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Teaching Preschoolers God’s Character

November 20, 2015
By Lynette Fowler
Teaching Preschoolers God’s Character
Part One:  Color
Written by Lynette Fowler, Pre-Kindergarten Director

One of my favorite things about teaching preschoolers is their love for every celebration. It doesn’t matter how small or large the event their excitement is contagious. One of our favorite monthly traditions in Pre-Kindergarten is to celebrate color.

“We celebrate all the colors of the rainbow. We celebrate the orange. We celebrate the red. We celebrate the blue because they are all so beautiful”.

                                                                                                -Harper, age 4

Why Celebrate Color?

Color parades God’s character. God considers color significant. He made it on the very first day of Creation.  When God said, “Let there be light.” he created both the visible and invisible spectrum (Genesis 1:3). We call light when refracted, a rainbow. It was designed with seven distinct colors and thousands of different shades and hues. The rainbow is a perfect illustration of God’s character. It allows us to see how orderly and creative He is.   

Why do we celebrate color with our young students? Wendy, a student, simply said, “Because God made colors.” We celebrate colors to bring Him glory. What an amazing God to bring such beautiful color into a dark world!

How We Celebrate Color:

We admire Christ using color in different ways.

  1. We choose one color to focus on a month and it usually connects to some holiday. For example, the color orange is celebrated the whole month of October. Thanksgiving is always surrounded by hues of brown. Pink is a fun pigment in February.
  2. We look at God’s creation to find our featured monthly color. We look through books, magazines, and pictures to find items that God designed to be that specific color. Students are amazed by God’s creativity when shown creatures made of different hues. Did you know there was a blue tarantula?
  3. Influenced by the classical approach, we sing songs about the featured color.
  4. We do crafts, go on scavenger hunts, and make collages.
  5. We party. We start our parties with a color themed snack. Harper, a preschool student says, “[I like] having blue berries. Having muffins. Having grapes. I love eating my favorite colors.” We ate blueberries, blue jello, and blue tortilla chips for Blue Day. Orange Day was really fun with oranges, candy pumpkins, and carrots.

May our students always see God’s glory even in the simple colors of the rainbow.

Tags: Pre-K

Glorifying Christ Through Stage and Story

November 11, 2015
By Cornerstone Theatre Arts

Cornerstone Theatre Arts Presents

Beautiful Adoption Story from Classic Literature

 

Morristown, TN-- Cornerstone Theatre Arts proudly presents Anne of Green Gables, adapted by Megan and Dane Bundy. The performance is directed by Dane Bundy with Haleigh Raye Winstead playing the part of Anne Shirley, Alaina Dubravetz as Marilla Cuthbert, Alex Bermuda as Matthew Cuthbert, Jessica Borchert as Diana Barry, and Marissa Breeden as Rachel Lynde. Performance dates are November 13th at 7 p.m. and November 14th 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lakeway Community Church. For more information call (423) 307-1189.

You may already know or love the story of Anne of Green Gables. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic is, in the words of tenth grader, Jessica Borchert (Diana Barry), “a powerful story about adoption, love, and friendship.” When the shy, old bachelor, Matthew Cuthbert arrives at the Avonlea train station, he expects an orphan boy to help with the farm, but instead he finds Anne Shirley, a vivacious eleven-year-old girl with red hair and freckles. Charmed by her imagination and constant chatter and touched by her unashamed longing to be wanted, Matthew takes her home to his sister, Marilla, who is determined to send Anne back in exchange for the needed and asked for boy. However, the sensible spinster is soon persuaded to keep Anne, and learns not only what it means to raise a child, but to love one.

Since its founding in 2012, Cornerstone Theatre Arts (CTA) has strived to produce theatre that is student-led, parent-supported, and faculty-guided with the goal of magnifying Christ. Through productions such as Peter Pan, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, and now Anne of Green Gables, student actors and crew have had the opportunity to develop their character and leadership skills by participating in the arts. Besides acting in the productions, students assume key support roles such as stage manager, crew manager, and house manager, and work alongside parents and faculty on costumes, makeup, set, sound, and lighting. CTA invites children from 4th to 12th grade to audition for their productions and continually seeks to train future performers and leaders for service in the community. Senior Marissa Breeden (Rachel Lynde) comments that “Kids from 4th grade to 12th grade come together for the same purpose of using their gifts to bring glory to God through theatre.” This leads to a natural opportunity for mentorship.

“For us,” writes Dane Bundy, director of CTA, “theatre is so much more than entertainment; it is a playground and training ground for the imagination; a place to study and live timeless characters and themes.”

Make sure to join us for a weekend of joy, laughter, and hope!

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