Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rainbows and rabbits

Here we are at another week and the flu bug has managed to hit a couple of us already.  We only had four students here today, but we are pushing forward.  It is parent conference in the public schools so I took this opportunity to do a little testing this morning to see just where each student stands in terms of what they are learning and am very pleased to see just what they are learning.
R is for rainbow is a little craft from www.makinglearningfun.com   and was a lot of fun made by using frosting as the glue and each color of the rainbow were the fruit loops cereal.  It was not easy keeping the frosting from not getting eaten, as well as the fruit loops.
 Before we go too into placing the colors on the rainbow, we got these bottles and experimented with colors.  First was red, then we added some yellow and came up with orange.  The third color is yellow, and added to blue becomes green.  Blue plus red equals our last color of purple.  It was fun to see the kids eyes as a new color appeared.

With knives and a bowl full of frosting a masterpiece was made.
    As we worked to finish our project, I told the story behind the rainbow, from the Bible account.  There was a man by the name of Noah.  When God saw that the world was becoming so wicked, he met with Noah and asked him to build a big boat (I was informed that this boat was called "the ark")  He and his sons built for a long time until it was completed.
When it was completed, Noah and his sons were to told what to put in to the Ark.  Food, seeds, animals. When it was all loaded and the doors were closed, Noah and his family waited. ..  . .  Then it began to rain.  It rained a long time-40 days and nights-until there could not bee seen  any trees, mountains, OR people.  They were on the boat a  long time, until Noah sent out a bird to see if the water had gone away.  When he saw that they could come out of the boat, the first thing Noah did was to build an alter to God, to thank Him for safety.  God put a rainbow in the sky to promise mankind that the earth would never be covered by water again.  That is why we see the rainbow in the sky after a storm.

When I asked Brigham what took him so long to complete his rainbow, he told me " I thought it might be boring, so I waited"  He did finish the task and I asked him if it was boring, and he decided it was fun and should have done it earlier.

Each day we try new things, and today we tried to find various things in the "Hidden Pictures".  I was amazed how quickly they learned how to spot the hand, spoon, bell, etc.  hidden in this picture.
 Then we tried some rhyming words.  They were to circle the rhyming  word that began with the letter "R" and sound of "urrrrrr".  Again, they met the task.  We talked about other rhyming words as we read some of the books they had chosen for me to read.

I told them that if there was enough time today they could talk about the items they brought home to show for their "show and tell" 
Cooper showed us his spider man that talks and shoots webs 

 Brigham showed us his "sword" and showed us how he would use it.  What an imagination--how that pair of toenail clippers turned int to a little sword.  He hadn't fooled one of the girls, but we talked about how we can use our imagination to make items just what we want them to be.
The end of another day with B dragging his backpack behind him and Ivy showing that mischievous grin--a gesture showing that her day had been a fun one!!  We sure love prek!!

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