Of course, in the classroom, the show must go on, right? We have had a great and fun-filled month so far! We did a penguin directed drawing and they turned out really cute! I did these in small groups.
Last week we had a visitor come from a local museum (Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose) and do a presentation called "Snow Day" to kick off our upcoming unit on weather. The kids got to use microscopes to look at artificial snow. They checked it out dry, then with water, then with salt and compared and contrasted how it looked and changed. They loved it!
The kids worked in pairs.
They learned how to adjust the focus.
This was also a great exercise in following directions.
This experience really gets them excited to learn about weather, and also gets them talking about snow which is something we don't see around here. It snowed a little a couple of years ago, but normally "cold" is around 55 here in the Bay Area of CA. (Unless you're my hubby. Then "cold" is 74, and 55 is downright freezing!.) My group this year tends to be a little, shall we say, chatty and they did have to be
Of course, we also celebrated Valentine's Day this past week. We are allowed to have 2 parties per year so I always do one on Valentine's Day. No matter what, this always ends up being one of our best days ever! I had parents sign up to bring cookies, fruit, and juice. We passed out cards and did some fun coloring sheets. For class parties I strongly adhere to the old K.I.S.S. method, if you catch my drift. Especially with the energetic bunch I have this year! Oh my. It's an experience just opening the door each morning. I am
Anyway, I want them to find learning fun so I do try to incorporate lots of arts and crafts whenever possible. We did this cute one from Miss Kindergarten and used it as our Valentine card. For now, I only ran off the bear. I think I am going to do the cute bunny for Easter/Spring!
It was a super cute, fun, and easy-to-prep craft!
And now....I am off for a whole week! My district doesn't get any extended breaks before December, but after that we have some nice
mental health breaks vacations sprinkled in! It's so nice to have time to relax with my family, unpack and get my new house in order, sleep in, and hopefully work on some new items for my TpT Store!
Do you get any time off this week for President's Day?