Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Classes Begin

Since the last post, we have experienced being out of our school year and back in our Summer Classes!!
Now our Summer Classes are in session only three days a week! We are at school on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday!

I have been busy making more felt board stories, in which my kiddos at school absolutely LOVE! It's very calming to me to make these. At the end of May, my husband, burned his foot making a pot of tea! Didn't even realize it was even possible. Since, I found, ANYTIME, you are around fire, boiling water, or the stove, even doing the simplest of tasks, you can get hurt! Do not take anything for granite and ALWAYS know SOMETHING could happen. We have had to experience many trips to the JMS Burn Center located in Augusta, GA! They have been WONDERFUL! They really know their stuff! What I have seen is soo many children with accidental burns. One can't help to wonder if some could have been prevented. NOT that I am judging, Just remember what we've been taught about turning pot handles away from the edge of the stove, teach your children not to play in the kitchen, but to respect the importance of being careful. It only takes a SPLIT SECOND for such accidents to happen. Be careful out there!! Not just the kitchen, one lady was in there, because she tripped and landed in the fire pit. Another person was there from chemical burns with his job. Children galore there, with burns to their arms and legs. Treatments are PAINFUL! Surgeries, Cadaver Skins, Skin Grafts.. this is between the times when bandages have to be changed and all a part of the healing process. Just be careful out there!!

Back to school!!

School ended in May. School began again in June! We started back the first week of June. We are now finishing up our third week. We had a Bug Week, Father's Day Week, and just finished up a Zoo Week. Next week, we will have our fourth of July Week. We will be off work during the fourth of July!

For Bug Week we made a Grasshopper, a butterfly and a lady bug. The first day, we kept things pretty simple, by painting a grasshopper. The second day, we made the butterfly that has been all over Pinterest by cutting a paper plate in half, turning for the wings, using bingo dabbers or dot markers, we made colorful spots on the wings. We made ladybug headbands for our last day!

For Father's Day week, we made several different items. Peanuts were purchased at the Dollar Tree. (Five packs cam in a package) Questions were all answered by the kiddos. I made this little questionnaire, for the ones I found online were a little too difficult for our class.  We had parents bring in one of Dad's shoes or a tracing of one. We had the children paint those and then we stamped their foot and place it in the middle of Dad's shoe. We chose this poem for something different than the "Walk a Little Slower" Poem. We also included a hand print in the mix. This too, had it's own special poem. Father's Day just isn't complete unless you made a tie!! We included this poem with the tie. :)

This week, we made our zoo animals. The giraffe. (Spots can be made on the giraffes using fingerprints as well.) The zebra was cut from construction paper and the stripes were made by using a golf ball. Elephants were made with a paper plate and shoe prints. The poem used on the elephant is an original by me! I love when our crafts have their own personalities!! The eyes placed by the kiddos definitely do that!! :)

Next week is our July fourth week! Can't wait to show you what we do for that one! (as soon as I figure it out!)
We will have three weeks of school left and we will have our vacation until school starts back after Labor Day!!  Be Blessed and count each of your Blessings, even the tiny ones!!

Sherry :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

April, Mother's Day & Spanish Folders

It looks like I have gotten behind once more! Where is my time going??  I wish I knew! Wow! It's been since March since I've blogged!!

April .. Easter and Earth Day! (Our Spring Break is also in April, so one week can be excused!! :)

Easter, we started in March.. then went on Spring Break.. then came back for another week (excluding Friday) for more Easter Crafts!

For Easter, we made a shoeprint bunny (with a song), we Easter Egg Painted an Egg shape with pastel colors, (similar to marble painting, only with a plastic egg weighed down with some coins) a handprint long legged chick, we painted a Jesus Loves Me Coloring Sheet, we made styrofoam cup Easter Baskets (you have to use acrylic paint for the paint to stick to styrofoam). We dyed our own egg to fill the Cup Easter Basket, and we colored our own Christian Easter Basket. For our Easter Egg Hunt I made the little Easter Basket Cookies from Pinterest.. Mine didn't turn out as well as the picture!! :) As a Parent Gift, I (yours truly) dressed up as Easter Bunny and took a picture with each child. Then in turn the kiddos decorated a craft foam shaped egg with foam stickers. 

Easter was a fun time and enjoyed by all!! :)  

After Easter Break, we headed right in to Earth Day! 

We made Earth Day Handprint Hearts, Earth Day Necklaces made from Straws, We took pictures of everyone wearing a Lorax Mustache, and asked everyone what they would save in the world! We also made Litter Bugs from plastic bottles, (but someone we know forgot to take a picture of the litter bugs, so I included an older picture from last year. There wasn't much change in how these are made!) The litter bugs are to remind us not to throw trash or any other litter on the ground! 

After Earth Day, and throughout the middle of May, we worked on Mother's Day surprises, a Chapel Program with out kiddos, we finished up the "All About Me" Books and we finished up with the last few pages of our Spanish Folders!! We also made sure everyone had a school bus with the director of our program, Melissa, our kiddo, and I. (We had each kiddo to make a scared or funny face and placed them in the middle of the bus. This was just too cute!!)

Mother's Day: We made our very own "Pandora" Charms! Yep, you guessed it, Salt Dough Charms! These were a huge hit and our mommies loved them. It was awesome to see some Moms that made a necklace with their special little homemade charm!

 This is the poem that was used to attach the charm to: The poem was written by me! :)

Other Mother's Day Crafts included (each child in our class made all of the crafts, and we had one child that ONLY came ONE DAY a week!!

We had an awesome Mother's Day, we certainly hope you did too!

These are the pages in our Spanish Folder. We learn simple Spanish Words and how to count to ten in Spanish. (In English, we count to 20) We also learn our colors in Spanish! :)  That ONE picture, just won't turn for the life of me, sorry it's side ways! :)

Next I'd like to show you the awesomeness of the school bus! It's a neat little way to introduce teachers, and an administrator, and have a little fun too!!

I hope someone is able to enjoy the pictures and words on my blog..
God Bless You All!!