Orange Classroom News


Orange Room News for the week of May 21, 2018

Our final Bible story is the Prodigal Son. It's a Gospel story about the forgiving father, illustrating how Christ brings all of us, lost in our own sins, home to the heavenly Father. This week we will talk about the farm and also celebrate fathers and grandfathers! What a great way to end our school year!

*We will have straw in the sensory bin and plastic cup "snouts" for kids to put on to root around in for insects and other goodies hidden in the straw. . . just like the pigs from the Prodigal Son story did. 

*During circle time we will do the finger play "This Little Piggy." We will also play a game called "5 Little Peas" where each student will take a turn being a tiny pea that grows and grows until it pops. We will also play a version of Simon says, called "Father Says."

*In art this week we will be making Thank You notes for volunteers who helped our class throughout the year as well as a Father's Day craft. 

*We will have the farm sets out again with various farm animals. That will be in addition to the wooden blocks. 

*The dramatic play area will be the kitchen. I will have baking tools and supplies in there for making pies, along with dress up clothes for the students.

*We will have a special snack and lots of games on Wednesday to celebrate our last day of school. It will be our version of a field day. If the weather is warm, we may be doing some water play outside. Please bring a change of clothes for your children just in case. 

It has been my pleasure serving and teaching your wonderful children this year. I wish you all a safe and happy summer!

April 30, 2018

Can you imagine an entire day without worry? Because of our sinful nature, worry seems to sneak into each day and wreak havoc. Jesus speaks to us this week as He reminds us of His power, His love for us, and His promise to always care for us. God knows our needs and He promises to care for us and the world He so lovingly created. May the beautiful flowers blooming outside be a constant reminder of God's gracious and generous love.

*In art this week we will make flowers with tempera paint and hand prints. We will make "fruity" flowers, once again enjoying gluing fruity cereal on to our creations. 

*In science we will be taking another look at the grass we began growing at the end of March. We will talk about how it has changed from the seeds we planted in the dirt. We will also have the opportunity to trim the grass with our scissors.

*We will also be talking about how eating green vegetables helps our bodies stay strong. Pictures of various vegetables will be cut in half, allowing the children the opportunity to match them and identify them.

*In the sensory table we will be doing pasta sorting by color. We will also have several different colors of flowers for sorting into colors. 

*We will be playing "Hot Potato" at circle time with a real potato. We will talk about how potatoes grow underground. We will talk about how it looks, what shape it is, whether the students like to eat them. 

*We will also be playing with Hula Hoops, following specific instructions such as "Jump inside the hoop, jump outside the hoop, drive the hoop like a car, etc."

*We will also be playing "Shape Shift." There will be a different shape placed at each corner of the room. I will put students into groups of two or three at each shape. When I hold up the shape that matches their corner, they have to go to a new shape/corner. We will also play this game using letters of the alphabet and numbers. 

*The dramatic play area returns to a kitchen this week. And there will be wooden blocks and a farm in the block area. 

It is going to be a great week!

Highlights of the Week----May 14, 2018

The Book of Esther is unique in the Bible in that it doesn't once mention God's name. But as Esther approaches the king to plead for the life of her people, even offering to give her life in place of theirs, she points to the saving work of Jesus in sacrificing His life for us. Mordecai, the cousin who raised Esther, encourages her with these words: "Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14).

God has placed us your your children's lives to lead them to His loving grace, forgiveness, and care that Jesus has won for us. Children face sickness, hurts, and an often-frightening world. As you love your children, you demonstrate the powerful love and care that God brings us through His Son. 

*We will be doing lots of Teddy Bear activities this week: We will line up the stuffed animals and each student will have the opportunity to introduce theirs to the class. We will sing songs with our bears and also help them do some of our finger play activities--including "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around" and "The Teddy Bears' Picnic." 

*I will have magnetic letters stuck to a cookie sheet and play the game "Who can find the Letter. . . ." (to the tune of London Bridge."

*We will hold up the finger puppets from the story of Esther and act of the emotions of each of the characters. 

*There will be painting with shaving cream this week. We will also take small pieces of old crayons and each child will arrange shavings on the rock they are given. We will leave them out in the sun for the whole day. The next day we will check our rocks and answer the questions, "How does our rock feel now? What happens when we leave rocks out in the sun? How does the wax feel now?"

*In the dramatic play area we will have the kitchen set up so we can have a picnic with our stuffed animals. 

*We will have wooden blocks in the block area with some plastic animals.

*In the sensory table we will have pink sand and various colored teddy bears for sorting. 

It is going to be a great, last full week of school!

April 7-11, 2018

Hannah brought young Samuel to the temple; Mary brought Jesus to the temple; and this week we talk about how Lois and Eunice shared their faith with Timothy. These biblical parents were obeying God's directions, "You shall teach (God's words) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deuteronomy 6:7). The children will honor their mothers this week with their Mother's Day preparations. We will be talking about all the loving things mother's do, but especially for raising them up in the love of the Lord. 

*In the dramatic play area we will have baby dolls, baby clothes, a cradle, food, and all the other trappings mothers and fathers would need to take care of their children. 

*Our art projects are top secret this week. We will be giving them as gifts to our mothers on Friday.

*In science we will have some flowers that we put in separate vases filled with different colored water. As the week goes on we will observe what happens to the flower's petals and talk about how the plant "drinks" water.  

*We will read the book "I like Noisy, Mom Likes Quiet." As a class we will categorize a list of activities as either loud or soft activities. We will practice tip-toeing places as well as stomping and marching places (most likely outdoor places ).

*Sorting items according to whether you use them as a baby, a child, or as an adult. The children will be shown things such as a bottle, adult dress shoes, an elementary school textbook, etc. and will decide which age group is most likely to use it. 

* We will play the game "Mother May I" and remind the children that God instructs all of us to listen to our parents. 

*This week I will be taking children out of the room for about minutes each to conduct progress reports. Each child develops at a different rate and this report is only meant to be a reflection of where your child is at this point in their development. It can then be used as a tool to measure progress you may see 6 months or a year from now. And it gives you ideas of things you may work on over the summer to aid in your child's development. If you have any questions regarding the progress reports, I would love to speak with you.


It's going to be a great week!


Welcome back! This week we will be talking about animals who stay awake in the winter, using the book "The Mitten" as our centerpiece. We will be marble-painting mittens, making torn-paper penguin collages and melted snowmen, and creating an Advent chain. In Science we will play "Who Am I?"  I will describe animals and the children will guess which one I am describing. We will have cotton "snow balls" in the sensory table among multi-colored pom poms that kids can remove with over-sized tweezers. We will build winter homes for some of our small animals out of blocks in the block center. We'll have winter clothes to try on in the dramatic play area for the first part of the week. Later it will be set up to re-enact the story of the Three Bears. In Religion we will talk about King Solomon and his great wisdom. The Letter of the Week is M and the Letter Bag Helper is Zoe. The Snack Helper is Heidi. Looking forward to another fun week!