Reflection

The end of each year is always bitter-sweet. The investment into each child for nine months generates attachments that are hard to let go. This year, in particular, was a hard one to see come to an end. I have enjoyed growing and teaching a group of kids for three years. As a teacher, we know this time will come, but it does not make it any easier. Although, watching children progress and grow as life intends, warms the heart. The excitement attached knowing they are ready to advance to the next phase of childhood. Preschool are the formidable years to prepare them for the journey ahead. The memories behind them will last longer for the teacher. Kindergarten is where they will begin making lasting memories that will stick with them forever. So, how could one not be excited for them? The friendships they have already made will follow and continue to grow. New friendships will form and their curiosity for life and school will heighten.

We pass forward and say goodbye to the graduating K4 class. We hope to stay connected and continue to watch you grow at CCA. Feel free to come by and visit anytime. Our love for you will never fade.

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We watched each child shine the light of Jesus towards one another, and for God. From the mouth of a K4 student, “Our light shines when we love each other like we love Jesus.” It could not be said any better. Mrs. Pierce & Mrs. Ward thank each family for enriching their lives with such wonderful children. Enjoy your summer break!!

We often ponder how much a preschool child will understand biblical truths. One fond memory was watching them create a suitcase to assist them as they shared their interpretation of a biblical lesson learned.

Fun in the sun

These kiddos are excited about the warmer weather. Their curiosity of bugs and insects can be seen on the playground. We can count on worms, beetles, and roly-polies being offered as a gift. In between their findings, they enjoy one another. spring.png

K4 also enjoyed collaborating together to draw and design a spring scene.

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We took show-and-tell outside on the deck. The weather was beautiful, but the Saints thought the sun was too bright.

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Spring Inspiration

We discussed seasonal change between winter and spring. The Joy class has learned that winter changes to spring when the cold snow begins to melt and the weather temperature starts rising. Ask your child to describe to you the changes they will see when spring begins. They should be able to share that a change from winter to spring is noticeable when the flowers begin to bloom.

The seasonal change produced curiosity and a desire to explore for caterpillars. Take a look at two caterpillars the Saints found on the playground.

K4 extended knowledge of plant and flower life cycles when investigating how they change between seasons. The Saints were provided with gardening materials and creativity flourished. Below are a few of the plants and flowers that were created in planter pots.

Afterward, the Saints’ creativity continued when they made flower mosaics and other floral art.

Spring also inspired these cute photo moments.

End of the quarter Shaping Joy Fruitful Event

The saints did an outstanding job in the third quarter, Fruitful Event, Shaping Joy. From acting out a Bible scene to demonstrating knowledge learned, they stood to perform a program that lasted thirty minutes. We did get some pictures of the parents and saints engaging in activities together. K4 demonstrated their quarterly growth through song, theatrics, and interactive activities with their parents. The saints tested the knowledge of their parents about shadows and Groundhog Day with an “Are You Smarter Than A Preschooler?” game. The parents kept their results a secret.  Three of our K4 friends assisted in presenting the PowerPoint slide show questionnaire.

The saints acted out a Biblical scene about how Jesus healed a paralyzed man. On the 100th day of school, K4 competed in a one hundred marble race. They had the parents engage in that same marble race, too. Our group “A” parents did not win against the saints but group “B” parents were victors. It was fun to watch the intensity and desire to win on both sides.

K4 communicated orally about several American Leaders throughout history. They did a great job explaining opposites, along with sharing how to name and find rhyming words. Additionally, the saints taught their parents one-way that helped them to identify long and short words. The magnetic trains offered the saints a chance to verbally share how magnetic energy and strength works when building a train chain.

Our parents and visitors enjoyed our Dr. Seuss breakfast and Thing One and Thing Two photo center. The most challenging event for the parents was our Foot Wall. K4 had parents try to find three different sets of their feet. Did you know the background to their Foot Wall was painted by the saints own feet? It was fun! Parents have continued to view the Foot Wall during morning and afternoon drop off as one last attempt at redemption. 🙂 We enjoyed the enthusiasm from all, it was an amazing memory maker day.

The saints did a wonderful job verbalizing and demonstrating how the Bible lessons taught them how to use their words, actions, and feelings to shape joy for others and Jesus. Martin Luther King was a leader that helped K4 understand how to shape their hearts with God’s joy and love for other people. They ended their presentation by saying they liked their differences and loved one another.

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Making Memories in the Joy Fruit Stand

The entire staff dressed up as different video characters.

We surprised our students by dressing up as Pokemon video characters.

The students had no idea. It was a fun day.

Which meant we had to have a Pokemon day.

K4 enjoyed Pokemon bingo.

The lucky winners won a fancy pair of heart-shaped sunglasses.

                                       On Valentine’s Day, the K4 Saints decorated hats.                                         Take a look at their silly face photo moment.

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A science experiment because they had questions. It made perfect sense to make it fun. They wanted to know what made the raindrops fall. Their curiosity made for some great discussions. Ask them what they learned.

Take a look.

Take a look at a few things K4 has been doing.
In Math, the saints used heart rulers when identifying how to record measurements.
Afterward, they made heart mosaics. 
 On our 100th day of school, we celebrated with some stem activities. Each center had 100 pieces. K4 enjoyed a 100 hundred marble race and a 100 grid chart race.  The saints also built a 100 number line using popcorn numbers. We also offered them time to use their engineer minds to create masterpieces using blocks and paper cups.
The saints counted to 100 in ten frames using popcorn.
Once they counted to one hundred they were allowed to eat it.
K4 also arrived on the 100th day of school a little older than usual. 🙂

It’s Official

Our second quarter is officially over.  The K4 Saints did a marvelous job demonstrating some of the ways they bloomed knowledge of how God’s joy is shared. It was such a joy for us to watch their growth transfer into a program developed and produced by them.

We could not be prouder! J

Our third quarter will introduce them to how joy is shaped through their actions, words,  and feelings. They will also go on a journey in the Bible discovering how Jesus’ life is an example for us to follow.

Enjoy viewing some pictures below of our second quarter fruitful event.