Friday, April 27, 2012

Transportation Week

This week was all about transportation!  This was a lot of fun for us.  A little bit of work, especially trying to make sure the necessary pictures were taken.  We still have one more transportation project up our sleeve, which we will definitely finish up next week!!

Monday: We made MONSTER TRUCKS!  The kiddos painted a rectangle and we cut out the body of the truck from the rectangle.  I found the monster truck online. We didn't use a doughnut, instead I traced a circle from a cup and cut it out with some scrapbook scissors.  We had the kiddos place the tires under the truck template.  We also used aluminum foil circles to make hubcaps!  I think, Melissa and I made up the song by changing words to another song to fit our needs!  We're pretty good about coming up with poems and songs when we need them.  (These pictures were not taken sideways, but, for some reason they all want to post this way.. Sorry, I don't know how to fix the problem! Any suggestions will greatly be appreciated!)

Tuesday: This is the day the kiddos painted a rocket ship.  We also painted a closed finger handprint red and and yellow, keeping portions of it red, portions yellow, and mixing the two to make a little orange as well for the flame from the rocket ship.  The kiddos glued on the Blasting through the stars song, we glued the rocket ship with the handprint, then the children added some sticker stars throughout.

Wednesday: We made a little car out of semi-circles. Found the craft online at I'm pretty sure we found the Vroom Vroom song too online somewhere just not real sure where!! The semi circles were all painted by the children. We cut them out from white card stock.  Melissa and I glued down the car parts, allowing the kiddos to glue down the wheels and the song.

Thursday: Oh my stars! This day we finished up our buses. We knew this one would take a while to complete. I took a picture of our awesome director and had her to wave for the picture.  We made her the bus driver.  Then, I took a picture of Melissa to make her a passenger on the bus.  We took a picture of each child so they too could be a passenger on the bus, and Bless her heart, Lakendra took a picture of me one day after school. I think we took about 7 different  pictures until I was satisfied with the right one, and then I was still a little skeptical! I too, could be a passenger on the bus.  We started painting buses last week.  We used some sparkly finger paint.  Then I cut one from poster board and and the paper one the children painted.  We placed all the pictures where we thought they should go.  I wrote the year on the side of the bus (like it was the bus number). I labeled who was who under the appropriate picture.  Then I rubber cemented the bus with the pictures to the poster board and Melissa headed to the office to laminate them.  Everyone really seemed to like our bus pictures!! They had lots of character because, as some of you may know, taking pictures of 3 year olds, truly isn't always an easy job.  (I did get permission from the mother of this child before posting this picture online.)

Friday: If I'm not mistaken, I think I saw this craft in the Oriental Trading Catalog.  We didn't use foam, we just used construction paper.  I typed up the Stop, Slow, and Go sentences and drew a circle around them.  Today, the children colored red, yellow, and green in the appropriate circles. Laurie, Ashley (Laurie's Daughter), and I cut the circles after they were colored and we had the children place the circles on the traffic light.  I sat with them and told them we were making a traffic light, and told them if the circle I was giving them went on the top, middle, or bottom.  They didn't get them straight (I didn't expect them to) but they are in order.  Fridays, we have to keep things kind of simple to accommodate the children, for we mix classes with older two year olds and younger two year olds.

A week ago, we stamped each child's hand without fingers and all throughout this week, we had the children to water color a train engine.  We started taking some pictures last week and all throughout this week, trying to catch everyone.  I am still missing 1 picture to finish up this craft.  This one kinda takes us to put together and glue down.  Everyone gets a train engine with their child's picture as the engineer and then the cars to the train will the engineer's friends palms.  We have a black bingo dabber that is kind of small in diameter.  (I purchased from my favorite place to shop for school, The Dollar Tree!) We will have the children dab the dabber under each palm to create train wheels!  We will also laminate this one.  Lakendra made one two years ago when she would come from her class, one day after school.  I will take a picture of hers to give you an idea what will go home next week.  I hope to finish these up. The only difference will be the cars, we just used her handprint on her own train.  Sorry about the lighting on this one, my hallway doesn't have the best, hopefully you can tell the details and know what I'm talking about.)

With just three short weeks left of school.  Next week will be a catch up week.  We won't have a specific theme but we will finish up our Spanish Folder that we have worked on all through the year.  We will also start on our Mother's Day items.  The following week, will be all geared up towards Mother's Day!  Then we will be faced with the last week of school!!  Luckily for us, our Summer Fun Program will begin in the few short weeks after school ends.  So I can continue to blog!  Only downfall, Summer Fun is only offered 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I personally, would LOVE to see it Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  This would free up Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to do things with the family and actually feel like you have a little extra time.  (Melissa and I work on Sundays too, so when you are off on a Tuesday then a Friday and Saturday, time flies by and you feel like you really didn't get a break!)

May you all have a joyous weekend and week next week.  Until next time!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day Week

All I can say about this week is WOW! Oh what fun we had "going green"!
All week, we did a craft about Earth Day!  We really had a lot of fun!!

It's hard to believe we are on the down stretch of this school year!
This is definitely NOT my favorite time of year.  I don't like saying goodbye to my precious little ones and
even to my dear parents that make our classroom a success!!

Monday, we made our traditional, Save The Earth Pictures!  The children colored an earth picture. We painted everyone's handprints with blue and green paint. When dry, we had the kiddos glue their handprints and the "Save Our Earth" Sign.  We glued down the earth in hopes to get it centered. (That didn't always work!)  I have to add a thank you to one of my Mom's from the classroom.  I forgot to take a picture of this craft on Monday, and she graciously emailed me her daughter's picture!! Thank's Mrs. Raber!!  :)

Tuesday, we made that cute little owl that has been circulating through Pinterest.  We stamped the kiddo's hands instead of tracing and cutting out. We also had the kiddos glue on the 'Give a Hoot; Don't Pollute' sayings.

Wednesday, we used that famous mustache pattern that has been floating around.  We also used the back of a paper plate and bingo dabbed the blue and green to look like an earth.  (We also had the children actually paint a couple of them. (our dabber messed up)  I typed up for the top of the picture: Lorax _______ and then at the bottom of the picture I finished the sentence by saying: Wants to save the _________!! Underneath I added: April 2012.  This REALLY turned out adorable!!  We also let the kiddos paint themselves a mustache to take home on a small craft stick.  We backed the picture, laminated it, and attached it to the paper plate earth.  This was tooo cute, should I say so myself!! I may have forgotten to mention that we took a picture of each kiddo holding the mustache up to their noses!

Thursday, we made the most awesome litter bugs.  We used some old crumpled streamers that were in the bottom of the streamer bin that nobody would every want to use for windsocks or any other craft.  We let the kiddos pick out their favorite colored pipe cleaners and used those for bug legs and antennas. I will say, the fatter thicker pipe cleaners worked best for the legs, they stood up best!  We recycled some water bottles that the girls take to school.  They were the shorter, fatter bottles. I think they held 8 ounces.

Friday, we decided to make Earth Day Sugar Cookies.  Honestly, we used the pre-made pillsbury ones.  There were 24 in a package.  :)  However, we may have touched a little history with these, for we experienced why someone would think the world was flat!  (These would have been the ones that touched the side of the pan and just didn't circle out.)  Amazing enough, although they weren't the prettiest, the kiddos really didn't care.  They wanted to sprinkle on the sugar sprinkles and dig into the cookies!!  We have a small toaster oven in our class, and that's what we used to bake the cookies.  Of course, the batches stretched to three, where it would have possibly been one if we had access to a larger oven with a larger pan!

Over all our week was a complete success!!!  We had fun, and that's what counts!!  Next week, we will be all about transportation!!  We have a few surprises up our sleeve on this one!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What Will The Weather Be?

We are finally off Spring Break! It has been a long two weeks of no blogging!!  The children seemed
to be ready to get back to school. Probably a few parents too! I know we sure were!!

This week at school we talked all about the weather.

On Monday, we talked about some rain.  We did use this from Pinterest.  Especially liked the cotton ball rain clouds at the top.  I had the poem tucked away in a notebook.  The umbrella pattern I used from "The Biggie Book of Patterns" set from Scholastic.  I just shrunk the pattern.  We had the kiddos color the umbrellas any kind of way they wished. I chose a raindrop font for the song.

On Tuesday, we talked about the sunshine.  This too, was found on Pinterest.  We just used the stamp pad for the handprints instead of cutting them all out from construction paper.  We really wanted to add parts of the "Mr Sun" song, but, we just ran out of time and I forgot to type it at home to bring in.  We were going to put that on the back of the sun shine picture.

On Wednesday, we talked how when the raindrops see the sunshine, we get rainbows!! This rainbow craft was on Pinterest.  We added the "Rainbow Song" and used streamer paper for the cloud instead of cotton balls.  (This was Melissa's idea!!) This song is typed the way we sing it, here in the SOUTH!  :)  It may look different to someone that doesn't understand that southern drawl!!

On Thursday, we went back to rain, for this idea was just too cute not to do.  This one, I think, Melissa and I created.  If this craft is out there somewhere and it wasn't one we thought of, we do apologize for taking the credit for it.  Sometimes, we will search the web and find cute little songs or fingerplays and come up with our own stuff.  This is one of those times.  We found the song "Zim Bam  Zim Bam Zim Bam Bee" and thought this would fit. We first cut out a cloud shape from poster board, had the children paint the cloud gray. While paint was still wet we added a little bit of silver glitter. Then added the song to the front of the cloud and attached with tape, silver tinsel. (We got a whole bag at the Dollar Tree where the gift wrap section is. For 13 children we didn't even go through an entire bag,) You can also use boxed icicles from Christmas.  If you buy them after Christmas, you can probably get a good deal.  You would just have to remember where you put them until you use them!

On Friday, we made Glob Blob Clouds.  Again, I found a cute little cloud song to add to the cloudy picture. I'm not quite sure why this first picture has decided to turn itself, I took it the correct way on my camera.  Oh well, at least you can see the different clouds!!


Some of these ideas were found on Pinterest.  A lot of times, we just tweak them just a little to fit our needs.

Next week, we are going Green for Earth Day!!  :)