Sunday, January 30, 2011
During the first part of the week we decided that LION was our favorite "L" word. So, we naturally we made a lion!
We started with a simple yellow hand print and the children all cut their own mane. I love the difference in the cutting, some were very precise
(Yes, this child is ONLY 4)
While others were more free-flowing
Either way, they were wonderful!
On Thursday we just had to sneak in one more super fun idea. So we took a small break from talking about the Solar System and spent most of the day talking about "lizards". They really are fascinating little reptiles! Later in the day we came up with out own silly "L"izards!
Can you see the the letter "L"?
I'm really looking forward to next week - we will be studying the letter "M" and
starting our unit on Valentine's Day! It is going to be SO MUCH FUN!
After all the planets were glued on we added some fun colors stars and sang our song about the solar system.
Of course no "Fabulous Fun Friday" (yes, that is what we call it!) would be complete without a fabulously fun trip to the kitchen for a super special snack. This week we ate a rocket ship! Graham crackers, Fruit Loops and M&M's make a super solar snack!
Don't you just love the planet M&M's?!?!? The Fruit Loop windows somehow were eaten before the photo was taken :) !
Oh, and just for the record, we vote on things in our classroom and after much discussion we decided . . . PLUTO should still be considered a planet! Once again, my class surprised me with their wonderful enthusiasm for learning.
My motto - make it fun and they will learn!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
These actually turned out much nicer than I ever expected. The children loved talking about the sun and enjoyed hearing about the "giant ball of fire in the sky". Would you like to make a sun like ours? Start with a large round circle, we used thick poster board paper, and blob on some paint!Cover with clear plastic wrap and SQUISH it!
Next we glued our sun to a piece of very large blue construction paper and added the sunrays!
while others were happy with teeny, tiny rays.
while others are way to much LIKE ME! Either way, they were very, very yummy!
Our science experiment was all about the clouds! We started with a jumbo cotton ball (I had NO idea that cotton balls came in JUMBO) and a very small cup of water.
Next we put the cotton ball into the water, and squeezed it.
INSTANT RAIN! INSTANT FUN!
For our last science experiment we took a clear plastic cup and added plain water. We put a small amount of shaving creme on top. Then came the fun - a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. The food coloring slowly found it's way down into the water to make ORANGE rain! What fun! AND yes, we did it again with blue and yellow. And again, with red and blue! SUPER FUN!
Next week, my FAVORITE week - the SOLAR SYSTEM!!!! I hope you come back and as we rotate our way around the sun!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Philippa from House of Baby Piranha was worried that to join in this little blogging adventure, that she would have to make something to give away and no one would like what she made:) I decided to join Philippa even though I have no idea what I might be able to come up with either!
In order to get something handmade from me, you need to be one of the first five bloggers to make the following promise on your blog…
“I promise something handmade to the FIRST 5 people who leave a comment here.
However, to be eligible, you must repost this message, offering something handmade to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you, and it must be sent to your 5 giftees sometime in 2011!”
So if you would like to join me and the others who are paying it forward, then go to your blog – write a “Pay it Forward” post kind of like this one. Then come back here and leave a comment below with a link to your Pay it Forward blog post.
The first five bloggers who make their “Pay it Forward” promise through their blog,will receive something handmade from me sometime this year. Be sure to come back here and let me know you have written a post:) Ready – Set – Go!
Please join me too in Paying it Forward…
Saturday, January 15, 2011
amazing work of art. The students painted them with "Mrs. Karen's Magical Paint" (okay, Elmer's Glue and white paint) and sprinkled on (okay, threw on) Epsom salt. As soon as we get back to school on Tuesday we will take them outside and spray them with a clear varnish spray. The children love to tell me bad the spray smells but the results are amazing. The snowflake will literally sparkle and shine.
We also headed to the kitchen to make another version of snowman cookies. These were made with little white donut holes! (Sorry for the bad picture but we were in a big hurry to eat these.) The eyes were little chocolate chips and the nose was candy corn which was left over from Halloween.
Since we were already in the kitchen, we covered our table with a couple of sheets of butcher paper and painted with ice! On Thursday we had mix our regular paint with a little water, then stuck in some coordinating colored craft sticks and stuck them in the freezer. On Friday we pulled out our paint-cicles and got to work!
It was a huge hit and everyone loved it! To try and make it a little more "educational" we started playing some games. I would call out a shape and everyone would try and make that shape! Then I started calling out colors and if you had that color you got to do a quick "ice dance" and start painting! What fun!
At the end of each year our school holds it's annual "Art Show". It is a wonderful way to highlight various art work from throughout the year. Our project for January was a snowman of course. He was made with our palm and finger prints. Don't you just love them?
Oh, one more little item from this week, our collage penguin! He is made by using contact paper in the middle. Then I had a huge pile of white objects for everyone to choose from. So cute and everyone had a great time picking our their white items to put in the middle! My favorite part of this activity was the huge discussion it started. It seems some of my students didn't think a dried butter bean was white but others did. I loved hearing them debate this issue! Quite exciting!
Thanks for stopping by and checking on us! I hope you will come again!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
As expected our classroom was buzzing today as some of my students braved the cold and came back to school. My southern style snowman took a strange twist today as he wore the colors of the BCS Champions, the Auburn Tigers. He wears #19 in honor of a dear friend and Auburn player, Neil Caudle. The class of course loved him even more.
I have a letter going home to our parents tomorrow that will ask them to save us their cereal boxes. The best part is, if a piece is lost, no one cares!
The biggest hit of the day came when I pulled the new "shape" dice I made during our snow days. Everyone loved running around the room trying to find their shape.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will take some pictures of our wonderful penguin and snowmen. It was a cold but great day!
Monday, January 10, 2011
We had such a good time, a messy good time, but still a lot of fun!
Lots and lots of FUN!
Then we stuffed some white garbage sacks and made our snowman!
Next week we continue our discussions about Winter and the animals who live where it is extremely cold!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
My next dilemma has been walking from our classroom down the hall. It seems a have one or two that love running and yelling! My solution . . . .The front of the bottle.
Mrs. Karen's "Quiet Spray"! It is an old spray bottle (completely cleaned and dried out!). There is nothing in the bottle but it does make a little "squirt" sound when you pull the spray trigger. Everyone will get a squirt of "Quiet Spray" as we walk down the hallway.
The next little item I decided to try is "Brain Sprinkles"! I borrowed this from Dr. Jean. It is an old coffee creamer bottle with the label removed. First I filled the bottle with about two tablespoons of rice. Then I put a piece of plastic wrap under the lid and glued the lid with my handy-dandy E-6000 glue. (If you don't have this glue - go get some!!! It will glue anything together.) The plastic wrap allows me to actually open the lid. Everyone will get a little sprinkle before our "Circle Time" begins! Very low tech, but I am hoping it will be effective!
The last thing (for today) is another new game. Does this look familiar??? It's the little lid that comes off the top of baby wipes! I asked my fellow teachers to save them for me. I laid 15 of them on a piece of poster board and wrote our numbers on the top.
On the inside there are coordinating "dots"! I believe this will be a fun way to help my students count and review our numbers.
Again, this is virtually free and very, very low-tech!
Thanks for checking in with me. See you soon!