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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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Jean Elizabeth (Keefe) Lynch

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jean Elizabeth (Keefe) Lynch, 84, died on on March 30, 2014. Jean was born in Rochester on October 17, 1927 the fourth child to Edward and Mary (Healy) Keefe. She was raised on her family’s farm east of Chatfield, Minn. and educated at Chatfield ..... 
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Carolyn Marie Deyo

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Carolyn Marie Deyo, 69, of Chatfield, Minn., died March 23, 2014 at her home unexpectedly of natural causes. Carolyn was born February 19, 1945 to Lawrence and Hazel (Strohman) Batt. She attended school in Chatfield, later earning her GED. She ..... 
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Chatfield EDA and City Council hold joint meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

In order to establish tax increment financing district (TIF) No. 2-5 the two bodies met together at the city council’s March 24 meeting. A public hearing was held on the modification of the municipal development district No. 2. No. 2-5 notes the ..... 
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Live at the Chatfield Center for the Arts

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing excellent entertainment of all genres to southeastern Minnesota. Join us for some of our upcoming events! •The Memory Brothers: April 6, 2014, 6-9 p.m. in Potter Auditorium. The area ..... 
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Gordon Burdette Tienter

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Gordon Burdette Tienter, 87, of Chatfield, Minn. died Friday, March 14, 2014 at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, Minn. Gordon was born June 25, 1926 in rural Preston to Harry & Emma (Rueber) Tienter. He attended country school. In 1945 he ent ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts announces upcoming April events

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

The Chatfield Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing excellent entertainment of all genres to southeastern Minnesota. Join us for some of our upcoming events! •The Memory Brothers: April 6, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. in Potter Auditorium. The are ..... 
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New name, new location, same great service

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Main Street Wireless, LLC, formerly Magnum Wireless, of Chatfield, Minn. has opened in its new location at 20 Main Street South in Chatfield. The business, which originally opened in the Magnum Sports building in May 2013, is now located in the for ..... 
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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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