The Preschool Press

A blog about the life of The Islesboro Preschool


Home Baked Goodies and Hot Coffee available at the firehouse from 10 to 2 on election day (Nov 7)!  Cast your vote and then come support the Islesboro... read more
Summer Raffle Madness

Summer Raffle Madness

ANNOUNCING THE PRESCHOOL SUMMER RAFFLE The dedicated parents of the Islesboro Preschool have brought together donations from over 25 generous island businesses and individuals to offer the first (perhaps annual) Preschool Summer Raffle.   RAFFLE ITEMS INCLUDE: 2-month... read more

Hug, Cuddle, and hold your little ones!

The last IPS and YOU discussed how important holding and talking to babies is to their long term development.  While there is ample research to support this, the most bizarre and disturbing proof comes from the end of the Cold War.  Rumania’s Nicoale Ceausescu was the... read more
IPS & You: Talk, Talk, Talk!

IPS & You: Talk, Talk, Talk!

How often do you talk to your baby?  Do you vary the words you use?  Are they encouraging words, linked to an accomplishment?  These questions are more important than you might think.  Researchers at Rice University have determined that a child who is talked to... read more

Windows, Doors and… a Roof!

Was it really just a few months ago that we were getting excited about pouring the foundation? Now we have windows, doors and a roof over the new preschool building.  This has been a labor of love for so very many members of the Islesboro community.  I hope you are as... read more

IPS & You: Focus on what we can control.

One question every parent wonders about is “What is most important in a person’s development—heredity or environment?” The “Nature vs. Nurture” debate has been argued, studied and misunderstood for years. “Naturists” believe that genetics are the defining feature of... read more
Student Artwork

Student Artwork

We have been hard at work this fall and have created so much wonderful art inspired by the changing seasons on Islesboro.  Here are some of the highlights. CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO... read more


We made it through Thanksgiving! I hope you were all able to enjoy good food and create some great memories with your friends and families over the vacation. We only have 12 school days before we are off for Christmas break! We will be very busy with some top secret... read more

The letters F, L, E and Halloween!

Ginny and I can’t believe that October is almost over! The school year is flying by. We have thoroughly enjoyed working on letters F, L and E this month. We also loved playing hide and go seek with our pumpkins, exploring and painting the different parts of a pumpkin... read more

Field Trip on Wednesday!

This Wednesday we are going to Turtle Head for our second Field Trip with IIT. Chloe will meet us here at the preschool. We will ask you to help her to load your students car seat or booster into her car, my car or Ginny’s car. After we sign in and use the bathroom,... read more

IPS & You

Welcome to “IPS and YOU”.  This will be a regular column in the Islesboro Island News and the Preschool Press describing the importance of a positive Early Learning Environment and why it’s important to YOU, regardless who you are! Early Learning, age birth to 5 is... read more

Welcome to Fall

Welcome to the first day of fall! The 2016-2017 Preschool year has gotten off to a great start. We started with a tour of the new classroom layout and made sure to come up with some classroom rules to help keep everybody safe. We began our first week with an All... read more

Fall Updates

Dear Parents, We have some scheduling changes coming up.  Please take note below: SEPTEMBER 2016 Preschool will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30-3:30 OCTOBER 2016 Preschool will run a modified calendar, open only four days a week. Based on attendance in... read more

Construction is Underway!

The site of the new Islesboro Preschool has been cleared, the driveway roughed in, and preparations are being made for the concrete slab to be laid. This is truly exciting news!  Drive by to see our progress, we’ll be watching the progress from playground. Stay... read more

Summer Camp Week 5

  Week 5 already??!! The summer is flying by. We are trying to enjoy the humid weather after the beauty of last week. This week we will continue adding sea animals to our Ocean Mural. We have begun our handprint crabs and will continue our hungry sharks. Our trip... read more

Summer Camp Week 3

Hello! We hope that you are enjoying the summer as much as we have thus far. We can’t believe we are already moving into week 4 already! The campers have expressed a lot of enthusiasm for an ocean themed summer. We have begun our Ocean Mural and have added sea... read more

Enrolling for Summer Fun!

Summer Preschool Program – Licensed by the State of Maine Openings for children 2 ½ thru Pre-first June 27 thru August 28, 2015 | 8:30-3:30 or 8:30-12:00 FUN, Crafts, Island Explorations. Developmentally appropriate activities with a summer twist! Email... read more

Director Newsletter – MAY

Exciting building progress is in the air. At the recent town meeting held at the town office, the vote was unanimous for the town and the preschool to enter into a licensing agreement. This document allows the preschool to enter and exit its new property from town... read more

Week 9 – 2015 Summer Camp

Good afternoon! This week we have a few things to get started on to commence the end of our Camp experience. If you have not done so already, please send in a white t-shirt for your camper. If you can label it, great, otherwise I will do so with a Sharpie. Monday we... read more

Week 5 – 2015 Summer Camp

Good Sunday! I hope you were all able to enjoy the weekend. This week I plan on extending our pirate theme with more books, projects and imaginary play. The campers have taken to using our new vocabulary words (you may have heard them ask you to ‘heave to’... read more

Weekly Update – June 27

Happy Weekend Everyone!     Preschool camp is off to a great start. It was a pleasure working with you and getting to know your campers last week. We were able to begin a few projects ( stringing stay cool necklaces with cut up sponges and elastic, painting our plates... read more

Introducing Our New Teacher

Dear Parents and Guardians, My name is Ann Thomson and I am looking forward to working with you and your children this summer in the preschool camp program. I have lived in Belfast Maine for three years now, after moving here from Brooklyn New York. I have just under... read more


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