For Immanuel Lutheran’s Early Childhood Department, the Trike-a-thon is an annual event enjoyed by both young and old without fail. The teachers create a riding track in the parking lot of the school, designed to be educational, and at the same time delight the students in their care. “These teachers really went above and beyond in creating an exciting and interactive environment,” said Marlene Tres, the program’s director.
The Trike-a-thon features five stations to engage the children as they ride their trikes, bicycles and scooters around the track, plus “Rainbow Ridge,” a colorful rainbow tunnel that the
children get to ride through. The kids were allowed to sit on a “Mini Bobcat” construction vehicle as they pretended to be “workers.” Next came the mini hospital where teddy bears await treatment from their young friends. Riding further along the track brings kids to the post office. They can write letters and draw pictures to mail to their friends. Pretending to be a postal worker is a lot of fun! And so is pretending to be a firefighter – that came next. The children get to squirt water to put out the pretend fire in a house. The last stop is to quench their thirst at “Water Bottle Way.”
The children, their parents, and their teachers all enjoyed a beautiful day while raising money for their classrooms. Funds raised will go towards purchasing a large set of big blue outdoor blocks for Immanuel’s innovative outdoor classroom. “This will enhance our children’s outdoor learning experiences as they work together to create towers, buildings, houses, and more,” enthuses Tres. Playing with big blocks outside is fun of course, but it so much more. It facilitates learning in a myriad of ways. For one thing they will be learning about gravity and the use of simple machines, both of which are very important science topics. “Simply put, we love our outdoor classroom and block play is fun, educational, and brings everyone together.”
Come and experience that spirit of fun, togetherness, and learning for yourself! Immanuel Lutheran’s Early Childhood teachers will hold an Early Childhood Family night “Make & Take” featuring Christmas Candy Houses. It’s not a fundraiser and is open to the entire community on Monday, November 28, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. The evening will focus on simple family fun – ooey-gooey family fun. The evening is for preschoolers, kindergartners, and their siblings along with their parents. Please bring a cookie sheet, a tub of vanilla frosting, and $6 per family. Gingerbread houses and candy, marshmallows, and sprinkles to decorate them will be provided.
Immanuel Lutheran School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station. If you would like more information about Immanuel’s early childhood program, please contact Marlene Tres at email@example.com or 847-660-4163.