As I sit here on a snow day, organizing photos and reflecting on all my little first grade sweeties, (and I admit that they do seem sweeter as I am having a nice, calm, quiet day:) I realize how much each one has grown in a few short months. And in just another few months, they will transition on to yet another grade. I truly am thankful for each one of them and for the opportunity to spend my days surrounded by such energy! I wanted to share some of our highlights of the year with you.
Beginning where I left off in October?
Below are banana ghosts and popcorn hands. We eat really well in this class!
Sink and float experiment with a pumpkin. Of course we had to gut it and count the seeds. By tens and ones:) Then we toasted them and ate them.
We talked at length about bats and spiders. We also went on a spider hunt, which was great fun. We sprayed the webs with water to identify the type of web.
And then there was the day of the tornado warning/watch...not once but twice.. and school was dismissed late. The kids were great, considering how long they had to sit still in that hallway! (and yes, they did assume the "tornado position" until their legs started falling asleep!)
And then we had the fiftieth day of school!!
November is always fun, We learned about Native Americans, early NC history, and made some pumpkin bread in the Crockpot. We talked about Sarah Hale, the woman who never gave up on persuasive writing, and basically saved Thanksgiving as we know it.
And we made turkey cookies. I knew we ate a lot, but I'm not sure I realized how much we celebrate with food in this class!!
What did we ever do before the elves started making themselves visible??
In December, we did Christmas Around the World activities, and did some themed activities with the books "Mooseltoe", "Gingerbread Baby", "Gingerbread Goes Animal Crackers" and "Polar Express". The pictures below were taken on our pajama day when we watched the movie of "The Polar Express" and had a chocolate fountain in our room.
I only had myself to blame for the high um..."energy"...that day!
And a finished product to be proud of!
And then we took a close look at the moon. We identified the phases using Oreos (I'm starting to feel a little embarrassed about the food activities at this point:) We took turns taking home the "Moon Bag" and charted our observations in a notebook.
We explored magnetism.
We played a math game called "Stack Em Partner" to compare numbers and find differences.
Coming up next....Dr. Seuss Day...March 2nd! There will be food. And fun. And a little chaos and a whole lot of noise. And we will learn in the process:) But for now, I shall sit by the fire and enjoy the rest of my snow day in my fuzzy socks with a book!