Sunday, July 31, 2011

Playtime at the Park

 We love this park on base. There is so much to do and I love that there is a gate around the playground as well.

It was a hot day so I am glad that I brought Popsicles with me. They had them before their lunch to cool off a bit.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Art Camp Day 3 &4

PF was invited to be an assistant for the last two days of art camp. She was thrilled! I also enjoyed getting to hear a bit more about what they did each day. Day 3 was Spanish art and Day 4 focused on France. They also just did some fun projects.
 Finger painting.
 creative masterpieces
 Stained glass windows
 I love art shirts. The quote of the week "The world without art is yuck!"
Paper mache bowls.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Flower Experiment

I thought it would be fun to show the girls how flowers take in water and how quickly. They each choose colors to add to their bottles. We discussed the color wheel and what colors you mix together to get other colors. Then we made predictions for what we thought the flowers would look like the next day.

After 36 hours, this flower was starting to show some blue.

After 5 days, the blue flower is about the same and one of the flowers is showing some orange coloring. Other than that most of the flowers are still white. Two days ago, I snipped the ends off of some of the flowers to see if maybe that would help. We have all been pretty surprised at the lack of color on the flowers.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Art Camp Day 2

Again, I did not have talkative kids on the way home. I do know that they had potato chips for snacks....apparently the highlight :) But here is a picture of what they created today. The animal print rectangle is a chalkboard. Not sure what the other piece is suppose to be.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Art Camp Day 1

Today was Ladybug and Butterfly's first day of art camp. The theme for this week is art around the world. They had a great time but were not overly informative about their class. From what I gathered, today was focused on Egypt. Here they are showing early art done on cave walls. Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture to show great detail. They also have paper mache that is still at camp drying. Look forward to seeing what else they get to do this week.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Centers in Action

Ocean Blue

PF made a request yesterday, while I was considering what theme to use for our Friday centers, she wanted on ocean theme. I didn't realize just how much ocean themed activities I had. We worked together last night to create 14 centers for our ocean blue theme. I wanted a mix of educational levels so that preschool to middle school were covered and everybody would have a good time.
We started the morning with blue oatmeal in blue bowls. I just added blue sugar sprinkles to the top of their oatmeal.
 After breakfast, the girls had their praise and worship time. Last years VBS was the High Seas so I had a DVD handy to go with our theme.
 Center 1: Cutting, pasting and coloring.
 Center 2: Memory
 Center 3: Sorting by color or animal
 Center 4: Tracing
 Center 5: Blue discovery bucket. The possibilities are endless.
 Center 6: Playdough and spelling ocean.
 Center 7: Play animals. Pretend play, sorting, size order. I also had information sheets on some of the animals to read.
 Center 8: Find it. Find objects and reading/vocabulary.
 Center 9: Geoboards
 Center 10: Ocean Life floor puzzle
 Center 11: Ocean Themed Connectogons.
 Center 12: Lace the whale.
 Center 13: Wrap-ups

Center 14: Collection of ocean themed worksheets.

Big Sisters help to teach Preschool

Juggling four girls at different levels of education can present challenges at times so when they offer to help each other out, I am more than thrilled. Butterfly has been a huge help this week with Dragonfly. Butterfly has been rather quick with her work this week giving her plenty of time to do extra work with Dragonfly. I think this helps them both. She loves reading to Dragonfly but they have also played Starfall, put together puzzles, worked on file folders, and made pictures with geometric shapes.

 PF has taken Dragonfly under her wing during chore time and has been teaching Dragonfly how to wash windows, water plants, feed pets, sweep, mop and many other things. Ladybug has wanted Dragonfly to help her too so they have been sorting clothes together.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

God and People

 God created people perfect in his image. They were together.
 The people chose to disobey and were separated from God.
 Their sins were like a wall between them and God.
 Even though they continued to disobey, God loved the people and sent his son to them.
The son paid the price for their sins by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead and broke down the wall so those who believed in him would once again be reunited with God.