And a big red blog for the head.
We added legs and little antennas and let them dry. Afterwards, we added cute little eyes, a nose and of course, a happy smile!
I just love these little guys, don't you? I especially love the fact that they were 100% made by the child. This is a little pet peeve of mine and I'm sure I will be mentioning it from time to time (sorry!).
Another great book that we read this past week was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by the wonderful Laura Numeroff. I think this is one of my all time favorite books. It should be, I've read it enough over the years! We made a little chocolate cookie and added it to a "prompting note" to our parents. It was easy, but it was fun.
I hope you can tell that the "chocolate chips" are our fingerprints.
This one made me giggle. She said the mouse was hiding!
On of my special individual activities this week is our magnet box. I was a little concerned about getting it out so early in the year. I wasn't sure it we had people that put things in their mouths (something I am guessing is not a concern for Harvard professors!). But, I kept a very close on it and everything went smoothly. One of my students loved it. He loved making a chain with the magnets.
During the week our circle time discussions generally were about our dogs and cats. There was one day when we discussed what animal(s) we would like to have IF we could have any animal in the entire world. Alligators and crocodiles were 2 of the favorites - YIKES! It did make for a fun and lively circle time.
Our letter of the week was "C" so we HAD to make a cat. Now if you have read my blog before, you know that I big on giving the children choices. Making our cat was no different, everyone decided on what color their cat would be. First we painted a large paper plate and let it dry. The next day we came back and cut some whiskers (it was "C" week after all!). Most of the children had never cut with scissors before and most of them were quick to tell me they weren't suppose to use scissors. After a little reassuring them that it was okay, they went to work.
Everyone did an amazing job cutting with scissors!!!
We added the freshly cut whiskers, ears, eyes and a little nose to make the cutest little cats!
On Thursday, we headed to kitchen to begin our weekly science experiment. I had gone to my local Publix grocery store on Wednesday afternoon looking for fresh carnations (another great "C" word!). The sweet manager finally located some for me way in the back of the store cooler. It was a large bunch, big enough for EVERYONE to have flower! We have a very sweet lady at the church who brings up empty Boost bottles.
The next day we found a lovely surprise!
Look very closely, can you see the colors starting to creep into the flower?? We sent them home on Friday and asked the parents to put them back into some colored water. I cannot wait to hear how they are doing.
We read several stories about dogs this past week and one of the other teachers shared this next project with me. It was really cute and easy.
Friday is always a fun day at school. I want everyone to leave WANTING to come back. After this week, I bet they ALL do! We start our day with our Spanish class and everyone has so much fun with Mrs. Stacy. Then we headed to kitchen to cook-up a little more science fun! Our school is very good at using recycled products. There is nothing that makes me happier then doing a project that cost little or nothing. I found our big box of used and unloved crayons.
We didn't have enough old muffin tins, so I just some aluminum foil
and made little crayon bowls.
It worked pretty well. They were funny looking and
the children loved it.
and popped it in the oven. WOW, the entire school smelled SO good! But we were patient and while it cooked, we got to use our new crayons!
I'm trying a little experiment myself. On Friday's we are doing some free art. This has no instructions and the children just have fun. This week we had a lot of fun using crayons that we made ourselves! INSTANT GRATIFICATION!!!
Soon the cake came out of the oven and we spread on some plain white frosting.
As soon as we ate lunch we headed back to the kitchen to enjoy our cake!
What a fun and yummy way to end our week!
Thank you for visiting with us. I hope you stop back by and see what we will be doing next week!