Each Caterpillar & Butterfly Flourishing in His Light

Each week we focus on what each child has learned through interactive learning and play. To start this entry off I would like to start with what we learned from the children. If you were to walk into our classroom my assistant and I would be blessed to share with you the joy we receive when caring and teaching our heavenly gifts called, “your children.”  Watching their faces light up with each new accomplishment and waiting to receive their “thumbs up” & “high fives” is priceless. Sometimes we introduce new ideas unsure how the children will respond. When the children are responding with comments such as: “Again, again.” AND “I like this. This is fun.” OR “I want you to come and go on a bear hunt with me.”  EVEN  hearing them mimic and repeat their learning with their friends shows us that in their eyes we are doing something right. Daily my assistant and I pray the we do things right in the eyes of God leading and teaching. We teach and introduce new bible points and share examples how they can shine their lights. They are at such young impressionable ages, however, they are also at an age that learning these Godly characteristics is not always easy.  For example, learning to share and be patient is a huge task.  The children like to see the joy on our face and how much we light up as we witness each of them learning to successfully show love towards one another. We may be appointed at this time to teach your children, but your children have also been appointed at this time to teach us. Their interaction allows us to learn new discoveries through their eyes.

This week we continued exploring our unit book. We were finishing up our story time lines. During all of this they learn that every caterpillar arrives to go forth on a journey before being reborn into a butterfly. Our Caterpillars and Butterflies are walking with one another discovering how they can shine their lights along their journey together discovering how they can become reborn with Christ.

We worked on number matching, number sequence, story time lines, pattern sequence, color matching, and the letter B.

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There is more for you to view on our class Facebook page. Make sure to check it out. You will not be disappointed viewing how each child learns. Next week we begin some Fall learning. We will be learning the life cycle of an apple tree. Each day will prompt new discoveries with the use of the apple theme. Trees need roots to help them flourish. The children will learn how to begin to start growing roots and flourishing in God’s wisdom. Godly wisdom helps us make good choices throughout our life.

Keep Your Joy 🙂

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Wow, what a busy week!

We managed to finish another week with a lot of fun and learning.

We enjoyed welcoming our new friend and sharing all the fun learning we can now have with him.

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Welcome Jesse!

We started off our week mixing flour and paint to help create our moons.  The flour allowed the texture of the paint to change. It produced a crater effect on our moons. Did you know that The Very Hungry Caterpillar laid an egg on a leaf in the light of the moon?

 

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Then we made our Caterpillars after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We used balloons to paint the head and body, and a paint brush to paint the feet and antenna.

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Throughout our week we learned many different things. We went on a hunt to help in our learning to identify and count our numbers. We focused on the letter C this week. We engaged in activities that helped us identify the letter C and the sound it makes. Our Language Development song talked about baking a cake. Therefore, we used that line to bake a cake for introducing our country freedom colors. The children were introduced to the Constitution, The Liberty Bell, Freedom Stars, the American Flag, and the Bald Eagle. We shared in discussions followed up by art projects. We were even surprised with a visit from the Mayor.

We used the letter C to make race car tracks. It helped us learn the letter formation. They had a blast learning the finger formation and making their race tracks. Afterward, they made their own race cars.

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We went on a letter and number hunt. 

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Making our Freedom Stars, Learning Our Country’s Colors, and working our fine motor skills.

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Writing our class constitution.

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Patriotic Marble Painting

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We stayed quite busy. Visit our class Facebook page to view the rest of our week. 🙂

The best way to explore your five senses is with a few friends.

In the Love Fruit Stand Class a continuation of self discovery occurred while exploring their five senses.

The best way to explore one’s five senses is with a friend.

We paired up everyone in a variety of groups throughout the week to allow each child to explore a different friend and learn their interests.

 When we work along side a friend discovering new things we begin to allow the love for others to consume our hearts.

That is the best sense of touch. The one that touches our hearts.  

We learned that we do not have to have the same interests, but we can have similar interests. For example, we explored our five senses making a “Friendship Collage.” We learned we all like to paint, but we all have different ideas when it comes to art.  We combined all of our interests and painted what we imagined in our minds to create a huge masterpiece. When it was finished and hung on the wall each child smiled.

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Our science project was with no exception of the amount of fun we had exploring our senses.

We choose to create a “Shaving Cream Ice Cream Sundae.”

This too, was a project that did not allow us to explore our sense of taste. Instead, we used every other sense to create a visual creation of an ice cream sundae. It was such a fun way to allow the children to use some fine motor skills and identify colors.

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I think the class favorite for the week was our “Volcano Eruptions.”

Each child choose the color of their volcano. We used vinegar, water, baking soda, and water colors to create an eruption of bubbles.

 My favorite quote from a child this week was -“The bubbles are blooming.” 🙂 

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This was a very fun week of self discovery for each child to find what gets them excited. I would have to say each child found out that they quite enjoy learning alongside a friend. Each child grew founder of one another and showed love towards one another by sharing and taking turns.

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If you would like to enjoy more about our week I encourage  you to explore our class photo album. 

We also learned to be thankful to God for giving us our five senses. Each day we prayed and sang songs of praise to our creator. We even grew in knowledge during our bible teaching of “Little Pot” during chapel.  We sang songs of praise with the entire school. When we returned to class we made homemade paint using glue, water, and old bay seasoning to paint our own little pots.

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Next week we will begin our adventure of learning the different emotions God has created within us. As we grow and learn together we hope the love of Jesus consumes our hearts with more patience and understanding as each of us learn how to be responsible with our  own emotions. We will continue our self awareness in this theme as we begin to identify, write, and spell our first and/or our last name. Walk around our campus and look for your child’s work that is posted throughout the school. Your child would love to share their work with you.

 

Our First Week


 

Our First Week 

This was an outstanding first week. All the the children did an excellent job transitioning into their new home away from home. If you asked me, it sure did not look or feel like we were only together for a few short days. I am excited to grow and learn with an amazing group of young children. I am truly blessed! I am thrilled to share my love and passion for learning with young children with this group. Our week started with many hugs and kisses throughout the day.

On our first day, we started with a field trip to help everyone get familiarized with their surroundings outside of our classroom. The school is much bigger than our classroom. The children explored all the many different elements the school offers them. For example, the library, our school nurse, our school principal, the sixth grade class, the gym, and what they all do for us. 

 

 

 

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We discovered many different things about ourselves this week. We learned that we all are unique and have similarities.

Who am I? Can you identify the likes and differences in these eyes? 

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We were able to learn more about one another through our show and tell. We even learned how to share and let others appreciate some of the things we like too. 

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Orlando likes dump trucks.
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Alex likes dinosaurs.
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It is fun when friends share their toys.
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Mason really liked the dinosaur.
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Charlie came over to investigate.
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Jame’s keyboard was a hit!
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Bryson likes cars.
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Caleb was excited to share his Transformers back pack.

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Lillian had a really neat doll the class enjoyed.
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McKinley was excited to share her Chuck-E-Cheese photo.

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We learned many different things this week. We explored the letter D, started learning about the number 1, and about how God created the earth. In all the activity during the week we did not forget to have fun in the process. Here are a few sneak peaks at our week. Log on to the Class Facebook page to view more pictures.

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I look forward to seeing everyone next week.

We will explore friendships, volcanic eruptions, tornado’s, and many other exciting things.

There are always new adventures happening in the Love Class.