The children have been learning their weekly letters and also enjoying Christmas activities like making ornaments! For the letter “I” they made igloos out of ice and graphed their favorite ice cream. For the letter “J” we played in Jello, sang Jingle Bells, found jean material in a bag of other scraps with eyes closed and had a jammies day. They had fun learning “K” and working with keys: sorting, matching numbers, practicing opening the door They also wrote the letter “K” in different textures like salt and shaving cream. For the letter “L” the kids made a lion, went on a letter hunt, counted dots on a ladybug and made an L out of legos.
Some of the kids’ favorite songs have been J-E-S-U-S, Go Tell It On The Mountain, In a Little Stable, Away in a Manger and We Three Kings. Our bible themes recently have been Zechariah and Elizabeth, Gabriel and Mary, Gabriel visits Joseph and the Christmas story.
Marie Wickham, Director
Child Care Center Q & A…
How many church members have children at our daycare? Currently, we have 12 children that are children of members.
How many non members have children at our daycare? We have 30 children of non members at this time.
Is there a designated time each day that a story from the bible is read? In addition to chapel each Friday, Bible time is each day from 11-11:30. Each week we focus on a different story or theme. We not only read the Bible story, we further ingrain the message with supporting activities. For instance, the children have been learning the story of boy Jesus at the temple. They loved playing, “Let’s Find Jesus!” with a Jesus figurine after answering questions about the Bible story.
Since the daycare opened, how many children has the daycare taken care of? How many are member or non member? 104 families (some families have more than one child), and 23 of those families have at least one parent as a member of our congregation.
How often take the children to visit the nursing homes? When they do go what type of activities do they do there? Once a month to read books, sing, do seasonal activities, crafts, or games.
What are the future goals of the daycare? Continue to offer high quality Christian childcare, as there is a high need of demand for this in our community. Every day families call to be added to our wait list. We also continue to pray for additional space, which would give us the opportunity to serve additional families in the future.
If anyone has questions please feel free to call Marie Wickham or Sara Turner at 573-796-1997. We would love to have visitors set up a time to come see the amazing things happening here every day, or better yet come volunteer to read or play games with the children. We teach the children the love of Jesus every day, and are also a witness to their families. Even if they are affiliated with a church, many of these families do not attend church regularly. For some families past and present, the Child Care Center might be the biggest Christian influence in their life, and perhaps the only positive connection to a church. We hope that we are planting a seed in the hearts of the families and especially the children to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
Many of the families have shared how grateful they are that their children come home telling Bible stories and singing songs about our Lord. Second-hand information is only a very small window to see the service St. Paul’s Child Care Center offers to our community and to these children’s futures; we hope you can schedule a visit!