Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Yay for Reading Skills!

The entire class has been ecstatic about our "treasure" hunts on the playground. During our morning work time groups of 4 are escorted outside. Each child grasps a different set of instructions to follow toward a hidden treasure. Some finds require perseverence. But these "pirates" don't give up and they are awfully eager to help each other.
Today is our School Spring Picnic with each class providing entertainment. We had our last rehearsal this morning. Everyone is giving it their best. They'll be giving a great performance!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

classroom tidbits

- signing the Thank You note for another yummy snack.
- a rousing time playing the Money Game.
- planning routes for cross-country trips.

Monday, June 9, 2008

so many artists

Simply looking carefully and talking about what is seen opens many eyes to more details than I imagined. We started with a beautiful multi-colored tulip. Each child bravely touched their brush full of paint to the paper. And each one created a striking still life on the black water color paper. Now the peonies are blooming, and "peony gardens" are appearing on the easel.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Still Working

The school year is coming to a close but the class is still a group of eager learners. Today, one of our little students wore this Hindi quote on her shirt: The deeper you dig in the sand the more water will flow. The deeper you learn the more your knowledge will grow.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fair Day & Mother's Day

Along with busily preparing for the annual Spring Show, we got interested in whales, which led to fish, then whale puppets, then a sting ray puppet which I found on the net and other various fish puppets with pictures to follow.

For Mother's Day, with encouragement to look carefully at their mother's features, the children made thoughtful and adorable, if not always accurate, portraits of their dear moms. We especially enjoyed passing on the why I love my mom comments. I like my mommy because "she plays that swing ball game with me"; "she makes nice pancakes"; "she loves me a lot"; "I do".

PODS gave the children a Fair Day last week. They loved it. Moms doled out freshly made popcorn (a big hit), pizza and snow cones (another sought after treat). On their own, children obediently stood in lines for face painting and balloon animals, flowers and swords.