No Fooling, April is Upon Us!
I can hardly believe that April is already here. The school year is flying by! What a fun time we’ve had with our study of boxes. Boxes are endlessly fascinating to young children. Perhaps more than any toy or game, boxes have the power to hold children’s attention and spark their imagination in astonishing ways. A study of boxes builds on children’s natural curiosity and promotes important skills as children gather information, learn about the world around them, and solve problems. The class took a vote and decided that our big trampoline box should become a rocket ship. After discussing everyone’s ideas, and believe me there were many, Mr. Charles, my husband, helped with the construction. You should have seen the children’s faces when they saw the rocket ship for the first time! The boys and girls have had a blast pretending to be astronauts in space. Some of our class puppets have even flown on the shuttle! A big thank you to Jamie Ashby, Rachel’s mom, for supplying us with the box, as well as various items that we’ve used for our control panel.
Our study ended with a field trip to The Shipping Post. Both Pre-K classes were allowed to go to the back of the store where all the packing takes place. Hannah, our tour guide, did an excellent job explaining to the children how items were measured, wrapped with special peanuts and bubble wrap for protection, boxed, and taped. We saw boxes of all shapes and sizes, along with a special machine that shot out packing peanuts! She even gave each child their own piece of bubble wrap to pop. You would have thought it was a fireworks celebration! A big thank you again to The Shipping Post for allowing us to visit. It was the perfect conclusion to our box study.
We’ve really been practicing writing our numbers 0-20, a well as our letters. Instead of working inside, both Pre-K’s ventured out to the sidewalk to practice their writing with sidewalk chalk. So far, the children can write 23 letters. They are so proud of themselves!
Easter will be here before we know it. The class painted beautiful watercolor crosses that we hung in the windows. Not only are the colors pretty, but the message, “He is risen!” can be seen on the crosses as well. I wrote the message in white crayon before the children painted them. They were so excited to see the “secret message”” appear as they painted.
How wonderful to work at a school where God’s word can be shared!
We’re hard at work practicing for our Talent Show which will be held April 26th. Between both Pre-K classes the talent is amazing! The children are gaining self confidence each day as they practice before their peers. They’re also learning that to succeed takes practice. Working with a partner also calls for “give and take.” So many important lessons to be learned from performing!
Please check back with us in a couple of weeks as we begin our bread study. Should be yummy!