Many activities this week were related to Valentine’s Day. Red velvet cupcakes were made and frozen to be eaten as a Valentine’s snack a few days later. On Valentine’s Day, each child was given a pretty red cupcake to frost, decorate and eat.
Paper spirals were cut to use as a mobile. After practicing and getting the knack of cutting freehand hearts,� the kids cut pretty ones to hang from the spiral to create a fun decoration for home.
Eight-inch squares of purple paper were folded and snipped to enable some paper weaving with pink and red strips. These became colorful Valentine cards for someone special in the kids’ lives.
The book, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” was read to the kids. It prompted lively and interesting discussion. The book talks about doing and saying things that make people feel good, that is, to fill their bucket and try not to empty their bucket by saying or doing things that make them feel bad. This is a concept the kids understand because all people have been on the receiving end of filling or emptying at one time or another.
The kids were involved in a hands-on activity to enable them to better visualize the amount of liquid that is equal to one ounce. First, knowing that an ounce is equal to about two tablespoons, the kids made guesses about how many ounces they thought were in several containers – a 20 oz. bottle of water, an 8 oz. bottle of water, a hand sanitizer bottle, a small Styrofoam cup, and a 16 oz. glass. Then using tablespoons and water, they measured how large several containers were. When they were all finished and doing a comparison to see if they all agreed, they found they had come up with different numbers for the same sized container. Hmmm. How could that be? Some good deductive thinking happened – lost count, spoons not quite full when measuring, etc.
A game that has become a favorite when the weather isn’t the best for being outdoors involves a beach ball. If you heard the noise this game generates you might think the kids were “hanging from the ceiling” when in actuality they are parked on their pockets on the floor in a big circle. A beach ball is tapped, pushed, and slapped within a circle of kids; the ball needs to keep moving and the direction it will go next is unpredictable. However, the last one to touch it before it goes out of reach or a child that moves off their pockets in an effort to hit the ball is out of the game until another child has the same misfortune, in which case the second child goes out of the game and the first is back in. In recent days a second ball has been added. Heads up! Be ready for low flying balls…and lots of giggles!
For information about the Roost K-6 program, call afternoons 853-0180.