January 26

Mission Project

This is a video of volunteers from Atlanta working at the orphanages in Nicaragua.  Our class will pray for the volunteers visiting this February and collect contributions to help them rebuild the children’s dilapidated dorm.

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

January 26

We Have Dreams Too!

We read about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Then we used his “I Have a Dream Speech” as a model for our writing.  We thought about ways that the world could be a better place for our children, just as Dr. King dreamed about a better place for his children.

January 24

Making Inferences

Facts are clearly stated and can be proven.  They can also suggest other ideas that are not clearly stated.  An inference is made by using the facts as clues or evidence.

We used this activity to practice making inferences.  The children drew a picture and then covered something in the picture with a snowdrift which was painted on a transparency and placed over the original picture.  The next step was to write clues for their classmates to use to determine what or who was hidden.  Like all good writers, we tried to start our sentences in different ways.

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January 20

Comets

Darcy kicked off our space unit by creating a comet in our classroom! A comet is sometimes called a dirty snowball or an icy mud ball flying through space.  It is a mixture of water, frozen gases, and dust. Comets are known for their dust “tails” which are seen as they fly closer to the sun and begin to melt.

Darcy combined dirt, ammonia, water, corn syrup (organic material) and frozen ice (very exciting) to make our comet. We observed it melt throughout the day. I know the children have a wonderful visual of what a comet looks like after this experiment.


January 18

Friendly Letters

There is nothing like getting a handwritten letter in the mail.  I’m a strong believer in writing thank you notes.  In fact, my daughter recently thanked me for insisting that she always write thank you notes for all of her gifts.

I gave her a model to use which I shared with the children when they wrote a thank you note for one of their Christmas gifts.  First, thank the person specifically for the gift he/she gave you.  Then tell him/her why you like it or what you plan to do with it.  Then complement the person and add a personal comment or question.  I was very pleased with their final products.

We also learned the five parts of a friendly letter:  heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature.

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December 9

Acts of Kindness

We are watching for acts of kindness by our classmates.  When we see an act of kindness, we write it on a heart and place it around the Grinch.  When the Grinch learned the true meaning of Christmas, his heart grew.  With Jesus in our hearts, we know that His birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas.