Butterflies in Room 2

Room 2 welcomed caterpillars into our classroom a couple weeks ago. We used magnifying glasses to make observations, have discussions and read books about the life cycle of butterflies. This week we observed 4 butterflies emerge from their chrysalis.

Today we released our butterflies at the big field. Check out how excited our little ones were to say their joyful goodbyes!

He is RISEN!

Happy Spring! Room 2 has welcomed the new season with fun caterpillar observations, spring focused art and much more!

To celebrate Easter we hosted The Last Lunch. Our friends in Room 2, collaborated to create the menu for a very special meal. Just as Jesus sat down with his disciples for The Last Supper, we enjoyed our last meal together before Easter.

Easter is a wonderful time to look toward the cross as a reminder of Jesus’ love and sacrifice but thankfully, at PCS, everyday is full of reminders, stories, conversations and prayers that teach us who Jesus is and what He’s done for us.

Mr. Yorlin and his bunny Pancake even stopped by for an Easter visit!

Dino Day

For the past two weeks, our friends in Room 2 have been exploring dinosaurs! We got out our paleontologist brushes to dust off fossils in our sensory bin, got creative with dinosaur art, built Jurassic habitats in the block area and so much more!

As a way to celebrate all the fun things we’ve learned we had a Dino Day! What is Dino Day… you ask? We dressed dinosaur festive, made dinosaur shaped pancakes, enjoyed a special presentation of PBS’ Dinosaur Train and made volcanos ERUPT! Our celebration was DINO-mite!

Thank you Room 2 Parents for your contributions! You made our day extra special and so very exciting!

Jesus Loves Me Party

Room 2 celebrated Valentine’s Day with our Jesus Loves Me Party! We enjoyed a festive valentine fruit parfait and passed out our valentine cards. Ms. Monica stopped by for a special reading of Love by Eric Carle and passed out cross necklaces to remind us who loves us the most—JESUS!

“For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Flying into a New Year

In Room 2, we painted and built an airplane! Our dramatic play area transformed into an airport and we integrated a few thematic elements into our classroom activities, small groups and books we read.

Some of the fun roles our room 2 friends took on in our airport included: pilot, air traffic control, airport employee and traveler!

In our math small group, we played a fun number recognition game. We rolled the dice, counted dots and flew to the “cloud” with the corresponding number.

This is an example of emergent curriculum. When we returned from Christmas break, our friends were discussing travel so we facilitated fun ways for them to keep the conversation going. We built on their experience and knowledge of the world around them. They piloted our play and this is where we landed!

Perfect Square

Early childhood literature is so much more than meets the eye. Of course books are fun to read, but they can be utilized to spark important conversations, integrate curriculum, gain perspective and cultivate imagination.

Our littles in Room 2 are enjoying a book called Perfect Square by Michael Hall. It’s about a perfectly happy square that gets cut, torn, shredded, shattered and poked full of holes. Just when you think it’s ruined it’s transformed into beautiful, much less confining things.

On a practical level, we can explain themes of perseverance, creativity and flexibility but as believers we see an even deeper moral of the story—

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

We are so thankful that God takes our pain, our brokenness, our shattered pieces, our disappointments and gives us the opportunity to use it for his glory. We get to be continually shaped and molded into HIS likeness—what’s more beautiful than that?

This literary art project is just one example of how we integrate the monthly shape (square) and the monthly colors (blue and white) from our curriculum skills sheets into fun and practical learning experiences. Check out some of the awesome things our Room 2 friends turned their square into.

Let The Apple Times Roll

Room 2 had so much fun with our Apple Pumpkin Day activities we continued today! Let the good times roll!

We put our chef’s hats on to create mini apple turnovers!

Thank you to our Room 2 parent volunteers for bringing all our ingredients!