Sunday, April 23, 2017

SCIENCE LAB - HOW THINGS GROW

 In this science lab, we took a look at how plants grow.
We looked at several different types of seeds so we could see that they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We talked about all different types of plants, the parts of each and what their jobs are.
Then we discussed the three things seeds need in order to grow - soil, water and sun.
 Finally, the fun, hands-on part. Each child filled a jar with soil,

 added a variety of seeds and watered their planted seeds. Lastly, each jar was placed in the windowsill to catch some sun rays. We are all looking forward to Monday, so we can see if we have any sprouts!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

BIKE DAY

The weather was perfect for our Bike Day this year. Warm, partly cloudy and a gentle breeze to keep those pesky gnats away.
 On your marks,  get set,  GO!!!!!!!   
The children loved seeing their friends' bikes and other riding toys.

The emotions ran high during the riding time. There were faces full of determination,

and faces of pure joy.
When legs became tired from pedaling or scootering, the "resting area" became a popular spot to hang out and talk with friends.  





Friday, March 24, 2017

TEAMWORK - PLAYING, WORKING and GROWING TOGETHER

One of the most important skills we work on fostering is cooperation, in both play and work. In order for us to play together and to work together to complete a task, we must learn to compromise and cooperate with one another. This is NOT a trait bestowed naturally on we humans, as we come into the world very "ME" oriented. 
Working together, goals are more easily accomplished, like the completion of these floor puzzles. 
Helping the teachers cut pieces of plastic into small pieces for a project fosters cooperation and the gift of helping others.
And of course, the simple act of playing together is really so much more than plain old fun. It fosters and teaches the very things that make us good human beings. Play is child's work and what helps make them the people they become. 



St. Patrick's Fun

Getting ready for WIPP's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The coldest morning thus far in 2017, found us all bundled up in as much green as possible.  A big thanks to Michal's family for the use of their trailer for our class float!  
  Classmates sitting together enjoying the warmth of the sun on such a chilly day. 
 Pre-St. Patrick's Day crafts.
 If you look hard, you can see that one of the children has spelled out his name in pretzels!!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Ariel - our class dog!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

DONUTS WITH DADDY

Our annual Donuts with Daddy was a huge success! 
We "prettied" up our classroom with table cloths and flowers and made sure there were plenty of yummy breakfast snacks for everyone to enjoy.
When the daddies arrived, we were ready to spend some precious extra moments with them before they were off to go to work.
We even were a little extra loving to our friends!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SCIENCE LAB: MATTER - LIQUIDS AND SOLIDS

The children are really loving our science lab portion of school. They are great at sitting and listening to see what we are going to learn about in this Science Lab. Here we are learning about the differences between a solid and a liquid. 
Here we have made a non-Newtonian Fluid which can act as both a solid and a liquid depending on the amount of pressure exerted on it. When touched gently, it acts as a liquid; when pushed roughly or pressure is applied, it becomes solid-like. The children loved the mess we made; after all, Science is Messy!

Monday, February 27, 2017

PUPPIES AT SCHOOL!!!!



My foster puppies, brothers, Clark and Eddie, came to school to spend some time with the class.
The children did a great job welcoming them. 
Everyone was gentle and waited for one of the pups to come to them. What a great lesson in patience! 


As you can see by the pictures, Clark was more adventuresome when it came to meeting the children up close and personal.
I was very proud of how well they behaved - both the puppies and the children!