Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
For this activity we brought a bicycle in to the classroom for the children to decorate. We gave the kids lengths of ribbon and straws cut into segments. The children weaved the ribbon through the spokes of the bicycle. They also wrapped the ribbons around other parts of the bicycle. The kids used the straws do decorate the spokes of the bicycle.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Since Hot Air Balloons are in everyone's thoughts at this time of year, we came up with this activity. We rigged pulleys to the ceiling of our classroom. We then connected ballons, with baskets hanging from them, to the pulleys. The children put little people in the baskets and pretended to give them balloon rides.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For this art activity we gave the children paper cut into the shape of cars, glue sticks, crayons and chalk. First the children used the crayons and chalk to decorate their car.
Next the children used the glue sticks to attach wheels to their cars.
After the cars were finished, the children's pictures were added to the cars to make it look like the kids were driving their cars. The artwork was displayed on our art bulletin board.
Some close up pics of the cars.
Our bulletin board for the transportation unit features the many different forms of transportation. If you look closely, you will see that all of the children appear on the bulletin board operating one of the modes of transportation. Here are some close up pics:
Our story book for April 20th was My Car by Byron Barton. This is the story of Sam and his car. Sam loves his car very much. He washes his car, fills it with gasoline, and drives it to work. A very simple story with great illustrations.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Our story book for April 17th was Seeds, Seeds, Seeds by Brian Cutting. This book talks about different types of seeds and the plants that come from those seeds. The type of seeds in the book include dandelion and watermelon seeds.
Mmmm.....yummy veggie pizzas! The kids spread pizza sauce on pita bread. Next they selected the vegetables they wanted on their pizzas. They could choose from peas, mushrooms, and carrots. The veggies were topped off with shredded cheese. The kids enjoyed the pizzas they made.
After learning about gardens for more than a week, we asked the children what they thought was needed for a garden to grow. All of the children had some idea about the what was needed. The mentioned things such as soil, water, sunshine, and scarecrows.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our story book for April 9th was The Bunnies Picnic by Lezlie Evans. In this story 8 bunnies spend the day making vegetable stew. The pick the vegetable from the garden, and prepare the stew. As the are about to eat the stew it is knocked over and ruined. The bunnies decide to make a salad instead.
For this art activity we gave the children stalks of broccoli to paint with. The children dipped the broccoli in tempra paint and then dapped or rubbed the broccoli on the paper. This activity was kind of stinky! Broccoli YUCK!
Friday, April 10, 2009
For this activity we placed items, that you would find a farmer's market, into a bag. The children reached into the bad and described how the items felt. After feeling the items, the children tried to guess what they were.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Our story book for April 6th was Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. In this story a little girl plants a flower garden for her mother's birthday. The family lives in an apartment building, so the garden is placed in a window box.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
For this activity we gave the children black paper, star shaped foam stickers, and white crayons. The children created their own constellations by applying the stickers and then used the white crayons to connect the stars and draw around the stars.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Our story book for April 2nd was What Faust Saw by Matthew Ottley. Faust is the family dog who discovers an alien spacecraft has landed on the front lawn. He tries to warn the other members of the family, but they don't see what he does. Lots of great looking aliens in this fun book.
Friday, April 3, 2009
This game was made by one of our teachers. It's played just like chutes and ladders, but with a space theme. The children used a spinner to determine how many spaces they would move, and then counted out that number of spaces.