we had some chicks visit during c week.
really, there are a fantastic classroom pet!
some children have experience with these creatures already, and for some this was their “first time ever in my life seeing one of these not in a book.”
a little chicken movie:
then during e week, i brought an egg laying hen from my house.
and wonder of all wonders, she LAID AN EGG DURING THE AFTERNOON CLASS!
i noticed she was pacing in her cage and singing her “egg song,” so we covered her cage with blankets, added another block so she could make a nest and left her alone for the last part of the day. during show and tell, i peeked in and there was an egg! we passed it around and i hope i never forget the look of 13 sets of pudgy hands holding a warm egg.
then, just to verify that eggs don’t come out of the hen with a chick fully formed in it, we broke it (and cooked it the next day).
and then when the day was over, the chicken had a little free range classroom style:
thank you, john’s family for the classroom cage!
just a glimpse of what we were like on halloween:
oh boy, this halloween week is funny. and not JUST because it is f week. we’re dressing up, making funny projects, eating funny things, singing funny songs…
all of it may be as funny as this:
this is a giant t-shirt donated to us that we stuffed with all the extra pieces from our cape making. the preschoolers quickly named it “big daddy.” he is heavy and seems to have the effect of a weighted blanket, so there is a lot of lugging this thing around and on top of each other. but this also means that things like, “big daddy get off of me!” and “oh, big daddy you are so big!” and “i’m sitting on you now, big daddy!” are heard.
so, families: if you have heard of big daddy, trust that it is merely a t-shirt stuffed with cut up t-shirts.
but you should try to lift him sometime. he IS heavy. and funny.
we made capes out of tshirts:
and while there was a lot of teacher help needed, cutting fabric was a fun thing to work on.
thanks to the thrift shop and families bringing old shirts, we had more than enough for everyone.
then we went flying (after making a cloud for the background…also in honor of c week):
and we did drawing.
we kept on with our regular days, capes and all.
and in general, felt pretty superhero-ish.
even though there is NO WAY anyone could actually reach the bunch of balloons tied to the ceiling, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t fun and great exercise trying!
no shoes, yes blankies and yes swirly dresses make the jumping even better.
in looking at the clock in the background, i see that this would have been a few minutes before going home time…one last hurrah to end the day on!
and believe it or not, no children were harmed in the jumping on this day.
oh yeah. first time ever. totally fun.
balloons tied to string and the string tied to big mama snake who was already tied to the ceiling. then regular paint to dip in. the first class had the paint in trays. the next classes had piles directly on the paper (learning curve for me).
(notice our “bus” in the background made with all the chairs we didn’t need!)
i adjusted the length of the string so that the balloons weren’t able to go beyond the table (thinking that might keep paint off passers-by). the balloons stretch a bit anyway as the kids pulled them down to make prints.
and how amazing: there was blue paint at one end and yellow paint at the other, but woa: green paint showed up in the middle?!?!?
we sent some of the balloon painting home by cutting the big paper into smaller sections. then we used some of it for another project…stay tuned!
nothing quite like a REAL baby visiting for B week show and tell.
and this sweet baby is used to the love of her 3 older siblings, so a preschool class was no trouble for her.
my favorite question from one friend, “can i pet her?”
when i said yes, several others asked, “can i pet her too?”
thank you, baby, for coming to our school.