Gung Hay Fat Choy: Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

Yesterday and today room 4 celebrated Chinese New Year with some traditional foods and fun music and crafts. Mrs. K and her sister and brother in law, along with another grandma, came to help us celebrate. One of our mommies whipped up some delicious dumpling filling and grandma taught us how to “paint” dumpling wrappers with water, place a scoop of filling in the middle and pinch them to seal. After, these dumplings were ready for the hot water. Grandma also blessed our classroom with a lovely Chinese calendar and a golden dumpling box! We enjoyed the dumplings as part of our morning snack dressed with soy sauce! Yum!! Mrs K put together an adorable rooster craft that the kiddos loved putting together! We got lots of help and dumpling tutoring from aunt and uncle. We even had a surprise drop-in by another mommy! Thank you to all who helped make our celebration a success!

Baby Jesus

Back in December the children created sweet little baby Jesus using packaging popcorn and a seed pod as his manger. They dusted him off with gold glitter. They were thrilled to be taking baby Jesus home with them…

Delicious Lessons in Early Mathematics! 

Last week Room 5 had a rockin’ hot cocoa bar with our morning snack and got a yummy lesson in applied math and graphing at the same time! One by one everyone came up to customize their own hot cocoa cup, and afterwards we voted on our favorite topping. We learned new vocabulary, made scientific observations about which items melted and at what speed (marshmallows take longer to melt than whipped cream!), and each friend cast their vote for favorite topping on our bar graph! Whipped cream and chocolate syrup tied for first place with marshmallows just one vote behind. This might be one of our favorite ways to introduce graphing to preschoolers. What do you think? 

All His Promises Are Yes And Amen, in 2017!🌟

Welcome back, Room 2 friends!☃️❤😁

We are so excited to be back in the flow of things here in Room 2! We say Yes and Amen to the New Year,  and to the many promises God has for us this next season! There has been so much outpouring of God’s goodness in our classroom since we came back from the Christmas break. It’s so beautiful to be back together pursuing God’s heart for our Room 2 friends, as we prepare to equip them well for academic success and set them on the path to thrive! 

We’ve gotten back into the flow of our Languange and Literacy curriculum, and we are so proud to report that it has been a smooth transition.😊 We are currently learning from Unit 5,  “Jingles, Poems, and Rhymes.” This unit teaches friends about rhythm and about the patterns that we hear in poems, like when words rhyme. Room 2 is really enjoying learning the fun structures of poetry! 

We had tons of rain since getting back, which we receive with open hearts!☔️ Rain is such a tangible reminder of God’s faithfulness and provision for us and our land. We celebrate the rain! But it was also nice to finally get back outside this week! Friends finally got to go to the big field this week and practice their motor skills. We played a huge game of “Simon Says!” and had a great time being out in the sun.🌞

We also went to chapel! So thankful to get back to worship Jesus together with “the big kids!”

We are so thankful for God’s faithfulness and timing for our Room 2 friends. Our Bible verse for the month of January is, “There is a time for everything…” Eclessiates 3:1 

We are excited to continue to thrive and succeed, with God’s hand guiding us. Lastly, we want to wish you a happy 2017, and thank you so much for the support and encouragement that parents provide teachers and students. You are a gift, and we are deeply thankful. We are so excited to keep partnering together with you in 2017. Blessings, and see you back here next week!❤

-Miss Wendy

P.S. Praise! Ms. Daisy is doing super well after her surgery! She is recovering and is due back soon! Amen!💜

Extra📸: Enjoy!

Rainy Days and Dance Parties!

Welcome Back! Our Room 1 friends had a great first week back to school after our nice long Christmas break! The rain gave us a chance to explore wet soil, discover some interesting earthworms, pill bugs and insects all around our outdoor classroom! Consider our interests officially sparked!

Inside, we kept the learning going with games like Four Corners and The Freeze Dance! Think of all the areas of development games give children the opportunity to grow in: social, emotional, physical, and cognitive! They learn how to cooperate with a large group, develop the emotional capacity to be “out,” learn to coordinate big body movements to the rhythm of music, spacial reasoning, memory and so much more! Games are a fantastic way to foster desirable character traits such as perseverance, fairness, and our favorite–FUN!

We even had a dance party in the dark…