Welcome! Look who represents the 2016 Joy Class.
This year we started our year exploring what it means to unite with others. During our first week of school each child brought in an All About Me puzzle piece. To help build community within the classroom the kids had to figure out (collaborate) how to fit their pieces together. Collaborating is such a big word for preschoolers. However, when investigating what uniting to collaborate meant, they uncovered that they have already begun demonstrating some of those skills. They became aware that God created everyone different and that He said they were all wonderfully made.
Creation will take many weeks to explore and investigate. We referenced the Bible to help us explore Genesis chapter one. Genesis is the first book in the Bible. It only made sense to start there. Ask your joyful saint to share with you what we have discussed already.
Their Creation book in progress.
This was able to lead us right into uniting and working together as a team to reach a common goal. This allowed us to group the joyful saints into different size collaboration teams. They worked hard to figure out a way to form a circle only using their bodies. Once they discussed it, they agreed they had to stand in a circle and hold hands. The joyful saints also had to figure out how to get a parachute to form a circle and hold an object in the middle without it sliding down the color wheel. Ask your joyful saint how many attempts it took before they figured it out. This was their favorite activity our second week.
Collaboration skills continued to build. We tried to see how five friends could work together to explore the colors in a rainbow. We also encouraged them to discuss how to create a rainbow. We had previously explored all the colors in a rainbow. A visual aid was available to help stimulate communication. This was a fantastic way to learn how the saints communicated with one another. Have your child share with you how they felt their teams did.
The joyful saints did a fantastic job honoring Mrs. Ward’s birthday. She was surprised!
I could continue with plenty more pictures and recaps of our learning, but I know this is getting a bit long. I will add another set of pictures and details soon. Be sure to come back……