Monday, October 27, 2008

Germ Warfare

Miss K's Circle Time theme for this week is Nutrition & Wellness. She read the kids 1 Corinthians 6:20, "Honor God with your body," and then she explained that God wants us to take care of ourselves by eating good food, drinking only water and milk, exercising, dressing appropriately for the weather, and keeping ourselves clean.

With cold and flu season looming large on the horizon, Miss K delved deeper into the "keeping ourselves clean" part of being healthy. She talked about germs, that we can't see them, that some are good and some are bad, and then she talked about how bad germs can be spread from person to person and make us sick. Then she led the kids through a very simple but very effective exercise: She pulled out a wet paper towel that she had prepared ahead of time; she had one of the kids touch the paper towel and then touch a table top, a chair, and another kid's hands. Then they all inspected the table, chair, and hand and discovered that all three were wet. She explained that we spread germs in exactly the same way, so we all have to be very careful to wash our hands after we go to the bathroom, cough, sneeze, blow our nose, etc. She also reminded the kids to sneeze and cough into the crook of their arm, rather than into their hands, as another way to prevent spreading germs.

Finally, Miss K led the kids in some exercises:

For her day, Miss K's daughter chose metal insets...

...spooning split peas... well as the wooden cylinders, and color box 3, which I promise to post about soon.

Miss C's son chose metal insets...

...water transfer with the medicine dropper...

...color box 2... well as puzzles.

My daughter chose cutting practice...

...handwriting practice, the teen bead hanger, and the golden beads/number cards, which she and Miss D's son did together. They worked very nicely (can you get me 4 tens, can you get me 3 hundreds...), and Miss K's daughter also did this with them for a little bit.

Miss D's son came to school very eager to get to work on the list we had created for him last week, and he started with the sandpaper numerals and sand (rice) tray... well as handwriting practice, transferring water through a funnel, and the golden beads and number cards.

For PE, Miss D led the kids in tossing/catching bean bags, kicking soccer balls through cones, and walking on a line.

We ended the day by reading the "I" verse and story from My ABC Bible Verses: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," Philippians 4:13

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