Swoop into Kindergarten

life in kindergarten at Laguna Blanca

Yummy Friday Fun Recipe

With the new plant unit come new Friday Fun activities! I found the best recipe for today…Rainbow Smoothies! I promised the students I would post it here because several want to make it at home.

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Here students blend the yellow layer.

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The blue and purple layers are delish!

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Below are the ingredients separated into the specific color layers.

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How healthy is this?!

Enjoy the recipe! Be sure to use a larger cup than I provided. 🙂

In addition to the Rainbow Smoothies, students made butterflies and flower picture frames. During the butterfly center, students brushed up on the concept of symmetry.

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Spring has sprung!

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The Rainbow Fish

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I am so incredibly proud of this group of children! Both performances today were amazing, with the second one being even better than the first….which I didn’t think was possible! They projected their voices, delivered their lines on cue, and sang their little hearts out.

Below are a few snippets…

And of course I have to share the bright costumes…

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Sea Stars

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Angel Fish and Rainbow Fish

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Barracuda, Wise Octopus, Little Blue Fish

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Lobsters

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Angel Fish, Yellow Fish, Orange Fish

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Pink Fish  and Sea Star

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Lobster and Red Fish

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Jellies and Green Fish

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Purple Fish

Thank you all for your support in helping your child learn the lines! What a wonderful day!

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Sneak Peek

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The boys are dressed and ready!

Tomorrow is the big day..our presentation of The Rainbow Fish! We had a wildly windy dress rehearsal today…fingers crossed that this wind dies down! The show (and costumes) are adorable!

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Happy Earth Day!

In addition to our Lower School Earth Day Festival, the kindergartners celebrated Earth Day during Friday Fun!

First, students planted grass head. I will post a picture when they sprout.

Next, they made an Earth Day headband. Look how cute these turned out!

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In the kitchen, students made Earth cookies. First students cut their piece of dough in half….I tied this to math of course!

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The students mixed green food coloring into their dough ball. They then mixed blue food coloring into their remaining dough ball.

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Look! Two colored dough balls!

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Students rolled the two pieces of dough together, making a green and blue ball.

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I put them into the oven, and after ten minutes, we had little earths! The students (and I) were very excited!

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Costume Update

We did some more work on costumes!

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We added some eyes. Each student was in charge of placing their eyes exactly where they wanted them to go.

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The jellies started to make their jelly umbrellas.

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And the sea stars added stomachs and rays.

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The angel fish added stripes.

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Less than one week to go!

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More Tide Pooling Pictures

It was such a beautiful day last Friday at the tide pools that I wanted to add some more pictures.

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A healthy sea urchin.

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A dead sea urchin.

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A shore crab.

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We ended the day with a show and tell of all the interesting sea creatures we found.

 

 

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Tide Pooling!

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We had an amazing tide pooling adventure today! Look at all we saw!

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mussels..

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a sea hare

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a shore crab

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our docent, a crab, an urchin, a snail…

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an exoskeleton

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a striped shore crab

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I will add more pictures as I receive them from the other adults on the trip. What a beautiful day!

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Rainbow Fish Preparations

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The preparations for our spring musical play are in full swing! The costume pieces have arrived.

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Students will use these blank canvases to create sea stars, lobsters, purple fish, yellow fish and more! Tomorrow students will begin the process by dying their clothing items. Accents will be added once the clothes have dried. Students will have full creative control over their own costumes…..so far they have requested that I provide felt, glitter, rhinestones (Does anyone have a Bedazzler? 🙂 ) and more! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

We ran through the play several times this week. It is obvious that students practiced their parts during Spring Break.  Thank you! The Rainbow Fish extravaganza is coming together nicely because of this!

This musical play does a great job incorporating our Swooper Citizen character traits. I asked students to name the traits that are included in the play, and they listed friendliness, courage, kindness, sharing, gratefulness, and generosity. Perfect! I can’t wait for you to see it!

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The Evolution of School Lunches

When I was in elementary school I strongly disliked packed lunches. Soggy sandwiches, warm lime flavored yogurt (ick!), dry pretzels…..you get the idea. As an adult, packing my lunch, and three others, continues to be a sore spot each day. So I went looking for some inspiration.

Parents, I am impressed! The lunches you pack your child are beautiful and healthy! Below are some pictures I took during snack recess…so some of the food items have already been eaten.

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What’s even more impressive is that your children EAT what you pack. The amount of bell peppers I saw was incredible!!

So, how do you come up with different food combinations to pack? I’m looking for ideas….please leave a comment on the blog and share with others the healthy snacks you pack and any time saving tools you use. I (and others!) would very much appreciate it!

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