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Vowels and Syllables…

In Reading Enrichment we read the book “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes and talked about how important it is to be kind to each other.  We also discussed how we each have our own names and how they are all special.  We practiced vowel sounds and did some vowel recognition activities, including recognizing the vowels in our own names.  We also talked about syllables and clapped
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We worked together to make an amazing quilt in Art!

In art today, we looked at pictures of Maritza Soto quilts and discussed how quilts were made. We also talked about our work being a collaborative effort; we would all have a square for the quilt, decorate it, and then put all of the pieces in a design that we agreed upon. The final product is amazing!

We had fun with a Floating Ping Pong Ball Experiment.

Today in Science Enrichment we learned about Physics with a Floating Ping Pong Ball experiment.  The children each made a cone out of paper, placed a bendy straw in the hole of the cone and sealed the holes around the straw.  We placed ping pong balls and other types of balls such as styrofoam into the cone and we blew air through the straw
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Zucchini Fritters and “Dirt” Pudding!

We made Zucchini Fritters and Chocolate Oreo “Dirt” Pudding.  Most of the chefs enjoyed both, especially when we added ketchup to the fritters.  They had fun grating, chopping, dicing and crushing the ingredients.  We also talked about fractions when adding the ingredients together (1/3 cup plus 2/3 cup). We also used a manual hand mixer to make the pudding. Finally, they enjoyed eating!  After
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What Weighs More?

We had fun weighing different objects such as crayons, pennies, candy hearts, unifix cubes, and dice. For example, we would check to see which is heavier, 6 candy hearts or 1 die? The children took turns using the scales and figuring out which was heavier. We also used the terms more and less, heavier and lighter. The children kept a record of the objects
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Happy Valentine’s Day! The waffle hearts we made were delicious!

The chefs in Kids Cooking Class had fun slicing strawberries and bananas to put on top of the heart shaped waffles they made.  They also made chocolate ganache and added powdered sugar and whipped cream!  It was another great cooking class!  The recipe for the chocolate ganache is below if you would like to try it at home.  Some of our chefs enjoyed their
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“There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” by Dr. Seuss was a fun book!

We read a great book today called “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” by Dr. Seuss.  We picked out the rhyming words and talked about ending sounds. As a group we played with the Letter Wands Jar pulling sticks and practicing our ending sounds.  For example, for the ending sound -et we made the words pet, jet, set, met and wet.  The students made
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“Reflections” on Art…

We first looked at pictures of houses on the water.  We noticed the many different shapes in the architecture.  We looked at the reflection in the water and noticed how the shapes are a little different and we talked about the colors in the reflections too. We used pastels to draw a line separating the land and the water.  We next used different cut
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We had a bright flourescent-like afternoon in Science Enrichment.

In Science Enrichment Class we talked about what glows (is flourescent) and what doesn’t.  We used a flashlight and a black light to check which items glow or not.  We asked the children for a hypothesis on whether some of the items will/will not glow. We made ice cubes out of water and tonic water.  One of the students thought the ice cubes with
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Homemade biscuits, homemade butter and jam! Delicious!

This week we made biscuits and butter in Kids Cooking.  We mixed the ingredients for the biscuits and then rolled out the dough with a french rolling pin and then cut out the biscuits.  We next made homemade butter using a mixer!  After the biscuits were baked we added the butter and some jam.  They were delicious!  The recipes are below if you want
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