Two weeks in…

It’s hard to believe that week 2 of Kindergarten is now history! So much has happened in the first NINE days of school! We’re having so much fun learning about each other. Sharing our “All About Me” bags was one great way we got to know our fellow Kinders better.

 

 

We added another Kinder to the CCA family this week, Mark Wilson II (not pictured yet)! He is sweet, friendly, and has quickly adjusted to the Peace Fruit Stand. The Kinders have done an excellent job of making him feel right at home. Please welcome Mark Wilson II and his family to CCA! Also, we’ve already gotten to celebrate two August birthdays this year!  Happy Birthday, Joshua and Mathew!!!

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Each day we love to pray and open up God’s Word together. We read 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). God’s perfection and peace was reflected in His creation. In the Peace Fruit Stand, we will be defining the word “PEACE” as we understand it from God’s Word, our interactions with others, our (home, church, and school) environment, and in our learning throughout the year.

After discussions and activities on the difference between PEACEMAKERS and PEACEBREAKERS, the Kinders Saints discovered right away that the words “I can’t” and “I don’t want to” do not exist in the Peace Fruit Stand. With some redirection and peaceful, positive thinking about their abilities and attitudes, they are learning how to become independent, hard-working CCA Saints. Check out some of their peacemaking work so far…

In READERS WORKSHOP we launched Read to Self, the first of the five components of the Daily 5 exercises that cultivate independent readers and writers. They learned three ways to read a book:

  1. Read the pictures.
  2. Read the words.
  3. Retell the story from a book previously read.

 

 

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 for 3-minutes at a time and will  work on increasing our stamina in the coming weeks.

In WRITERS WORKSHOP, the Kinders are practicing the proper uses for pencils, crayons, paper, and their writing folders to help pave the way in their writing journey to becoming authors and illustrators.

In MATH we are discovering that shapes are everywhere in God’s created world and how even the simplest of shapes can produce magnificent and elaborate works of art when used together. The Kinders use manipulatives, such as the pattern blocks pictured below, to identify shapes and get creative! We will continue working on shapes next week and learn the difference between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes.

 

 

In SCIENCE the Kinders, with their fellow Firsties and second graders, had a special opportunity for S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment through the Engineering for Kids program to design, build, launch, and test straw rockets on the first Friday of school.

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The CCA primary department learn the different types of engineers and prepare to become aerospace engineers.

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Using scissors and cardstock the students design and shape the wings (or flaps) for their fuselage, the straw.
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Taping their wings to their fuselage

 

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The CCA Saints gather together in the gym to get ready to launch their straw rockets. They had an audience of K2 and K3 Saints to cheer them on!

Watch the live Facebook coverage of their rocket launches:

 

I just recently learned that “kindergarten” means “garden of children.” The image in my mind of the Kinders as plants and the partnership of parents and teachers (including Sunday School teachers) as gardeners, only fleshes out our CCA motto:

Where home, church, and school work together.

My prayer this year is that God would mightily use us as parents and teachers to help each Kinder and CCA Saint “grow, flower, and bring forth fruit — and to renew their manifestation year after year” (from the “Moral Culture of Infancy and Kindergarten Guide). I LOVE my “garden of children!”

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“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…”

At our last fruitful event of the year, one of the Kinders explained that “Peace is a gift.” This was true for Jesus’ disciples as He spoke to them in preparation for His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven. And this is also true for each of these students as they leave kindergarten.  Jesus says,

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…”

My prayer is that the PEACE that God leaves with each of them would continue to EXIST, EXCITE, EXPRESS, and EXPAND into first grade and the rest of their lives.  They have grown so much! It was such a privilege to witness the baptism of three of our Kinders who each made important salvation decisions this year. Another student plans to be baptized this summer after recently being saved! God’s peace is at work in the hearts of each of these Kinders. It is has been an honor and a pleasure to teach and learn alongside of them. Thank you Kinder Families for the partnership, constant support, and friendship throughout the year!

They are no longer my Kinders (sniff, sniff), but I can’t wait to see how their light shines in first grade! Keep shining for Jesus!

Happy Summer, Firsties!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Week in Field Trips, Part 2

A Visit to the Fire Station

The Kinders have been learning about community helpers and how they each serve a specific purpose and play important roles in allowing our community to run smoothly and effectively. On Friday they had the opportunity to visit the firefighters of Fire Station #9 to get a glimpse of their lives in action.

First, we went on a tour of the station and saw their sleeping quarters, workout room, captain’s office, and even walked in on some firefighters preparing lunch with a wonderful aroma that filled the kitchen.

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Captain Parrish explained the importance of heat and fire safety in the kitchen. He showed the Kinders that pot handles should NEVER face out where it can be knocked over. Pot handles should always face to the side or away to prevent spills and burns.

Some other important information for kids Captain Parrish shared included:

  • knowing the number for emergencies: 9-1-1
  • knowing the first and last names of your parents
  • memorizing your home address
  • having a designated meeting place right outside of your house in case of fires or other emergencies.

For more information on creating a fire safety plan in your home, check out this site: http://stayingalive1.com/kids_escapeplan.html.

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We listened in on a 9-1-1 dispatcher notifying all local fire stations of a car accident.

One of the firefighters put on his entire firefighter gear to show how well-protected he must be when fighting fires.

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He had the Kinders imagine a room filled with smoke. They practiced getting low to the ground, reminded them to not be afraid of a firefighter in full gear, and to crawl towards a firefighter (instead of hiding from them) if the situation ever arose.

We could not leave the fire station without getting to check out the inside of a fire truck first!

We are so thankful for our local heroes for their dedication and service to our community. Thank you!

Our Week in Field Trips, Part 1

What a wonderful week we had of getting a first-hand look at the very things we have been learning in class through field trips! Our trip to Hunt Club Farm was off to a great start, especially when this happens:

Our awesome tour guide Ms. Theresa took us to several different stations on the farm. We were exposed to the life cycle of frogs, bees, birds, and plants. We got to look for froglets in their mini pond, dig for worms, play with the chickens in the coop, pet some of the animals, feed the goats, and plant sunflower seeds in the garden.

The photo below is a look at the aviary from the outside with a display of different types of bird eggs, which Ms. Theresa was showing the Kinders. Can you guess how many chicken eggs are equivalent to one ostrich egg?

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Going inside the aviary and getting to feed the birds was probably one of our favorite parts of the entire farm visit! It was fascinating to see God’s amazing creation up close. The birds apparently LOVED Mrs. Smith!

Lunch time was a great time to share our favorite parts of the field trip so far and squeeze in some math discussion. The Kinders ate their food in fractions. “I ate 1/2 of my chip!” “I have 1/4 of my cookie left!” the Kinders exclaimed. It was impressive to see sandwiches cut into fourths, too!  (Way to go, parents)!

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And of course, we got to have recess at the farm!

Thank you Hunt Club Farm for an educational, hands-on, and all-around fabulous day! The Lord couldn’t have granted us a more weather-perfect day for field-tripping. It was beautiful outside!

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The Kinders were sad to leave the farm but were excited for another ride on the bus.

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Their excitement only lasted for a short time. Many of them were out within minutes of leaving the farm after a fun, yet exhausting day.

Peace “Otterly” Excites!

This time of the year naturally brings out the excitement of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The Kinders are learning that peace excites not only in receiving from others but also in giving, gratitude, and persevering through hard work.

In learning about the first Thanksgiving and all that the Pilgrims had to go through for religious freedom, we realize how much we have to be thankful for.  Many of us got to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, a feast (harvested from the grocery store) that probably lasted for days, and the freedom to pray and worship God as we desire.

Just like the pilgrims had to work hard in a new land to survive, the Kinders got a small taste of what life could have been like in the past where everything was planted for harvesting and made from scratch.  They each took turns helping make homemade butter by shaking a jar of whipping cream constantly for about 10 minutes! Boy, did their arms get tired!

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Kyros took her turn at shaking one of the jars of whipping cream until it turned to butter!
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After minutes of vigorous shaking, the Kinders finally made butter! [We even noticed the three states of matter that existed in that small jar – solid (butter), liquid (buttermilk), and gas (air)].
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We couldn’t let the hard of work of butter-making go to waste, so we had to enjoy it on some bread, of course.  Delicious! The Kinders even asked for a second serving of bread and butter 🙂

We also made some popcorn in honor of our study of Squanto, the friendly Native American Indian who taught the Pilgrims how to raise and harvest corn.  With the help of our school’s cognitive therapist Ms. Pattie, the Kinders enjoyed the experience of watching corn kernels wildly transform into popcorn!

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They used their five senses to come up with some “juicy” adjectives to describe our popcorn before devouring it!

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With Christmas in just a few weeks, our Social Studies unit on Needs and Wants was a great segue into the real meaning and spirit of Christmas.  The Kinders came up with a list of items they want for Christmas.

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Then they brainstormed what they think we really need to live.  It’s a pretty good list, don’t you think?

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The Kinders concluded that what we really need is Jesus.  God provides for all our physical needs as He promises in Matthew 6:25-32, BUT Jesus is the only way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). This Christmas we are thankful for Jesus who came to earth for the purpose of saving us from our sins so that we could have an eternal relationship with God our Father.

In Art, the Kinders were excited to create their Christmas ornaments to decorate the CCA Christmas tree!

In Math, the Kinders are showing that peace excites when we become part of the math problem!

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Human Tally Marks!
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The Kinder saints use a nonstandard unit of measure (markers) to find out how long Cadence is!

Finally, we would like to introduce you to the newest member of our class…

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Oscar Otter!

The Kinders are reading through Oscar Otter together this quarter. It is fun to watch their “otter” excitement over finding trick words, digraphs, bonus letters, glued sounds, and chunking words together.  We have some great readers in the making!

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Here are just a few of our readers in the making.

Unite!

Our end-of-quarter “Peace Exists” Fruitful Event was a success!  It was a success because these Kinders were proud of their work and they truly honored God in what they shared.  This event was such a great picture of Central Christian Academy’s motto coming to life:

Where home, church, and school work together.

It was a real treat to have family members, friends, and pastors come together so that the Kinder saints could share their first quarter of learning, exploration, and fun. If you were not able to make it, check out the short video and photo slideshow below to get a glimpse of what took place at this special event!

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The God of Order

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…         – 1 Corinthians 14:33

As we continue our theme of “Peace Exists” throughout the first quarter, we discovered that peace exists when there is order.  1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that our Creator is a God of order.  In context, the apostle Paul explains that the church functions best when there is order. That is true also in the classroom. We know that putting our supplies where they belong after we use them allows us to function peacefully and smoothly in the classroom.  We also know that disorder in the classroom (for example, not putting headphones back where they belong) can result in frustration, discontentment, and blame. In the Peace Fruit Stand, we are learning that we can make messes, get dirty, have fun, and still restore order when we work well together.

This week we discovered that order is EVERYWHERE!

In Math, we explored the use and function of ordinal numbers. The Kinders learned that ordinal numbers, by its name and definition, tell the position of something in an ordered sequence.

In Language Arts, we launched all of the Daily 5 activities: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing.  Each activity follows a set of expectations that, when followed in an orderly manner, will help each Kinder become better readers and writers.

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Word Work

In Science, we learned about the States of Matter: solid, liquid, and gas.  We made observations and conclusions about water.  When a solid (ice cube) is introduced to heat, it will melt and become liquid (water).  When the liquid (water) is introduced to more heat, it changes to a gas (steam). When a liquid (water) is introduced to cold temperatures, it becomes a solid (ice cube).  We learned that not all solids are affected by temperature, but when they are, they follow these rules.

The Kinders watched a solid ice cube change its state when heat from their hands was applied to it (pictured above).  Then they worked together to make Jell-O and observed its changing state from a liquid to a solid.  The following day they enjoyed the best part – eating their work!

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When there is order, peace (and the sweetest smiles) exists.