Promotion

Dear Room 2 Friends☺️, 

We want to take a moment to say THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts! We have had the most incredible year, and we really believe that was due to the teamwork and family environment that we built amongst each other throughout the year! Jesus’ heart has shined so bright in our classroom, and His love has been ever so evident in everything we’ve done. It’s impossible to not see how God is on the move among this generation of tiny humans, and we are confident that He has such an amazing call for each of their lives. We pray that as they go and grow, they will remain in His love and truth for their lives. 

It’s the sweetest honor for us to have been given the opportunity to walk along side each of them, in this tiny season of their lives that is preschool! It’s been our deepest joy to love them, teach them, and serve them. As we say goodbye, we leave you with this beautiful slideshow of our year together, along with our Room 1 neighbors. We hope that, like us, you’ll always remember our time together learning, growing, and  worshiping God as a family each day, for all He has done, for all He is doing, and all He will do.❤
All our deepest love, 

Ms. Wendy💗, Ms. Daisy💛, and Ms. Kira💚.

Children of the King

Why is emergent curriculum so great? Engagement! Engagement! Engagement! When children are engaged they are productive and productive play is essential to a successful learning environment.

Our Room 1 friends have been productively exploring their interests in everything Medieval! Our “Almost Kindergartners” began showing interest in princesses and knights, a popular area of interest for 5 year olds. So naturally, and with their help, we transformed our classroom into a medieval kingdom. We have been exploring their interests in dynamic and multifaceted ways–ways that have not only kept their interests alive for MONTHS but have absolutely propelled them forward as critical thinkers, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists, writers, and thespians!

Room 1 loves to start exploring an area of interest with literature! Books and pictures inspire us, peek curiosity, provoke questions and brainstorming…

We built.

We measured.

We catapulted.

We melted and molded.

We designed.

We wrote.

We patterned.

We micro-dramatic played.

We painted royal self portraits.

We became knights, princesses, servants, and jesters.

We built castle walls and colored stain glass windows.

We created.

We declared ourselves children of the King.

We put on the full armor of God!

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“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11

We know there is a war going on for our hearts. God wants us to obey His word and the enemy doesn’t. When conflict arises in our classroom we remind our kids: “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

It is our prayer that our kids learn to fight this spiritual battle. We want them to put on their helmet of salvation and believe in Jesus. We want them to gird themselves with honesty, fairness and righteousness. We want them to use God’s word to separate right thoughts and actions from wrong ones. We want their faith to extinguish the lies–lies that they don’t have to be obedient or share their toys or love their classmates. We want the truth of God’s word to hold everything in place. We want them to walk out the Gospel with peace. We pray our little ones make Jesus the Lord of their life because He is the King of ALL kings and the Lord of all lords!

Creatives

If we had to use one word to describe the children of Room 1 it would be: CREATIVES! We have grown and continue to grow in our ability to create things. In September, when we first put markers in these little hands we saw LOTS of the early stages of emergent writing (random marks and scribbles, sometimes not even on paper… YIKES!). It is an incredible process we get to help children through! And as Early Childhood Educators, we always remember how important every stage is to the process of becoming a proficient writer.   Now it’s February and we see each child making leaps and strides toward becoming great writers through representational drawing, drawing distinct from writing, symbols, and partial phonetics. It is so exciting!

Our Writing Center features a variety of materials such as: markers, crayons, letter stamps, number stamps, letter punches, word cards, white boards, glue, scissors, and our favorite this year…TAPE!

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In January, we said goodbye to plain white paper at small groups and now we journal on lined kindergarten paper!

Cards, lists, and books are just a few of our favorite things to create.

We enjoy white boards for a different tactile writing experience, especially on those days we don’t fall asleep at nap time!

Imagination, here in Room 1, is never in short supply. Check out some of our more elaborate pieces…

“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded…” Exodus 31:1-4

Just as God called the artisans to create a place for His presence, we pray our little ones use their time and gifts to fellowship with the most spectacular creator, Father God! The One who deposits all of these gifts and skills into us for His glory, and as a reflection of Himself.

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…

Pre-kindergarteners at Work

Our littles in Room 1 have been hard at work (and by work, we mean PLAY!). It’s been an extremely busy start to the school year but rest assured our friends are settling into their classroom, their new friendships, and the rhythms of Pre-K quite nicely. Here is what we’ve been up to:

Developing imagination, demonstrating conceptual knowledge, and practicing book handling skills…

Completing tasks that require collaboration…

Building with a new level of purpose and execution…

Strengthening our pencil grip, and using open ended art materials…

Making sense of the world around us by experiencing it for ourselves through dramatic play…

Exercising, working on gross motor movements, and teamwork…

Exploring the laws of physics…

Strengthening fine motor skills and creativity…

Investigating concepts like force, motion, and speed…

Developing language as we work together to dig, build, and bury…

Practicing math, measurements, and ordinal sequences…

Discovering color mixing in practical ways…

Learning God’s word by reading our Bible and acting out fun skits…

Loving each other and enjoying life together!

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

You’ve Got Mail! 

Room 1 friends were elated when they heard the exciting news… 

We received a package from author Deborah Diesen herself! She saw our art based on her book, The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark right here on our blog and sent us this note…

She liked our creations and took the time to send us a note and signed bookmarks! 

 

We hope she gets our package soon and enjoys reading our thank you cards!

It’s not every day an author sends you mail! She is “O-fish-ally” the coolest author we know!