Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Ahh, December. Our thoughts are consumed with Christmas. Pre School is like a mini Santa’s workshop as we work on gifts for our parents and Christmas decor for our home refrigerators.
Each day at Pre School we look at the calendar and count the number of days that have gone by in December. We love passing the time by singing Christmas songs and listening to Christmas stories. One of our favorite books this time of year is, “Room For a Little One,” by Martin Waddell. Kind Ox lives in the stable next to the Inn. One winter’s night he invites Old Dog, Stray Cat, Small Mouse and Tired Donkey into the stable, one by one. Tired Donkey brings along Mary and Joseph for “there is always room for a little one here.” The stable is peaceful. Predator and prey lay down quietly side by side. It is here the Christ Child is born in the peace of the stable “one cold winter’s night.”
And so ... we come on Christmas night, from diverse countries, backgrounds, economic classes and political parties, to the stable. We bow down together to worship Jesus, God’s gift to all of us. He is God’s “Little One” who came for the world. Peace to you this Christmas from the little ones at Salem Pre School!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
We are past Halloween and now the holiday season begins. Our children in the Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow classes will be presenting an evening program for their parents, families and friends on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. This evening of songs, musical activities, a slideshow and refreshments is a celebration of the two and a half months they have been in school learning and singing together. We are so thankful for the many families who have entrusted their children to our school!
Thanksgiving is, of course, our main focus in the month of November. How did this turkey feast get started in the first place? What did the Pilgrims and Native Americans do for the three days they spent together when there wasn’t even football to play or watch? Just as the name of the holiday would suggest, they gave thanks!! There was no doubt in the Pilgrims’ minds that God was their shepherd and they gave Him credit for every good thing that had happened to them. Their new Native American friends, their winter supply of food, their humble homes and their health were all gifts from above. This is the spirit of thanksgiving we hope to pass on to our students, their families and all of our friends.