It has been a JOY for us at Crown of Life Christian Academy to partner with Samaritan’s Purse in Operation Christmas Child!
Our elementary students and their families have been generously gathering items for their boxes over the past month. And today, we packed and personalized 35 boxes! Our students added pictures and information about themselves to send to children across the world. Then they added their own individual gift, followed by a fun assembly line to add all of the donated items. Pencils, wash cloths, flash lights, water bottles, jump robes, coloring books, and crayons were some of the many items included in our boxes.
It has been a beautiful sight to see our students caring for one another and genuinely excited about giving gifts to other children for Christmas. They helped each other fill out their cards, fold up their boxes, and figure out the puzzle of how to make everything fit into one shoebox. The students served each other well and the love of Christ shown through their generous spirits. It is an honor for us to bring joy to children this Christmas and to also teach our young boys and girls how to care for others well.
Today we ask that you will PRAY with us for the children who will receive our boxes and that God will be glorified throughout this Christmas season.
What is the Reformation?
2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther called for a public debate of 95 theses he had written to draw attention to misteachings of God’s word. Through much study of the scriptures, God led Luther to the truth about faith and salvation through Christ alone. Instead of a debate, the 95 Theses spread quickly as a call to reform marking the start of the Protestant Reformation. Luther went on to preach, study, write, and translate the Bible into German. This translation is a literary and biblical hallmark, which gave the people of his day the opportunity to read God’s word for themselves. Luther is known for saying, “A simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest Pope without it.”
October 31, 1517 marked a day in history when God prodded on a man’s heart to encourage the people to seek the truth in God’s word. Today we encourage you to do the same!
Open your Bible, seek His words, and walk in faith in Christ.
Fine motor development may be a term you have seen on your Pinterest feed – perhaps including the title of this article! A simple Google search for fine motor development activities will produce more than 9 million hits. Therefore, you may ask… why is fine motor development important?
Fine motor development refers to the development of the muscles in your child’s hand and fingers. Gaining control and agility in these types of movements is essential for future life skills such as writing, cutting, buttoning, zipping, and tying shoes. Each age group has specific fine motor needs and skills that parents and teachers can encourage and foster.
At Crown of Life Christian Academy, our VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) teachers focus on fine motor development at the four and five year old child’s level. Activities are created to develop proper grips and movements to prepare each student to be able to use a tripod grip needed for writing and give the child dexterity to use scissors with accuracy.
Feel free to try out some of our favorite fine motor activities with your child at home or encourage your CoLCA student to teach you these activities that they have learned in school!
Pre-traced name of the child
Our VPK students begin every school day by signing in. It gives them a responsibility and promotes early writing and fine motor skills. They trace their dotted name on the paper and sign in as the parent does his or her job of officially signing them in. As the school year goes on, dotted letters are gradually removed until they can write their entire name properly on their own. Such a fun way to see their progress throughout the school year!
The child becomes Dada or Mama Bird, pinches the worm in his or her beak, and feeds the babies within the cup.
Draw shapes, letters, numbers, or the child’s name on the placemat with a marker. Have the child lay on a carpet and poke the toothpick through the paper to trace along the draw lines. When finished, be sure to hold it up to the light and see all of the holes adding sparkle to the shape!
Tissue Paper Pumpkins
Various Colored Tissue Paper
Scissors for kids
Paper or paper plate
Give the child some paper, perhaps with a shape on it, and allow them to cut up small squares and spread glue onto the paper. Right now, with our pumpkin parties just a few short weeks away, we are making pumpkins to decorate our hallways!
Let the imagination take hold and open your own post office! Cut out small letters, write or draw on each, and then slip the paper through the slot. So many fine motor activities within one imaginative game!
Medium or Large Beads
Stringing beads onto a pipe cleaner is an easy way to develop fine motor skills and also give the child a fun craft, creating bracelets or ornaments. Encourage a pattern of colors to make fun candy cane ornaments for your Christmas tree. Since it is Fall, our current theme is pumpkins!
Let us know your favorite fine motor development activities! Our teachers are always looking for new and exciting ideas for the classrooms.
On September 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma directly hit the Fort Myers, Florida community including Crown of Life Christian Academy and Lutheran Church. For days, we watched as this monster of a storm slowly moved toward us, reaching record-breaking, sustained Category 5 strength. As we prepared, we didn’t know what the outcome would be for our school, our church, our families, our staff, and our community. Staff scattered as some evacuated to be with family, others drove long distances to stay with friends, while still some hunkered down to ride out the storm. All the while, each one of us knew that God’s promises would continue to hold true as He states to His people in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
8 days after the storm, the power came back on at the school and church. Only minor damage resulted from the much anticipated, major storm! God is so good! Our staff reunited with rejoicing to be together once again and to work side-by-side to get the buildings and grounds ready for our students to join us. We have heard from many of our school families. All are safe but there are some who are experiencing major flooding to their homes, ruining a fair amount of their personal items. Other families are repairing minor damages to their homes and yards. And still others are blessed with unscathed property from the storm, but they continue to go without power in the midst of Florida’s heat.
We would like to invite you to come along side us in supporting our families in need. Gift cards would be the easiest way for us to encourage, love on, and help these families rebuild their homes, fill their pantries, and provide for their children’s needs. Recommended cards would be to Publix, Wal-Mart, Target, and Visa gift cards and can be delivered to the Crown of Life office at 5820 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Our director, Miss Rixe has been communicating with many of our families, reaching out to know how each one is faring, and will disperse the gift cards based on needs. Please, prayerfully consider donating to our Crown of Life families.
To those in our school and church community who are reading this, remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” May you find rest in Christ, joy once again in your spirits, and support from your CoLCA family. Please continue to let us know your needs, great or small, that we may come along side you to care for you.
School has been closed since September 7th and we are pleased to announce that we will be reopening on September 21st! God is good, and we thank Him for each one of our students, His precious lambs!
Thank you to all who have been praying and for the love and support that is shared with the Crown of Life family!
What a fun and out-of-this-world day it has been at Crown of Life! One week into the new school year and our teachers and elementary students had an extraordinary opportunity to learn about solar eclipses. Here in Fort Myers, Florida, we experienced a partial eclipse at around 75% while the path of the total solar eclipse stretched across the center of our nation.
We watched live coverage of the event as it passed over the Midwest and listened to scientists as they explained the movement of the moon orbiting the earth, as the earth orbits the sun.
Our normal August weather in SW Florida consists of afternoon thunderstorms, but God blessed us with a bright day with few clouds for us to experience this event. Our students were educated on the importance of not looking directly at the sun. Therefore, we made pinhole projectors with both sheets of paper and boxes, and kept our backs turned toward the sun, so that our eyes could watch the eclipse through the pinhole projectors. The students were excited to see the shadow of the moon move across the circle of light from the sun on their papers, creating a crescent of light. Our day stayed bright as the sun still shined upon us even in partial view.
History was made today, not just in the United State’s Total Solar Eclipse of 2017, but in the memories and lives of each of our students. Our students experienced this moment together, creating even stronger bonds of friendship. God’s glory of His creation was on display and it will be a fun day that we will always remember!
Preschool is a time in a family’s life to not just have their children cared for during the day but an opportunity to help each child learn and grow. We offer school for 2 year olds up until they are ready to enter into VPK. During that time, our goal is to help each child grow and develop in four areas: Social/Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, and Spiritual.
Following are our objectives that we integrate into each fun filled day in our preschool classrooms: