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
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!
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.
Happy Apple Pumpkin Day 2! Our littles in Room 2 conducted an experiment to find out which liquid would dissolve a pumpkin candy-corn the fastest. Check out our little scientists identifying the liquids, smelling the vinegar, tasting the “pumpkin” sample and making predictions.