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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Break

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a great summer. Right now I am in Alabama with my family. We will then be traveling to Texas. An exciting adventure for our family. We have always been east coast people. This our first venture somewhere else.

I may check in now and then during the summer. I hope to recharge my batteries for the new school year in September. I'll let you know if I come across anything good. I hope you have lots of summer fun!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Beach Day

Way back in January we had a Beach Day with the children. We thought it would be fun to celebrate some warmth during the cold winter months. (This winter wasn't actually too cold. I didn't mind either.) Here is what we did on that day.

The children all were to come to school in summer clothing. They could wear shorts, bathing suits, flip flops, sunglasses, hats, etc. They looked so cute all dressed like that in the middle of January. They were also allowed to bring in beach accessories: buckets and shovels, beach towels, toys, beach balls, etc.

First we spread out the towels and had opening relaxed laying on the towels.

For our letter that day we were lucky enough to be on letter S, so we made the sea star or starfish that day.

I let all the children play with the beach balls during free time; throwing, catching, and hitting them in the air. That was a blast for them. Of course, we also had out the sand table. Plus, one child had brought in some squirt toys so we filled a bucket of water and played with them. Lots of fun!

For craft that day I thought we could make a seascape. I created three different colors of blue, then divided a piece of paper into three sections. The children painted each section a different color blue. After it was painted, I had them sprinkle sand on the boldest blue color.

Now, I had to let them dry, so we actually finished the picture the next class. I had lots of foam shapes--sea shapes and land shapes. The idea was to have the children glue the sea shapes in the "water" and the land shapes on the "sand." Some of them just seemed to have fun putting on different shapes so I just let them go.

This Beach Day was a first for me and I think it went well.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fun Field Trips

Going on field trips is a favorite of mine. I love to be able to take them places they may not usually go. Or, to take them to a place they DO go, but they get to see behind the scenes.

During community helpers we were able to visit a veterinary hospital and a Red Lobster restaurant.

One of the moms in our class is a veterinarian so we were able to visit her veterinary hospital and get to take a look behind the scenes. First all the children got weighed on the big scale. We then went to an examine room and she showed us some things she uses to check the animals. Our leader even got to ride up and down on the table.

We then went to the room where the animals are kept if they are staying. She has a great big retaining cage which the kids loved trying out. We saw all the cats and then the dogs that were there.

She also had some great x-rays she put up for the children. They had to try to figure out what type of animals it was and see if they could figure out why they were getting an x-ray. She even showed them a snake skin, kidney stones, teeth, and some other "goodies."

Finally we got to go to the staff area and enjoy our snack. Our snack mom had made everyone a sugar cookie in the shape of a dog bone--I thought it was so cute. While we had our snack we got a visit from a Great Dane--I love Great Danes. It was a wonderful trip.

Another establishment we got to visit was our local Red Lobster. This was a great trip also.

We went to the restaurant in the morning, before they opened for business. We got to take a tour of the whole place--kitchen, freezer, and all. Then we went to the tables and learned some facts about Red Lobster and the fish they use. We then got to make and bake our own biscuits for a snack. Each table--I think there were 4--got to mix up a batch of biscuits, scoop them out on the tray, and then help put them in the oven.

Finally it was time to eat. Everyone got biscuits, of course, chicken fingers, fries, and a drink. This is a great trip to try if you have a Red Lobster near you.

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