With Sunday being St. Patrick’s Day, we did activities about it. We watched a small 5-7min cartoon on You Tube and me and my teachers learned from it. Did you know St. Patrick was a slave from England and brought to Ireland?
Well our sensory table this week has wild bird seed, that looks like dirt but cleaner. Also we learned it can also look like mouse poop when on the floor. Lol. I put in plastic coins and shovels in there as well so they could dig up their treasure. The kids loved it.
Today is Dr Seuss’ Birthday, Read Across America Day, and Pi Beta Phi Day of Service. All this falls on March 2nd every year. Pi Beta Phi philanthropy is literacy, being an alumni of Ky Gamma this day is very important to me. So this day boils down to read, read, read, and love to read!
Reading can take us so many places in life and in our imagination. I love to read , so I read to the children in my class every day. Also try to make it fun to read. They are two and some books it’s hard for them to sit thru. I can read Dinosaur vs. the Potty, Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, and Dinosaur vs. the Library over and over again for 30-40 minutes and they would be so excited interested the entire time.
Reading Dr. Seuss to some little ones is hard though. They don’t understand his made up words, the rhyming, or able to sit through the long length of the books. I read a few Dr. Seuss books to my kids this week but I had to read it in at least two parts (and that was a struggle). I also showed small clips on my IPad of the cartoons of the books I read afterwards so we could discuss it and they grasped the books content more.
Mine and my sister’s favorite Dr. Seuss book growing up was “The Sneetches”. I made a bulletin board at work for it and no one knew what the Sneetches were. My kids know now though. They know they are yellow and have green stars on their belly. After we were done reading the book, we immediately got out the green crayons, markers, and bingo dabbers and let them color their stars. Once they dried from all that ink, I took packaging tape and taped their stars to their bellies. They thought it was so fun and silly.
This week we are learning about dental health. On Pinterest I found an idea for new center toys in science for this week. Cut the bottoms of soda bottles off and I painted the inside a like light blue. I would have done white but that was the lightest color of acrylic paint I had on had. They look like small teeth. I gave the kids toothbrushes to brush them with. They loved it. The younger ones had a hard time grasping not to put these toothbrushes in their mouths though. These will have to be bleached often but even my little toddlers lived this activity.
I’m a little late, Chinese New Year was Sunday February 10th. Plus it’s a long while since I’ve posted anything. There have been things I have wanted to blog but not actually take the time to post it.
Some of the kids favorite activities of the week was the red and yellow noodles in the sensory table and using chopsticks.
For Christmas family gatherings I made cheesecake stuffed strawberries. The recipe I found on Pinterest.
First I cut off the top of the strawberries and hollow them out with a small Mellon baller. One serving is a pound of strawberries. I made a double batch.
Next heat 8oz of cream cheese to soften it and add 4 tbsp of powered sugar. Beat it together. Place the mixture in a ziplock Baggie and cut a small hole in the corner. Squeeze it into the hollowed out strawberries.
After that is all done sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Then serve!
These were a big hit, look impressive, and super easy to make!
On Pinterest I have seen this felt Christmas tree for toddlers. I thought this could be a great thing or my classroom. Me and my teachers made it during nap time and those kids noticed it first thing when they woke up. They definitely love it! They wore out the felt ornaments by the time they left that afternoon. So don’t worry about making them pretty with details. Just cut circles out and the children are happy.
One Christmas tradition or my family is going to the KY Horse Park to see the Southern Lights. As a young kid, my family just drove around the lights and went home. When I began to go with my sister and her kids every year we got out of the car and enjoyed the other activities such as: seeing Santa Clause, riding a train through more lights, petting zoo, model trains, miniature doll houses, and eating kettle corn. Here are a few pictures from the night.