On Monday morning I introduced the class to our new friends, worms! My teacher-buddy, Mrs. Christi, dug up some good 'ole earth worms from her yard and I made them a cozy little home.
Like I said before, we had to have our class pictures made and Monday was our day. I usually don't do messy painting projects on our picture days (it seems to upset the parents when we get paint all over those "special" clothes), so we enjoyed a simple bird art project.
I hope that you can see the yarn on the nest. We talked all day about how birds build their nest and the different things they use.
One of our favorite things has been rulers. To a preschool child a ruler is totally fascinating! I love to put rulers, markers and paper on our writing table then just sit back and watch. Using rulers is a great way to work on our fine motor skills AND our eye/hand coordination at the same time. We used our ruler skills this week with one of our art projects. I gave the children half of a circle and a ruler.
Everyone had a good time drawing lines and making our hand prints. I added my big 'old hand print too and the final piece is really very sweet.
I have an old book entitled "Weird Birds". I don't even remember where or when I got it, but every year I pull it out and we all get a good laugh at the different types of birds all over the world. The hands down favorite each year is the Blue Footed Booby Bird. We had a wonderful discussion during our circle time as to why he has blue feet. I loved it when some said the birds looked like "God dipped his feet in blue paint". Hmmmm . . . they could be right!
We also made a few simple birds this week. First, we water colored a BIG parrot.
I love hand prints! Maybe it is because my son is all grown-up. Or maybe it is because I see those few hand prints of his and wish I had more. Who knows??? Whatever the reason, I love them. This week was the perfect time to squeeze in a hand print peacock.
Our big spring concert was Thursday and we had to squeeze in one more rehearsal. But that didn't stop us from doing a fun and interesting alphabet craft. I cut out some large "Y"s from scrap poster board and handed everyone some yarn. Away they went . . . .
Yarn wrapped "Y"s!
Our Fabulous Fun Friday had to be special. It had been a rather unusual week and I knew we all needed something "extra" (and I include "ME" in that statement!). First we made a beautiful spring wall hanging. We traced and cut out the children's hands and part of their arms. We used half of an old plastic Easter egg for the bird and the children added some feathers and flowers.
The results were very sweet and definitely cute!
The children had an amazing time wrapping and tying the yarn around everything in our classroom. We even had yarn tied around our door knob. Nothing was off limit and everyone had a great time!
After lunch we headed down to the kitchen to "eat dirt and worms"! Yes, I had been hinting all week long that we were going to "eat dirt". Luckily my class is use to me so they usually giggled and told me (more than once) that they "trusted me". Of course we ate . . . . dirt pudding!
All in all it was a fun and exciting week. Thanks for stopping by. Next week we will be discussing the letter "Z" and "Zoo" Animals. I hope you come back and see what we did!