Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Partner Painting 3

We went outside early today to try to beat the heat. Everyone else was thinking the same thing.

Outdoor play fosters positive opportunities for growth and development

  • Cognitively: preschoolers are exposed to new words and ideas such as cold, hot, and warm; trees, leaves, flowers, and dirt; snow and ice; clouds, wind, and rain. 
  • Socially: preschoolers often use their imaginations and role play more actively when playing outdoors.
  • Emotionally: preschoolers build self-confidence as they explore and interact with nature.
  • Physically: preschoolers get much needed exercise and they get to release some of that pent up energy.  

Addie found her friend Emma from Zion Soccer on the playground
In Jesus Time Zippy shared how he was worried to start a new gymnastics class. We talked about how Abraham and Sarah were also worried about traveling to a new home in Canaan but they knew God was with them. God is with us too.

We learned some new songs for chapel. This one is called, "I Was Glad." There are several songs that we sing in chapel that are also sung during worship services. Learning these songs helps our us become active participants in Sunday worship

We read the book Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes
See the song and book here. (lots of fun)

We worked on more partner painting. Today I picked the students partners to get the students to try painting with someone knew

We also used our journals for the first time today. Each student has their own journal that they can draw or write in during the day. 

Journal writing with young children 
It teaches children that their thoughts, feelings, and words can be transferred from their minds onto paper for others to see and read.
  • Children learn to value writing, and to respect the writing of others.
  • Journal writing gives children REAL and RELEVANT opportunities to learn the conventions of print such as:  a)print goes from left to right; b) there is a difference between pictures and text; c) print goes from the top to the bottom of a page; d) letters make up words, and other rules of the written language.
  • Young children need to experiment with letters, letter sounds, and inventive spelling in a non-threatening way.
  • Writing gives children time to practice the fine motor control that will help them become better writers.

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