Special Guests

Today we had some special guests visit our classroom to teach us a little about Ramadan and Eid. Hamza’s mom, Eman, and his cousin and brother came to teach us a little bit about these holidays. They performed a skit and brought objects and photos to share with us.


We learned that is currently Ramadan and during Ramadan people fast/ do not eat or drink during the day to remember people who do not have enough to eat and who are suffering. A crescent moon signals the end of Ramadan and and the beginning of the Eid celebration! 

The Eid celebration has many parts such as decorating with lanterns, making special cookies, ending fasting by eating dates, getting together with family and friends, and praying. During Eid, families give gifts to those in need to share the joy of Eid with them.

We are so thankful that Hamza’s family was willing to share their holiday traditions. I hope to continue inviting families to our classroom throughout the school year to share about many different holidays and cultures. It is fun and meaningful to share about our lives with others, and for others to share with us!

Chalk Fun

We enjoyed the cool morning with a little extra time outside drawing and writing with sidewalk chalk! The kids wrote and drew pictures. This is great for fine and gross motor development and it is fun! It was fun for me to see what they drew and wrote.

Work Time Choices

Each morning we have work time in which the children choose from a variety of math and literacy activities. They choose an activity, find a spot to work, complete the activity and clean it up when they are ready and return it to the shelf. This work time has academic benefits for the children but also builds focus and task completion skills. The kids also benefit from making choices. This is fun and motivating for them. Making choices is also a skill they will need in their school career and life. Here are the little learners at work!

B is for butterfly!

Today we learned all about the letter b and made beautiful butterflies! Our craft activities serve several purposes. They help us focus on the sound the letter makes. The crafts also help us build fine motor skills. Most of our crafts have some elements of choice and give the kids an opportunity to b creative and put their own spin on whatever we are making. Our crafts also help the children build their focus skills and follow the steps to complete a task.

Here are the kids at work…

Here are some finished butterflies…

B is also for book! The kids enjoyed reading when they had finished their butterflies.

Milkweed

The kids brought home their baby milkweed plants! They will need some care with daily watering for the next few weeks. As the plants grow you will be able to plant them outside in the ground or a pot. Eventually the milkweed will grow orange flowers that all butterflies will enjoy. The leaves of milkweed are the only food of monarch caterpillars so having milkweed growing is essential to the survival of the species!

When life gives you lemons…

Make lemonade… or in our case paper airplanes! We had a wonderful rained out field trip day at school! 

We made and flew paper airplanes!

We had a picnic in the classroom and ice cream from Buck’s!

Then we had free art time with all kinds of supplies! The kids got to make whatever they wanted!

We had so much fun! The rainy day did not get us down!

Planetarium Fun!

We had a fun time learning about stars, planets, the moon and our solar system in general!

On the way to the planetarium…

After the planetarium we made our own solar systems with black paper and oil pastels.

We hung the drawings on the ceiling to make our own version of the night sky.

The kids also made their own constellations by drawing dots in a design and pricking holes on each dot to let the light shine through!

Fun times!

Kindness

One of the values we teach at our school is kindness. Today we took some time to put kindness into action by making goodie bags for our 3rd grade buddies to have during MAP testing. The kids decorated a paper bag by turning it into an animal. I gave them a few tips and tricks but left the projects open to wherever imagination and ingenuity could take us. The results were pretty awesome! We filled the bags with snacks and an encouraging note. We hope our 3rd grade buddies enjoy!