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Last week our theme was Martin Luther King Jr. We learned all about Martin Luther and his importance in history. We learned how he helped to change the laws and make things fair for white and black people. We also read the story Crayons that Talk and talked about how everyone is unique. We then connected it to MLK and watercolored our own unique crayons. We also took a picture of MLK and cut it into six pieces and each child colored a piece. We then reconstructed it like a puzzle. The kids were also excited to get outside and play in the snow on Thursday and Friday. While we did not have a whole lot of snow the children still found ways to make it fun. 

During Christ Light we learned the story of Jesus getting baptized by John. God wanted people to know and believe that his Son, Jesus, had come to save them. So he chose a man named John to tell people this good news. John would tell all these people "You have not always obeyed God. You have sinned, and you need Jesus to take away your sins". Many people believed John and they were sorry for their sins. Then one day Jesus came to the Jordan River and wanted John to baptize him. John was surprised and tried to stop him because he knew Jesus had never sinned. Jesus told John, " But I want you to baptize me so I can do everything my heavenly Father wants me to do." Therefore, John baptized Jesus and suddenly some wonderful things happened. The sky opened up and God the Holy Spirit came down like a dove and rested on Jesus. At the same time God spoke form heaven saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." This week we are learning about Jesus' very first miracle: changing water into wine.

We had a fun week with Mystery Bag. James brought in some of his rainbow colored modeling clay and we talked about some of the similiarities and differences between it and play doh. Then Xander brought in his very cool remote control car. All the kids had a lot of fun driving it :)

During letter time we started the letter Bb. We learned how to write it and what sound it makes. The kids also did a fantastic job with thinking of things that began with the letter B sound for their letter journals. Bear, baby, boy, beach, bakery, Big Backyard, butterfly, boat, buffalo, broccoli, and balloon

During Happily Every After we continued our new unit: The Elves and the Shoemaker. We did a lot of practice with following directions, the colors red, yellow and green, top, middle and bottom and different parts of a whole object.  

Please remember to send your children with snowpants, boots, hats, gloves, and scarves along with their winter jackets. We will continue to go outside if the wind chill temperature is 20 degrees and above. If your child does not have boots or snow pants they will only be allowed to play on the black top. 

Dates to Remember 
Corn Dog Hot Lunch - Wednesday, January 24th
100th Day of School and Crazy Sock Day - Friday, January 26th
Open House - Sunday, January 28th
Sing at 10:30 at Woodlawn - Sunday, February 11th
Valentine's Day Party - Wednesday, February 14th