The deepest part of the ocean floor reaches down to about 36,000 feet. The floor consist of sand, rock, and even volcanos. There are coral reefs, plants and animals that live on the ocean floor. When a piece of sand gets inside an oyster shell, it might turn into a pearl over time. We made Oyster Pearls using pipe cleaner, beads, paint and paper plates. We added sand and shells to our writing trays and practiced writing numbers and counting shells. Some of the kids used the shells to write the numbers.
The Earth's five oceans are enormous! They cover about 70% of the Earth's surface and are home to thousands of plants and animals. There are five oceans; the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern Ocean. The oceans consist of salt water, which can help objects float better than fresh water. The ocean is very salty! We explored with watercolors, salt and an eyedropper. We made interesting designs with these materials and discovered what happens when salt and watercolors mix. We filled five bowls with water and put an ocean label next to each bowl. We took turns rolling a dice, identifying the number and counting out that number of shells. Each child was encouraged to choose one of the five oceans to drop the shells in. We set out two bowls of water; fresh water and salt water. They discovered some things will sink in fresh water and the same item will float in salt water; adding salt increases the density of water, making it easier for some items to float. We also played in some water and water beads with ocean animals!
This week we read Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae.
Mini erasers make excellent manipulatives. We use them for making letters, making numbers, counting mats, and so much more! I found these Spring/Easter mini erasers at The Target Dollar Spot.
Our next unit is Ocean Commotion! Your child will take a journey through the ocean. From the top of the waves to the ocean floor, she will discover many creatures of the sea. You child will blow like a whale, put a sharp teeth on a shark puppet, dance with a jelly fish and count baby seahorses. Pack your sunscreen, beach bag and get ready to explore the ocean!
Today we celebrated Earth Day! We talked about planting trees, recycling and reducing waste as ways to protect and take care of our Earth.
We used paper plates, paper and paint to create Planet Earth Art. We painted the paper plate with blue and green paint and then pressed onto the white paper. While the earth painting was drying we added stars to black paper. Once dry we cut Earth into a circle and glued onto a black piece of paper.
We cut out story pieces to act out the Earthworm Lunch Rhyme.
Five little worms went out to play,
Looking for lunch on the Earth Day,
An apple core is what one found,
And he said, "We can take this to our home
in the ground!"
Four - junk mail
Three - rotting leaves
Two - cracked egg shell
One - old tea bag
Those five little worms took it all underground,
They wiggled their bodies around and around.
Soon they ate all the scraps; munch, munch,
And they made some dirt from their garbage lunch!
Let's all do our part to protect the Earth. Happy Earth Day!
Easter galore all week! We added some cute little bunnies to our sand writing trays and made some pretty cute Easter crafts.
Rocking bunnies, each chid picked the color they wanted to paint their bunny. Painted the paper plate, cut in half and I helped them fold to make a rocking bunny!
We taped a bunny to white paper, the kids picked colors to paint around the bunny ( and of course on the bunny too) then we peeled away the taped bunny! The littles also put a plain white piece of paper in a plastic tub, added some chosen colors, bouncy balls and then shook it all up! We pulled out their paper showed them the paint that was all over from them shaking. Once dry I cut out a bunny! The older kids used a credit card to pull the paint all over their paper and once dried they cut out a bunny!
The little ones made Bb is for bunny with cotton balls! The older kids worked on letter Gg.
We also played in the fairy/Easter sensory bin and spent some time squishing some play dough.
We made it to the park a few days and enjoyed every bit of sunshine!
Have a Happy Easter!
This week we wrapped up our space unit. The kids did such a great job with their rocket ship drawings! We reviewed shapes, made a shape collage and reviewed some letters this week. We also played with sand and play dough.
We have a new fairy garden sensory bin! This sensory bin has split peas, gem shapes, metallic eggs, tweezers and a few other treasures for them to explore.
We were able to make it to the park a few times before the snow storm!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Rylie's ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating a BIG IMPACT through small acts of kindness. They will be hosting a FREE Community Breakfast on Saturday April 6th.
I took this opportunity to talk about kindness to the kids in my care. I printed kindness cards and the older kids colored the cards and I explained they would be handed out Saturday to those who come to GraceFull Community Cafe on Saturday April 6th 7am -2pm. We talked about doing kind things for others and simple acts of kindness to make someone smile! You can come connect with kindness, enjoy a meal with your family and friends and Rylie's ARK will pick up the bill! This foundation was created after tragedy struck a family that we personally know very well. They are doing great things for our community!
GraceFull Community Cafe
5610 S Curtice St
Littleton, CO 80120
Printed Kindness cards courtesy of Sunny Day Family (https://transactions.sendowl.com/orders/39297455/download/490bcdf43e7cf9b2016f83f3a07cf135)
This is a a little piece of Rylie's story.....
On April 29, 2017, tragedy struck. While shopping with her mom, a car drove through the store they were shopping in. Rylie was in the hospital for 28 days before she died on May 26, 2017. During that time, the Guentensbergers were surrounded by more love and support than they thought imaginable. While tragedy can often bring people together, it became obvious that Rylie’s spirit and intuition which touched the lives of so many, impacted the way people came together. It was because of her genuine desire to be kind and love, that Rylie’s ARK was born."
Our cards are ready to go for Saturday! The kids did such a terrific job coloring and making the cards special. Hope to see you Saturday!