Mr. Bones has a heart

November 4, 2017

Dear parents,

We began our week reading about our amazing bodies, inside and out. We
looked at pictures of where our hearts are and got to listen with a
stethoscope to each other's beating heart. We ran around the big room
and listened again to see if there was any change. We introduced our
doctor kit to the classroom and found out that many of us didn't feel
well, and needed shots. Thank goodness for all the doctors in the
house.

On Halloween we drew pumpkin faces to get ideas for carving our
pumpkin. We talked about the different shapes of eyes, noses, and
mouths. After the pumpkin was carved, the children helped scoop its
insides out.  We lit a candle, sang some Halloween songs, and read
some not too spooky books. Some of us could hardly wait to get in the
big room to run and act out our costume characters. We realized every
day is like Halloween around here. We had orange snacks and pumpkin
bread.

We read more books about our body and examined Mr. Bones. We felt our
own bodies for bones we saw on our classroom skeletons. We felt our
spines in our backs and sat up straight and tall.

While half the class was in yoga, we read about how our lungs are
similar to balloons. We blew up a few balloons to demonstrate. We
played a game of trying to keep the balloons in our circle and off the
ground. It was fun and filled with laughter.

Pastor Meeter took us on a tour of Old First Church. We went up and
down many stairs, we saw stained glass windows, two chandeliers, two
organs, Pastor Meeter's cassock, and his office. He also played both
organs for us. He told us air makes the pipes work and we could hear
it hissing. Someone said it sounded like water.

Friday we had a small class. Six people were out, of those, five were
not feeling well. One more person went home early who said their head
hurt.

We assembled our Me books and read them during circle. The children
are excited to bring them home next week.

We read I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer. We reviewed our list of what to
do when we feel angry and added take a deep breath. We looked at our
feeling chart and people gave more examples of what makes us feel sad
or excited. We noticed the person in the book went from angry to
happy. What helped to change their feelings? The children answered,
friends. We thought about how to change our feelings when we feel sad
or mad. The children agreed friends help.

We did our first one minute meditation. We closed our eyes, sat
quietly, and thought about our breathing.

Please, oh please, bring a family photo (4x6 is a fine size) for our
family tree.

Next week, we continue talking about friends and begin our family tree.

Have a chilly weekend,

Therese