J is for jam and Jonah

For this week, J was super excited. This week we are covering the letter “J” which J knows starts his name. He loved seeing our chart switch over to “J” and was hopping up and down in anticipation to put “J” on our chicka, chicka, boom boom tree.
While E took his nap and G ate her lunch, J made some freezer jam. I usually make cooked jam but that is less kid friendly, so freezer jam it was.
J mashed up some mixed berries-mostly strawberries and raspberries with some blackberries and blueberries. He measured out the needed amount in a giant measuring cup.

Then J measured out the sugar and mixed the two together.

When it was time he mixed in the pectin and finally spooned it into the jars.

 
I pretty much let him do it all. I would read the directions and let him figure it out himself. He did make a mess but part of the lesson was cleaning up after yourself.
J loved doing it all by himself and proudly showed E when he woke up. They even had toast with new jam for dessert! Update: J was so proud of his jam, he insisted that he take a jar to share with his friends at their playdate today!
As usual, J asked to do more school when we finished the jam;so we read about Jonah and the big fish in our preschool bible. We talked about how God is always there and can see what we are doing; just like God could see that Jonah was running away. I continued on how God didn’t like that Jonah wasn’t doing what he was told and Jonah got in trouble because of that. I reminded J that he has to do things that would make God happy, like share his toys with his brother/sister/friends and listen to mom/dad. I also told him if he ever needed God’s help or to say sorry for something he had done to make God unhappy, he should pray. J really understood that. (He asked if that is what we do when we pray at night before bed. I said yes, we are thanking him for the day and asking God to protect us through the night. J smiled and said his prayer extra loud last night). Then J colored the page that I had for him of Jonah praying inside the fish.

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