Friday, December 2, 2016

Nursery Rhymes

From the Teachers:
November 28-December 2
3’s/4’s Program
This week we talked about Nursery Rhymes.  We read The Three Little Pigs story,  and then read the True Story of the Three Little Pigs, then we made pictures of the three little pigs houses.  On Tuesday we talked about Jack and how he jumped over a candlestick. We learned to say the rhyme, and then made our own candlesticks  and took turns jumping over them. On Wednesday we learned The Itsy Bitsy Spider, we sequenced the story and then made our very own Itsy Bitsy Spider pictures.  On Thursday we learned about Humpty Dumpty, we learned the rhyme and then we had to put our Humpty Dumpty together to make a picture. We also had a humpty dumpty sensory bin with eggs and a wall.  On Friday we learned Mary Had a Little Lamb, then we counted cotton balls and made our very own pictures.
Ms. L visited us from Letter Land this week and we learned the sound, how to make L, and the sign for the letter L. 
Mrs. Galloup and Ms. G put up our Christmas tree in the Dramatic play center, and the students enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree each day.  We have penguin ornaments and a ribbon to use as garland.  We also have a new Christmas themed mailbox that the students have enjoyed mailing letters to their teachers and friends.  We have also added our Nativity set to the Jesus Time center, the students have really enjoyed that activity as well. 
2’s Program
This week we talked all about nursery rhymes! We put Humpty Dumpty back together with band-aids, made paper baskets for Jack and Jill, we painted spider webs and made handprint spiders for the Itsy Bitsy Spider, the students constructed sparkling stars for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and on Friday, we finger painted and read Do You Know the Muffin Man. We also have a small tree for the kids to decorate each day and a new play mobile Nativity scene that they loved playing with. Next week we will be talking about Winter, then of course Christmas! 

Next Week’s Theme:  Winter

What is a Nursery Rhyme:
DEFINITION: a simple traditional song or poem for children.


Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m.
Lutheran School of Lexington’s Christmas Program
The students will be singing Christmas songs and there will be a telling of the Christmas story by Pastor Johnson. There will be some light refreshments served after the program. Please be on time! Bring your students 15 minutes early at 5:45 p.m.

Sunday December 18, 10:30 a.m.:
Good Shepherd Children’s Church Service The children will be singing Christmas songs to tell the Christmas story.
Many of the songs will be the same ones from the School Program. We hope that you will bring your children to participate with the church!

Why do kids need nursery rhymes?
1. Nursery rhymes are the perfect first stories.
Books of nursery rhymes are a great transition to longer books because you can read as many or as few rhymes as your toddler prefers.

2. Nursery rhymes can boost early language development.

3. Knowing nursery rhymes can build social skills and promote a sense of community.
Children bond over a shared story, and when you have  a classroom (or houseful) or children who know the same rhymes, they have fun reciting and singing together.
4. Loving nursery rhymes opens the door to a love of all books.
5. Kids who know nursery rhymes are equipped to be better readers.
Listening to nursery rhymes strengthens kids’ ability to hear the sounds in words.  Find a list of five pre-reading skills you can teach through nursery rhymes, visit Pre-K Pages.

6. Listening to nursery rhymes builds vocabulary.

The more stories and rhymes kids hear, the larger their vocabulary.  A strong vocabulary improves listening comprehension, social conversations, writing, and more!  

7. A love for nursery rhymes opens the door to creativity.

Act out rhymes, create nursery rhyme crafts, illustrate favorite rhymes, and write your own.  Plus, listening to rhymes without pictures lets your child create mental images in his head. (This ability will come in handy when he starts reading chapter books!

Click below for some common Nursery Rhymes:
Top 10 nursery rhymes for toddlers at Let’s Play Music

Here is the music for: Wheels on the Bus

The Itsy Bitsy Spider: (lyrics)

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout,
(wiggle your fingers in a walking motion up like they are climbing)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
(Move your fingers together like rain falling)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
(create a sweeping arm movement or similar for the sun coming out)
So the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
(wiggle your fingers in a walking motion up like they are climbing)
Season of Advent
Celebrating Advent with Children

An Advent Wreath or Calendar
Advent is a Latin word that actually means "coming." In the Christian church, advent is time of preparation and waiting for the birth of Jesus. Advent officially begins four Sundays before Christmas, which means it often begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
So how can you celebrate Advent?
One way is to buy or make an Advent wreath to lay on your table. An Advent wreath typically consists of greenery with four candles, three purple and one pink. Each candle on the Advent Wreath has a specific meaning:
Candle one (purple) represents hope. It is often called the prophets' candle.
Candle two (purple) represents peace. It is often called the angels' candle.
Candle three (pink) represents joy. It is often called the shepherds' candle.
Candle four (purple) represents love. It is often called the Bethlehem candle.
Many advent wreaths also include a Christ candle in the middle of the wreath.
To celebrate with an Advent wreath, you light a candle on each Sunday of Advent.

Advent Calendars
Help your children lead up to Christmas with an Advent Calendar. Find a calendar or make one. Each day in December let your child take out a special activity, trinket, or Bible character that leads up to Christmas Day.
Celebrating Advent will help keep your children focused on Jesus

Bible Stories
Stories told from the
Pray and Play Bible by Jody Brolsma
This week’s stories:
Monday: The Story of Joseph
Tuesday: Baby Moses
Wednesday: Ruth
Thursday: David and Goliath
Friday: Chapel

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 14-22
3’s/4’s Program
On Monday we talked about thanksgiving and the Mayflower. We discussed the Pilgrims and how they came to America. We talked at length about turkeys and read lots of funny books about turkeys and their silly antics.

We made our thankful tree that is on the door in the classroom. Be sure to check it out at pick up next week to see what your child is thankful for!

We also made Indian corn to go on our bulletin board in the classroom and handprint turkeys were painted on Tuesday.

On Friday we did our earthquake drill where the students protect themselves from falling debris by going under tables and covering their head. We went outside to avoid the pretend fire during our fire drill and went into the hallway to protect ourselves from tornados.

We will continue the Thanksgiving theme next week with hats and pumpkin pie taste testing! See you Monday!

A reminder that there is no school Wednesday thru Thursday.
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2’s Program
This week we talked about Thanksgiving! We read several books talking about pilgrims, Indians, the first Thanksgiving and turkeys.

We made cheerio acorns, did a fine motor candy pumpkin transfer (and got to eat them afterwards!) We made Indian headbands, paper plate Mayflowers, and paper turkeys.

Together, the class has been talking about the letter C and the color yellow as well as some new shapes. Next week we are making coffee filter turkeys and nature wreaths to take home to decorate our house for Thanksgiving.

We have also started our sticker charts which the kids have loved! We have a couple that are close to getting into our treasure box!

Next week will be a short week with classes only on Monday and Tuesday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving week break!


Wednesday, November 23 – 7:00 p.m.  
Enjoy a Thanksgiving Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Wednesday night
at 7:00 p.m.

What is the real meaning behind the holiday Thanksgiving?
To give God thanks for the harvest:

The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and — as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow — it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.

When was Thanksgiving first recognized as a national holiday?
It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

Find more information at Scholastic’s Website:
If you want more history go to:

Turkey. While no records exist of the exact bill of fare, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow noted in his journal that the colony's governor, William Bradford, sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the three-day event. ... Deer would also have been likely as a meat.
Fruits and Vegetables. ...
Fish and Shellfish. ...
Potatoes. ...
Pumpkin Pie.
Let us give thanks to the Lord above,
Thanks for His unconditional love,
His lessons of love spread across the land,
Sharing friendships with everyone through our hands
Let us be thankful for family and friends too.
Thankful for all things good and true.
Let us give thanks for the harvest in fall,
Thanks most to Jesus who gave his life for us all!


Bible Story History Lessons
Stories told from the My Bible Storybook by  Micahel Burghof
November 14 – Jeremiah 36
Jeremiah Obeys
Jeremiah was a prophet for the Lord that lived in the time when Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah reigned. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah many words of warning to the people and had asked Baruch to help him write them on a scroll. Then Jeremiah asked Baruch to read it to the people of Judah. The Lords sent his words to call the people to repentance and to come back to worshipping the Lord, their Father and Protector and Rescuer. But the people continued to turn from God.
November 15 – Daniel Obeys God
Daniel 1
Jeremiah had warned the people that if they did not turn to God that more trouble would follow. So in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it! The people were now captives of Babylon and exiled from their own land. The king asked for some of the Israelites to be brought into his service. His chief of his court chose Daniel, and 3 others. The chief official gave them new names: Daniel was to be called Belteshazzar, Hananiah was to be called Shadrach, Mishael was to be called Meshach and Azariah was named Abednego.  The King wanted the 4 young men to eat his royal food and wine, but Daniel resolved not to eat it.  Daniel asked instead for vegetables and water and challenged the chief to compare Daniel and his friends with the others who continued to eat the rich food of the King.  At the end of the 10 days Daniel and his friends looked healthier and better nourished than any of the other young men who at the royal food! So they were allowed to continue eating their healthy diet. God was with them and they found favor with King Nebuchadnezzar!
November 16 – The Fiery Furnace
Daniel 3
King Nebuchadnezzar did not follow God, he instead made an image of gold and required all the people to worship it. He proclaimed that anyone who did not fall down and worship the image of gold would be immediately thrown into a blazing furnace! And so it quickly became known that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not worship the image of gold. Furious, the King  turned up the heat in the furnace  and ordered the soldiers to tie the 3 young men up and throw them into the fire. To everyone’s amazement, the 3 Christian men were not harmed in the fire-not 1 hair on their head was singed, their robes were not scorched, and there was not smell of fire on them. The King reacted, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of these men, be killed, for no other god can save in this way.”
November 17 –  Daniel 5
The Writing on the Wall
The next king of Babylon was King Belshazzar. He liked parties, he misused God’s temple and Holy items and he did not love or obey God. But one day during a great banquet suddenly fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. He became frightened and summoned anyone who could read and tell the meaning of the writing. None of the king’s wise men could read it and the king became even more terrified by it. The queen, however, said she knew of a man who had the spirit of God in him. So they brought in Daniel! Daniel reminded the king that he had been setting himself up against the Lord of heaven and did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. Therefore this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN. Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians. Belshazzar proclaimed and made Daniel the third highest ruler in the kingdom and Belshazzar was slain that very night!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Hibernation and other Good Restful Resources

From the Teachers:
November 1-4
3’s/4’s Program
On Monday we celebrated with a Fall Celebration! Students wore their costumes to school and we shared lots of treats!  See Facebook for pictures.
We have been learning about Hibernation this week.  Students have sorted some animals that hibernate, learned the definition of the word Hibernation, made bats in a cave, and shadow painted bats.  We have been learning a new song Called Bear is Sleeping.
We have been working on the first verse only.  Students will share a berry salad on Friday, just like what a bear might eat before he hibernates! Students will also "hibernate" like the animals do.
Mr. I from Letter Land has visited us this week, he has impossible inches all over his clothes!  Students have learned the sound that letter I makes, came up with some words for the letter, and they learned the sign for the letter I as well.  We have begun working on some of our songs for the Christmas program as well!

2’s Program
This week was a big week for the two's room! On Monday we had our fall celebration and all of the kiddos got to party and have some delicious snacks. We welcomed our new friend Inika this week and the kids really made her feel welcome in our classroom! We made paper plate bears, paper owls and paper plate fox. And the teachers brought in some brand new toys!

The kids loved playing with our new car race track, shape sorting cupcakes and our new number matching puzzle. Next week we will be talking about stories from Eric Carle. We will also be closed on Tuesday, November 8 for Election Day. As always, thank you for allowing us to teach your children!

Curriculum Calendar
Next week’s Theme: Books by Eric Carle
Remember to Set your clocks back on Saturday night!
Daylight Savings time ends.
Tuesday, November 8
Election Day – No School

Friday, November 18 – 11:00 a.m.  
One of our special events this month will be our Thanksgiving Feast on November 18th at 11 am. Please bring a dish that is your family's favorite to share!
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Hibernation: the function of hibernation is to conserve energy during a period when sufficient food is unavailable.
Some animals know to conserve their energy at certain times of the year. We sometimes need to do that as well by getting good rest and quality sleep. Be sure your child is getting at least 12 hours of sleep. See the resource below for more information at:
Your body needs sleep, so your:
·         muscles, bones, and skin can grow
·         your body can stay healthy and fight sickness
When you don’t sleep enough, you might feel sad or moody, or get overwhelmed easily

Bible Story History Lessons
Stories told from the My Bible Storybook by  Micahel Burghof
October 31   1 Kings 17:1-6
Birds Feed Elijah
Elijah was a prophet who lived in a time of an evil king – King Ahab. King Ahab decided all his people should worship an idol named Baal. God sent Elijah to confront King Elijah about allowing the people to worship God. There were 7,000 Israelites that still believed in the One True God, but King Ahab did not listen to Elijah. God then sent a drought and it became difficult for anyone to find anything to eat – King Ahab blamed Elijah and set out to kill him. Although everything in the land was now completely dried out God took care of Elijah by leading him to a stream of water and He sent birds with bread and meat to keep him nourished.  
November 1 1 Kings 17:7-16
God Cares for a Widow
After Elijah lived in the wilderness for a while, God called him to the town of Zarephath. God told Elijah that he would find a widow there to supply him with some food. The woman and her son had very little flour and water, just barely enough for themselves. Elijah told her to not be afraid-- that the God of Israel would take care of her and to prepare some bread for Elijah first. The woman had faith and followed Elijah’s instructions and made him some bread, and continued to make herself and her son some bread as well. When she went to her flour container she found that it was full as well as her jug of oil. There would be enough food for the widow and her son until the day the Lord would send rain.
November 2 2 Kings 4:8-10
Elisha’s New Room
After Elijah died Elisha continued as a prophet for God. He would travel through a town called Shunem. He was invited by a women and her husband to have dinner with them. They admired Elisha’s work to spread the Good News of God and when Elisha would travel by he would stay at their house. The wife and her husband decided to build Elisha his own room and invited him to stay there anytime.
November 3 2 Kings 5:1-16
God Helps Naaman
An army commander named Naaman became very sick with Leprosy. He was a valiant soldier, but could not heal from his Leprosy. He needed help. Naaman’s wife had a young girl that worked for her and she told her about the prophet Elisha. Naaman went to see Elisha and expected that Elisha would wave his hands and cure him. But instead, Elisha told Naaman to wash himself 7 times in the Jordan river and at first Naaman was too proud to do it, but after some coaxing from his attendants, Naaman followed Elisha’s instructions and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. Naaman now believed in the God of Israel!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Fall Fun

From the Teachers:
October 24-28
3’s/4’s Program
This week we talked about Fall and Harvest. We made our own jack-o-lanterns, made handprint candy corn, went on a nature walk and explored harvest foods. We used our bodies to move through a spider web made of tape in our classroom, as well as using our movement skills on the playground.  

We will play pumpkin twister on Friday.  We learned our new Autumn leaves song and carved our class pumpkin. We also said Goodbye to Ms. Keegan on Thursday.  She will be greatly missed, but we know she will do wonderful things in her career as a Special education teacher!  She has also promised to stop by and visit us.  

2’s Program
In the two's class students enjoyed dancing to Fall songs, singing nursery rhymes.  They made candy corn mosaics and sampled candy corn.  Students painted pumpkins with legos to create a pattern, they have been decorating the new felt tree with leaves, pumpkins and spider webs.  On Friday students will paint their own pumpkin and they will do a fine motor activity where they pull spiders from the spider web using tweezers.  They enjoyed reading several fall books, and singing lots of songs.  

Curriculum Calendar
Next week’s Theme: Hibernation.

Fall Festival
Monday, October 31 – 11:00 a.m.  
Please join the students for a fall celebration on Monday, the 31st.  

Enjoy the last of the Fall Harvest around Lexington!
Try the Corn Maze at Botanica:
Lose yourself in complete fun inside of our corn maze. While you're trying to figure your way out, you can correctly answer  questions (answers in the maze) and be entered to win University of Kentucky (GO BIG BLUE) exhibition basketball tickets. One pair of tickets will be given for the Open House Weekend ( the last weekend of September) and one pair will be given for the month of October corn maze participants.
Other Activities include:
• Unique Tractor Tire Pyramid
• Corn Troughs
• Barrel Horses
• Pipe Tire Swing

• Petting Barn with a Horse, Llamas, Goats, Variety of Birds, Sheep, Calf, Donkeys, and more
• Photo opportunities with "Old Tractor" and Head Cut Out Boards
• Verticle Tire Wall

Trick-or-Treat in Fayette County is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

 HalloWhinny at the Horse Park
Saturday & Sunday
Oct. 29 & 30
At the HalloWhinny annual Halloween show, horses and their riders are likely to show up in just about any kind of human/horse costume. Guests will see creative costumes with performances set to music, possibly even Superman, a creepy ghost, a "hippie chick", the Wicked Witch, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast or any number of spooky or fun characters. Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 29 & 30 at 2 p.m.
The event is included with general admission to the horse park. Breeds Barn, Kentucky Horse Park. Info:
Fall Harvest Reminds us of God’s Bounty!

They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord— the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.

You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

Praise God for the Harvest Song
1 Praise God for Harvest - time,
sing till bells of heaven chime!
sing of his love revealed,
fruit of earth and ocean's yield:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Good harvest safely stored
praise our great Creator Lord!
2 Plough turning soil and stone
by the winter stormwinds blown; green buds on bending bough, life to bring us harvest now: Alleluia! Alleluia!...
4 See in our food a sign
pointing to a love divine;
strength from a summer sky,
life bestowed as rainclouds fly:
Alleluia! Alleluia!...
5 Lord, on your gifts we feed:
show us each the other's need; give us the love to share
in our deeds and in our prayer: Alleluia! Alleluia!...
Paul Wigmore (born 1925)
© Paul Wigmore/Jubilate Hymns

Bible Story History Lessons
Stories told from the My Bible Storybook by  Micahel Burghof
October 24 – 1 Samuel 16:11-12, 18; 17:34-35
David Helps His Family and Saul
David was a shepherd and he loved the Lord. He was the youngest in his family. One day King Saul who was distressed asked for someone who could play some music for him. Saul’s attendants asked David to play his lyre for Saul. David played soothing music for Saul and remained in his service. There was an enemy of Saul and the Israelites whose name was Goliath. Goliath was a very tall and large soldier. Saul needed someone to face him in battle.  David volunteered.  David told Goliath that he came against him in the name of the Lord. “Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and Goliath fell face down on the ground.  So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.”
October 25 1 Samuel 17:12-20
David Visits His Brothers
Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old. Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. David took care of his family while he worked for Saul.
October 26 1 Samuel 18
David and Jonathan are Kind
King Saul’s son Jonathan became David’s friend. The Bible says, “Jonathan became one in sprit with David, and he loved him as himself.” Jonathan showed his love to David by spending time with him and making covenant with him through giving him his tunic, his sword, his bow and his belt. Jonathan’s friendship was a gift of God to David, especially since Saul would not let David return to his home.
October 27 1 Samuel 18-19
David and Saul
David was successful in whatever Saul asked him to do. Saul saw that the Lord was with David and he became jealous. Saul became increasingly angry with David and he began to hunt him down. The Lord continued to be with David because David trusted in the Lord and God’s protection kept David safe from Saul.
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