Last Summer School Post!

Puppies

Puppies

Woof! The puppies say good morning! πŸ™‚

Those cute faces are who I’ve been spending my time with lately, already working on school things (can you believe that!?) They’re already bored saying, “Mooooom, stop doing things on the computer and play with us!” πŸ™‚

Here are some other things I’ve been doing…

Baby shower

Baby shower

Baby shower

Baby shower

Last weekend we celebrated my sister (and brother-in-law) at her baby shower! We are all so excited to meet BK and it was a fun day with friends and family. My other sister, mom, and I worked on the centerpieces, which turned out really nice! The theme was Velveteen rabbit. The books, flower print, bunny, and silver bucket turned out perfect and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Summer fun

Summer fun

Remember a few weeks ago we went on a field trip to the Children’s Museum? Well, it was so much fun that my sisters, mom, and I all went back this week with my nephew. He had such a great time- especially in the water room– and I loved seeing him run around! Isn’t he getting so big? Slow down little dude πŸ™‚

Last Dr. Seuss Book

On the last day of summer school, we read one more Dr. Seuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Book

Book

This is a really fun story and I’ve found that even though it’s long, it always holds the kiddlet’s attention. Now, the typically project you’ll find when you search things to do related to this book is actually making oobleck. This is fun and something I have done in summer school before, but it’s also MESSY. In the past, I always end up with corn starch EVERYWHERE and no matter how much I wipe, wipe, wipe, it never seems to go away!

So this year, I thought, what else could I do that the kids will still love?

It came to me- painting! Kids love painting and I knew that it would get them excited (and let’s be honest, be less of a clean up). So after reading, I gave each kid a piece of white paper and a white crayon. I told them to draw a picture from the book. I opened to the page where the town was getting covered in Oobleck and many kids drew just that- houses, people, and animals covered in oobleck.

Then, we pained over the crayon with green.

Of course, we called this “magic”, just like the magic in the book, how the paint didn’t go on the crayon and revealed their picture underneath!

Bartholomew and the Oooblek

Bartholomew and the Oooblek

 

Oobleck

Oobleck

Oobleck

Oobleck

Ooobleck

Ooobleck

It was really fun and something that was WAY less messy πŸ™‚

Still, the kids loved it and I thought it was a great accompanying project to go with the book. During the school year, you could make this more meaningful by adding a writing component.

Field Day

Another thing we did on the last day was field day. We all headed outside and rotated through different stations on the wonderful sunny day.

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

The water station was a big hit, as were all the stations, but maybe their favorite was…

Field Day

Field Day

Face paint! The kids got to pick what they wanted and wow- they turned out so great! One of the adults suggested a mustache and that spread like wildfire- soon almost all the little boys were little men, so cute!

Field Day

Field Day

Performance

Our very last stop of our summer school adventure was the school wide performance. Some of the older kids in other classes put on their plays they’ve been working on and then the kids showed the dances they’ve been learning throughout summer school.

Everyday, the kids attended dance class with Mrs. Franklin, as awesome Zumba teacher. The kids showed the school the routines they’ve learned and wow- they were amazing!

Dance

Dance

I only snapped one photo because I was too busy watching, but they were so great and I was so proud of them!

I had such a fun time at summer school and adored all the kiddos I got to spend time with!

Be sure to check back to see some of the summer projects I’m working on as we gear up for next school year! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4: Summer Seuss {The Lorax}

Good morning!

I hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday!

We are around here, with only one day left of summer school. These past four weeks have really flown by, so let’s start with a Fourth of July re-cap…

Sno-Kones

Sno-Kones

My first day of the break last week took me to a local forest preserve with my family. And before we left, we had to stop and get Sno-Kones. Nothing says summer more than this!

We spent the actual fourth on the lake with my family, watching the fireworks go off from the pier. It was such a fun, beautiful night… for most of us anyways…

Poor puppy

Poor puppy

Just like the picture I posted of my other dog last week, our other puppy has the same feelings towards loud noises. Poor babies, they both spent the Β fourth in the closet, scrunched in the corner πŸ™‚

The Lorax

This week in summer school, we read the Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax”, which is one of my favorite books of all time. I just love the story and the message.

After our first read through on Monday, we started our project.

Using the pictures I’d taken of them a few weeks ago for the Cat in the Hat project, the students cut out yellow mustaches to add to their portraits.

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

I mean, seriously- how cute are those!?

Yellow mustache= The Lorax πŸ™‚

The next day and after the re-reading of the story, we finished these projects by adding a writing part. The prompt asked us “If I were the Lorax, I would help the Earth by…”

Together, we brainstormed ideas and wrote two ways we could help the Earth. We came up with “I would not cut down trees” and “I would keep the water clean”.

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

We stapled together the picture from the day before and the writing to make the finished product…

The Lorax

The Lorax

 

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

So adorable! I love making projects with the kiddos faces, I just think it adds such a cute touch!

Ok, I’m off to get them from their special. Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer School: Week 3 Round-Up

Hello there! We are one day from the 4th of July and three weeks into summer school! Where is all of this time going to?

It’s been a great summer so far and also full of lots of rain. Which in our house means a lot of this…

Poor Molly

Poor Molly

Our poor puppy just hates storms and at the first thunder clap, she tries to hide under, between, next to anything she can find. Her latest spot is here, wedged between the couch and the dog crate. Poor Molly! πŸ™‚

 

Put Me In The Zoo

While we’d never put Molly in the zoo, that’s the book we’ve been focusing on all week.

Book

Book

The kids love it- it’s such a classic- and we’ve been working on a fun project based on the book (and math) all week.

After the first read, the kids colored in a printable book based on the colors the animal changes.

Coloring

Coloring

It’s a great way to practice reading and color word recognition.

The next day, we reviewed different 2-D, plane shapes. We talked about their name, how many sides they have, and how many corners they have. After that, we used to shapes to make composite animal pictures.

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite animals

Composite animals

Composite animals

Composite animals

 

 

Composite is just a math way of saying putting shapes together to make a new shape or picture.

Because the book featured an animal wanting to go into the zoo, we made zoo animals to fit the theme!

The following day, I told the students they now could make composite zoo animals on their own- no patterns or pictures to follow!

They got right to work and practiced making several different animals.

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

I saw zebras, lions, bears, giraffes, and more!

You can see they are working on their final paper, even though we didn’t use the writing side that day. I just wanted them to see the space they had to work in. Some of the animals were looking quite large and because of the next step in the project, it had to fit in the purple space πŸ™‚

That brings us to the next day, where the students again used the shape blocks to build a composite zoo animal- just one this time. They had to build the one they wanted to make out of shape block paper.

Once they made their final animal, we passed out paper in the shape of these blocks. The students cut out the shapes they needed and arranged them to look like the block animal they’d built.

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

You can see how we moved over their block animal so they could build the paper animal on the purple paper. For my younger kiddlets, this was perfect because they could see what they needed and how to build it.

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

The next step was coloring in the blocks. I told the kids they could make their animal any color they wanted, but most surprisingly made theirs the color of the real blocks.

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

NOW- we finally come to the last day of the project πŸ™‚ (Now, this could have been condensed into fewer days, but because of our summer school schedule, we only had about 20 minutes each day)

The final part was to make our animals look like they were in a “zoo”! So, we put thin strips of black paper to make bars and glued them over our animal to make it look like it was in a cage.

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

Composite practice

This was a REALLY fun project and something the kids looked forward to doing each day! (Looking at the above picture, I forgot to mention, we also counted all of the shapes we used and wrote the numbers on the recording sheet)

It was a great way to incorporate literature and math into a fun project.

Here are some other pictures of our week:

Flex group

Flex group

Flex group

Flex group

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

Dance

Dance

Dance

Dance

Dance

Dance

Have a wonderful fourth and see you all back here next week!