This past month the children are finishing up learning the alphabet. For the letter Y they did a book tracing yarn, cutting pages, and coloring yoyos and yaks. The kids loved talking about the zoo and matching baby animals to their adult during Z week, singing Zippidee Do Dah, and playing with zippers. They’ve also been reviewing all the letters they’ve learned this year. Recent Bible stories have included Noah’s Ark and Ascension. During library time the children got to read books about picnics, talk about what they would like to do during a picnic, and even played Bingo with stickers as prizes.
We are looking for a used CD player that can be used to play music for children in the classroom. Would you have one that is rarely used at home that you could donate? Also, we would love to have more of the Thrivent music CDs if you have any to donate. The children respond well to the calming music. Please speak with Marie Wickham or Sara Turner if you can help.
We are looking for volunteers this summer! Whether you can only come once or if you would like to come more often, we would love to have you here! The kids would love to learn about your hobby or job, hear you read a book, or just come by to chat and play. Please call 573-796-1997 or see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex!
We are filling spots now for children ages 2 and over, please spread the word! Please call 573-796-1997 as soon as possible for details on rates and more information! For children ages 2-5, we learn letters, numbers, bible stories, and social-emotional skills all in a fun and active format. The children enjoy a weekly theme, library time, a couple water days, going to the nursing home, and playing and singing all the time in the summer. In the school-age summer program, the kids also have daily bible time. Once a week, Ms. Sara takes these kids to the pool, the library, the park, and chapel with Pastor Kopper. They also have theme days such as bring your bike, bring hair/beauty supplies, etc. They also help make their own lunch a few times and participate in a few community service activities through the summer to learn the importance of being generous. They also love doing new fun science experiments and math games!
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!