Monday, May 4, 2015

Rock the Earth – Vegetable Planting

The students who participated in our school event Rock the Earth Sock Hop, helped plant seeds for our EC vegetable garden.  First they filled a pot with soil and then chose which seeds they wanted to plant.  Seed choices included tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, lettuce, kale, carrots, and pumpkins.  Then students watered their newly-planted seeds.  The plants were distributed among the EC classrooms, so the children have the opportunity to water the plants daily and watch them grow.  Later, the children will help transplant the starts into our garden.  During the summer camps and in the fall, the children harvest the vegetables and eat them for snack.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


The children have been exploring with many different art materials this session.

  • Oil Pastels
  • Coloring with crayons on a large piece of paper and then painting the paper with liquid watercolor to see the resist that is created
  • Chalks on black paper
  • Painting eggs with many types of paint (tye-dye and glitter, golden paint, and super shine, were all fun to work with)
  • Collaging--this is very popular with our group this time
  • Painting Eric Carle Style with tempera paints
  • Water Color Crayons
  • Different water color techniques are fun to do too.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Silly Safari

The children had a special treat in March - the Silly Safari came to school!  The presenter did an excellent job captivating the children, and keeping both children and adults laughing throughout the presentation.  He explained the qualities and requirements of most of the animal kingdoms at an age-appropriate level.  The children had the opportunity to touch many of the animals he brought.  He showed the children his Great Dane dog, a small fox, a bull frog from Africa, a baby owl, a snake, the largest species of cock roaches, a turtle, and a rabbit.  The children had a wonderful time.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Recipes and Trail Mix and Granola, Oh My!

The five day children in Room 4 have been honing their reading and fractions skills through advanced Practical Life food prep.  The last few weeks we have been making Trail Mix and Granola, and we have more fun recipes to come.  After washing their hands, the children read the recipe, measure the correct amount of each ingredient, and then mix everything together.  With the granola, the children had the opportunity to measure wet ingredients too, such as honey, vanilla, and butter.  The children do this independently, measuring everything by themselves – this provides the opportunity for older reading students to help younger not-yet reading students.  The children have requested I include the recipes so they can make these treats at home.  The recipes are for one to two servings.

Trail Mix
1/3 cup cheerios
1/3 cup pretzels
1 Tbs. raisins
1 tsp. crasins
½ tsp. chocolate chips
                Mix together and enjoy!

½ cup oats
1 tsp. raisons
1 tsp. crasins
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. honey
1 (scant) Tbs. butter
                Mix together and eat with yogurt.  (You can bake if you like but we did not).