Easter was quite different at our house, as I am sure it was at yours. No extended family gathered around the table with talk of the Easter Bunny and who found the most eggs. No Easter frock to show off as we gathered with other believers inside the walls of our church, and yet it was richer than ever in some ways. We were gathered as a family, but at a distance healthy and safe. We were able to worship together at a distance and we were able to focus on the love of a risen Savior, a freedom that many do not enjoy. It was a very rich indeed! I hope you found yourselves able to find many blessings in a very different Easter morning.
As I begin this communication, I am struck by the most frequent greeting of late that seems to be, “I hope you are safe and well”. How different that is from the greeting we have come to expect as, “Good morning, how are you today?” These are different and somewhat uncertain times, and I sincerely hope you are safe and well.
This week we zipped into our study of the letter Z. We created zebras on our letter card and
created a nice list of Z words. We had a zoo center and in our journal we wrote about our
favorite zoo animal. We also used paint in Ziplock bags to practice our handwriting.
We have continued our study of coins this week playing which coin is missing, coin sort and
graphing, and coin musical chairs. Please continue to review coins at home.
We have been focusing on symbols that represent the United States of America this week in
JK, especially about the American flag, the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty. After reading
F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, we created our own American flags. Ask your son
about why our flag has fifty stars! We learned about how our founding fathers chose the
bald eagle to be the national bird and about what the bald eagle stands for. We learned
about the Statue of Liberty and completed a tell-and-draw in which we created our own
Statues of Liberty.
Thank you to everyone for making our Valentine’s so special by completing the Hearts for
Art chore chart with your sons and earning money to buy supplies for the Carpenter Art
Garden. We look forward to them coming next week to show us pictures of the kids at the
Art Garden and explain to us the work that they do there. This is a perfect way for us to
share God’s love and our own gifts with others!
Please send in your Hearts for Art Supplies and Valentines by Monday, February 10 th if you
have not already done so. Thanks!
As we look ahead to next week, we look forward to studying the letter Cc, identifying the
teen numbers, and focusing on Valentine’s Day.
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
February 14 – 17th Winter Break, No School
March 6-15th Spring Break, No School
We began this week with the 100th Day of school! The boys looked adorable dressed as 100-year-olds, and we had a blast with our “100 Day” activities. From making necklaces with 100 Fruit Loops to ordering numbers 1-100 to searching for 100 Hershey’s kisses hidden around the room, we had one hundred times the fun! Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make our day such a blast!
We have continued our study of coins this week, playing “Coin Bang!, coin hop, and coin sort. We also loved studying coins under a magnifying glass and investigating all of the features that make them different.
We are ready for spring and have discussed Puxatawney Phil this week, making our own predictions regarding whether or not he will see his shadow this weekend! We loved laughing along to Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox. We had so much fun with our STEAM shadow activities using blocks, cubes, and flashlights.
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
Looking ahead to next week, we will focus on the letter Zz, continue studying coins, and begin our Red, White, and Blue unit on American symbols, landmarks, and presidents.
Friday, February 7th Maggie Monster Munches, Zz
Monday, February 10th Hearts for Art Supplies Due
February 14-17th Winter Break, No School