Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24th, 2017

This week, we got our hands dirty.

Celebrating the first day of spring on Monday, we planted our new garden.  We now are the proud growers of tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, kale, basil, and peas!

We also welcomed our pet worms this week.

We examined some of the different parts of a worm and how their castings help gardens grow.  Fortunately, no one figured out what worm castings are.

We also thoroughly reviewed washing our hands this week!

Some opted out of holding worms, though, and were perfectly content to read about them instead.

And reading was something we did a lot of this week.

Filling up our awesome library yet again...

we learned all about growing our own salad.

Meanwhile, throughout our week, we also put together garden puzzles...

learned about gardening tools...

took care of our sprouting clovers from St. Patrick's Day...

counted worms in the soil...

studied the different parts of a plant...

played planty games...

held a letter Uu show-n-tell...

and practiced our written U's.

Then, just when we thought the week couldn't get any cooler, we also welcomed a pet snail!


We tended to our garden every day...

and never forgot to water.

By the end of the week, we decided to release the worms to allow them to do what worms do.  
Happy eating, worms!

This has been the best week ever!!!

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.