We ended our PLA Summer Academy session with a camping week! On Monday we sat up our big tent in the classroom for a quiet place to enjoy books and make up stories with our camping story stones.
We finger painted with the colors of a camp fire and went fishing for alphabet fish on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we made clean mud on the playground. http://www.theideabox.com/Clean_Mud.html We added color water in squirt bottles so our mud was a little more colorful then the link I posted. It was a very cool sensory activity. I can’t believe this is the first time I have made clean mud!
On Thursday we made a S’mores collage with light brown felt for the graham crackers, dark brown foam chocolate, and cotton ball marshmallows.
Friday, we took our project back to the playground. We did some science exploring: we had colored and scented water with droppers, cornstarch, baking soda, vinegar squirt bottles, fresh and dried herbs, and tools for exploring.. They had so much fun and the favorite were as always baking soda and vinegar! My step dad, Don, came in and read some books and poems to the children. For snack we made real S’mores! Yummy!
REMINDER: PLA is closed for the next 2 weeks for teacher work week and summer vacation. We will reopen on August 10th. Our first day of the 2015-2016 school year is August 17th. A new school supply list was put in your child’s cubby or was included in your packet, these need to be brought in by the end of August. If you didn’t get a list and need one let me know and I will send you one. Thank You for all you do! If you need anything between now and the 10th email, text, or call me firstname.lastname@example.org 573-216-3855. We are very excited about our new school year!! See you soon!!
This week was all red, white, and blue! We talked about our country and the real superheroes that keep us safe and are the reason we celebrate Independence Day! We have a daddy right now serving our country, Joel Grout X, thank you for the sacrifices you, and your family, have made for our country! I am lucky enough to not only get to be your daughters teacher, but also have gained a lifelong friend! We are very proud of you, and so grateful for what you do!!
On Monday we made red, white, and blue art using star and flag cookie cutter and paint. Painted at the easel with firework pictures as an inspiration. We also made red, white, and blue play dough!
On Tuesday, we talked about our flag. We read the book Betsy Ross by Becky White. We counted the stripes and stars on our flag today, and compared it to the first flag created by Betsy Ross. We made flag inspired art with white paper, red stripes, and blue square and white paint.
Wednesday we took on a huge project and Tie Dyed T-shirts!! Totally worth the red and blue hands Big Emilea and I ended up with!
Thursday was a day full of Fireworks Science! We made fireworks in milk http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/science-nature-activities/home-science-experiments-color-changing-milk
Fireworks in a jar- http://www.aboutamom.com/science-fun-for-kids-fireworks-in-a-jar/
One of my favorite 4th of July activities brings a little explosive fun!! Exploding Fireworks Painting – http://inspirationlaboratories.com/exploding-fireworks-painting-4th-of-july-craft-for-kids/ They loved this so much we did it twice! I also posted a video on our facebook page www.facebook.com/plaacademy
We want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July! See you Monday!
REMINDER: PLA will be closed July 27-August 7 for Teacher Work Week/Summer Break