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Pancakes

 

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Today is shrove Tuesday so we’ve been enjoying some pancake fun while talking about Easter approaching. I think this is a good time to talk about our sin and God’s great grace and forgiveness so we have been looking at 1 John 1:9:

But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. (GNT)

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xo

Back to School

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We have been playing school quite a bit lately with a preschooler and kindergartener eager to start the year (which runs calendar year here in Australia).

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– Story about what the little men are looking forward to

– School cake

– Noun-adjective-verb sort

– Tissue paper apples

– Dot number match

– Apple science (oxidation)

– Letter hunt

– Vocabulary expansion word profiles

– Letter stamp painting

 

We hope your little ones get off to a great start this school year!

xo

Christmas Superheroes

Our final Christmas theme for this year has been Christmas superheroes. We have been looking at some of the many names of Jesus to learn that he is so much more than a superhero. While it seems like there are some similarities (such as saving others and being kind) Jesus is far superior – he is real, God himself, more powerful, more selfless and humble, and saves us from sin, something more sinister than any of the physical threats that superheroes save people from. His many names are like “word pictures” to help us understand how great Jesus is.

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– names of Jesus spider web. The web is covered in a piece of contact with the sticky side facing outward. We threw balls of paper at the web, talking about the different names of Jesus as the paper landed near them. (Inspired by this sticky web).

– names of Jesus x-ray bags. Each bag contains a clue for a name of Jesus. We guessed the name and talked about what it means. (Inspired by this guessing game).

  • Bread – Bread of Life (John 6:35)
  • Light – Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • Sheep – Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15)
  • Book – the Word (John 1:1)
  • Branch – the True Vine (John 15:1-5)
  • Crown – King of Kings (Revelation 19:16)

 

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– superhero capes

 

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– comic strip of the nativity

– painting a Christmas tree with spray bottles and brushes

– superhero sensory box (including some clues for names of Jesus, similar to those in the x-ray bags above)

– movie night (we watched, Vischer, P. (1996). The Toy that Saved Christmas: VeggieTales).

 

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– superhero baubles (Inspired by these baubles and simplified for the little men)

 

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– invisible paintings (tape resist paintings of Christmas trees)

– Bethlehem skyline (watercolour painting for the background, cut out paper for the buildings)

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Nativity Pretend Play

We are continuing to excitedly prepare for Christmas with plenty of time spent talking about the birth of Jesus as we craft and play as well as some celebrations with Christmas desserts and friends.

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– Peg doll nativity

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– Angels from mini funnels

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– Cardboard box nativity for pretend play

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– Christmas dessert evening

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One week to go!

xo

Christmas Travellers

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We have been exploring Christmas around the world and all the differences there are in traditions and celebrations. Despite all the differences we could see that there are people all over the world celebrating the birth of Jesus, a truth we kept coming back to throughout all these activities. We enjoyed Christmas celebrations, Christmas crafts, Christmas cookies (and other special foods) and Christmas cheer.

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Christmas Celebrating

We chose a few cities and found out what continent and country they are in, what language they speak and what the climate is at Christmas time. Then we researched what Christmas is like in that city. Some of the cities we chose for their unique Christmas traditions and others because we know people living there.

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Christmas Crafts

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We enjoyed some crafts from around the world.

– Danish woven hearts

– Scandinavian gnomes (inspired by these, although we used cardboard rolls and cotton wool balls)

– Stencilling Mexican patterns (using bunting from Kmart as a stencil)

– Painting poinsettias with cardboard tubes (idea from here)

– Paper parol from the Philippines (instructions here)

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– Class gifts for the little man to give (chocolate bar wrapped and decorated)

 

Christmas Cookies

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We baked cookies from other countries. Links to some of the recipes we used are here and here, the other recipes we used are family favourites.

 

Christmas Cheer

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We matched the Christmas greeting in different languages to the country in which they speak it.

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We hope you are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus wherever you are.

xo

 

 

Christmas Detectives {part 2}

We have had a great week as Christmas Detectives with the mission of finding out the truth about Christmas, that being the birth of Jesus and his fulfilment of God’s promises. We’ve used these activities as an opportunity to talk about Jesus, his birth and its implications for us and to read passages in the Bible and Christmas stories.

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– Mini explosions. We made wise men bon bons (crackers) and talked about worshipping Jesus, even when he was a baby.

We make bon bons each year and usually include the snap, a toy, a chocolate, a bauble and a joke. Simply wrap a cardboard tube in some paper, place or tape the snap inside and tie up one end with some ribbon. Fill the tube with the rest of your treasures and tie the other end. Add details with cut up paper and a pen to make them resemble wise men.

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– laser maze (inspired by this spider web). The little men used tweezers to remove the stars without touching the string. We also collected larger stars using a life-size laser maze made of string. The stars gave us a chance to talk about following Jesus just as the wise men followed a star to find him.

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– bauble eye spy. The little men looked for the item(s) inside each bauble and then matched them to a meaning/reminder:

  • a candle for Jesus as the light of the world
  • a gold coin to remind us to worship Jesus
  • stars to remind us to follow Jesus
  • a bell to remind us to share the news about Jesus
  • a tree to celebrate Jesus

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– footprint analysis. We matched footprints to the type of animal that may have left them (and that may have possibly been near the manger). Then the little men made footprints with plastic animals.

We read two books along with this activity: Lloyd-Jones, S & Jay, A. (2011). Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz. and Wiersum, G & Morgan, A. (2007). The Animals’ Christmas Eve. New York: Golden Books.

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– bauble target practice

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– matching Christmas shapes

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– detective kits (read more here)

– painting with combs

– chocolate angel spoons

– decoding Christmas words (reading while looking for certain words and then defining those words). We read passages in Luke and Matthew and also Poole, S. (2014). A Christmas Journey. Nashville, TN: B&H Kids.

– fingerprint match and disguise. We lifted fingerprints using these instructions and then we stamped our own fingerprints and disguised them as angels, shepherds, sheep and wise men.

– candy cone search and decode. We had a hunt for the candy canes and then put them in order to make the verse from Matthew 1:21: “[Mary] will have a son, and you will name him Jesus – because he will save his people from their sins.”

– Christmas secret messages. The little men wrote messages and pictures about Christmas using invisible inks (baking soda and water; lemon juice).

– traditions of Christmas investigation. Matching up traditions with their origins.

– carol clues. Listening to sections of songs and guessing which carol it is.

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Christmas Detectives

With six weeks until Christmas and an overly excited little man, we are going to be Christmas Detectives with the mission of finding out the truth about Christmas.

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We’ll begin with some detective kits with things like disguises, things to analyse evidence with (such as magnifying glasses, gloves, tweezers, bags to store it in, brushes to dust for fingerprints) and invisible ink and notepads for recording discoveries.

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Then they will decipher their mission and next week we will begin our investigations (listed in the top photo).

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Please join us as we discover the truth about Christmas (for more details about the activities see here).

xo

Christmas Car and Reindeer {Box Vehicles}

With just over 6 weeks until Christmas the little man is beyond excited (he has already written and posted some Christmas cards and taken note of everywhere that does and does not have decorations up). He has been asking for a reindeer to ride in so here are the newest additions to our box vehicle fleet.

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The requested reindeer:

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And a Christmas car:

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The little men have been loving them and I am loving getting into the Christmas spirit!

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If you would like to make some please have a look at the tutorial for a small car, the reindeer needs very little alterations to the box itself and just a little decoration and the Christmas car could be made using any of the shapes shown and adding some trees to decorate it.

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Science

The little man has been enjoying some science activities at preschool lately and has organised me to do some at home.kerienesciencereactions

– science snacks

– comparing reactions (bicarb soda and vinegar vs hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing liquid and yeast)

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– finding items that magnets attract

– taste testing with and without sight (idea from here)

– silly sentence test tubes

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– measurement with coloured water, syringes, droppers, jugs, cups and spoons

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– colour mixing

– multiplication (finding answers on beakers that match those on flasks)

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– test tube bubbly painting

xo

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