February 26, 2011

A Piece of My Heart

Actually, Pizza My Heart! 
We had a couple field trips for the month of Febuary.  The most recent one was Pizza My Heart in Saratoga.  It was so adorable to watch the excitement in their eyes as we put on our "FREE" tshirts.  We discussed how important rules were for safety.  No running, yelling, touching and always listen to our tour guide Kelly.

Kelly shares all about the business of pizza.

Exploring the refrigerator, known as the "walk-in".  Brrrr, it was a cold spot.

My mommy's oven isn't that big!

How does a big pizza look with a smiley face?

We wash our hands before we touch any foods.

Group pizza making.

We color as we patiently wait for our yummy pizza to cook.

Pizza Has Arrived!

After the best pizza tour ever, we go out to the park to run off all the pizza we ate.  We share this fun time with our friends from Tanya's Daycare.  Our bestest of friends.
The spider climb was one of our favorites.

Just before we leave, we go for a walk on the "cat-walk" and get the trucks to beep their really loud horns.  What a great day I had with my friends.
Until our next fieldtrip with PattyKakesKidz.

February 19, 2011

Wrapping Up the Fairy Gardens

If you've been following our blogs, you will remember the beginning of our fairy gardens.  We started off with a large 3 foot branch, spray painted and mounted on a wood base.  

We painted it, and added nests. We also made necklaces with the pictures of our fairies.

We then made toadstools so our fairies would have chairs.

We read stories, watched a movie and named our fairies.  The children all participated in making a fairy poster too.

We wrapped up our garden by making mini take-home gardens with each child. 
We also made our own take-home fairies to live in our gardens.

The children loved this unit study.  They loved making their own personal fairies to take home, which wasn't that difficult to make with this age group.  Now to get creative with another unit with PattyKakesKidz.

February 11, 2011

Ring Security to Wild Dancer

Someone is taking his job very serious!
Riley patiently waited just shy of a year to be the ring bearer at his aunt's wedding.  He took his job very seriously and was "ring security" during the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  Riley decided that he wanted daddy to walk down the aisle with him with mommy right behind as the Maid of Honor.  He was so proud the day of the wedding and got a big round of applause after the ceremony was over.  At the reception, he really let loose and Mild Riley was replaced by Dancing Riley dancing all night long!


February 10, 2011

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Ok, gotcha!  This email is really about our 5 Senses and the fun we had learning about them.

Our week started of with discussions on what we do with particular objects.  We "taste" icecream.  We "touch" furry bunnies.  We "see" beautiful butterflies.  We "hear" drums.  We "smell" stinky skunks.  
This discussion continued for about 20 minutes with full participation from all the children. We then made 3 dimensional faces to enhance our learning.  This included looking at each other's eyes and sharing what eye colors each child had.  We then used glue with colored sand to make our eyes. 
Another fun activity was to "feel" the texture of sand in shaving cream rubbed all over the tables then adding deep water colors to "see" the mixtures blend.  We took the final product and pressed construction paper onto the foam to make beautiful and unique pictures. When dry, we could "feel" the sandy texture.

We explored our world as a whole and one of the favorites was pressing a large shell against our ears to "hear" the airy sounds of our oceans.  This too brought about new discussions.  What lived in this shell?  How come we can hear noises?  Why is it pink?  The questions went on for quite a while.    We also used this week to try new foods to "taste" and we had a table full of flowers to "smell" the beautiful smells.

This was a great week exploring our five senses which brought about so much curiosity about themselves and their world.  Until next week's learning with PattyKakesKidz.