The Shadow of the Almighty

I am still in disbelief that we are more than half way through the first quarter!  There has been so much learning going on in the Peace Fruit Stand!

This week the Kinders have been exploring and experimenting with light and shadow to reinforce our learning from another book in our Nursery Rhyme series, Jack Be Nimble Learns About Shadows.

We used various kinds of light sources like flashlights, an overhead projector, the SMARTBoard projector, and sunlight to study the behavior of shadows.  Here are some fun facts we learned about shadows…

  • In order for a shadow to exist, it needs an object and a light source.
  • Shadows change its size depending on the angle of the light source on the object.
  • Making shadows, especially hand puppets, can be fun!
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Though the sun threatened to hide itself, the Kinders were able to trace each other’s shadows with chalk. As fun as that was, we were unable to observe their shadows change in size as the sun’s position to their bodies moved throughout the day because the rain finally caught up with us.

We were able to make the connection that WE are just like shadows!  Just as shadows move with their source and need a light source to exist, we, as believers in Christ, need God as our Source and His Son Jesus as the “light” of our lives.  Psalm 91:1 comes to mind as I ponder this truth.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the                       shadow of the Almighty.”

Our shadow becomes His shadow.  The Lord truly is with us wherever we go!  We thank God in prayer together daily that He is with us wherever we go, but it is refreshing to have Psalm 91:1 as a visual reminder of that.   I always love when Science backs up biblical truth!

The Kinders really loved this hand puppet video, so I have included it here for easy access:

Some other highlights from our week…

Our fellow Kinder Joshua was able to join us for us few hours on Friday after breaking his arm last weekend.  He was obviously missed and received tons of hugs from his Kinder buddies.  We all got to sign his cast!  We were so thankful he joined us, too, because our class earned a popcorn party, and he was able to celebrate with us.  Please keep Joshua in your prayers for complete healing.

Also, during Chapel we had the honor of hearing from several missionaries.  They reminded us that we, too, are missionaries in our own neighborhoods and have the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus with others.  The Saints were able to ask all kinds of questions to get to know them and their heart for spreading the gospel globally.

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Our visiting missionaries to New Zealand, Belgium, and London.
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“Beloved of God”

As I was spending time in God’s Word earlier this week, I came across Romans 1:7.  The apostle Paul addresses the Romans as “beloved of God, called to be saints.”  Day to day, the students at CCA are referred to as “Saints.” Though I love my Kinder Saints already, to see them in the Lord’s eyes as “beloved of God,” my love for them grows and I am grateful for the time I get to spend with them.

As the Kinder “Beloved of God,” we get to enjoy His glory and presence through play, learning, and exploration.  We celebrate His creation during recess, during an outdoor scavenger hunt for things God created on the 3rd day of creation, and while drawing self portraits that display how God made each of us wonderful and different.

In Bible this week, we learned about Hannah and Samuel and the blessings they received through their obedience to God.  During P.E., the Kinder Saints applied the Bible lesson through various games that required obedience in order to finish but learned that even when we make mistakes, we can start again (and again!) and make things right.

When we begin to realize that peacemaking (as opposed to peacebreaking) choices promote safety and, well, peace in and out of the classroom, we cultivate and foster our relationships with one another.

During Chapel on Friday, Mrs, Stephens reads from James 1:19-22 as the Saints follow along in their Bibles.
During Chapel on Friday, Mrs, Stephens read from James 1:19-22 as the Saints followed along in their Bibles.  Ask your Kinder Saint what they learned about anger.

As we sort food into the different food groups and discover patterns in numbers, colors, and shapes, we see God’s order and perfection in our studies of Science and Math.

Kinder Saints use the SMARTBoard to sort food into the appropriate food groups.
Kinder Saints use the SMARTBoard to sort food into the appropriate food groups.

Even during Writer’s Workshop, the Kinder Saints are making the connection that not only through words, but also through pictures, they can share and communicate  ideas from their God-given, creative minds.

As much as I love  watching these CCA Saints learn and grow, my prayer is that they would truly become HIS Saints, His beloved.

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“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”           -3 John 1:4

Our first two weeks at a glance…

We started the new school year celebrating Joshua's 5th Birthday on the 1st day of school! Happy Birthday, Joshua!
On the 1st day of school, our class celebrated Joshua’s 5th birthday during lunch!  Happy Birthday, Joshua!

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We had fun getting to know each other better as the Kinder saints had opportunity to share their
We had fun getting to know each other better as the Kinder saints had opportunity to share their “All About Me” bags with the class.

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               Zyaire and Kaidyn share their letter-forming skills with Play Doh.


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The Kinders learned the proper way to use math manipulatives and how to work together with a partner.
The Kinders learned the proper way to use math manipulatives and how to work together with a partner.

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                                                           Brain Breaks!  Recess!


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Kinders take the first steps to developing lifelong habits of reading and working independently during
The Kinders take the first steps to developing lifelong habits of reading and working independently during “Read to Self”, which is part of the Daily 5 language arts framework.


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During Art the Kinders learn about different types of lines (straight, wavy, zig zag, dotted, and curvy) and expand their vocabulary by using words like: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.
During Art the Kinders learn about different types of lines (straight, wavy, zig zag, dotted, and curvy) and expand their vocabulary by using words like: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.

Using computers in the media center. Writer's Workshop. And more!

Using computers in the Media Center. Writer's Workshop. And more!
Using computers in the Media Center. Writer’s Workshop. And more!

The fun, learning, and play never stops at CCA!