The Wolf's traveled to Indy to support the Iowa Women's basketball team at the Big 10 tourney so they weren't in school on Friday. So, I took the opportunity to invite Parker and Henry to school on Friday. What fun! We started with imaginative play since the blocks are Henry and Parker's favorite! Then we had Claire retell the story of Lulu's Birthday. In the back of the book it has a recipe for Lulu's cake which Claire wanted to bake at school. So, I took the opportunity to talk to them about white sugar and where it comes from. Then we talked about natural sweeteners that you could use to substitute in recipes to make it more healthy for you. We all (except Henry) tasted agave nectar, maple syrup, evaporated cane juice, Stevia and molasses. The kids were surprised how sweet each of them tasted. Claire described Molasses very well..."It tastes like burnt sugar" I was impressed with their courage to try all of them. We made the cake into cupcakes and substituted evaporated cane sugar for the white sugar and used whole wheat pastry flour rather than white flour. While we were mixing and taking turns, I saw Henry start organizing the cupcake tins. This prompted me to ask him to sort by color and find out what color we had the most of. Then he started singing a rainbow song that Parker wanted to learn. The afternoon started with snuggling on the couch with our last fairy tale read aloud. Then this turned into acting out "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". We did it three times so everyone could play the part they wanted.
The students of Prairie Green decided that their next play would be The Gruffalo, based on the book by Julia Donaldson. Parts have been decided, lines are being learned and costumes are being put together. The students created the invite below:
The kids performed on Wednesday night for family and friends. They made their own props and scenery and found costumes to make the show complete. You can watch a video of the performance online at Youtube.com. Below you will see our performers!
So last week the kids were playing around on the stage in the gymnasium after lunch. Lucy said "Hey let's do a Harry Potter show!" You see Lucy is all about SHOWS and performing these days... After they decided that would be too complicated, Jorge suggested they do the Three Little Pigs. All kids jumped up and down and started picking their parts. Since then they have been practicing their lines, coming up with sets and deciding on costumes. One of the things I absolutely LOVE about this classroom is that students are free to run with ideas and let their creativity run wild. They don't actually realize they are learning most of the time! Paula allows this freedom and flexibility exist in the classroom and kids can choose to spend time of the areas they find most interesting and most pertinent to them!