Saturday, January 9, 2010
We gave the children 4 different sized balls, and a container of water. The children first predicted which ball they thought would make the biggest splash. Next they dropped the balls into the container of water to see which would make the biggest splash.
This activity was a combination of art and language. First the children glued a picture of themselves dressed as a pirate to their paper, and then made a drawing around their picture. Next, they dictated a story to the teachers about their artwork.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
For this cooking activity, the children made Hardtack, a bread often eaten by sailors and pirates. The children poured bisquick and milk into a mixing bowl. The stirred the mixture and them rolled out their hardtack biscuits.
We had the children counting treasures for this math activity. We gave the children numbered cups, gold coins, and glass gems. The children touch counted out the correct number of coins or gems to go in each cup.
Our story books for the week of December 7th through 1th for our theme of Pirates and Treasures were:
For this activity we gave the children a drawing of a pirate ship missing its sails. The children glues fabric pieces to their paper to make the ship's sails. They also used colored pencils to decorate the rest of their ship.
For this activity, we asked the children to transfer water from one container to the next. We gave them sponges to use. The children figured out that if they used the sponge to soak up the water from the first container they could squeeze the water into the next container. The kids learned about the concept of absorption with this activity.
We put some clear containers full of colored water and some eye droppers in the science area. The children practiced using the eye droppers by moving the water from one container to another. There was also some color mixing going on with this activity.
Our story books for the Pirates and Treasure theme for the week of November 30 through December 4th were:
For this activity, we let the children transform themselves into pirates. We gave each child a laminated photograph of their face. The children glued various accessories onto their faces. The accessories included pirate hats, bandanas, eye patches, mustaches, beards, and scars.
Friday, January 1, 2010
For this activity the teachers cut a few potatoes in half and carved some simple designs into the potato halves. The children pressed the potatoes onto different colored ink pads to create designs on their paper.
On this day the children made pumpkin muffins for our cooking activity. With the help of the teacher, the children followed the cooking rebus to make the muffins. They mixed all of the ingredients including the pumpkin, eggs, flour, etc....