e is for (volcano) experiment

yes, good old baking soda and vinegar.

inside experiment

we used an old bottle (and covered it with plastic bags for a mountain feel).

inside experiment

inside experiment

inside experiment

inside experiment

inside experiment

exciting times.

inside experiment

the kids’ expressions are so wonderful.  what i am sad about is that my camera battery died on thursday morning.  trust me, their expressions were fabulous too (especially the one little girl that i thought was nervous and it turns out she reported she was bored.  so bored she couldn’t fall asleep that night.  oops.).  waiting for things to get started is understandably boring…these kids will be pros.

inside experiment

i is for i’m a volcano…

hum “i’m a little teapot” and then use these words:

i'm a volcano...

i’m a volcano wide and tall (arms wide, then tall):

i'm a volcano...

i'm a volcano...

i am so strong, i will not fall (show big arm muscles).

when i am ready you will see (crouch down and tremble):

i'm a volcano...

lava bursting out of me (jump up and use arms as exploding lava):

i'm a volcano...

v is for volcano

oh, what a week it was!

3d volcano

one of our projects was crumpling a piece of newsprint (from the local newspaper) and having a teacher put a piece of masking tape around the top to create the volcano’s “opening.”

3d volcano

then more tape was used to adhere it to a piece of matboard.

3d volcano

then we used our finger muscles to tear tiny strips of lava.

3d volcano

then glue made that lava stick!

3d volcano

v is for valentine’s day

happy valentine’s day.

valentine goodness

we enjoyed days of a mailbox made fancy and looking through valentines “show and tell style” (where i hold up each one to find out who brought it).

valentine goodness

valentine goodness

just like gus didn’t give any valentines, but got one, everyone at school gets valentines whether you bring them or not.

valentine goodness

c is for campfire (valentine’s style)

when we had 3 bags of marshmallows come to preschool, we made time for a campfire to “roast” them.

valentine goodness

using our battery tea light candles, some smooth dowels (thank you otis) and a red scarf, we had a delightful campfire.

valentine goodness

i am grateful that no one got hurt with the skewers and i hope there aren’t too many cavities.

valentine goodness

i plan to keep the tea lights, dowel rods and scarf as a kit for children to use.  i think it would make a great gift for a young child too!

f is for food

we had some caterpillars around the classroom who were very hungry.

food for the very hungry caterpillar

good thing there were also paper plates and crayons so we could draw them some food!

food for the very hungry caterpillar

food for the very hungry caterpillar

food for the very hungry caterpillar

not pictured here is these thrifted fake fur caterpillars stuffed in sections of thrifted (but new) pantyhose cocoons. : )

b is for (a very) beautiful butterfly

the very beautiful butterfly

with more learning from the very hungry caterpillar we made butterflies.

the very beautiful butterflythe very beautiful butterfly

the paper used represented all the foods eaten in the book (the yellow for swiss cheese even had holes in it).

the very beautiful butterfly

the children used precut butterfly papers and glued the food papers on, trimming as they liked.

the very beautiful butterfly

the very beautiful butterfly

at the end we layered circles like the face/eyes of the caterpillar and added those.

the very beautiful butterfly

the very beautiful butterfly


i can’t think of this story without hearing a group of children saying, “…a boooooooooooootiful butterfly.”

the very beautiful butterfly