Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th, 2017

This week, our big focus was catching St. Patrick's Day leprechauns.

Preparing for the big day coming back on Monday, we counted pieces of gold in pots...

...made green, sparkly playdough...

...used the green, sparkly playdough to make letter T's...

...and graphed Lucky Charms marshmallows.

We also made handprint leprechauns and then took turns dictating a story about our own.





Finally, it was time to begin planning our leprechaun traps.  We collaborated intensely as we spoke and listened to one another's ideas, round-table style.

Then, each team voted on an idea.

On Thursday, we were ready to build.




The Yellow Team.

The Red Team.

The Green Team.

The Blue Team.

By Friday, St. Patrick's Day, we were ready.  We planted clovers...

...and made rainbow fruit kebabs.

But, while we were at recess and ready to catch some leprechauns, four of them got the better of us instead!  Man, I've been trying to catch these guys for 7 years now!


Dear Green Team,
I climbed up your ladder and almost fell in!  But, I balanced myself and didn’t get trapped.  Better luck next St. Patrick’s Day!

Paddy Wagon

Dear Red Team,
I climbed up your stairs and I almost fell in!  But, I was able to get out without you trapping me!  Better luck next time!

Brian O’Irelan


Dear Blue Team,
I came so close to getting tricked and falling into your hole!  But, I didn’t fall in and I took your gold anyways!  Better luck next year!

Patrick O’Gold


Dear Yellow Team,
I wanted that gold coin so bad, but I knew you were trying to trick me.  I got your gold coin anyways and I didn’t get trapped.  I’ll see you next year!

Fun O'Shenanigans 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

As the old Irish blessing goes, may the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face... and the bubbles be plentiful.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10th, 2017

This week, we celebrated rainbows.

We started our week by making a big batch of rainbow playdough...

...and filled our sensory bin with dyed chickpeas.

Then, we conducted a science experiment where we placed white carnation flowers in dyed rainbow water.  This also gave us an opportunity to learn about mixing colors since the only dye drops I had available were red, blue and yellow.

Finally, we made our predictions.

While we waited the week for our flowers to do something special, we played rainbow math...


...we made rainbow S's...

...we rainbow raced (this is not easy, by the way)...


...and made rainbow art.

We also had a wonderful time making real rainbows.  We used a spray bottle, spraying water into the sunlight...



...we found rainbows in bubbles...


...and we found rainbows in the reflection of a CD.

Actually, we became quite effective at this.

By Friday, we were read to examine our flowers.  They were spectacular!

Then, we drew our conclusions (literally).

We love rainbows at Sacred Heart!