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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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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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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.

 


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Christmas Worship – There was no room at the Inn

We had a wonderful time celebrating Jesus’ birth at our two Christmas worship services this past Saturday.  Wow, we had large crowds.  I think we had the most people we’ve ever had before.  I’m so glad our families were able to join us!

It is wonderful to take a short time to focus on Jesus!  I love singing with the kids each day as we prepare to share the story through word and song.  I hope they sang out loud enough for you to hear their sweet voices.

We have the songs on our website but I thought we would add them here too so you can always have access to them.  I’m glad to know that the kids want to continue singing them well past the Christmas holiday.

Our Songs: 

Born in a Stable

Hush There’s a Baby

On the Day that Jesus was Born

Somethings Going to Happen in the Stable

We’ve got No Room

Here are some photos we took of the wonderful morning.

I thank all the staff and families that helped us share the message.  It is my hope to share a message that is meaningful for both the kids and the adults.  We hope everyone makes Christmas preparations and celebrations for focusing on Jesus – the true reason for Christmas!

We love the large crowds – and hope you were able to find a good spot to see your child.  I laughed when I saw this photo of a mom capturing the moment on her phone.  I hope you all appreciate how easy it is to get these moments with your kids.  Back in our day we had to lug in a large DSL camera if we wanted to have any quality pictures.  Just saying.  🙂

 

And, of course, we especially love the sound of those sweet voices.  Thank you for sharing your children with us.  Hearing them sing is truly a Christmas gift we enjoy each year!

        

Our Collection:

We are so thankful for you – our generous families.  Mission Southside is such an awesome ministry that serves youth right here in our area.  We are very glad to be able to share such a wealth of items to stock their BackSnack program.  THANK YOU

    

 

 


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We’ve received so much!

At this season of gifts concludes, I am reminded of so many ways our preschool is blessed.  This school year is no exception.  We have truly received some wonderful gifts.

Early this fall Marcus Nameth (Ms. Robyn’s son) gifted us with two amazing magnet ball walls.  He made this for his final Eagle Scout project.  I know he spent hours researching the best balls, glue, etc. to make the project most successful.  And it is!  The kids on both playgrounds enjoy discovering how the balls will move through the pipe tracks, dependent on the way the tracks are positioned.  What a wonderfully thought provoking play experience.  Plus, they have fun too!  We are so grateful that Marcus chose us as his Eagle Scout recipient.  Thank you Marcus!

 

Yesterday our teachers got to have some great fun.  We visited Lakeshore Learning, an educational children’s toy store that you can find out about HERE, for a teacher training.  Then they “worked” hard playing “Santa” for our school.  Actually, they had a blast choosing just the right things that will fill a need we have.   It was also interesting to find out which of our staff members are good at math and could figure out how to make the most of our money with the coupon discount they were offering that day.  I just stood back and watched them getting so excited about it all.

All this is possible because of YOU!  We used fund raising money to make these purchases.  So, thank you!

And finally as we prepare to leave for our Christmas break I cannot help but think about the greatest gift we’ve ever received.  God chose to become human.  He chose to humble himself to our limitations so that he could give us the gift of salvation.  That sweet baby in a manger is truly our King.  I pray each of you feel surrounded by the love of Christ as you celebrate this Christmas!


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Teaching children values – money talks

He saw a need and found a way to help.  Isn’t that what we all hope to do?

Recently a little guy noticed that our bird feeders were empty.  He worried about the birds being hungry.  His mom reminded him that he has some share money that he could use.  His face lit up and he did just that.  He bought some birdseed and filled the feeders.  Look at that big smile!

Don’t you just love the idea of “share money?”  I asked about this and found out they have a little bank they found on Amazon.  This concrete tool helps teach about giving, spending and saving.

          (click on photo for link)

I would love to post other ideas or routines our families have that help teach values.  Do you have a special prayer routine?  Is there a way you encourage kindness?  Are their regular times you emphasis the importance of family?  Let me know and I will pass on the information.