“Peace Excites” the Senses

The new quarter is in full swing in the Peace Fruit Stand!  The Kinders are beginning to sense how “Peace Excites” in the 2nd quarter.

Here are snapshots of our first two weeks ..

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We read “The Pumpkin Patch Parable” and talked about how our sin is just like the gunk we find inside pumpkins – slimy, icky, and gross (as the Kinders liked to describe it). However, through Jesus death and sacrifice on the cross we are made clean by His blood if we believe in Him. We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) . Don’t you just love our pumpkin’s new face?! Though I didn’t light a candle and put it in our pumpkin, we discussed how Jesus’ light shines in and through us so we can let our light shine (Matthew 5:16).  Our pumpkin friend even helped us with the life cycle and parts of a pumpkin.

Check out the Kinders working together to get the “gunk” out of our pumpkin.

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Then we made some pumpkin soup that excited our senses of taste and smell, at least, for most of us.  I was surprised that 11 out of 14 of our Kinders loved it!  They even asked for seconds!

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Look at us!  We’re human tally marks!

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We had the opportunity to visit the fire station just across from school.  The firefighters stopped traffic to help us get across the street and gave us a glimpse of the day in the life of a firefighter.  We got to hear the blare of the fire alarm, learn the parts and tools of a fire engine, watch EMTs respond to a call, learn how to read a map of Portsmouth, and lounge in the captain’s office.

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We learned that firefighters “live” in the fire station for days at a time.  They must take care of their own food and other living expenses at the station.  One interesting fact they shared was that most fire houses no longer use fire poles because they posed a problem when sleepy firefighters were awoken by alarms and were piling up on one another when sliding down the poles.

Of course, the Kinders got to sit in the driver’s seat of the fire engine!

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Stay tuned for upcoming posts of our unit on bats and a preview of the Kinders’ writing samples!

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