Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16th, 2014

This week we got to explore Sea World!  We had an amazing field trip on Wednesday that was so much fun!

With 62 students attending, we really were only all together as a whole group for the 10:30am sea lion & otter show.  We broke up into smaller groups afterwards, but I kept bumping into Sacred Heart clusters the whole time we were there.

We had such a good time and my students excitedly talked about it for the rest of the week.

Back in class, we began a new theme of ancient Egypt.  This is an extraordinarily interesting subject that my students have always loved.

Anyone who has spent time in my classroom knows that I teach with the utmost integrity, using  mathematical clarity and precise historical accuracy.  Therefore, with this week's theme, we made sure to listen to Steve Martin's King Tut and The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian.

We also examined "The Blue Hippo", a sculpture that is now at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We made our own blue hippos after discussing their diet of river plants along The Nile (which is sketched on to their bodies).

It's difficult to find preschool reading material on ancient Egypt.  So, a couple of years ago, I created a 1-10 counting story of my own on PowerPoint.  

One blue hippo made very small
Two Egyptian gods thought to be watching over all
Three tapestries woven with stories to be told
Four treasures of King Tut, all made of gold
Five tall pyramids, including The Great Sphinx
Six Eyes of Horus: Look to see if one blinks...

After a few days of learning about some of the artifacts, the students painted their favorites.

"My favorite is King Tut's gold chair.  I wish I had a gold chair... I would sit on it and eat goldfish crackers."

Me too, Henry.

Mostly, however, we enjoyed walking like an Egyptian.

Meanwhile, in Ms. Rebecca's class, her students worked together creating their own pieces of art.

This week we've also been dealing with the replacement of sewer lines in our alley.  While annoying to us, this has been one of the highlights of the week for our students.

We love preschool!

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