We are so excited to be back together at the preschool and to have our very first Chapel of 2021!
Today we discussed what we remembered about the Christmas Story and the birth of Jesus. Where he was born and who Jesus’ first visitors were. Then we learned about the Wise Men from the East and read Matthew 2:1-12 as well as the Rhyme Bible. We learned how the Wise Men (Magi) followed the star from far away to find the new born king (Messiah). The children had a wonderful time learning the first two verses of We Three Kings and discussing the three gifts that the Wise Men brought. It was a fantastic way to start a new year together.
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.
Our traditional Happy Birthday Jesus celebration looked a little different this year but in no way did we let that shift our focus from the reason for the season.
In Room 2, we dressed up in our Christmas festive best, sang happy birthday, baked cupcakes and enjoyed a special pizza lunch.
As we head into this season of giving, we remember that God has given us the most special gift, his son Jesus, to be the light of the world. Here’s a glimpse into our fun and festive day celebrating our savior, our king–our friend Jesus!
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Our Stone Soup Days were a wonderful way to celebrate the Thanksgiving season. We began our week by reading different versions of Stone Soup and discussing the concept of collaboration and sharing. On Thursday and Friday the children cut different vegetables to add to a big pot of broth, we added some seasoning and pasta to finish our masterpiece. Next, came our celebration feast with our delicious soup, rolls, apple cider, strawberries and our festive decor. Our room 2 family sat together in delight enjoying our soup and each other’s company. To top off the festivities we had a special guest reader today, who we lovingly refer to as papa. He read Bug Soup to the children over a zoom link so the children were able to interact with him. This last week has reminded us of the special blessings God has granted us and we are thankful for our room 2 family.
November is full of so many things from autumn leaves, squash, farm fun, concepts of gratitude/thankfulness as well as times spent with family and loved ones. It is the family theme that inspires this months Bible focus on Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark is the prefect story for preschool to discuss the concepts of talking/listening to God, family, and of course animals. The children had a wonderful time singing “Rise & Shine” and “This is the Day” along with reading from our children’s rhyming Bible.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
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.