Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Opposites and Oceans

From the Teachers:
March 24, 2017
3’s/4’s Program
This week in Prek 3-4 we learned about opposites. We learned that opposites are things that are different from each other, they are contrasting in some way.  On Monday we talked about the opposites hot and cold. Students sorted pictures by whether they are hot or cold.  We also played a game of follow the leader, but students had to do the opposite of what the teacher was doing. 
Students made day and night pictures, sorted items based on living or non- living, we learned about long and short items as well.  We read many stories, and played several games to help us remember what opposites are. 
Students were able to weigh items in the math and science center and decide whether they are heavy or light.  In our sensory bin we played with white rice and black beans, we searched for pandas hiding in the bins.  Our students showed a great understanding of opposites! 
On Friday we enjoyed some extra outdoor play time, as well as practiced our fire, tornado and earthquake drills.  We learned our final letter of the alphabet this week.  From now on we will cover a couple of letters per week as a review.  Students will be asked to identify the letter within the context of words, they will be asked to identify the letter sound, as well as the sign for each letter.  We have also learned to sign the entire alphabet as well as "Now I know my ABC's next time won't you sing with me"
This week in bible stories, we used our daily devotional.  
Monday-We learned to pray for others.  James 5:16
Tuesday- We learned that God sends rain.  Psalm 147:8
Wednesday- We learned not to complain. 
Philippians 2:14
Thursday- We learned that we should help the weak.  Thessalonians 5:14
Friday-  God makes good things happen, even when we lose.  Romans 8:28
2’s Program
This week in the two's room we talked about the oceans and the animals that live there. On Monday we wrapped our feet in bubble wrap and walked on paint to make our background for our bulletin board. On Tuesday we made starfish using bubble wrap on our hands. On Wednesday we made octopi and used honey nut cheerios for the suction cups on the tentacles. We also got to eat some cheerios! On Thursday we worked on tracing lines and our name. We also used celery to make fish scales on paper fish. On Friday, we traced our lines and names again and then went outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather!
The Bible story from Pray and Play Bible 2
This week’s Bible story was David and Goliath
Next Week’s Theme: Next week we will be talking about the ocean some more and will have a special ocean themed snacks on Friday!
The week of April 3-7 is spring break!

Sunday, March 26
Family Church Service at Good Shepherd
Please come and worship on Sunday at 10:30. There is Children’s Church during the service.
April 3-7 SPRING BREAK – No School


Newport Aquarium

Discover 10 species of seahorses, sea dragons, trumpetfish, shrimpfish and pipefish!



Newport Aquarium’s basic admission ticket gets you access to all of the Aquarium’s exhibits, shows and galleries, all at one low price.
AdultAges 13+
ChildAges 2-12

Directions From Lexington

·         I-75 North to I-275 East
·         I-275 to I-471 North
·         I-471 to Exit #5 (Newport/Route 8)
·         Turn left at stop light onto Route 8
·         Follow signs and proceed directly into the Newport on the Levee parking garage
·         From the Parking Garage, the Aquarium is on level PL
Salato Wildlife Center
Salato Wildlife Education Center is part of the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife and is located in Frankfort. Just a short drive off of I-64 you can find their wonderful education center and acres and acres of habitats and live animals!
Salato is open Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $5.00 for adults; Children 4 and under are FREE.
#1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601

From the Bible: Genesis 1:6-22

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

Friday, March 10, 2017


From the Teachers:
March 10, 2017
3’s/4’s Program
This week in Prek 3-4 we learned about all kinds of weather.  We created a tornado in a bottle and talked about how tornados are made and the damage that they can do.  We learned about windy weather, and used our breath to blow clouds across the carpet. We created a cloud using shaving cream and glued raindrops and lightning bolts to create our stormy pictures. We used shaving cream to create clouds. 

On Thursday we created rainbows using strips of paper glued onto a half paper plate cloud.  On Friday we created a rainbow and sorted Froot Loops onto the correct colors.  We read many books about various types of weather, and discussed the weather each day during calendar time.  

Bible stories this week:
We read from our children's devotion this week. The bible verses and topics we learned this week were:
Monday: Psalm 27:14  Good Weapons
Tuesday: Nehemiah 9:17  Have Mercy
Wednesday: Isaiah 25:1 Get Excited
Thursday: Ecclesiastes 4:9  Two are Better than one
Friday: Galatians 5:13 Serve others 

2’s Program
This week in the two's room we talked all about the weather! On Monday we made paper plate umbrellas and read about the rain. On Tuesday we made paint dotters windsocks and read a book all about the wind. On Wednesday we made rainbow bead bracelets and read and story about sunshine and spring. We also went outside to enjoy the beautiful warm, sunny weather! On Thursday we made our own clouds and rainbows with paper and cotton balls then headed back outside to enjoy the warmth again! On Friday, we made fruit loop rainbows and got to snack on fruit loops. We also played with rainbow play-doh and read about rain and hail. 

The Bible story from Pray and Play Bible 2
This week’s Bible story was about Baby

Next Week’s Theme:  Spring

2017 -2018 Student Enrollment Form:

Dinner and Games (Free t-shirts)

Friday, March 17
Parent-Teacher Conferences  - No School
Sunday, March 26
Family Church Service at Good Shepherd


Rainy and Stormy Weather Activities

Little Wiggle Worm Fingerplay

Tune: Eensy Weeny Spider

The little wiggle worm
(wiggle pipe cleaner worm)
Went crawling underground.
(wiggle worm under hand)
Down came the rain;
(wiggle fingers downward)
Soon mud was all around.
(make a disgusted face; open arms wide)
Rain filled the tunnels
(open hand; move fingers together)
And pushed the little worm.
(push worm through the other hand)
So the puddles on the ground
(make an O with hand)
Were the only place to squirm.
(wiggle worm into O)

Whether the Weather

Whether the weather is fine
Or whether the weather is not.
Whether the weather is cold
Or whether the weather is hot.
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
From the Bible: Genesis 9:8-15
God’s Covenant with Noah
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. 

Dr. Suess

From the Teachers:
March 3, 2017
3’s/4’s Program
This week in Prek 3/4 we learned about Dr. Seuss. We learned that he is an author, and that the author writes the books, we learned that he loved to make silly stories for young readers.  He uses lots of rhyming and make believe words in his writings.  We read The Cat in The Hat and made our own Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft.  
We read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and made our own handprint fish art.  We read Oh the Thinks we can Think and created our own drawing of the Thinks we can Think.  We read the Sneetches and made our own handprint sneetches with stars on their belly.  We also watched the video of Bartholomew and the Oobleck, then we made Oobleck and enjoyed playing with it.  
This week in Bible Stories we read:
Baby Jesus
Jesus is Born
Angels Tell the News
Wise Men Give Gifts

We celebrated Avanitha's 3rd birthday and Kunsh's 5th birthday on Wednesday.

2’s Program
This week in the twos room we talked all about Dr. Seuss! On Monday we made our One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish handprint craft and we also read the story!

On Tuesday we did a sorting and counting activity with goldfish (and got to eat what we counted!) and we also made Thing 1 and Thing 2 handprints.

We read Go Dog, Go!  On Wednesday we made the Cat's hat with red and white strips of paper that spelled out our name. We also read Wacky Wednesday.

On Thursday we began using scissors and cut red and white paper for our hat craft. We read The Foot Book. On Friday we painted paper plates to look like fishbowls then added goldfish and fruit loops (to be the gravel) in our fishbowls! (see picture to the right)

The Bible story from Pray and Play Bible 2
Joseph, the Favorite Son. 

Next Week’s Theme:  Weather

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Saturday March 4
Paint A Passage Event - $30.00
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Friday, March 17
Parent-Teacher Conferences  - No School
Sunday, March 26
Family Church Service at Good Shepherd

Practicing Rhyming by Marie Rippel
Rhyming helps children notice the sounds within words. From an early age, children can recognize that bat rhymes with cat, and they become aware of the word part  – “at.”
In fact, rhyming is one of the best predictors of how easily children will learn to read.
That’s because good rhymers are better equipped to notice that rhyming words often have shared letter sequences, such as –all in tall, ball, and small, which gives them a considerable head start in learning to read.
Most children enjoy hearing and participating in rhyming activities, and when they are exposed to rhyming, they usually pick it up naturally. But if your child isn’t good at rhyming yet, don’t worry! There are many things you can do to help. Read on!

Preschoolers and the Three Stages of Rhyming Ability

It’s helpful to know that preschoolers don’t just start off rhyming. In fact, they generally go through three stages. In the order of easiest to hardest, those stages are:
Stage 1: Hearing rhyme (the child grows accustomed to hearing and repeating rhyme)
Stage 2: Recognizing rhyme (the child can identify two words that rhyme)
Stage 3: Producing rhyme (the child can think of a word that rhymes with another)

Simple Ways to Help Your Preschooler Learn to Rhyme

  1. Read picture books aloud. This is by far the easiest way to teach rhyming to preschoolers. You’ll find lots of great books on these lists: Rhyming Picture Books and Poetry Books for Kids.
  2. Explore nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are conducive to reciting again and again. After your child knows the nursery rhymes, let him fill in the rhyming words. You’ll find some wonderful nursery rhyme collections here.
  3. Play hand-clapping games. Pat-a-Cake and Miss Mary Mack (see below) are perennial favorites.
  4. Sing rhyming action songs. Remember Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and I’m a Little Teapot?
Practice this fun Clapping and Rhyming!

Psalms from the Bible – Christian sacred songs or poems

Psalm 85:
7Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
    but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
    that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
    and make his footsteps a way.