Though the sun was in and out this week, we still had a great time learning about it. We talked about how it is a star, why we need it to live, and how to protect ourselves from its powerful rays. In art, we made sunset water colors and created sun mosaic art pieces. We love to use our local library as a resource for great books and managed to find a handful of interesting stories and educational books about the sun.
We eat a lot of cucumber here at the school and picked it as our food item to learn about this week. We managed to incorporate it in many of our meals and snacks, but their favorite was making agua de pepino (cucumber water). We added water, stevia, cucumber, and mint from our garden into the blender together and then strained out the pulp. The kids loved the drink they created at small group time and we drank it again during our afternoon snack. Throughout the week, the kids were able to hold the cucumber (talking about how it felt), we talked about how it grows, how we usually eat it, and how it is good for us.
This week we had a lot of fun. Outside we played with our new balls chasing and kicking them around the yard and trying to throw them in our tire towers. After a good rain one day, we went around the yard making paths in the grass that had droplets all over it, flicking water off of leaves, and licking some of them too. During morning circle we were learning about the oval and went around the classroom to see if we could also find any there. They found some baskets that were oval shaped and the tops and bottoms of some plastic bottles too. But there were lots of giggles and chasing when we stumbled across a patch of sticky weed in the yard. The children had fun throwing it on each other and the teacher, who after getting home found some more on her back.
A week ago we signed up for a program called Chip Drop. They match you up for free with a local tree company that is trying to get rid of some wood chips. Well, during the children's nap time on Friday, we found a huge pile of wood chips in the parking lot. After the kids saw it, there was no stopping them. They had so much fun running up and down the pile and even loved helping the teacher scoop the chips into the wheel barrow and spread them around their new sandpit.
If you have not made apple wraps for breakfast, you have to try it. After sauteing them up with cinnamon, just roll them up in a flour tortilla. To add more substance, you could always add flax meal our oatmeal while you were cooking your apples. Everyone loved them and we are sure they will be a hit in your home as well. Above are some of the meals we ate this week at The Pond.