Hippos - June 2017 Update

Welcome to the Hippos Blog!

It’s been a whirlwind since our last blog!  For the month of April and May we’ve been practice daily for our upcoming Graduation!  The majority of the Hippos and Teddy Bears will be leaving so they were so excited to show their parents their best for the last performance!  We worked hard on our songs, dances and even just standing in line quietly while we were practicing!

Even in the craziness of all the practicing, we managed to do our academic activities for the letter of the week.  Over April and May, we learned about the letter Q, R, S, T and U.  For the letter Q, we learned about Quails.  For the letter R we learned about Rainbows and Raccoons.  For the letter S, we learned about our Solar System and Seasons.  We also made strawberry shortcakes using cake mix, strawberries and whipped cream!  Yum!  For the letter T, we learned about Transportation and Tigers.  For the letter U, our theme was Uniform.  We wore jerseys on our theme day and talked about who wore uniforms (ie police, firefighters, sports players, etc).

We had many things to celebrate also!  We celebrated Easter by having an Easter Carnival with our parents on April 6th.  It was so great to have our parents come and spend time with us and help us to play games!  We also dyed Easter Eggs and learned about the Wordless bible so we can share about what Easter was really about!  Each Hippo received a mini book with the following colors that has no words and they were to tell the story based on the colors.

Black represents OUR sins. 
 “..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death..” Romans 6:23

Red represents Jesus’ blood that washed away our sins by dying on the cross.
“…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, purify our consciences from works of death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14

White means that because Jesus laid down his life for us
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Yellow represents we can go to Heaven someday now that we are purified of our sins. 
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” 1 John 14:2

Green represents peace in our salvation and growing in Jesus
 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
The children were so excited to take their Wordless Bibles home to share with their friends and family over the Easter weekend!

We had our zoo trip on Thursday, May 4th!  Thank you to all the parents who came and spent time with their child and special thanks to those who helped with membership entrances, carpooling and chaperoning!  We had such a fun trip walking around the whole zoo with our partner of the day!  This was the first year the field trip turned into a party experience because a majority of the kids stayed behind and met in the playground!  They stayed at the zoo for the rest of the day.  They all came back with tales of the fun they had enjoying each other’s company!

Finally we get down to our Graduation!  It was so wonderful closing off the school year with a big celebration!  The children did marvelous and it amazed me how not one single child had stage fright!   This year’s children seem to be younger and yet they managed to perform their heart out and had a grand time!  Congratulations to the Class of 2017!!!

Now we look forward to returning to our old schedule!  You have no idea how much the Hippos enjoying doing class work.  They actually cheer when I ask if they can squeeze in one worksheet before playing!  I’m so proud of the work ethic that they have built up and I’m confident in their ability when they leave for kindergarten! 

We are heading into a summer of transition where we say “goodbye” to old friends and welcome new friends!  Check back in another 2 months to see what exciting things we do at Ark of Hope Preschool!  Enjoy your summer!!