February usually marks the beginning of spring in Texas. This year seems a little cooler and wetter than usual, but the trees are starting to bud, so I know it’s coming!
Valentines’ Day plays a big part the first part of the month. I know it seems like a Hallmark holiday to us, but the kids really do love it. They love all the fun art and sewing projects. They love the fun heart things incorporated into the practical life shelves. They love making things for their families and friends. It is a very busy time. We try to keep the actual day relatively calm, but you can’t keep the excitement out of the classroom! We had most of our regular work period in the morning, then we had a group snack of chocolate covered strawberries (thank you Sarah, Iron’s mom!) and passed out valentines. You saw the success of the day in the joy and excitement in your child as you picked them up that day!
Last week we began our study on “vegetables” that we eat and what part of the plant they are. The idea came from some cards that we have had on the shelf all year. As I have mentioned before, I like being able to show them the “real” thing when we have the cards so they really know what they are looking at. Thank goodness for Google! I had a couple of surprises as I did my research. I put them into categories: root, stem, leaf, flower, and fruit. We started with the root and we are working our way up the plant. I brought in garlic, radishes, a carrot, and a turnip. We tasted the radishes and I was really surprised how many loved them! Those who wanted got extra at lunchtime. Next, we had some “stem” vegetables: celery, potato (one surprise for me...I always thought it was a root!) and asparagus. We tasted the celery and the raw potato. Then came the vegetables that are the leaves of the plant. Swiss chard, endive, spinach, and cabbage. We talked about how things taste different cooked than they do raw (using potatoes and spinach as an example) and how some things we don’t really eat raw (like turnip and garlic).We tasted swiss chard, spinach, and cabbage. Again, I was amazed at how many kids tasted and liked what they tried! More was handed out at lunch for those who wanted more.
We still have the flower and the “fruit” part of the plant to go, so stay tuned for next month’s update!
With all the rain and missed playground time, you might have heard about the games we played. Musical chairs, Duck, duck, goose, 7 up, Telephone. Then, of course, the “active songs” like The Hokey Pokey, Shake your Sillies Out, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, If all the Raindrops were…, etc. And I even threw in a little stretching exercise one day. I tell you, I was really drawing from memories loooonnnggg buried to come up with some of those! Thank goodness we don’t miss playtime often! The kids were all troopers with the extra work time and indoor time. Now, let’s keep our fingers crossed for sun!!
I wish you all a fun, safe spring break! I look forward to seeing everyone soon as conference time approaches.