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For mom’s with strong-willed, over-emotional, or otherwise challenging kids

Isn’t that all of us at some time in our parenting?  I’ve talked with so many mom’s over the years.  Mom’s that are questioning their parenting.  Mom’s that are second guessing their hard decisions.  Mom’s that are weary of the day to day “work” of parenting their “spirited” or challenging (in some way) children.

To all those moms I say. . . .

You’re a good mom too!

You are a mom in the trenches of tantrums.  You are a mom dealing with sensory issues and finding socks that “feel right” each morning.  You are the mom encouraging the very reserved child to try something new.  You are the mom that leaves in tears after dropping your child off because he is crying AGAIN.  You are the mom that faces endless decisions for what is best for your child.

Today is a busy day – another special parent day in one of our classes.  I’m stopping though, to write this, because it is so important.  Diana Markel, one of our previous staff, posted this on her facebook wall.  It spoke to me deeply.  You see I, too, was one of those moms.  One of those moms that wondered what people thought, as my child threw herself on the floor in the middle of Target.  One of those moms that had to leave a full cart of groceries to take home a child that was just out of control.  One of those moms that wondered if her middle child was drawing on the walls (mulitple times) because she wasn’t getting enough attention.  I was one of those moms that wondered what people thought of me as a, well, . .  a mom.

I’m sure that is why this article spoke to me so profoundly.  I hope this speaks to many of you as well.


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He is risen

Happy Easter! 

Did you know it is this Sunday?  The kids are very excited!  Yesterday we had a Devotion Worship and talked about Easter and the real reason we celebrate this day.

 

  

 

We began, as we always do with some songs.

“If You’re Happy Cause God Loves You,” “My God is So Big” and our “Rhyming Easter Egg song.”

I love singing with the kids.

I had some items that helped us talk about this special day.

  a stick off a bush with new leaves – we think about the new life that Jesus gave us

a cross – we think about Jesus dying on the cross (it was a very sad day)

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rock – we think about Jesus’ body in the tomb for three days

And then, surprise – Jesus’ body wasn’t there.

Jesus was alive!  

He walked on earth again and told about the special gift that God gives; life after death.  We know we can live again in heaven!

 

The older kids had lots to say about all of this.

(I also explained that only God and Jesus can live again on earth.  After we die we live again in heaven.)

But then I had an Easter bunny and an Easter egg.

We remembered having talked about Santa Claus at Christmas time, Jesus’ birthday.  Santa Claus is a special fun way to celebrate the special gift of Jesus birth.

The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are the same thing; a special way to celebrate the special gift of new life!  Eggs also helps us think about new life such as baby chicks.

I showed them that at our house we hid a few empty eggs.  We remember the empty tomb and celebrate!

To end our time together, I lit a candle and talked about celebrating Jesus’ new life – kind of like a new birthday.  I also talked about the Bible saying that Jesus is the light of the world.

Then I blew it out.  We talked some more and WOW, the candle re-lit all by itself.  As you can imagine the kids wanted me to do this a few times.  Jesus is alive – again!

We closed with prayer.

He is risen!

 

 


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Ice Cream Social Fun! 2019

We had a great afternoon!!

Our entertainment this year was Scott Henderson.  He performed some fun magic!  Children were laughing and families were awed.  You can find out more about his performances HERE.

WE HAD FUN PLAYING AND PAINTING

ICE CREAM AND BAKE SALE EATING

TUNNEL CRAWLING, SCARF FLYING, CONVEYOR BELT MOVING, RAMP ROLLING, OBSTACLE COURSE MOVING AND BALLOON DANCING

FACE PAINTING

CUP PUNCHING AND SUCKER PULLING

AND FRIEND VISITING.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE BUSINESSES THAT DONATED OR SPONSORED ITEMS FOR THIS EVENT!

 

 


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It’s Ice Cream social time!!

Are your looking for something fun to do during the drab winter weather?

You won’t want to miss this year’s Ice Cream Social! It’s this Saturday!

I am taking a quick break from setting up the activities for the basement to write this.  I always enjoy watching the kids have fun with the obstacle course, the wind tunnel our Dance and Move room, and of course the awesome box tunnel our boy scouts from Troop 315 build for us.   Our board members come in tomorrow morning to scoop ice cream.  Once school is out on Friday we will get the upstairs ready for an afternoon of fun!!  Everyone is welcome.  You can purchase tickets at the door.

Our preschool board has worked hard to make this Silent Auction special, especially Brooke Curry!  We have some new, and very fun things for our auction.  Here is our preliminary list of baskets and I know some more fun items have come in this week. 2019 Silent Auction Item List

We hope to see you there! 


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1,2,3 God Loves Me

Today we had our February devotion worship.  It was the perfect time to talk about God’s love for us and how he want’s us to share that love with others.  There’s a certain holiday coming up tomorrow that is all about love.

One of our beginning songs goes like this;

1, 2, 3 – God loves me.

4, 5 – I’m glad I’m alive.

6, 7, 8 – God is great.

9, 10 – Let’s sing it again/God’s love never ends (second time)

Our bible verse was Colossians 3:12-14 (living Bible)

Since (God loves you and has chosen you,) you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others.

We talked about how we have been sharing God’s love through our kindness campaign.  And BOY, WE HAVE WE!!!

We also talked about what bodies and faces look like when the person is feeling sad, mad, frustrated or happy.  We learned that pictures sometimes use color to help us know the feeling of what is being portrayed.  Vibrant colors are often used when someone is feeling happy or excited.  Muted colors portray sadness, etc.  A youtube video demonstrates that beautifully.  The kids really enjoyed this one.

(Click on the picture for the link to the video.)

Next we played a game with a feelings meter.  My poster board had lots of colors on one side to represent happy feelings and grey and black colors on the other to represent sad.  The kids helped me know which side to show for the following:

You fall down  . . . . . . . . . and someone helps you up and gives you a hug.

You don’t have anything to do . . . . . . . . . . . .and someone asks you to join their game.

You have a very hard job to do (like maybe folding all the laundry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . and someone offers to help you.

You are a baby that is kind of fussy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and someone makes silly faces or sings you a song.

The kids were proud to know that all of those actions were things that our kids have done during the Kindness Campaign.  So now . . . it was time to see just how long our kindness chain has grown.  Each link on this chain represents a kind action done by a child.

       

Can you believe it?

IT STRETCHES ACROSS THE WHOLE SANCTUARY!

Amazing!  Wonderful!  Exciting!  Heartwarming!

We were so exited we danced to a fun song; Give it Away

 

We ended our devotion with a prayer;

   

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for showing us how to love others.  Help us always look for ways we can be kind.  We want to share your love everyday.

Amen


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Fun while learning – indoor play

It’s that time of year.  Time to think about indoor fun.  Time to think about new activities to keep the kids busy and stimulated.  I spent some time looking at the blog BUSY TODDLERS: making it to naps, one activity at a time.  I am linking to several of her posts.  WAIT!  If you have older preschoolers, don’t despair, there are lots of things in here that would interest them.  Simply click on the photo to link to the full blog post.

Post it notes!  These are great fun for kids.  In the activity above the goal is to match letters to the ones in your child’s name.  You could do this for all the alphabet – or even for those letters your child is less familiar with (our Pre-K families probably got this information on their recent conference form!)  I would also consider making this an active game by having your child run, hop, spin, crawl, etc. to put on the letter.  All that movement will further stimulate your child’s brain.

This is the same kind of idea as the one above but with numbers.  For the youngest children you could just write the numerals in the colors of the sticky notes.  Encourage your child to match the orange sticky note to the orange numeral 3, etc.  They will be matching colors but can also build some awareness of numbers.

There is a wide array of concepts this post it note idea could adapt to; colors, shapes, emotions, and even sight words, etc. as children begin working on those in Kindergarten.

Manipulating stickers is a wonderful fine motor activity.  This changes the typical sticker play a little by placing it on a vertical surface.  Imagine how this will strengthen the wrist muscles.  For children working on patterning this would be a great way to do that.

If you’ve never thought about play in the bathtub (even when your child is in there for getting clean) I’d encourage you to, especially in the winter!  There are so many ways to play.  I remember my nephew often putting on his swimsuit and playing with plastic animals in the tub for almost an hour at a time.   I’m sure a quick search on Pinterest for “bathtub play for kids” will offer you a wide array of options.

While this is a fairly traditional (read “old school”) game, it’s still a good one!  The Peak Performance Center has a website all about helping people improve their performance.  In it they explain that human memory is a process that involves three domains: encoding, storage and retrieval.  This fun game supports growth in all three areas.  By the way, this is a great alternative to smart phones while you are waiting at a restaurant, etc.

Very young children will love this activity.  Surprisingly I am confident our oldest kids would also enjoy this as well.  While this seems like a “just keep them busy” activity, children are actually building hand-eye coordination, building strength in their hands and even cementing knowledge in the physical make-up of some dry foods.  Remember, there is learning active in all play experiences.

We LOVE shaving cream at preschool.  This is actually an activity I’ve done with my grand kids, multiple times.  They love it and they ask for it, even the seven year old.  At a recent conference, we were also talking to a family about using shaving cream as a way to practice drawing shapes, letters and numbers.  You could even combine this with the previous idea for playing in the tub.

 

Colored ice is also a staple around here.  Often the church staff or members ask us about the ice trays with colored water stored in the freezer.  You can also freeze a popsicle stick standing up in the tray (just stick it through some cling wrap) and then children can use this for painting too.  Also, adding salt to the mix brings in some science experimentation.

Perhaps you remember doing this as a child.  It’s so fun to expose a “secret” message, picture, shapes, etc. while painting with water color.  Psst, it’s just white crayon drawn on white paper.  You and your child could take turns drawing or writing the secret part.

This blog had a ton of other ideas.  I’d encourage you to check it out.  Also we have some previous posts about indoor activities.  Some include much more active play.  I’ve linked to a few of those below:

INSIDE PLAY

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?

Have fun playing!

 


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Kindness is contagious!

Isn’t it amazing how just taking time to focus on something seems to manifest even more of that.  That is how I feel about our Kindness Campaign.  It is amazing how often I see children do kind things or hear a teacher talking about a kind action.

I LOVE IT!

Our teachers are sharing the kindness strips that our families send in during their circle time.  The children just BEAM when their kind deed is announced.

 

Again, I LOVE IT!

Our kindness chain is sure growing!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Perhaps this focus has even helped you become more aware of kind actions all around you.  I sure hope so.

One little guy make cookies and took them to the Police Station to thank them for keeping us safe.

Today I noticed a little guy in the Blue class giving a thumbs up to his friends as they were performing a play of The Three Little Pigs.  I know that made them feel great.  He got to add a link to our chain.

I’d love to see any of the kindness activities your buddies are encouraging the children to do.  Please drop us an email or add it as a comment to this blog post.

As another way to carry the kindness focus into the homes you may want to pick up a couple of books about kindness from the library.  I found this wonderful blog post about books that encourage kindness.   HERE   I hope you enjoy some from it.