Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Floor!!!

We're so excited that we were able to get hardwood flooring installed in the living room, down the hall, and in Daniel's room. We love it!!!

John's Home!!!!!

Wednesday was a great day! My brother-in-law John returned home from Iraq after six months. Daniel, Katy, and I went to Decatur, AL, to welcome him home. My parents were also there (oh, and Carolyn, too). We're so thankful that God kept him safe and now he's home!!! Thanks to everyone who prayed for him and our family...

Standards Training: Logic/Research

At the Standards Training, we also learned more about combining activities across curricular areas in order to maximize the students' learning time. This was a cute activity that taught vocabulary, logic, and research. In today's educational world, it also allows the children to make an art project.

Standards Training: Story Map

Recently I attended a Standards meeting at Lexington Middle School with some teachers at my school. Dee Arnold and I attended the language arts session. We learned several neat ways to make reading fun for kids. One way was using these story maps. The class was divided into four groups. Each group was given a category: characters, setting, problem, and solution. We came up with the drawings and then at the end combined our drawings into one big story map. The book we used was Charlie the Caterpillar, a great book!!

VBS Night 4

Night 4: Jesus is Alive!
I thought this lesson was a little advanced for my little ones, so we simplified it as much as possible. Using the tomb that Becky and I have used for the lions' den, the fiery furnace, etc., I made the kids' pictures outside Jesus' tomb. Ava wanted to go inside, and as if on cue, when she got inside, she said,"Mrs. Kim, there's nothing in here." PERFECT TEACHING MOMENT....I couldn't have planned it better. We went from there to explain how Jesus was raised from the dead. We also talked about how Jesus made breakfast for his disciples on the beach. We had fishsticks again - they loved them so much the previous night. We also had resurrection rolls. They were really neat!!! Check them out on the Bible Teachers blog. Sandy made pictures.

VBS Night 3

Night 3: Jesus Heals 10 Lepers (but only one says thank you)

The kids were getting really tired by night three, so we relaxed a little. We did our story together and sang songs together. We learned how important it is to always say "thank you." I made their pictures with white spots on them to go in their scrapbooks. We made lepers out of wooden spoons. Then I got out some of my kindergarten toys and we practiced playing together and sharing. The kids were so good. While they were playing, my helpers and I asked them review questions from all our lessons. This was just a very precious group!!

VBS Night 2

Night 2: We learned about how Jesus fed over 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. We went on a "picnic". I had the children hunt for lunch bags I had sitting around the room and bring them to me. All of them were empty except for one - it had five little loaves of bread and two sardines in it. OOOh, the kids were so excited until they smelled the sardines.
We ate rolls and fish sticks for snack. The kids ate and ate and ate. We made little baskets out of paper bags and put diecut fish and loaves into them and we made a loaves/fish necklace. I made the kids' pictures in front of a big hill I had made. They held a basket that had five loaves and two fish in it.

VBS Night 1

VBS has been over for a while now, but I've just been so busy that I haven't had time to work on my blog. I taught the three year olds this year. They were just precious. I enjoyed being with them every night. Even though I missed working with Becky (she was in charge of the entire VBS this year instead of teaching a class), Sandy and I had a good time planning the activities for our two classes.

Night 1: Jesus calms the storm: I made a scene of a boat in the storm to make the children's pictures in for their scrapbooks. We made toothpaste bags and oceans in a bottle for the kids to take home. Our craft activity was a sailboat. I think the kids' favorite thing was when we made a storm with streamers and cookie sheets.

Braves vs. Yankees and Red Sox

We love going to Atlanta to see the Braves play. Earlier this summer the Braves were playing interleague games against the Yankees and the Red Sox, so we went and saw them play on Thursday and Friday night. Katy couldn't go, because of her babysitting, so Daniel took his friend Kyle. Some friends of ours, the Boltons, went, too. We had a great time even though the Braves lost both games :( I enjoyed getting to see John Smoltz even though he looked funny in a Red Sox uniform.