There is so much learning going on in the Peace Fruit Stand! I really don’t know where to begin! I must say that as I think about this past week, it is amazing to see God’s character and good purpose reflected in all that we are learning together.
In Science Mary Learns About Animal Coverings, the fifth book in our Nursery Rhyme book series, was introduced. We discussed different types of animal coverings: fur/hair, smooth skin, shells, scales, and feathers. We learned that God, Our Perfect Master Coordinator, designed each animal with a specific covering fit just for them. Here are a list of facts we put together through our exploration of animals and their coverings:
- God created animals with different body coverings for protection from predators and extreme temperatures.
- Coverings help animals maintain their body temperature.
- Some animals use their body covering as a home.
- Some animals use their body covering for flight.
- God is creative.
- God protects and provides for animals, what more for those who are made in His image!
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! – Luke 12:24
We topped off our unit on animal coverings by shearing sheep! And by “shearing sheep,” I mean taking our sheep (a balloon) and shearing the wool (shaving cream) with clippers (a popsicle stick).
In Bible we read about King David’s kindness to Mephibosheth who was lame in both feet (2 Samuel 9:1-12). Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan, David’s best friend who was killed in battle when Mephibosheth was very young. King David took care of him like a son and showed him kindness for the sake of Jonathan.
We listed some ways we can show kindness just like King David. We can be nice, helpful, share, let others go first, and use peaceful words. To demonstrate how our words affect others, the Kinders tasted unsweetened juice. This is how most of the Kinders responded:
The unsweetened, sour juice is like our unkind words. No one wants any of it, and it leaves a bad taste in our mouth. Then, they all tasted the sweetened juice. The sweetened juice is like our sweet, kind words that not only please God but please others as well. Everyone wants more of it! So whether it’s with our words, our actions, or our behavior, we should remember to “be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). God is kind. He is pleased when we mirror His image.
To apply what we learned about kindness, the Kinders all brought in an item to make Friendship Salad. One by one, they added ingredients to make a yummy salad. The strawberries represented the peacemaking, helpful students in the classroom. The mandarin oranges represented the hard workers that always try their best in everything they do. The blueberries represented the kids who share and take turns. The grapes represented the kids who care about each other. The apples represented the way we love one another. We added the marshmallows, which represented the kind, sweet words we use, and then mixed it all up. We topped our Friendship salad with a generous serving of whipped cream for an extra measure of love.
It was delicious! The Kinders did an excellent job of working together making a yummy salad, but their kindness didn’t stop there! To take it a step further, they took their kindness from the INSIDE of our classroom walls and OUT to the hard-working teachers and staff of our school by sharing their Friendship Salad with them!
Stay tuned for opportunities the Kinders will have to “let their light shine” from the INSIDE OUT into the community. Please pray that our Kinders will live out our CCA theme:
“Don’t be so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the INSIDE OUT.” (Romans 12:2 MSG)
Speaking of letting their light shine, the Kinders have been hard at work in other areas of study. During Writer’s Workshop, they are sounding out words, adding words to their pictures, and are on the path to becoming authors! Though we are integrating all kinds of math concepts during our daily Calendar time, their focus this week is on patterns.
Patterns don’t just stop at math! They are noticing patterns in things created by the Perfect Master Coordinator like in animal stripes and in clothing to name a few.