Reflection

It’s hard to believe that this school year has finished and summer is just around the corner. We have had so much fun in the Love Fruit Stand this year!IMG_3616

 

It is a bittersweet time as well having to say goodbye to some of you.  It has been a joy and a blessing to be a part of this journey together.

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Thank you for sharing your precious children with us! Hope you and family have a fun and relaxing summer and we look forward to seeing you again in the fall!

Love Counts

The saints in The Love Fruit Stand just ended their 3rd quarter with a fabulous performance at their fruitful event. Each saint dressed up as an animal on Noah’s Ark. They told their families why God called Noah to build an ark and what He planned to do to the Earth.

After their performance the saints walked around to different stations teaching their parents all about the different animals they had learned during the third quarter.

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Dr. Seuss Green Eggs

The saints in The Love Fruit Stand celebrated Dr. Seuss each day this week. On Tuesday we made green scrambled eggs.

The saints added the eggs to a large mixing bowl. They poured in a little water and added green food coloring to go along with their Seuss story, “Green Eggs and Ham.” The caterpillars and butterflies then mixed all the eggs up and watched as we cooked on a portable skillet.

Each saint had the opportunity to taste the green eggs we made. Many saints liked them so much they asked for seconds.

After the saints all tasted and clean up their eggs they decided to share their food with Mrs. Stephens. We walked down to her office and told her to “Try them! Try them! You will like them!” Just like Sam-I-Am from the story.

The saints had a great time cooking with one another and extending their learning from a silly story to real life experiences.

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Gone Fishing

During the third quarter, the Saints in The Love Fruit Stand are talking all about how God’s Love Counts.

This week we have explored the underwater world and strengthened our counting skills through fishing.

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Each student had the opportunity to go fishing and catch a fish that had a letter, a number, or dots for them to count. After each student caught a fish they has to tell either Miss Cait or Mrs. Owens what letter, numeral, or the amount of dots on their fish.

The saints had a great time fishing and an even better time showing off their letter and number recognition skills.

After fishing on the lake it was time to do a little painting. The saints used shaving cream and Elmer’s glue to make puffy paint. They added a little turquoise, liquid watercolor to the paint and made fabulous ocean creations.

 

The Value of Free Choice Centers

After a great performance at their second quarter fruitful event, the caterpillars and butterflies enjoyed extra time in free choice centers this week.

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Free choice centers are when the saints are allowed to choose the toys they wish to play with in an area of the room or playground that gives them the opportunity to create and use their imagination.

These centers give the child control, allowing for new experiences with a variety of toys.

This concept allows for self choice in a child that is continually told what to do. It also helps to create independence in a child with separation anxiety. In addition, these centers help a shy child become the confident captain of their ship.

This play time of the day, puts our saints in charge and helps to create independent, humble, imaginative, and confident individuals.

Winter Wonderland at CCA

The Love Fruit Stand has been learning all about winter this week. On Monday we brought the snow to Portsmouth, Virginia with some shaving cream fun.

The saints used their sense of touch and smell as they explored the shaving cream.

We even practiced writing our names in the indoor snow.

The saints in The Love Fruit Stand have a lot of great winter activities planned for this week and are excited to show you what they have learned in preparation for their fruitful event in January.

Climbing Our Way into Second Quarter

The saints in the Love Fruit Stand have been learning all about how God’s love climbs up trees and plants. Today we made our very own coconut trees out of graham crackers, apple slices, grapes, and Alpha-Bits.

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The saints were instructed to build a coconut tree, like the one in their story “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” out of the materials that were in front of them. They were given free choice on which snack food to use for each part of their tree.

The butterflies and caterpillars were able to eat their snack once they finished their tree.

God’s Love Consumes My World and Me

 

 

In the Love Fruit Stand the Caterpillars and Butterflies have been working hard to prepare a very fruitful event.

Over the past eight weeks we have been discussing how God’s love consumes them through their uniqueness as individuals, through their safety, through their emotions and through their five senses.

We have also discussed how God’s love consumes their world through life cycles, seasons, and the fruits and vegetables from crops and orchards.

Our saints have been busy and are excited to share all what they know about God’s love. You do not want to miss the LOVE Fruit Stand’s Fruitful Event on October 25, 2016 at 10:30am.

 

Fire Safety in the Love Fruit Stand

The Love fruit stand has been talking about how God’s love consumes them and their world. One specific way God and others show love to us is by keeping us safe. This week we’ve been learning about fire safety. We had our first fire drill and the caterpillars and butterflies were ready to show the other saints at CCA the procedures they learned in class.

The Love fruit stand has been incorporating Project Based Learning in their fruit stand. This is an approach to learning that allows the students to choose a project to make. The caterpillars and butterflies chose to answer the question, “How can we construct a fire truck we can use in our classroom?”

They created a fire truck by looking at picture and finding materials that would be used for different parts. You’ll get to see the results of their effort at their fruitful event.

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In science, the saints made their very own fire in a cup and extinguished the flames with their makeshift fire extinguisher of baking soda and vinegar.

We have some extremely creative students here at CCA!