As we begin a New Year, we have so much to be grateful for! We are blessed to be able to learn at Trinity Lutheran Church and School where we can listen to God’s Word and learn about Jesus our Savior.
For Religion, we learned about the faithful servant Simeon. Simeon longed to see the coming of the Savior and the Holy Spirit told him that he would not die until he met the Savior Jesus. Simeon finally met Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus at the Temple, and then took baby Jesus in his arms and proclaimed, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” (Luke 2:29-32) Simeon’s faith was incredible in God’s promises.
In phonics and reading, we have learned all of our sounds and have been learning new sight words each week. We have learned our sounds through visual phonics by doing an action to help remember the sound of each letter. The children have enjoyed learning their sight words by playing games. They played a matching sight word mitten game and a sight word animal board game.
In reading, we have continued working with our emergent readers and have practiced reading our books, pointing out our sight words.
In math, we started addition. We have used counters to help practice our addition. We
have continued counting to one hundred with exercise! The children enjoy counting to one
hundred by doing ten jumping jacks, ten shoulder shrugs and other types of exercises. We have also started color by number pictures, where each number has a different colored assigned to it. When the children finish coloring their paper, they are excited to see what the final picture is!
In science, the children have been learning about the arctic animals. They have learned some interesting facts about polar bears, snowy owls, puffins and penguins. Did you know that polar bears are the largest carnivore or meat eater to live on land and they eat mostly seals? The snowy owl has feet that are completely covered with feathers to protect it from the cold Arctic air. The Puffin is a carnivore that flies and eats small fish. The penguins are a flightless bird that swims underwater.
In social studies, we have joined the afternoon preschool class to go on a trip around the world. Our latest stop was in Australia, where we saw a beautiful country and the animals that live there. We even learned about some new animals such as the Emu, Platypus, and Kookaburra.
In art, we worked on making 3D polar bear masks by adding the cotton balls or the
polar bear’s fur onto the mask. They had fun making a snowy owl with white paper that they tore and white feathers that they glued on. Additionally, they made nursery rhyme
crafts including mice for “Hickory, Dickory Dock” and “Humpty Dumpty” sitting on a wall.
In choir, the children have been singing songs about Jesus. Their songs sound amazing! The kindergarteners will be singing at the 8:00 AM service on January 26th to kick-off
Lutheran School’s week.
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.
As we begin this New Year, we remain strong in our faith and love in our Savior Jesus.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and
not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)