We are going to test what is magnetic, how far does the magnetic field stretch, what are magnetic poles and do they attract or repel, and what else can magnets do?
Table Activities- Our table activities this week include pipe cleaner monsters, magnet explore, painting with magnets, building on trays with magnets, underwater with magnets, magnetic construction tub, and pipe cleaner spiders.
Small Group Activities- Small group this week will be experimenting with what is magnetic, making a magnetic sculpture to test our magnetic field, drawing/writing about magnets in our journal, and decorating our own magnet.
Large Group Activities- This week we will move to music like "The Rubber band Song", "Tap Your Sticks on the Floor" and others. We will also make ourselves like magnets and test for magnetism outside.
Books of the Week- "What Magnets Can Do" by Allan Fowler, "Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart" by Natalie M. Rosinsky and "A Look At Magnets" by Barbara Alpert.
Bible Story- Our Bible story this week is about Jesus feeding the large crowd of over 5000. Jesus had been preaching and teaching and healing a large crowd of people and as he taught, he walked. Many people joined in and when he was finished teaching, they found themselves far from their homes. It was near the evening meal time and they were not near a town to go buy enough food and they hadn't brought food with them. Jesus' disciples came to him and said, "Tell the people to go home, it's almost dinnertime. Let them go to the villages and buy food on their way home." Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "You feed them." The disciples were astonished, how could they afford to buy enough food for a crowd this large??!! After asking around for food, they came to Jesus with 2 small dried fish and 5 loaves of bread. "This is all we could find." they told him. Jesus took it from them, he blessed it and broke it into pieces, the disciples gave the pieces to the people and the whole crowd ate until they were satisfied. When the disciples went to collect the leftovers, they had 12 baskets full of leftover bread and fish, more than they had to begin with!! How did this happen? It was a miracle! But as always, something to strengthen the disciples faith and remind them who they were following, the Son of God! I often think it's a good illustration of my faith life, what do I bring to the table? Not much!! Jesus provides all I need to believe and so much more! Also- Jesus' compassion- I have been telling these Bible stories to students and my own kids for almost 30 years, every time something new strikes me- every miracle so far starts with "Jesus had compassion..." This one, Jesus had compassion on the crowds to begin with, Jesus had compassion on Jairus and his daughter, Jesus had compassion on the man who couldn't walk. Compassion means to recognize the sufferings of others and then take action to help. I pray that I would be more compassionate to those I see in my own life and I pray that through these stories of Jesus, we can all become compassionate to those around us.