for girls volleyball and the Metrodome for football. The exciteme ..... 
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Chatfield elementary MCA results lower than anticipated

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board met for its regular October meeting on Monday, October 21. Board members Kathy Schellhammer and Greg LaPlante were absent from the meeting. In Principal Randy Paulson’s report he thanked everyone involved with homecomi ..... 
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Chatfield details school district emergency plans

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members met on Monday, September 16, which has been the first meeting since the beginning of the new school year. All board members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Harris, Principa ..... 
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Chatfield Schools prepared for upcoming school year

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met Monday, August 19 for its regular August meeting. The short meeting was focused around plans and updates for the rapidly approaching 2013-2014 school year. Elementary Principal Craig Ihrke exp ..... 
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Chatfield Schools discuss Athletic Department reform

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

In a little over one month Chatfield’s athletic and activities director, Dan Schindler, has made significant changes in the management of oversight of the Chatfield School District’s extracurricular programs. Along with the help of school board ..... 
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Chatfield Schools developing coach evaluation system and handbook

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge Chatfield School Board members briefly met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 17 with four of six members present. The board discussed the Activity Committee meeting held on June 12 with coaches, administrators ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses technology integration

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met Monday, May 20 for its regular monthly meeting. Many items were discussed before school adjourns for the summer. The board heard from the district’s new activity director Dan Schindler who i ..... 
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