Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Hey!! Take a picture of us!!"

"Hey!! Take a picture of us!!"
I touched on the classroom dynamic that comes with the mixed-ages last month, but I cannot express just how much the children in the class love each other. There really is something to be said about spending five days a week with a group of friends in the same classroom for three, and sometimes four years. That amount of time is significant for anyone -- especially a preschooler. Sometimes, new parents can be skeptical about having their two-year-old in a class with five- and six-year-olds, but the littles just get doted on, and, I believe, the feelings are mutual. :)
While I often take quick snapshots of the children interacting, I rarely have the time to sit and record them. Luckily, a quick-thinking Ms. Roopal pulled out her phone and captured this precious interaction. (Please ignore my chatter -- I had no idea she was recording.)
One of our science experiments this month involved testing various solvents on Peeps. We took Coke, vinegar, laundry soap, and water, and noted their effects on the marshmallow treat. After 48 hours, we discovered that the harsh vinegar nearly dissolved our little yellow bunny, the Coke left an unsightly discolored residue (that peeled off when touched), the soap bleached the Peep, and the water left the bunny mostly intact (though a bit soggy).  
We used Fruit Loops to learn sequences and patterns. 
The children helped spruce up our flowers and even grew some potted plants of their own.
A Secret Chef came for a visit and helped us make a delicious parfait with imported Duch cookies. 
And no spring season would be complete without an egg hunt. 
Three-and-a-half weeks left of school. How did that happen!! I can't wait to see what May has in store for us!

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