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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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Mangia! Buon Appetito!

In Cooking Enrichment we enjoyed cooking Italian food plus we learned some Italian words. The chefs were very excited about speaking Italian.  We made delicious Stuffed Shells filled with three different cheeses (formaggio) and we also made garlic  bread (pane). We grated the ‘elephant garlic’ which is much larger than regular garlic and much easier for little hands to handle and grate.  Almost everyone
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Rhyming with Dr. Seuss!

In Reading Enrichment we focused on identifying the beginning sounds of words. The students identified the letters and their sounds and linked the letter sound to the pictures from the story.  The goal was to identify the LETTER, the SOUND and the PICTURE that begins with the sound.  Students matched up ending parts of the words that make up a rhyme such as: box   – 
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We made our own colorful mosaics in Art Enrichment!

In Afternoon Art Enrichment we made our own animal and bird mosaics.  We talked about how mosaic is a decorative art involving colored small pieces of glass, stone, minerals, and fragments of pottery or other materials.  It is an ancient art with roots in Rome, Greece and Mesopotamia.  For our mosaics we used various dried beans including lentils, green split peas, red lentils and
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We learned about rhyming with Dr. Seuss in Reading Enrichment.

We read “The Cat in the Hat”  by Dr. Seuss.  The children noticed the rhyming words and we listed the words on the board according to their ending letters such as at, cat, mat, hat,  and all, ball, fall, and ish, fish, wish, dish, and an, fan, pan. In small group, the children sorted through ending letters and formed rhyming word groups from the story.  We
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Corn Dog Muffins and Caramel Apples! Delicious!

We had another delicious Kids Cooking Afternoon Enrichment Class.  Most of the chefs gave these two foods a thumbs up!  They gobbled up the Tiny Corn Dog Muffins and enjoyed the Caramel Apple slices. For the Corn Dog Muffins, we used hot dogs and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. We practiced cracking eggs, slicing and mixing.  We used an apple slicer to slice up the apples
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