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U is for Up

This is our last week of preschool.  After this there will be no more folders only summer fun activities.
For our last week our theme is the universe.  I am very excited about this theme and got a bit carried away on space books at the library. :)

Bible
We read the story of Jesus ascending to heaven behind a cloud.

Bible Verse: He was taken up before their very eyes; and a cloud hid Him from their sight. -Acts 1:9  

We will get more into this story as the week progresses but today we mainly focused on what Jesus asked of us before he ascended.
He asked us to tell the world about Him!
He told his apostles of the holy spirit and sharing what they learned with the world.

To keep this message in mind we used play dough.  I started making an earth with play dough while we talked about what Jesus did for us.  When I was closer to being finished I asked The Dragons to guess what I was making.  I gave them a hint that it had to do with the job Jesus gave us.


Little Dragon guessed the earth. I was surprised. 
Because we are talking about Jesus ascending "up" we will be talking about the universe. 

So in addition to the earth I made stars.  

This got Summer Dragon going on making the whole solar system. 
The second day we reviewed the story and drew a picture of Jesus for a craft we will be completing later in the week.

Alphabet
The Dragons drew arrows pointing up on their letter U printable.











Our motion this week is pointing up saying "u-u-up" or cupping the hand to make a U.
















Crafts
Drawing Jesus
Materials: 

  • 1/2 piece of paper
  • pencil
  • colored pencils


We started with half a sheet of paper because this is going to be used in another activity. I didn't want the Jesus to take up the whole page on our other project.

I sat with the kids and drew Jesus as well, I need a new one for my felt board.

They really enjoyed this art time.  Doll Dragon got really detailed with hers and Little Dragon did a good job at keeping on task.  Drawing Jesus instead of starting to draw cars or something.

When Jesus was drawn then we colored him in to add detail.

Then He was cut out, ready for the next project.  I will post the finished art piece next post :)





Making constellations
Materials: 


  • black paper
  • star stickers
  • pencil/white crayon
I set out the supplies and explained we were  making our own constellations which are pictures in the stars.  
I assumed The Dragons would just use the stickers to make pictures but they drew pictures first then connected the lines with star stickers or covered the whole line with stickers.  Turned out a nice variety. 












Theme
Today we took our universe focus and shrunk it down to focus on the sun.  We briefly reviewed how awesome it is that God created the whole universe, including the sun.
The Dragons learned that the sun is a star.  It looks different then other stars we see because it is the closest star to our planet.

Then of course we went outside to enjoy the sun and did some shadow jumping! 




It was a bit cloudy so our shadows kept getting away from us but it was really fun for The Dragons to play hide and go seek with their shadows.











We also chased each others shadows.


The second day we focused on the stars.  The Dragons made their own constellations you can see under 'crafts' above.


More of our letter U space activities on the next post!



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