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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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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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