The kids are having a blast with the ABC countdown. Here is a recap...
Monday - B...Bubbles Day...we made homemade bubbles (your son/daughter should have brought home the recipe) and used items from the kitchen to us as wands. Then we came in and graphed our favorite and least favorite wand.
Tuesday - C...Career Day...BJ was a baseball player, Lucy a cook, Claire a doctor, Parker a hunter and I was a wilderness EMT. We all did an impromptu speech (getting us ready for letter I!) about why we choose our career and a little bit about it.
Wednesday - D...Donut Day...Ericka, Claire and Henry brought donuts from a bakery in Kalona. They were amazing!
Thursday - E...Experiment Day...Laura came and did three different experiments with the kids. The first was a baking soda and vinegar reaction, the second was a little like a magic trick where she got a soft boiled egg to enter a bottle and the last experiment was Oobleck. We took video and once Laura puts it up on the blog you have to check the egg trick out!
Friday - F...Favorite book Day...we each brought in our favorite books and shared a little bit about them. Then we read a few pages of each book.
Next week is game day, hat day, impromptu speech day, joke day and kite day (please bring your own kite)
Also next week on Tuesday kids should bring in something that makes a sound (either by tapping on it, blowing on it, rubbing something on it, or moving it) to possibly use in our musical garden. Betsy and I are going to keep it simple unlike this awesome you tube video we shared with the kids...
Another thing to watch is our Alfabeto song on Facebook...
Other things that happened this week was a mini history lesson on the history of Earth Day. We covered it on Monday but the kids were a bit distracted due to it being close to lunch so we went over it again on Thursday. We made a timeline of major events that were paper clipped to a ribbon so we could talk about amount of space in between events depending on time elapsed.
We also flipped family trees to see if we understood how the chart was working. I asked a question like, "name one of your person's cousins" and then we got to check each others answers. A difficult question was "How would you find one of your parents cousins?"
Finally, BJ and Lucy's dad, Brian is traveling in Great Britain because he won the ABC Traveling Fellowship. Laura had a great idea and created a few things for BJ to research so he could learn where and what his dad is doing. I have had a blast learning along with BJ about all of these castles Brian's going to and watching you tube clips of places visited. We found out that at one castle you could pay for a 1/2 day or full day of trout fishing. We had to convert Euro's into dollars to see that it wasn't too expensive either. I bet Brian didn't have the time for that and was disappointed! Hopefully BJ will really enjoy talking with Brian about his trip now that he has some background knowledge about it!!
Oh my! I forgot to add that we painted the garden fence today because tomorrow I am picking up our plants from the plant sale! We will plant them next week! YEAH...spring!?
I have to start with Friday this week. It was a fun-filled active day. We had a great game of hide and go seek tag after lunch but was interrupted with an ambulance siren. We all rushed outside to see where it was going and you know what? It came to see us! Ben Caskey brought and ambulance for us to explore. I will put pictures up on the blog and Facebook. In the words of Parker, "We got to go inside an ambulance, get strapped down to a stretcher and talk on the walkie talkie!"
AMBULANCE kicked of "A" for our final days of school countdown. There are 26 more days left so each day will be a different letter of the alphabet. Be ready for bubbles on Monday! In the words of BJ, "I'm excited for W!"
Each student created family tree this week on an online website. We included cousins and great grandparents. Next week we will compare common names in our families, find each others cousins and get to know about our families history. In the words of Kobi, "I liked typing on the computer."
We are starting to explore poetry. Everyone loves finding words that rhyme...right?! We started a spring poem in Music that we will finish next week. Claire and BJ are working on parts of speech and will find them in our poems. We did an art project with poetry about rain and glitter. And finally we guessed titles of poems Paula read from the book Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein. Here is Lucy's favorite poem...
We've become strangers
I almost never
Muffled in your
thick, red socks
I can't hear what you're
We used to be close,
under the covers,
telling each other stories.
Now I see you
in the bath
I'll kick off my shoes
and get to know
You love warm sand
and playing tag with
the icy, lacy, racing,
in the wet
I miss you.