Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Feet

 Our 'Happy Feet' fundraising efforts will be used to replace flooring, paint walls & ceiling and add some much needed classroom storage.  We will be starting to update the MCP classroom this summer.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Closing Ceremonies

See you in PyeongChang in 2018!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Winter Olympics---Sochi 2014

Each child in our MWF classes received a gold medal on Friday. The Star Spangled Banner played while each child walked up to the podium (table top) to be awarded their medal in their chosen winter sport.  We tallied the numbers for each sport.  These charts give us lots of discussion about numbers---greater, less, most, least and equal.  We are also introducing the concept of estimating.  The charts also help us with letters---what letter sound do you hear in winter?  or I will write a letter and ask them to identify the letter.

In the Discovery Center, I brought my Matryoshka dolls (my parents did a trip that included Russia).  The children LOVED these nesting dolls.  Had I known they were going to be such a hit I would have dug out my Halloween and Christmas nesting dolls!  Well, hindsight is always 20/20.

Ask your child about their gold medal and winter sport!
Morning Class
Afternoon Class

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Elmer the Elephant 2014

It's been a fun week with the book, Elmer by David McKee
 We glued tissue paper to make Elmer!  How to---
At our art table we had a BIG Elmer with dot markers.  Lots of friends and lots and lots of dots later...
Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Olympic Art

Our Olympic spirit will carry through all week with our MWF classes.  Here's a couple more art projects...

We took a large television box and glued on some construction paper and tissue paper.
Next we painted Olympic circles.  We will continue painting through Friday.
We also had Olympic painting on paper. More Olympic art on Friday! 

It sounds like the children are really enjoying their first Olympic experience!  We will be extinguishing the torch in our room on Friday and awarding gold medals!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winter Olympics---words and simple sentences

We can read about the Olympics!


Friday, February 14, 2014

I Love My Work

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Steve Jobs

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Impenetrable Cereal Box Fort version 6.0 part 2

How I spent my 'No Electricity Day'---

Added boxes to the cereal box fort.  All the walls have reached the ceiling! Final count---308
Here is our Olympic bulletin board.  Our MWF classes will be keeping track of medals won by Team USA.
Last Friday, our MWF classes made torches, ran through the hallways and 'lit' our room torch.

How to----

The Red, White and Blue

We have a lot of TEAM USA spirit flowing through our classroom.  Here are some centers we have available for our MWF classes during the Olympics. Remember that centers are a  child's personal choice in our classroom so not all children will bring home these projects.
Painting at the easel-choose either white paper or a USA map.

Lace a TEAM USA necklace.  The children have to use all three colors and create a pattern, too.

Simple rectangular lacing cards with red & blue laces. After lacing, children can stamp USA and add red and blue stars.

Enjoy the Olympics with your child. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Week

This week starts Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 10-16)  Need ideas?

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”  Henry James

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Olympic Spirit

Our MWF classes are full of the Olympic spirit.  We have looked at our maps and globes to see where Sochi, Russia is located, talked about the winter sports, the medals, we are reading Olympic words and simple sentences and creating lots of  TEAM USA  crafts. 

In the art center is a simple stencil to create a US flag.
Our class craft...
Student Work
Student Work
Student Work
Student Work