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Lots of peeling, mixing, folding and mashing in Cooking Enrichment…and of course eating!

In Cooking Enrichment the chefs worked very hard peeling and then mashing potatoes. We then mixed the prepared chopped meat, vegetables and gravy together to make the Meat Pie with the mashed potatoes on top.  While the Meat Pie was cooking in the oven we made our Chocolate Cream Pie.  The recipe is at the bottom of the page.  Everyone tried the Meat Pie
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We made a fun Earth Day project in Art Enrichment

In Art Enrichment we discussed Earth Day.  We each gave suggestions on how we can help the earth and save resources. We next read a story written by kindergarteners called “Our Class is Going Green“. It was great! Our art project was making paper mache bowls using old newspapers and flour/water paste. When they are dry, we will be able to paint them! The
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Rumble in the Jungle!

In Literacy Enrichment Class we read “Rumble in the Jungle” and listened for character descriptions (traits).  After each of the jungle animals descriptions, we named a trait the children heard and recorded it on a chart.  The students also created their own jungle animal picture form the story and named one fact about the animal.  The children illustrated and labeled their drawings. We played
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Seed Balls…How do they work?

Seed Balls are a great method of reclaiming areas of your garden that have become thin or barren.  The clay vessels that you create for your seeds and soil offer a fun way to plant your seeds while providing protection for the exposed seeds.  The balls protect the seed from the heat of the sun.  They’re heavy enough to be unaffected by the wind
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French Toast and fruit…Delicious!

In Kids Cooking Enrichment we made French Toast and Fruit Salad.  We practiced and learned how to crack eggs.  We mixed the eggs and dipped the bread so that the french toast can be cooked.  We also cut up bananas and apples.  Most of the class really enjoyed the french toast with syrup and fruit…and asked for more! We also talked about how adding
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“LADYBUG, LADYBUG FLY AWAY HOME”

 IN LITERACY ENRICHMENT THE CHILDREN WERE INTRODUCED TO THIS POEM WHICH FOCUSED ON THE ‘AN’ WORD FAMILY (AN, CAN, PAN, FAN…).  WE DISCUSSED THE WORDS THAT RHYMED IN THE POEM AND THEN PLAYED A GAME AS A GROUP SOLVING RIDDLES USING THE ‘AN’ WORD FAMILY PICTURE CARDS.  IN SMALL GROUP THE CHILDREN CREATED ‘AN’ WORD FAMILY BOOKLETS WRITING THE ‘AN’ WORD THAT COMPLETES THE RIDDLE.  WE
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Finger painting in the style of Iris Scott

In Art Enrichment we discussed impressionism and showed pictures of works from Monet.  We talked about how the impressionist painters were more concerned with light and color than the details of an object.  These painters liked to work outside and use the natural daylight to highlight the colors and shadows; we also talked about how they had to paint quickly before the daylight changed
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We painted beautiful Sunbursts in Art Enrichment.

This week we used rulers to draw straight lines through a dot on the center of our page. After all of our segments were drawn, we painted each segment using different color tempera cakes. We discussed painting the opposite segments with the same color to create symmetry. They were all different and very colorful.  The young artists really enjoy working with paint and they
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Reading Enrichment had fun with several Reading activities reinforcing letter sounds.

We enjoyed the book “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover“. The students identified the sequence in the story during the read aloud.  The teacher wrote it on a board and the students drew illustrations for the words.  For the Whole Group Activity the students played a letter sound identification game using Floor Letter Mats.  They were given a picture and then
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Hoping for Spring so we painted beautiful Poppies!

In Art Enrichment we used two different types of brushes, flat and round, to paint Poppies.  We also painted our Poppies from two different perspectives; the first was looking down from the top and the second was from a side view.  We learned that two different types of brushes make very different lines and we do not need to use a lot of paint. 
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