Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forgive as the Lord forgave you

It has been an exciting week in preschool! Not only have we had the opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day together - but we have started our kindergarten for a day experiences! For the students who are old enough to go into kindergarten next year, they are able to head into our kindergarten classroom at Faith with Miss Snyder to experience what it is like for a day! They are able to go in pairs and select a full or half day experience. What a joy it is to see these children grow up each day! It is hard to believe so many of them will be going into kindergarten next year.

Morning Stories:
The three billy goats gruff by Mara Alperin
Pigloo by Anne Marie Pace
One more dino on the floor by Kelly Starling Lyons
I hear a pickle by Rachel Isadora
Snowy Bear by Tony Mitton

Bible Time (One in Christ Curriculum):
"Jesus' parable of the lost son begins with the sinful son selfishly squandering his premature inheritance. His downward spiral continues, and the son finds himself empty with hunger and loneliness, filthy in soil and sin." (Concordia Publishing House) Ashamed the son returns home to his father. He is expecting to be scolded, even shunned for his actions. The father, however, is so happy to see his son once again that he welcomes him home with loving arms, despite the mistakes he had made. We can be like the lost son. We can be confused and lost in our own sin, yet despite our mistakes God shows us mercy. He sacrificed His own Son to be our sacrifice. He restores us and brings us home with Him in heaven one day. What an amazing blessing for us to know that despite the mistakes we have and the wrong turns we may make in life - God is always ready to take us in His loving arms. We truly have a reason to celebrate!

Our passage this week:

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
This week we have had a crazy schedule! We have had Valentine's Day, a visit from Pastor Chris Ewings and new teachers floating in and out! The kids have done a great job of staying focused with them. For movement this week, since we have two teachers switching in and out of the room, we have done a lot of GoNoodle as our exercise. We have also reviewed making a bridge and table to our movement time when we are able to.

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
The students are able to review several songs that we have learned throughout the year such as: slippery fish, shine Jesus shine, Jesus loves me, Baby Bumblebee, and more! The kids especially enjoy music time when we are to do actions with our songs. It is wonderful to see how quickly the students have been able to learn the songs that we are singing.

Small Group Time (High Scope Curriculum):
For small group this week, our students are focusing on an artist: Piet Mondrian. They are looking at his art pieces and attempting to recreate them as best they can! Piet Mondrian is best known for cubism.

Monday: red, yellow and blue art projects with squares traced for the students.
Tuesday: VALENTINE'S DAY! Students were able to create pictures, pass out valentines and enjoy a movie.
Wednesday: students worked with partners to paint square with different colors. On the paper there was tape that was later removed to reveal the squares and rectangles on the paper.

Thursday: students use rulers to create their own squares and rectangles on a piece of paper.
Friday: we have a half day of school and the students will be reviewing their artist!

Afternoon Table Activites:
The students can choose from snack, the sensory table (when it is open) and items on the tables.

Monday(Math): numbers with straws, tracing numbers, number memory, sorting shapes.
Tuesday(Fine Motor): tweezers with fruit to sort, beads with string, connectors and geoboards.
Wednesday(manipulatives): stacking blocks, farm yard uno, wooden blocks and puzzles.
Thursday(Art and Literacy): finger painting, National Geographic animal magazines, and floor puzzles.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

We love because He first loved us

It has a very busy week! The students have been working hard to learn more and more about the lessons we have during class time. As whole, our class is struggling a bit with patience and the classroom rules. We are starting to review the goals of our classroom and how we need to act as we prepare for kindergarten. I would love for you all to focus on this at home as well!

Morning Stories:
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
The Gingerbread Man by Mara Alperin
Max at Night by Ed Vere
Little Penguin gets the hiccups by Tadgh Bentley
Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske

Bible Time (One in Christ Curriculum):
In our story this week, we hear about the good Samaritan. We learn an important lesson on mercy and showing love to those around us. We are all born imperfect. We all have our own selfish wants in life. We especially can see this at the preschool level. They are just learning what it means to show mercy and love and to care more about others than about yourself. The idea of putting others before themselves can be difficult to imagine. This lesson really shows us the importance of helping other children in the classroom by sharing, helping and thinking of others first. I encourage all of you to reinforce these ideas at home! It can be hard to try and show love to one another. "We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). It is a blessing to know that despite our weaknesses and selfish desires, God shows us His love. What an amazing gift to share with one another, our families and our friends!

Shine Jesus shine
fill this land with the Father's glory
blaze Spirit blaze
set our hearts on fire
flow river flow
flood the nations, with grace and mercy
send forth your Word
Lord and let there be light

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
For the week, the students have been working on making a bridge with their bodies. They have been using several movements (running, jumping, skipping, galloping, etc) to move around the room and warm up for the activities that we have for the week. They have enjoyed learning how to make a bridge and adding 'challenges' to it. They push their stomachs to the sky and together we come up with 'challenges' for the students (kicking one leg while doing a bridge, moving around, etc). They enjoy coming up with creative ways to 'challenge' themselves.

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
In music this week the students have been learning "The Eency Weency Spider" (with a book that has multiple verses). We have been working on actions with this song and reviewing songs that we have been singing in Chapel. The students have enjoyed being able to learn songs with actions or sign language.

Small Group Time (HighScope Curriculum):
This week students have been looking at the letter Rr. We have also been focusing on art projects this week.

Monday- The students took upper and lower case Rs and practice them while also creating rain on their letters! The students added cotton balls for clouds and rain drops.

Tuesday- They were able to work on creating a valentine's day project for their families.
Wednesday- We started to look at the letter R once again. Students practicing writing the letter and were then able to create rainbows using watercolors.

Thursday- They were able to once again work on creating a valentine's day project for their families.
Friday- We are going on an R hunt. Any items in the classroom that are the color RED or begin with the letter R will be on our list as we search throughout the room.

Afternoon Table Activities:
Students can choose between snack, floor puzzles or the items at the tables.
Monday(Math)- practicing writing their numbers with whiteboards, numbered popsicles, and memory.
Tuesday(Fine Motor)- connectors, different types of locks, architextric, and lacing cards.
Wednesday(Manipulatives)- blocks, mini legos, books and Noah's Ark.
Thursday(Art and Literacy)- magnetic blocks, Pictureka!, Jenga and animal books.
Friday(Sensory)- kinetic sand and sensory bottles.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world"

What an exciting week! We were blessed to have a visit from the Alaska Zoo on Tuesday. They taught us all about the Sitka black-tailed deer. The students got up close and personal with this animal! They were all very excited to see the deer in person. On Wednesday we celebrated our 100th day of school! Students got to play games and activities in the morning followed by a special movie day before our half day students left. It has been a very exciting week. Tomorrow we will have a half day of school! Enjoy a slightly longer weekend with your family.

Morning Stories:
The Ugly Duckling by Mara Alperin
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Are Pirates polite? by Corinne Demas
Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Animals Animals! by Eric Carle

Bible Time (One in Christ Curriculum):
Our story for the week is about Jesus healing the blind man. In our story, a man named Bartimaeus was a poor, blind beggar. He didn't seem important to most people. He was able to show his faith by calling out to Jesus for help. He requested that Jesus help him recover his sight. Jesus was able to heal Bartimaeus. Can you imagine being able to see for the first time? The first thing he saw was his Lord and Savior! What a blessing. There are times in life when we feel small and unimportant. Maybe you feel like your requests are not being heard! We know that one person will always find us to be important - that is our Savior, Jesus. He wants us to come to Him with all our troubles. Sometimes he will answer our prayers, other times he may say no. We need to understand that He knows best. He will provide for us no matter what, even when we do not see His helping hand. Our passage this week is John 9:5, 'Jesus said, "I am the light of the world.'" The students have been working hard to learn sign language to go with our song, 'Shine Jesus Shine'.
Shine Jesus Shine
fill this land with the Father's glory
blaze Sprit blaze
set our hearts on fire
flow river flow
flood the nations with grace and mercy
send forth Your word
Lord and let there be light

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
For the week, students have been focusing on side-sliding. We have been playing several different games that involve the move of side-sliding. They are able to demonstrate this to one another. We continue to do our warm up activity songs for the students to get their bodies moving before focusing on one given concept. We have also reviewed other movements this week such as: galloping, running and walking.

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
Our concept this week is timbre. Students are using bells while learning a new song, "Ring and ring the jingle bells, jingle jingle jingle jingle, ring and ring the jingle bells, jingle jingle jingle." They will be using several different instruments and their voices this week as we review other songs from first semester.

Small Group Time (HighScope Curriculum):
Our KDI (Key Developmental Indicator) this week is shapes. Children identify, describe and name shapes. We have also been looking at the letter P.

Monday- Students used triangles, squares and rectangles to fill up their upper and lower case P.

Tuesday- students were able to sort out shapes by their brown bag
Wednesday- Due to the 100th day of school, students did several activities and games dealing with shapes: memory, sorting and classifying.
Thursday- using pattern blocks, students were able to create a variety of pictures.
Friday- the students will be looking at the letter P. We will be painting a picture for our families.

Afternoon Table Activities:
Students can choose between snack and one of the table activities.

Monday(Math): muffin tins with numbers and buttons, numbered popsicles and gears.
Tuesday(Fine Motor): white boards with markers, connectors, mini legos and geoboards.
Wednesday(Manipulatives): Boggle Jr, Jenga, wooden blocks.
Thursday(Art and Literacy): coloring, sort it out (books), chalk boards

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I trust in You, O LORD

A short week already! I hope you all enjoyed an extra day off of school. What a blessing to see all your children back and ready for school once again! They continue to surprise me with their knowledge of concepts and their manners. Thank you so much for letting me get to know your children each day!

Morning Stories:
Pirates don't need tucking in! by Robin Liberty
We're in the wrong book! by Richard Brynne
Little Red Riding Hood by Mara Alperin
Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border
That's NOT mine by Anna Kang

Bible Time (One in Christ Curriculum):
Our story this week is Jairus' Daughter. The students are able to hear a sad but miraculous story about the power of God. A man came to Jesus begging for help. His daughter was sick. On the way to the man's house they were stopped in the road by a man with horrible news. Jairus was told that his daughter has died. As he was filled with emotions, Jesus reassured the man and said - "Don't be afraid, just believe." As they came to the house, Jesus took the daughters hand and spoke to her, telling her to get up! The people in the room were amazed! Jesus spoke these words and Jairus' daughter came back to life! It is amazing to see the work of our Lord in the lives of those around Him. He was able to bring someone back to life, which seems impossible! We know that we can trust in the Lord, as it says in Psalm 31:14, "I trust in You, O LORD." We too can feel at peace knowing that God is control of our lives. He will continue to show us love and mercy.

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
In movement, they are focusing on galloping. This can be a tricky concept, especially for those younger students. We have been playing various games to help the students solidify this. It will take practice but the students will review throughout the year. Our older students are able to demonstrate their knowledge of galloping to those who are struggling. What a blessing it is to have students working together to help one another! We have also brought GoNoodle back for the students! They enjoy being able to dance and be introduced to new songs as well! This is a free website you can use at home. I always watch the videos before introducing them to the students to be sure that they are age appropriate.

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
The students have been working on rhythm. They have been snapping their fingers and tapping their toes to help them with this concept. We are continuing to review songs that the students are familiar with. They have added another song, 'Hey Betty Martin.' We have been integrating movement and music together in our new flex classroom downstairs. The students enjoy being able to switch back and forth to focus on the concepts and get their bodies moving!

Small Group Time (HighScope Curriculum):
This week we have been focusing on the letter O. The students have been doing various art activities to relate to this letter.

Tuesday: the students worked on tracing their letters once again - this week they practiced their upper and lower case O's.
Wednesday: they created an octopus art project! They used the letter O as the 'head and body' of the octopus and were able to add legs and eyes.
Thursday: they will take the letter O outline and glue pom poms throughout the O.
Friday: they will be creating an Orca art project using a variety of items from our art closet!

Afternoon Table Activities:
The students can choose from one of the activities listed each day or to have snack.
Tuesday(Fine Motor): connectors, Jenga, lacing cards and puzzles.
Wednesday(Manipulatives):numbered muffin tins with buttons, numbered popsicles, number puzzles.
Thursday(Art and Literacy): shaving cream on tables while practicing their letters, books and opposites puzzles.
Friday(Sensory): sensory tubs filled with corn, beans and rice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

God is with you wherever you go.

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed celebrating Christmas and the new year with family and friends. It is great to see the children come back to school ready to learn! What a blessing to be able to take some time off of school to enjoy more time with the ones that you love! God is good.

Morning Stories:
The Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague
The Biggest Snowman Ever! by Steven Kroll
Chicken Little by Mara Alperin
This book just ate my dog by Richard Byrre
Go Away Big, Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Bible Time (One in Christ Curriculum):
In our story this week we hear about how God is present and has assured us that we are loved, forgiven, and taken care of. We have the assurance of His death and resurrection to remind us that He is taking care of us. In this world, we have many worries and concerns about the safety of our friends and family. In our story this week, Joseph and Mary (the father and mother of Jesus) were very worried about the safety of their family. They were scared that someone would find Jesus and try to hurt him. As they were traveling, they feared the worst had come true! Suddenly, they could not find Jesus. He was lost. Their fear quickly diminished when they found Jesus studying in the temple. He had a desire to learn more about God's Word. Just like Jesus, we should have a desire to learn more too! What a blessing to know that we have the opportunity to learn more about Him each and every day. We have focused on Joshua 1:9, "God is with you wherever you go." They have also reviewed the song, 'God Loves Me Dearly'.

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
Since we are just getting back from break, the students are reviewing various amounts of movements and games from before Christmas. They are able to work on their special awareness and review the concept of 'homes' in movement time. The students are working on listening to directions for how fast or slow they should move. Their speed and the type of movement are very important this week. They must listen to each instruction before beginning the activity.

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
This week the students are working on rhythm. They are able to review several songs for this concept. They are working on tapping their legs as well as snapping their fingers to work on rhythm. They have enjoyed being able to sing familiar songs after such a long break.

Small Group Time (HighScope Curriculum):
The Key Developmental Indicator (KDI) this week is numbers. The students are focusing on the letter N as well.

Monday: they worked on using a pencil to trace the upper and lower case of the letter N.

Tuesday: the students were able to color an upper and lower case N. After completing, they used scissors to cut out their letters. You can find these displayed outside our classroom on the tree!

Wednesday: we colored out snowflakes that had various numbers on them, the students were able to place them in a line from smallest to greatest.

Thursday: they had to find the hidden snowflakes throughout the room and place the number in the proper pile on the table. (numbers ranged from 1-10)
Friday: the students created a picture using their knowledge of numbers. They were given a piece of paper with flaps that had a number on the front. They had to draw the correct amount of dots inside the flap to represent the number.

Planning and Recall Time:
This week, since we have a few new students, they are able to stand in front of the group for planning and recall. The students are able to tell us what they would love to do during work time. At the end of work time, they are able to tell us about their plan and if they followed it.

Afternoon Table Activities:

Monday(Math): numbered popsicles, connectors, beads with numbered amount on a pipecleaner.
Tuesday(Fine Motor): puzzles, geoboards, Jenga, mini legos
Wednesday(Manipulatives): Pictureka!, sorting pie with tweezers, architectrix, and connecting beads.
Thursday(Art & Literacy): watercolors, Dr. Suess books, crayons and paper.
Friday(Sensory): kinetic sand, sensory bottles and bags.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My spirit rejoices in God my Savior

The students have been busy this week (and for the weeks to come) preparing for the Christmas program that is December 16th. They are learning new songs and even sign language! I am so excited for them to be able to share the Christmas program with friends and family. It is amazing to see all of the things they are picking up on so quickly! It is a joy to see them working so hard to prepare for this program. I pray that you all enjoy seeing them perform, but also hearing them share the Christmas story with all of you!

Morning Stories:
A stick is an excellent thing by LeUyen Pham
The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora
The Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
The Box by Antoinette Portis
If you take a mouse to the movies by Laura Numeroff

Bible Time (One in Christ Curriculum):
This week we have had the opportunity to help the students focus on the coming of the Savior. As November comes to an end, the students are getting very excited for Christmas to come! Our story this week is to help them remember the importance of Christmas time. Not only is this a time for us to be with friends and family - but this is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior." What a joy it is to be able to share this wonderful story with the students. We remind them that this was a long awaited gift. The gift of our Savior is much more important than any gifts we can receive at Christmas time. He was born to save us - even though we did not deserve saving! What an amazing gift to share with our friends and families this holiday season!

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
As we continue throughout the year, we will have times to help us review some of the things we have learned so far! This week the students are playing various games to help them remember the animal movements they have talked about this year. The students are able to demonstrate their knowledge of galloping, hopping, running, etc. They enjoy being able to play a variety of games while reviewing these actions. They have reviewed some of their favorite warm up songs this year as well!

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
For music this week and until the Christmas program, the students are learning the songs they will be performing. They have learned three verses of 'Away in a Manger'. They know sign language actions for verse one! They have also focused on the refrain of 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' and parts of 'Silent Night'. Unlike last year, the students will have lines to say during the performance as well. It is a joy to hear them telling the Christmas story!

Small Group Time (HighScope Curriculum):
The students have been focusing on the letter K this week! They have also been doing activities relating to phonological awareness.

Monday: introducing the letter K with a fine motor activity, placing alphabet stickers inside the upper and lower case K.
Tuesday: reviewing items that start with the letter K and what sound it makes. Identifying the sound while the teacher is reading a book.
Wednesday: rice tubs filled with letter, students were asked to find the letter K.

Thursday: tracing activity with not only the letter K but also working on their names.
Friday: identifying the sound of the letter k while the teacher is reading the book (part 2).

Planning and Recall Time:
Students were able to use the binoculars once again to plan and recall what they did in the classroom during work time.

Sensory Table:
Alphabet soup! Students were able to make 'soup' with water and letters. Scoops, bowls, spoons and ladles were available for them to use!

Afternoon Table Activities:
The students are able to choose from snack, the sensory table or one of the table activities.

Monday(Math): number puzzles, numbered popsicles and dominoes
Tuesday(Fine Motor): straws with string, connectors, clothespins with colors to match.
Wednesday(Manipulatives): small puzzles, lacing cards, and blocks.
Thursday(Art&Literacy): National Geographic for Kids magazines, watercolors and tracing cards.
Friday(Sensory): sensory bottles and farming tub with corn.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The LORD is our stronghold in times of trouble

This is our last full week of preschool before we have Thanksgiving break! We have been doing several different art projects to help the students enjoy their time before break begins. Next week we only have school Monday through Wednesday. We will be having a FUN week filled with games, activities, art projects and even a movie (hopefully)!

Morning Stories:
The bag I'm taking to Grandma's by Shirley Neitzel
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Frog on a Log by Kes Gray
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Looks like spilt milk by Charles G. Shaw

Bible Time (One In Christ Curriculum):
Often times we worry about things that God has promised to take care of. We find ourselves lacking trust in God to take care of us and our needs. The Israelites found themselves in a similar situation in our bible story this week. Our story this week is about the bronze snake (Numbers 21:4-9). The Israelites started to grumble and complain about the things that God had provided them. They wanted better food than what God had given them. In order to show God's power to the Israelites, he sent snakes among them. He wanted them to remember to rely on God. God told Moses to make a bronze snake to put on a pole. When the Israelites looked to the snake with faith in God's promise, they would live. The snake on a pole is very similar to Christ's death on the cross. We can look to him for forgiveness and life. Our passage this week is from Psalm 9:9, "The LORD is a stronghold in times of trouble."

Movement Time (SPARK Curriculum):
The focus for movement this week is leaping. The students have done several warm up songs from the SPARK CD to help get their muscles ready to move. They enjoy being able to not only learn about the importance of exercise in movement, but also in our free time when they are able to do to get their bodies moving! This is a free website that has some age appropriate options for preschoolers!

Music Time (Sing and Make Music Curriculum):
This week they have been working on high and low pitches in music. They have also started working on their songs that they will sing for the Christmas concert on December 16th. We have been learning 'Away in a Manger' with sign language. They students have loved working on verse 1 so far! We are hoping to be able to add one or two more.

Small Group Time (HighScope Curriculum):
They have focused on the letter J this week in small group. Our KDI (Key Developmental Indicator) for the week is numbers.

Monday- introduction to the letter J and practicing how to write it out on a white board.
Tuesday- a number chart with counting bears/dinosaurs.
Wednesday- the same number chart, this time the students are gluing tissue square to represent the number on the chart.
Thursday- pipecleaners with beads and numbers to place the proper amount on each.
Friday- creating a jellyfish while practicing upper and lower case J.

Sensory Table:
This week the students are able to use tweezers, tubes and paper shavings in the sensory table!

Planning/Recall Time (HighScope Curriculum):
The students are able to once again use the binoculars to spot things in the classroom that they would like to use during work time.

Afternoon Table Activities:
They are able to choose from the table activities, snack or the sensory table in the afternoon.

Monday(Math)- numbered popsicles, puzzles and Jenga
Tuesday(Fine Motor)- beads with pipecleaners and lacing cards.
Wednesday(Manipulatives)- foam blocks and two tubs of rice.
Thursday(Art and Literacy)- creating a candy corn art project and watercolors.
Friday(Sensory)- sensory bottles and a tub of corn with farming items.