Beginning in the New Year, we have been busy learning in the kindergarten class! One important lesson we have learned is how much Jesus loves us, makes us new again, and is with us always. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
In religion, we have listened to God’s Word and have heard the Bible stories of the
three Wise Men visiting baby Jesus. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
We also heard about faithful Simeon and how he wanted to see baby Jesus before he
died. Simeon is so happy when he finally met baby Jesus for the first time with Mary and
Joseph. These Bible stories represent the hope and peace that Jesus has brought to our world.
In phonics, we have learned all of our sounds and have been learning new sight words each week. In reading, we have continued with our emergent reader take home books. We have practiced reading our books and also colored the pictures in them.
In math, we have been practicing our skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to one hundred. We also have been adding numbers. The children have down a great job writing their numbers to twenty every day in the morning.
In science, Ms. Katie Healy, the Boone Naturalist, brought different fur animal coverings to show to the children. She even brought a horned stuffed owl and the kids loved looking at it! They also the saw the furs of fox, skunk, and beaver. We learned how some of the furs help camouflage the animal in the wild to help keep it from being eaten by other animals.
The children have enjoyed learning about the arctic animals including the polar bear, snowy owl, puffin, and the emperor penguin. They thought that it was neat that the polar bear is
over six feet tall. In social studies, the children learned where the animals live by using a
globe. It was neat to compare where they live in Iowa to where the Arctic animals live.
In art, we worked on stain glass snow pictures. They also had fun making 3D polar bear masks by adding cotton balls for the polar bear’s fur onto the mask. In choir, the children
have been singing songs about Jesus. Their songs are beautiful to listen to. “Sing to the
Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1
We went on two field trips in January. On our first field trip, we went to the Iowa State Indoor skating rink. The children enjoyed skating with their classmates. They had fun skating around the ice skating rink. Our second field trip was to the Des Moines Civic Center to see the Rainbow Fish play. The play was about a fish that learned to be kind by spreading his shiny scales to other fish friends. The play was done with bright and colorful fish puppetry. I appreciate the parent volunteers that could help with driving and chaperoning our field trips!
Our time with our big buddies is always a special time for the children. They enjoy listening to a story read by their “big buddy.” It is wonderful to see the special bond that they share not only in the classroom but also on the playground, lunchroom and other times that
they get to see each other.
We are thankful for all our learning moments in kindergarten and that our Lord Jesus is always with us wherever we are. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do
it all in the name of Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians