In the Beginning…

IMG_2937What a GREAT first week of the school year! I prepared some Jitter Juice (Sprite and punch) to help make those first day of school jitters disappear, but apparently I was the only one with the jitters!  Each of the Kinder saints were excited about being in Kindergarten! (We still had a few sips of the yummy juice to make any hidden jitters go away!)

One of the first questions I asked the Kinders this week was “What is peace?” Some of their responses were: “Peace is…relaxing, chillin’, going to the beach, being nice.”  We will seek to answer that question throughout the school year in our study of God’s Word, our interactions with others, and through our classroom learning.

Here are a few things we have learned so far as we opened up the Bible this week.  The Scriptures tells us that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…God saw all that He had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:1, 31).” There was peace and perfection in His creation. Peace existed in the beginning. Peace comes from God.

We discussed what Peacemakers and Peacebreakers look like, sound like, and how they affect others. We already see how peacemaking is important in all aspects of our day:  the way we use our crayons and pencils, eat our snack and lunch, open and close the door, walk in the hallway,  and talk to our friends and teachers, to name a few.

Check out these photos to see how we are learning and practicing how to infuse peace into our school day!

READ TO SELF

Read to Self is the first of the Daily 5 exercises in Reader’s Workshop to build independent readers and writers.  The Kinders learned three ways to read a book:

  1. Read the pictures.
  2. Read the words.
  3. Retell the story.

Most of them are reading the pictures for now, but as they do, they are making meaning of the story and are working on building reading stamina.  We have been practicing Read to Self in 3-minute increments and will  work on increasing our stamina in the coming weeks.

The Kinders also shared their “All About Me” bags with their classmates.  This was a great opportunity for them to use their peacemaking abilities and listen quietly while one classmate shared the items he/she brought from home.

We also discussed the proper and improper ways to handle math manipulatives.  They worked together in small groups to collaborate, share, and create in a peaceable manner.

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Peacemakers keep each other safe and follow classroom and playground expectations. When we do so, peace is also fun!

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The Kinder saints have graduated to the big school playground!

We ended our week with our first chapel of the year.  This is one of my favorite times of the week because we get to gather together as a school and worship God through song and Bible teaching from Mrs. Stephens (and occasional guests).

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Chapel on Fridays

These saints are a bright, creative, loving bunch!  I am so thankful to be their teacher!

Don’t forget to check out your Kinders’ self portraits hanging on the wall by our classroom!

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