Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Celebrating Easter in the Classroom

We had a special treat this afternoon. Ella's mom offered to come in and tell the Easter story by using "resurrection eggs". It was a great object lesson for the girls! Each egg had a different object inside related to the Easter story. She definitely had the girls' attention. :-) They couldn't wait to see what was in each egg and pass it around. Of course, the best part was finding out that the last egg was empty, reminding the girls that Jesus rose from the dead - the tomb is empty!!!

After the story was over, the girls were able to decorate Easter egg cookies. They had a lot of fun adding icing, sprinkles, and little candies!


Monday, April 14, 2014

A Picnic Snack & Hungry Caterpillars

Today was another beautiful spring day, so I looked for any opportunity to spend time outdoors with my girls. We had our snack outside picnic-style, and then the girls enjoyed extra playground time. I definitely got my exercise giving these girls "under-doggies" on the swings!

Our caterpillars have doubled in size in just one week! The girls are still in love with them, and are in awe at how big they are getting. It never ceases to amaze me how these creepy, crawly little creatures turn into such beautiful butterflies. Only an amazing God could do something like this! :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Our Spring Exploration

Today I was quite anxious to be outside with my girls. It was simply not a day to stay in the classroom. It was a day to go EXPLORING! Of course, the girls were all for that! We went to the back edges of the church property to explore the creek. The girls could have stayed back there all day. :-)

On our exploration, the girls were excited to spot some daffodils. A definite first sign of spring!! We picked one to bring back as evidence of our exploration :-) Everyone wanted to have a picture with it. Even Miss Follett got her picture taken....5 times. {Each girl had to have a turn, but hey, it gave me a lot of choices on which one I liked the best. :-)}


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Caterpillar Friends

My girls were able to meet some new "friends" today!  Every year when I teach Kindergarten, I always enjoy having my students watch the life cycle of a butterfly. I knew these girls would be excited about it, and they sure didn't disappoint me today! They already are in love with these 5 little caterpillars, and have even named them after themselves. (I am not sure how they can tell who is who?! I guess it depends on what the caterpillars are doing at that moment? :P)

Stay tuned for more pictures as we enjoy watching this amazing life cycle!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Needed "Teacher Boost"

Today was one of those days. The kind when, for some reason, you just feel like you are not doing a great job as a teacher. Here we are in the last quarter of the school year already - have I accomplished anything with these girls???!!

It had been a crazy, whirlwind, hyperactive morning with these little ladies, and I didn't have much "willpower" left. Well, I was trying to get the papers out for numbers class, and of course, I finally got the girls sitting down and didn't want them to just be going wild in their seats while I gathered things together. To give them something to do, I told them to count by 5's. Now we had been working on it this whole past quarter, but usually I counted along with them. Today I had them try it for the first time by themselves, and they DID it!!!! Of course, I gave them the excited, thrilled, "mouth-open" reaction they wanted to see, so they kept counting by 5's over and over. :-)

I had to get a video of them during one of their many "rounds". It is amazing how hearing your students count by 5's gives you just enough of a "teacher boost" to get you through the rest of the afternoon! Hmmmm...perhaps they are learning something in Kindergarten?!!!!