Jesus took it to the Cross

Here is a great illustration to help explain how Jesus chose to die on the cross for our sins. charcoal

Rub a piece of black charcoal on the hand to symbolize our sin, our mistakes, our bad choices, our mess-ups. These black marks on the hand represent our sin and how dirty sin makes our lives.

Next wipe hand on a white cloth to clean it off. The black smudges will rub off onto the white cloth to symbolize Jesus taking our sins to the cross and to the grave.

Jesus is sinless but He wiped our sins away for us and took them to the cross for us. We can now be clean because of Jesus.

 

Learning about a Doctor’s job

It is important for young preschool students to learn about a doctor’s job and what doctors do. There can be some anxiety about visiting the doctor’s office. They all associate getting shots at the doctor’s office. It is important to teach them that doctors are for helping them stay healthy.

The preschool students enjoyed a visit from a real family practice doctor who talked about ways to keep healthy bodies: eating healthy foods, getting proper exercise and adequate sleep, and washing hands often.

They got to touch and experience real tools used by a doctor. They were able to listen to their heartbeats with a stethoscope, put on real  rubber gloves, and pretend to give shots with a syringe (with no needle included, of course).

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Caterpillar-Butterfly update

The preschool students enjoyed caring for and watching real caterpillars grow and form a chrysalis. Read that post by clicking here.

Over the weekend and the early part of this week, they enjoyed seeing the butterflies hatch out of the chrysalis. The students set the butterflies free outside.

This is a fun experiment for young students to watch and experience the full life cycle.

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Outdoor play: riding trikes

We recently created extra riding space for our preschool students. Our playground only has one short sidewalk in which to ride back and forth. Our playground is located across the parking lot from the building. We placed a barricade at the crosswalk so no vehicles can pass through the short alley between the building and our playground.

Now we are able to use that alley for a larger riding area. The students take the big wheels and riding toys out to that alley. The fun part: the alley has a slight incline. They ride to the ‘top’ of the incline on the road/alley and coast or ride faster ‘downhill’ on the sidewalk.

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Raising caterpillars in preschool

One very fun activity for preschool students in the spring is caring for and watching caterpillars grow and form their chrysalis and then morph into butterflies.

Once again we have adopted our very own caterpillars, ordered from The Butterfly-Lady. We ordered our caterpillars to be delivered during a specific week and were getting concerned when they did not arrive when expected, but thankfully they arrived a couple of days after the anticipated date.

These caterpillars have done well and have done everything expected. They arrived in the plastic cup with food on the bottom of the cup. There were detailed instructions for care and proper placement in the classroom. We placed our caterpillar cups on the Science center shelf towards the middle of the room out of direct light.

In a few days the caterpillars grew larger and crawled to the top of the cup. They formed their chrysalis and attached themselves to the white paper underneath the lid.

As soon as all the caterpillars were hanging from the white paper on the lid, we made a butterfly house out of a cardboard box. We are waiting for the butterflies now…IMG_1595IMG_1604

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Making Jungle Juice in preschool

This recipe is easy for preschool students to make jungle juice. A healthy citrus juice. A great ending to a jungle theme week.

Ingredients: 1 bag of oranges, 1 bag of lemons, 1 bag of limes, about 2 cups of sugar to taste, ice and water

Cut each piece of fruit in half. Use a juicer to squeeze each fruit half. Pour the fruit juice through a strainer to drain out the seeds and pulp. As students pour the juice into a big pitcher or container, place the strainer on top of the container to pour. The students will enjoy watching the rain-like feature of the juice going into the container.

After squeezing all the fruit juice into the container, add water and ice to continue filling the container full to the top. Add about 2 cups of sugar to taste. Enjoy.

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