Orange Classroom News

Orange Room News---October 15-19th


Every day, many young children go through experiences where they think they are not strong enough to do something that needs to be done, or they just don't want to do it. Gideon did not want to lead Israel to victory over the Midianites. But Gideon knew that God had called him to this task. Gideon trusted God, and God gave him the strength he needed. 

God calls all of us to serve. Sometimes, the work that GOd calls us to do is overwhelming, intimidating, and even scary. But God will always give us the tools and the strength we need to complete the task. 

*We will have a sound bag during circle time. In the bag will be a variety of items that make distinct sounds, i.e. a ring of keys, a ringing bell, crumpling paper, bubble wrap that pops. I will make the sound with my hand still in the bag and ask children to guess what they are hearing. 

*We will tap out the beat of different songs on our thighs. As children get the idea of tapping out the beat we will tap on our shoulders, on our nose, on our toes, etc. to promote body awareness. 

*I will clap a rhythm and have the children repeat it. As the Israelites prepared for battle with the Midianites, they may have amrched to a rhythm or beat. Other armies throughout history have marched to special music. 

*We will learn the Grand Old Duke of York but will subsitute Faithful Gideon for the duke. 

*We will make paper plate maracas this week in art. We will also make water bottle shakers. 

*We will focus on the colors black and white this week. Black is for the nighttime, when Gideon and his army snuck up on the Midianites; white is for the sudden light that was created when Gideon's army smashed the jars covering their torches. We will make a black and white collage later in the week.

*We will focus on the oval shape this week.

*In Math we will listen to three different instruments and graph who likes which instrument best. We will then discuss which instrument is most liked and which is least liked and if there are any ties. 

*Since God used drinking water as a way to reduce the number of men in Gideon's army, the sensory table will be filled with water this week. Different materials for pouring and measuring will be provided in the table. 

*The letter for the week is J.

We are excited to start our first week of the second quarter!


Orange Room News---October 8-12th

Worshiping with little children can be an intimidating experience for both parent and child. But Jesus lovingly beckons, "Let the little children come to Me" (Matthew 19:14). This week, the children will see how God comes to us. He wants to be with us. God is clearly visible to His people through the tabernacle, namely the ark of the covenant in the Most Holy Place. Today, there are many gods that vie for our time, but none are real and true like God. None can satisfy our emptiness and longings like God, for God gives us what we need in worship. He is present in His Word and in the Sacraments, sharing with us the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

*The letter of the week is I. We will talk about the letters that begin with I that we find in the letter bag and practice making the "Inny inchworm" sound.

*During Circle Time we will smell a variety of scented candles and allow children the opportunity to identify the smells. We will then vote on which smell each child likes the best and chart the results. We will talk about how in the tabernacle sweet smelling things would be burned and the smoke would rise to God in heaven like the prayers of His people.

*We will practice the nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down," and on Wednesday we will replace the words with "Tabernacle's being built, being built" and other words that pertain to our Bible story this week.

*In art we will make engravings and carvings using tinfoil taped to pieces of cardboard. Children will paint the foil with brown paint; the next day they will scrape off the paint to make designs of their choosing.

*We will also make Tabernacle curtains by dipping strings into paint and pressing them onto a while piece of paper. When they lines are dry we will stamp an angel onto them This will represent the angels embroidered onto the curtain fabric. 

*We will have corn in the sensory table to celebrate fall. There will be many containers for pouring and measuring and other items for hiding throughout the corn. 

*In science we will discuss how olive oil was used to light the lampstand. Students will see the difference between oil and water by doing a demonstration during circle time. We will fill a large jar 3/4 full with water. We will add enough cooking oil to make a 2-inch layer on top. I will ask the kids what they think will happen when I add salt to the top of the jar. Then I will add 3-4 tablespoons of salt and watch the salt push the oil through the water. 

*We will review the circle shape and go on a circle hunt.

*Please remember to send your children to school with jackets as morning recess can be chilly, especially as we are getting further into the fall season. 

It is going to be a great week! 

Orange Room News---October 1-4

God tells Moses to send 12 spies into Canaan, the land He has promised them. Ten spies come back with pessimistic reports, disbelieving that God will be able to deliver on His promise. But the last two spies, Joshua and Caleb, both trust in God and are willing to do whatever God commands next. Sometimes it is difficult to trust where God is leading, but this week we are reminded that we have an almighty and caring God who is always by our side. 

*In the Blocks Center we will have plastic containers to act as houses as we build our city. Around the city we will build a wall of blocks, just like the spies encountered in the story. 

*We will do some vegetable and fruit printing in art, discussing how in the Promised Land many wonderful foods were growing that would nourish the Israelites.

*Also in art we will take various watercolor colors and drip them onto paper. Then students will use a hair dryer to blow the colors around the page.

*We will read "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn and "Owl Babies" by MArtin Waddell. Both are stories of children who have a hard time trusting that their parents will return. Students will be offered the opportunity to receive a heart stamp on their hands to remind them of how much God loves them and how He is always with them.

*In our sensory table we will have lots of fall nature items for kids to explore i.e. leaves, pine cones, acorns, etc,

* We will go on a sensory walk this week, searching for different items like the spies in our story. Each child will have a clipboard with a seies of pictures of items to check off. Once they have seen, heard, or touched the item, they can check it off.

*We will have large acute triangles for children to glue purple circles in, making their own cluster of grapes. We will count the circles as we go through the gluing process. 

*We will place number cards around the room and assign a child to stand next to each one. We will then go from one number to the next, picking up each child on our train. 

*The letter of the week is H.

*The shape of the week is square.

*There is no school on Friday due to Fall Break.

It is going to be a great, short week!


Orange Room News---Sept. 24-28th

This week our class will learn about Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Moses tells the people to be still and watch God's plan of salvation unfold. God parts the sea so His people can walk to freedom on dry land. The Egyptian enemies are washed away, completely devastated. Time after time, the Bibe recounts the Israelites' roller-coaster faith in God. Yet He is always faithful to His promise of salvation for them.

*G is our letter of the week. We will have a letter bag with items beginning with the letter G. We will also practice making the G noise when  while singing our zoophonics song, and when painting or coloring our "G" coloring page/dabber sheets. 

*Our shape of the week is star. 

*We will create a large map on butcher paper of locations important to the kids in our class. I will then remind the children that God led His people away from their enemies even though it meant going through the sea!

*At Circle Time we will have a large blue sheet in the middle of our circle. This will be the ocean. We will ask students how they can get across the ocean (flying in an airplane or taking a boat). We will then have kids take turns flying or boating across the ocean. Then we will ask, "How did God's people get across the sea in our story? God didn't use any kind of transportation, He did a miracle by parting the waters.

*In art we will blow bubbles through a straw into a container that contains dish soap, water, and some blue paint. We will blow the bubbles until they overflow the container, and then we will catch the bubble imprints onto our white pieces of paper. I will then say, "Our breath, or wind, is strong enough to blow bubbles in water. In the Bible story, God used His power to make the wind control the deep waters of the sea so His people would be saved.

*Also in art we will sprinkle art paper with powedered tempera paint. Children will lightly spray this paper with a water bottle, and will see the tempera paint run across the paper making neat designs. We will then talk about how the water in Baptism isn't just water, it is the water with God's word that makes us into a new person---God's special, beautiful child. 

*We will add cars to the blocks center. We will practice making ramps with the long, wide flat blocks. We will experiment with different heights and angles, testing which ones makes the cars move fastest and farthest. 

*In science I will bring in a large helium balloon and attach a small box to it. We will put things in the box and predict whether the balloon will be able to lift it off the ground. After trying various objects, I will ask "Would all of God's people fit inside the basket of a hot air balloon to escape Pharoah?"  No. Getting the Israelites from one side of the sea to the other was a truly a miracle.

*We will let the children pretend they are on an airplane or bus. We will have numbered tickets for them with corresponding numbered seats for them to find. We will have stamps so children can practice stamping each other's tickets. 

*Join us at the school carnival this Friday in the gym at 6pm for lots of games, family fun, and fellowship!

It is going to be a great first week of fall!


Orange Room News---Sept. 17-21st

This week we will talk a lot about Moses' family and how they put their faith in God when they placed Moses in the river to be hidden from Pharaoh. Although it was difficult and dangerous, God knew His plans for their family. Students will see how God worksthrough others to provide help. It is important that children realize they, too, can be helpful, even though they are young.

*We will look at a variety of baskets, comparing the colors, shapes, and sizes of each. We will discuss how the basket Moses was placed in had to be big enough to fit a baby, and how it had to keep the water out and also protect Moses from the hot sun overhead.

*In science we will play sink or float, taking items and making predictions about whether they will sink or float in our container.

*We will read "Hide and Snake" by Keith Baker. We will talk about how the snake is hiding in the book just like Moses was hiding from Pharoah in the weeds along the river.

*We will also read "Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?" by Carol Roth. We will talk about how Moses' mother tucked him into bed inside his special basket.

*We will do some "painted weaving" in art. We will observe the textures of our baskets and then help the children paint a series of horizontal lines on their papers; followed by a series of vertical lines on their papers. Their paintings will criss-cross similarly to the baskets they have felt with their fingers.

*Also in art we will make small egg carton baskets into which we will place wrapped mini-baby Moses for them to take care of and keep safe from Pharoah.

*There will be water in the table for re-enacting the Moses story. We will also have items in there to contiue our sink/float experiments.

*We will tell the story of Moses with our bodies. First the students will pretend to be the tall grasses. Then they will be the wavy river water while they lay on the ground. Then they will be Miriam, crouched down as small as she can. Then they will run in place, pretending they are Miriam going to get her mother. Then they will pretend to be the princess taking a bath. Finally they will be Moses mother rocking him, taking care of him at the palace.

*The letter of the week is F.

*The shape of the week is diamond.

*The school carnival is on Friday, Sept.28th. Hope you can come! Our classroom basket is complete. Thanks for all your support!!!

It is going to be another great week!


Orange Room News---Sept 10-14th

This week our theme of families continues as we look at the family of Jacob. Jacob was blessed with 12 sons, but he loved his son Joseph more than the others. Joseph's brothers didn't like the favortism shown to Joseph and they became angry. They secretly sold Joseph into slavery and lied to their father saying that Joseph was killed. Even though the brothers acted hatefully, God used these events to bring about good. Just as Jesus was disliked and betrayed, God brought good through Jesus' death and resurrection---saving all of us from sin, death and the devil!

*The letter for the week is E.

*The shape for the week is an oval.

*In art we will make fall trees out of the children's arms and hand. We will also make our very own coat of many colors using fabric scraps and glue. 

*In science we will talk about seasonal changes and have a variety of coats and jackets to choose from, deciding which outer garment is most appropriate for each season. The coats will be in the dramatic play area to practice putting them on.

*We will have wool and yarn in the sensory table. We will talk about how wool grows like hair on sheep and is used to make warm and sturdy clothing. 

*Our nursey rhyme for the week will be "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." We will have 3 numbered paper bags we will use to review the rhyme asking "How many bags of wool did the sheep have? To whom did the sheep give them? Were there any bags left over?" 

*We will read the story "A Chair for My Mother" by Vera Williams. We will ask children what they would buy for their mother? 

*In Math we will also talk about how many people are in each of our families. We will find out which of us has the most in our family and which has the least.

*We will wave around colorful scarves as we dance to music. We will play music of different tempos and ask children to wave the scarves and move as the music suggests. 

*At Circle Time we will play Jacob Was the Dad (to the Tune of Farmer in the Dell). We will stand in the circle and first choose a Jacob, then a Rachel, then a Joseph, then a sheep. Then we will play the game all over again until everyone has been chosen to play a part. 

*Please don't forget to bring in items for our "We Love Lafayette" carnival basket.

*Thursday is picture day.

It is going to be a great week!  


Orange Room News---Sept 4-7th

Last week Abraham showed his faith in God by obeying His command to move to a new place. This week we see God fulfilling His promise that Abraham would become a father to many nations as his son Isaac is born. Eventually Jesus would be born of Abraham's family, fulfulling God's promise to save us all from sin, death, and the devil. God always keeps his promises! 

This Bible story gives us opportunity to talk about how God gives us families who love and care for us. It also gives us opportunity to remember that God is our heavenly Father and that we are all in God's family.

*At circle time we will read What Mommies Do Best and What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff. Children will share 1 thing they like to do with their moms and 1 thing they like to do with their dads.

*We will also read Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. After we read the book we will have children make a picture of their moms and dads and themselves when they were babies. 

*In our science center we will match baby animals with their adult animal parents. Mrs. Sattgast will also be bringing in horn worms from her garden for us to observe and discuss.

*In our sensory table students will bathe baby dolls using soapy water and wash cloths. Students will also be able to use clothes pins to hang the clothes from a clotheline to dry for extra fine motor practice. 

*We will paint with baby bottles at the easel. 

*For math students will measure different amounts of cheerios in a tub. There will also be photos of different-sized babies for children to put in order from smallest to largest. 

*Mrs. Sattgast is making some pudding play doh this week for us to enjoy as well. 

*We will talk about the letter D this week.

*The shape of the week is rectangle. (Last week was triangle, I think I forgot to mention that). 

It is going to be a great, short week!


Orange Room News---August 27-September 1st

In our Bible story this week, Abraham and Sarah were still waiting for a child to bring them joy. Even though they were past the time when people have children, they trusted in God's promise to bless them and obeyed his command to move to a new place. God always keeps his promises, and later we'll see how God gave them a son who brought them joy and laughter. 

Many generations later, God gave a child who was the greatest blessing to all--a child who brings joy, peace and salvation to the world. Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham and to all nations. As we talk about our homes and the rooms in them along with other blessings we receive, we remember that it is Christ who gives us an eternal home in heaven. 

*We will cover the story of "The Three Little Pigs." After reading the story we will act it out with students, huffing and puffing and blowing houses down until we come to the house that it sturdy. We will thank God that we have strong houses that are safe and warm.

*We will have pictures of things found in houses that we have cut out from magazines. Each child will tell the class what is on their picture;  what it is used for; which room in the house it belongs in; and we will close by saying, "God blesses us with ______."

*Our nursery rhyme for the week is "There was an Old Woman who Lived in  a Shoe. We will have an adult-sized shoe and a child-sized shoe along with some small dolls. We will ask each child to estimate how many dolls will fit in each shoe. We will ask them to decide which shoe will hold the most. Which will hold the least? At center time children will have time to act out the rhyme with the figures. 

*In Art we will do lego printing on house shapes. We will also have more magazine pictures depicting items from homes for them to glue onto house shapes. 

*There will be sand in the sensory table and figures from the Bible story so children can re-enact Abraham, Lot and Sarah crossing the dessert with their tent and livestock. 

*We will have "smelling jars" at the science table this week. Each film canister will contain a cotton ball that has been saturated with a scent (i.e. peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, orange, coffee). Children will be asked to tell us what each smell smells like. 

It is going to be a great week of appreciating our homes and the other blessings God continually gives us!



Orange Room News---August 20-24th

This week we will learn about God's great love for Noah and the mercy He showed to him and his family when he saved them from The Flood. Children will see God's love demonstrated not only to people, but to all creation, including animals. God loves us enough to start new with ALL of creation. Children will be reminded that through Jesus all our sins are washed away completely. No guilt or punishment remains. 

*During Circle Time on Thursday, children will bring a stuffed animal from home and take turns bringing it to the front of the class and telling us about it. They can show us any tricks that animal is able to do. We will remind them that Noah had many animals on the ark and God helped him take care of all of them. Just like they take care of their animals. 

* We will also play "Guess the Color." I will give clues such as "I'm thinking of a color that is the color of fire engines and Mrs. Sattgast's socks." Kids will take turns guessing until they discover the color I am thinking of. 

*We will learn the nursery rhyme "Rain, Rain, Go Away" and discuss whether kids think Noah and his family ever wished the rain would stop? We will also discuss what the students like and don't like about rain. 

*As a second nursery rhyme we will learn "This Little Froggy" (adapted from "This Little Piggy.") We will act out the motions and help the froggy make it back to the ark. 

*We will also work on name recognition, using the song "Noah Works with One Hammer," then substituting the children's names written on cards with their picture which we will post on our felt board as we sing. 

*We found 2 monarch caterpillars last week (who are already transforming in their chrysalises). With that discovery we decided to focus our science on caterpillars and butterflies last week, and will now focus on growing grass and plants this week. We will remember that rain is a key part of helping all things grow. 

*We will also play "Sink or Float" for one of our science centers. There will be water in the sensory table along with water toys. 

*We will do some rainbow marble painting to remember the wonderful rainbow God sent as a promise to never send a great flood again. 

*We will measure things with our footsteps for math this week. We will have the children guess how many footsteps it takes to get from one side of the classroom to the other and then see who was closest. We will explain that Noah had to do a lot of measuring when he was making the ark. He had to make it big enough to carry all of the animals and his family!

*In Zoophonics this week we will focus on the letter B, going through a letter bag that contains objects beginning with "b" sound. 

*The shape of the week is a circle. We will go around the room searching for circles and learn the circle song. 

It is going to be a fun week of learning the great depth of God's love for us!



Orange Room News ---August 13-17th

Last week we talked about how God made each of us specially, and this week we talk about how God made the special world we live in. We'll see how God created the world with just His words. We will see God's planning and care of creation in how He created the homes and food for the animals before creating them. God cared enough to give us His best, including His Son to be our Savior when we messed up His perfect plan. 

*During Circle Time we will play "Pass the Animal." Students will pass the stuffed animal around the circle while the music plays. When the music stops, that student will make the animal's noise and talk about where the animal lives.  We will also play "Parts of a Plant." I will call out "Stem" and children will touch their legs. I will call out "Leaves" and students will wave their arms. And when I call out "Flower" they will put their open hands on each side of their face. 

*We will sing about colors this week to the tune of "Joy, joy, joy down in my heart" (I.e. " I have some green, green, green, green, here on my shirt, etc.").

*We will paint with acorns this week, dipping them in paint and then rolling them around back and forth

on a piece of paper inside a cardboard container. For art we will also be making tissue paper fish to hang in our windows. We will also glue pictures of flowers, trees and fish onto a white piece of paper. Then we will paint the background blue, talking about whether we are painting theh sky or the sea.

*In science we will introduce the idea of pollution to the kids. We will put salt into a container of sand and ask the kids to take the sand out. We will do the same with a container of water, asking the kids to take out the juice we pour into it. We will discuss how when people put something in the water or the soil that they cannot get out, it is called pollution. This pollution often harms the plants and animals that are living there. 

*The other science project for the week will include planting some grass seed in a plastic cup. We will talk about how plants start out as seeds. We will also talk about how seeds need soil, water and sunlight to grow. We will take time to water them during the next few weeks and see how long they take to grow. 

*In Zoophonics this week we will focus on the letter A, going through a letter bag that contains objects beginning with the short A sound. 

* In the Sensory table we will have styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, leaves, and other items they can stick into the balls to make their own creations.

*We will learn about the square shape and go on a hunt around the room pointing out all the squares we see. We will also learn the "Square" song.

*The dramatic play area will be set up as a house, but with some artificial plants to practice planting and harvesting.

It will be a great week of celebrating God's amazing creation!




Orange Room News for the week of August 8-10, 2018

Welcome to St. James! Mrs. Sattgast and I are thrilled to be your teachers this year. We are starting off the 2018-2019 school year celebrating how wonderfully God has created us!

*In science we will have mirrors out for children to look into and say what body parts they see.

*We will witness the power of the sun by putting construction paper in the window for a few days and make observations, comparing the paper with construction paper that has not received any sunlilght.

*Children will put their hands in the touchy, feely box and see if they can guess what every day objects they use to take care of their body are hiding inside (comb, toothbrush; nail clippers; etc.).

*We will count our fingers, using numbered stickers to place on each finger as we count them. 

*We will observe the color of our eyes using the mirrors, and then graph the results as a group.

*We will have food to cook, dress up clothes to wear,  and dolls to take care of in the dramatic play area.

*In the sensory table children will search for fish hidden among the sand and seashells.

*In Art we will paint a sky blue background using different shades of blue. When children are finished they will add bird cut outs and cottonball clouds to their picture. We will also make paint blots and fold our pictures in half, talking about how each side has the same design. Reminding children that when God created us, he did not make any of us the same. Everyone is unique, just the way He wanted them to be.

*We will be singing our Zoophonics song, introducing all the alphabet animal friends, the sound they make, and the hand signal that corresponds.

It is going to be a great (short) week!