The Owls had a great time today! We were busy being cowboys and cowgirls. We played a listening bingo game, painted with Texas symbols, enjoyed the Rodeo Room and ate a special cowboy lunch!
Today was the first time I introduced Bingo to the class. We listened to a CD that was loaded with the sounds of farm animals. I was really impressed with how well the children handled listening, identifying the animal sounds and marking them on their cards. Everyone did so well we played two rounds.
What Rodeo Day would be complete without a Cowboy lunch and a visit to the Rodeo Room. Very special thanks to all the parents and grandparents that helped make the day such a success!
Nothing gets you in the Rodeo spirit like a day filled with western adventures. We had an exciting and entertaining visit from a trick roper as well as some hands on fun with the baby animals of Fiesta Farms. We also explored some related activities in our room. It was a full day!
As you can see above, cleaning a "muddy" pig with a toothbrush was a class favorite.
Our morning continued with a visit from a true Texas Cowboy and his trick ropes. So exciting!
And if all that wasn't enough... we through in some super sweet baby animals!
Looking forward to our Cowboy Lunch and Rodeo Room experience coming Friday!
Despite missing three of our friends today we had a great time together. We made special sun catchers, strung necklaces and had a lovely spring picnic lunch.
Our sun catchers are really beautiful when the light hits them.
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch on this lovely day.
Looking forward to Cowboy Week! We will have visits from a Trick Roper and the animals from Fiesta Farms as well as our Cowboy Lunch and Rodeo Room experience on Friday!
The ice cream shop was open for business this morning. We counted ice pops, spelled ice cream, built ice cream cones, and of course role played in a very busy sweet shop!
There were some great little conversations going on while playing in the ice cream shop today. Some of what was overheard...
"It's time for a celebration!"
"Who's party is it?"
"Just a celebration."
"I need ice cream with sprinkles."
"Do you like chocolate or vanilla? My favorite is chocolate."
"I sell cupcakes too. Who wants one?"
"Can I have some to give my baby?"
"I'm eating it. It's cold!"
"Ice cream, Ice cream! Who wants ice cream?"
Our art experience was most unique today. We used real ice cream cones as our painting tool. Once we were finished we each got a fresh new cone to taste! What fun!
More sweet shop fun to come on Friday!
We had another wonderful day together exploring and celebrating Valentines and God's total love for us.
The boys and girls really enjoyed a special Valentine's Day science experiment. Any time we work with baking soda and vinegar it is a hit and today I decided to mix it up just a little. Yesterday I made a mixture of baking soda, water and food coloring. As I formed the mixture into little balls I added a secret surprise heart to each ball. They set out to dry over night and this morning were hard as rocks. I told the children that these were special "rocks" and that they had to use the vinegar and eye droppers to melt the rocks away and discover what the hidden treasure was. They then got to keep the little hearts inside. This proved to be a ton of fun. I just love the awe and wonder as each student discovers, explores and experiments with the items on their trays.
Our Valentine Party was so much fun! The children enjoyed a lunch of heart shaped sandwiches, strawberries and letter pretzels. We also decorated delicious cookies and listened to a beautiful story of God's love for us. Very fitting for Valentine's Day. Special thanks to the mothers who coordinated and provided our lunch and special time together.
The children had a wonderful time exploring all we had out today. We made smoothies at our play stand, sang a fun Valentine song, made "mailboxes" and enjoyed our time together.
We have been working on a new song and after we broke from story time several children stayed behind and reenacted our felt board song. Simple and catchy, it is fun to watch the children recreate a classroom experience. And they did really well. You may hear some of them singing it at home.
Little Red Heart
(Sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou)
Little red heart, I love you,
Little red heart, I love you,
Little red heart, I love you,
Orange says, "I do too!"
Repeat with different colors in any order.
As we sing, the child holding that particular color heart comes forward and adds it to the felt board. They love taking an active role in our felt stories.
During art we worked on making our Valentine "mailboxes" as well as exploring color with watercolor paints to make a very special Valentine for our families. We had so much fun painting and squeezing droppers full of liquid watercolors all over our newspaper canvas.
Out on the playground this morning a few children were amazed that their shadows moved just like they did. Before I knew what was happening they had amassed a sizable group to have a dance party with their shadows. I LOVE these children and their imaginations!
Due to the parent meeting to be held on Friday at noon we have made a slight change to the Valentine's Day Party. Parents helping will set up beginning at 11:15 and we will eat lunch at 11:30. The party will last until noon and all those attending can head up to the parent meeting. I will take the children out to the playground then for our recess time and you can pick them up on the playground after your meeting. Lunch will be provided. Thank you for all that you do to help make our parties and class so wonderful!
Here you will find little snippets of our days together. When my children were in preschool and would come home I would always ask, "So, what did you do today?". All they ever said was, "Played." That didn't tell me much. I hope this blog will be a place to share what we have done and help you ask more directed questions of your child. You will see first hand just what we do after you kiss your little one goodbye in the morning. It will also be a great place to visit and see just how much your child has grown and learned throughout the year.