yes, good old baking soda and vinegar.
we used an old bottle (and covered it with plastic bags for a mountain feel).
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.
hum “i’m a little teapot” and then use these words:
i’m a volcano wide and tall (arms wide, then tall):
i am so strong, i will not fall (show big arm muscles).
when i am ready you will see (crouch down and tremble):
lava bursting out of me (jump up and use arms as exploding lava):
oh, what a week it was!
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.”
then more tape was used to adhere it to a piece of matboard.
then we used our finger muscles to tear tiny strips of lava.
then glue made that lava stick!
happy valentine’s day.
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).
just like gus didn’t give any valentines, but got one, everyone at school gets valentines whether you bring them or not.
when we had 3 bags of marshmallows come to preschool, we made time for a campfire to “roast” them.
using our battery tea light candles, some smooth dowels (thank you otis) and a red scarf, we had a delightful campfire.
i am grateful that no one got hurt with the skewers and i hope there aren’t too many cavities.
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!
to help remember the size of your valentine’s hand in 2010…
white paint on a tray to rub hand in then pressed on red mat board.
thanks to families, the corners of my house and the thrift shop, our valentine corner is growing.
this is a free for all creating space.
can’t you feel the love?
we had some caterpillars around the classroom who were very hungry.
good thing there were also paper plates and crayons so we could draw them some food!
not pictured here is these thrifted fake fur caterpillars stuffed in sections of thrifted (but new) pantyhose cocoons. : )
with more learning from the very hungry caterpillar we made butterflies.
the paper used represented all the foods eaten in the book (the yellow for swiss cheese even had holes in it).
the children used precut butterfly papers and glued the food papers on, trimming as they liked.
at the end we layered circles like the face/eyes of the caterpillar and added those.
i can’t think of this story without hearing a group of children saying, “…a boooooooooooootiful butterfly.”