Room For A Little One

 Tuesday for the activity we played "Where's baby Jesus?". I hid the tiny baby Jesus, and the kids had to find him. 
 Searching everywhere for baby Jesus.  Once they found him, they had to run it back to the little nativity and yell, "I found baby Jesus". We played a few rounds of this, and since most of them cheated and took a peak while I was hiding the piece, they had a general idea where to look.
 I had my camera on regular mode, which usually works fine; however, they were all over the place so the camera struggled to find something still to focus on.  Most of them are blurry. I should have put it on sport mode. 

Crazy faces.  Luke does this creepy thing with his eyes, and it's quite frightening. 
 Strike 1
 The kids really liked the craft - little mangers, stuffed with straw and a baby Jesus.

 Thursday was all about our play.  We used the activity time to figure out parts and find costumes, math and craft time to act out the play.  It was quite the production, but the kids really enjoyed putting it together.  Surprisingly, there was no fighting over parts. 
I also tried to get another group shot, and thought I had some really good ones, finally.  Only to find out later (when I was setting up my camera for the play) that my memory card wasn't in the camera!!!!  
Strike 2
The cast ready to perform.  Well, most of them anyway.  Tyson wanted nothing to do with the play.  He sat on the couch, but after watching them perform decided to stand in for the last little while.  Blake thought Logan should be baby Jesus, because he's so small.  I was trying really hard not to laugh. 
Anyway, enjoy the show!!

Strike 3! I give up. A decent group shot is NOT happening this go around. :) 


Bowling Field Trip

*I added a new blog header (nightmare trying to take a picture with 8 kids that only wanted to play), but for some reason it's blurry.  I'll keep working on it.

 Latest field trip: AMF Bowling Tour and Bowling
Of course, the video games lured their attention from the get go.
 Ken, the manager, was our tour guide and did such a good job.  The kids lining up to head to the back of the lanes.
 It's only a small hallway, so it's a bit cramped back there.  The kids stayed by the wall while Ken explained and showed them how the pin setter and ball return worked.  Pretty neat.
The pin setter
Before heading back to the lanes to bowl, Ken gave our class an old pin to sign.  
 All the busy bees signed their names.  Since there is only 1 pin and 8 kids, we'll just take turns passing around the bowling pin, so all the kids can proudly display it in their rooms (or use it as a weapon and break things). 
 Let the bowling begin.
Trevor started us off on the right lane.
 The favorite hang out - the ball return.  The hardest part was having to wait your turn.
 Blake testing out the ball shooter thing (technical term, I'm sure).
 Luke watching as the ball SLOWLY rolls down the lane.
 Nice form, Logan.

 After bowling Ken let all the kids spin a prize wheel.  Everyone won some sort of prize from the snack bar.
 Final scores, although none of them bowled each time it was their turn, so not accurate.
 We were racing to see if we could beat the clock (our time ran out on the very last bowl).

FUN field trip!!


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

This week we read I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.  The Busy Bees thought it was hilarious!  They especially couldn't believe that she swallowed a pot.

To start off our day after free play, we talked about what kind of food we liked.  Blake decided on gum.  Look how well Mr. Blake is writing!......

We made our own pumpkin pies, even sprinkled with pumpkin pie scent for the real effect. :)  They look good enough to eat, right?

 For centers, we did three piece puzzles, matched up Thanksgiving themed mega blocks and pinned clothepins on the first letter of a Thanksgiving related word....among other things.

We made some pretty cute paper bag turkeys.....

And finished off learning the letter K. We were all Kings for a day!


Where The Wild Things Are

I love doing the music with them. They all enjoy singing and doing the hand motions! This week we read Where the Wild Things Are. Most of kids had read the book and really enjoyed it. After reading the book we talked about what is real and what is not real. Were the trees really growing in his room? 

I then had the kids review the noises the Wild Things made; roared terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth. I then handed out different kinds of instruments for the kids to try out. 

Next we tried out bells in different keys. I had the kids try to ring out some songs but 
that did not work very well.

 For math we made patterns with Wild Thing monsters. The kids did amazing with the patterns. 

For the craft we made some very cute Wild Thing heads. 

For centers the kids really did great. They all enjoyed being partners and got along well. We played Boggle, a matching game, worked out writing and shapes.

On Thursday we learned a little about some real "Wild Things". Bears hibernate in the winter, Butterflies start out as caterpillars and leopards run fast. For the math time we learned about before and after, on top and under and shapes.

In the book Max was made king of all Wild Things. So we all made king crowns like Max's.