APPLES

Dear Parents,

Thank you for bringing all the delicious apples, your generous contribution made this apple galore an exciting successful apple-venture filled with many different activities to do with your children. We have done apple tasting, made apple dumplings, and most recently made apple sauce.

On September 27th and 28th, the children participated in apple tasting and charting. On October 3rd and 4th, we made apple dumplings and they were able to follow direction such as spreading the dough, placing the apple in the center, shaking the cinnamon and sugar, wrapping the apple with the dough, and enjoying a delicious dessert after lunch. On October 10th and 11th, we made apple sauce and the children were chopping the apples into small piece with butter knives. We are looking forward to a lot more fun activities this school year.

WINTER FUN

In January we had lots of fun discussing and exploring the different kinds of weather. We had “WINTER” this year, days that were really cold, days that were rainy and other days that were sunny. We read books about arctic animals, snow and rain. The children played with ice and animals that live in Antarctica, built some snowmen with different size boxes, dressed it up with scarves, hats and with their imagination they requested features to be added such as a face, buttons and arms. We really got to enjoy our outside play making mud piles and making lots of different molded shapes with the wet sand. As we engage in outside play, the children enjoyed a fun and messy experience with cornstarch as they discovered texture, cause and effect, and measuring. With all these experiences the children were exposed to social-emotional, cognitive, math and language skills.

“SHENANIGANS”

The shamrock is used as a spiritual symbol; each leaf demonstrates a feature of the Christian trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the Beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

PATTERNING and SORTING

“SCIENCE WITH SKITTLES” Taste the rainbow.

“HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY”

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We read “Little Blue and Little Yellow.” What happens when you mix blue and yellow? We see GREEN

“DEVELOPING Fine Motor SKILLS While Learning Colors”

OUTDOOR FUN

FRIENDSHIP 2019

As you know, Pasadena Christian School is rich in cultural diversity. Early in the school year, we welcomed our families to share traditions, recipes, books or share a special celebration with the children in class.

This February Ms. Joy, with a few parents, shared songs, read special
books, created fun arts and crafts, and cooked dumplings!  These fantastic 
activities were a wonderful way to expose our class to “Lunar New Year.”

 

Happy 2019 from Room 4!

Welcome back to a new year filled with love, happiness and many blessings. We hope that you spent the holidays at home or out and about creating beautiful family memories and traditions. On our first day back to school your children shared their holiday adventures; we were excited to hear stories from all the children. Some of their stories were: “I went to church,” “I went on an airplane to the snow,” “The snow was cold,” “I played with Sydney,” “I open my presents,””I have a new jacket,” and the stories went on and on. All the children came back in great spirits and with lots of stories to share, we were amazed by how much their language expanded and how comfortable and open they were with their stories.

Currently, our Bible story is, “The Bright Star and Three Visitors,” Matthew 2:1 – 12. We are talking about the bright star that lead the Wise Men to Jesus, the gifts of gold, the sweet-smelling spices and the King Herod who didn’t like Jesus.

Before the holidays we had fun decorating our Christmas tree with the beautiful ornaments that everyone brought from home. Grandparents Day was a great success! We invited grandparents and special visitors to come see our classrooms and performed our special songs for them. We also enjoyed pajama day with hot cocoa, and a relaxing movie, we had a lot of fun. We are posting some December pictures, we hope you enjoy them.

We want to thank all our parents for being so thoughtful with the cute cards, special dedications, wishes, yummy treats, spa treats and gift cards.

God bless you and watch over you.

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BLESSINGS FROM GOD

Our bible story during the month of November was Jesus feeds the 5,000 John 6:9.  A story of sharing and being thankful. What an amazing God we have. Through the power of prayer, five loaves of bread and two small fish that a little boy shared, Jesus was able to feed a multitude of His followers.

Our pumpkins, leaves, sticks and fall items donated by all of you provided the children with a fun, exciting and learning activity. The children touched, climbed, compared small and large pumpkins we also dissected and explored inside our pumpkins.

Before making Stone Soup, we explored the smells and tastes of different kinds of vegetables. Thank you for bringing and sharing all the vegetables that made the most delicious Stone Soup. A special Thank you to our parent volunteers: Miriam (Aspen’s mom), Rachel (Ava’s mom), Kelli (Camden’s mom),  Peifen (Ella’s mom), and Karen (Kaira’s mom).

We made hand prints which were sent home as a “Thanksgiving Momentous.”   Preschoolers cannot be expected to create masterpieces, but they can develop symbolic understanding by representing their experiences in paintings, drawings, and collages. Symbolic understanding is key to begin reading, and the discussions a child has about art are a form of practicing communication and expanding their vocabulary.

Oh No!!!! Here comes the celebrations and the holidays.  This means that your little ones will be at home extra days or you might take them out of town to see families “Yes,” their routines will be disrupted. It also means that when they come back to school they may or may not go through separation anxiety.  

 

 

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

It is hard to believe that it has been 4 weeks since we started school! You probably have noticed less crying, happy faces, and children engaged in play. It has been wonderful to see so much growth in such a short period of time. Warm feelings and smiles can be found everywhere!

physical development is the way your child moves their arms and legs (large motor skills) and their fingers and hands (small motor skills). Social development helps your child get along with others. Emotional development lets your child understand their feelings and the feelings of others. Language and literacy development helps your child understand and communicate through listening, talking, reading, and writing. Thinking, or cognitive skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems.

Throughout our school year we will be assisting your child to grow physically, socially, emotionally, develop language and literacy, and thinking/cognitive skills. Through play kids find ways to interact with peers, to negotiate, to express self, to share, to be responsible,  and be a friend.

We have already done lots of observation and documentation to see what our classroom’s strengths and interests are. These are some of the things we have observed so far.

SHARING COMMON SPACELISTENING , FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, AND LEARNING LANGUAGE THROUGH COOKING.

So far we have done simple short cooking activities that don’t require a long attention span, this will lead us to little expert “Chefs” later on. 😉