1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jesus Is Alive

Now is the time I like to teach the kids about Jesus conquering death.  It's deep- it's not always easy for them to understand.  We talk about God and Jesus all year, but I think it's important to teach them that "Easter" is really about resurrection.  Every year I change my wording to suit the group of kids that I have based on what I think they can grasp.  We created a cross.  One child called it "Traffic from God."  :)
On each paper I placed a dot where we wanted to aim with our hand prints.
This is the idea!  When I think of God's love for us in sending Jesus, my mind imagines light.  We added some yellow hand prints to create a glow!
 There was some somber talk about how we do not like how Jesus died.  I try to explain to them that it is a symbol of how it feels when we break God's rules.  It's so hard to explain!  I just tried to get them to understand how when Jesus was born, this was his job.  It's how he showed us that Gods love is never ending, we can now look forward to spending eternity with him.  (Blank stares, because that means we will die.  Too much I guess.)   I glossed over that with,  "God loves you so much!  That is what is important for us to remember about Jesus.  He is so powerful that he came back alive and lives in our hearts forever!"  They could understand that.  He is a superhero!  The only REAL one!  Phew!
We had a celebratory dance party to Newsboys' song 'God's Not Dead'. 
We rocked the house.  It was so loud!
Happening right now- one taunting squirrel who is out of reach only because these two cats haven't figured out how to get on the roof yet.  I put her nuts up there.
Have a great weekend, have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Birthday Wind Wheels

I feel like we have had endless Birthday parties lately!  Unbelievably, most of the kids did not even eat their cupcake this last time.  They are cupcake'd out.
Here she is, the Birthday girl!  
Sometimes we get out balloons, sometimes bubbles.  This time we colored some paper plate wind wheels to run and dance with.
We always have to have the "Birthday" by The Beatles dance party!  
One Barbie later...
Outside they went!  Our next party will be in May!
 Hopefully our visiting ducks will attend.
♥♥♥Happy Thursday!♥♥♥

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Animal House

"Miss Nicole!  The ducks are heeeeere!!"  We know that the ducks have a nest of eggs near the church park playground.  I haven't gone over to investigate because I don't want to upset them.  It's been nice having the ducks around again.  This is year three of them visiting us! 
They get pretty close to the fence now.  Luckily, the cats haven't been menacing during the friendly visits. 
The ducks have been eating well, the kids are great at feeding them bread.
We got lucky and they laid in the grass and stayed a while. 
Chippy has returned!  She was really bossy and came inside when I opened the door. 
She has been visiting daily as well, but baby Zuko is pretty bold about chasing her up the tree.  I just move her nuts up there and she eats them while keeping a good eye on the cat.
I love living in an animal house.  It's great that the kids get to see these animals!
We created some animals of our own.  We are working on the letter S, so we created some Spring chicks.
Adorable!
They each chose to use a different color of feathers.
This made me happy.  Grass is such a great toy.
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Busy Being Busy

I'm a few days behind on my blogging.  It's just been very busy around here.  I'm busy being busy.  It's awesome! Last week during spring break we created some coffee filter butterflies.  Another repeat, but one that is always welcome.  Who doesn't like butterflies?  I think this year I will order some caterpillars again so the kids can watch them cocoon and emerge.  In the meantime, it's just talk.
The kids used washable markers to add color to the coffee filters.  I used a Sharpie marker to put their names on.  It's important to use Sharpie, because the goal is to wet the filter and watch the colors run together.  Everything moves, except for that permanent Sharpie name.
See?  The kids used a spray bottle of water to wet the coffee filter.  (In a tray, to contain the water.)  It's fun to lift it up and watch the colors run!
We laid each one down onto the newspaper and patted them down with paper towels. 
Add a pipe cleaner, and BOOM!  Butterflies. :)  They each made two.  One to take home, one to hang up.
Seeee?
I caught some Lily Of The Valley coming up in the back garden. 
It's that time of year when we can have our afternoon snack outside again.  I am so happy that we have had so many days of sunshine lately!  Rain is in the forecast for today and the next five days.  Typical.  We have been loving our outside time. 
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Preschool Evidence

Sometimes we are learning at Henle House with nothing to show but the knowledge we gain.  It is pleasing to me to have the kids take something with them when they leave.  Not just something, but something that they created or worked on that day.  We often times use play dough during our learning table time.  It can be even more effective than an art project or worksheet. 
We use it as a sensory tool and to review numbers, letters and shapes.  The kids were counting and creating balls to stack and count.  They were also making worms, one small, one medium and one large.
They had their work cut out for them- we were mixing an old batch of play dough with a newer batch, and it required some elbow grease.
Don't let that color fool you- it smells like cinnamon!
Here he was, stacking and counting the balls he created. 
Because we mixed two batches together, I was able to part with some of it for the kids to take home.  Now there was evidence that we did something!  (Isn't it ridiculous that I fear being thought of as a "daycare worker" who does nothing with the kids?)  I suppose it's that fear that keeps me busy.  It's a good thing that I actually love being busy.  Being that I'm a forensics nut, I want there to be evidence of that.
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Birthday

The table was set!  Birthdays are exciting for these kiddos.  They notice on the calendar when a birthday is coming, and look forward to taking part in the celebration.
Sometimes there are goody bags, sometimes there are not.  This time they had loads of goodies inside.  When this happens I usually send them home with the kids rather than unleash the sugar rush.  I still want to love my job when the day is over!
We decorated cupcakes. :)
Birthday girl took this job very seriously.
She is holding up her three fingers!  It was so funny, she held them up FOREVER.
I hope she made a wish!
I made some balloon toys.  I just added a piece of elastic to the balloon, with a loop at the end for a finger.  
"Are you ready to go outside?"
It was a BEAUTIFUL day yesterday!  We had at least 70 degrees going on.  I got some color.  It is so nice not to have to deal with the ordeal of getting coats on for outside time.  Sometimes it's the little things that make me breath a sigh of relief.  This week is Spring Break, so I'm really enjoying not having to be at the bus stop twice each day.  It feels good to have a break.
"Listen, you.."
"..and you..."
"I am boss.  You may follow me around." 
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥
We've got a few tulips blooming!