Last week was an odd week. Our kiddlets were getting tested. DIBELed and the DDS (Diagnostic Decoding Survey---anyone out there do that??) I was out half a day to do the DDS, while others pull my firsties for the DIBELS.
So, I decided that we needed a little imagination and creativity last week. Do you know, I asked my kids what imagination was, and only a handful raised their hands?!!?!?!?! I was in some serious shock. Yeah, yeah. I know everything out there doesn't allow for that imagination that we had growing up. I remember loving my little cardboard box that I made into a playhouse, and then something else, etc... It did give me a wake up call for my own children at home. I need to do more pretending with them. Even at 6-7 years old! Creativity is a key to problem solving! (IMO anyway---I don't have research or classes behind that theory, but do know that some problems need some creative solutions! Without a little imagination, there's no creativity!)
So, we responded all week with imagination and creativity to the Snowmen at Night series books. Boy did they have a blast! They wrote what they thought their snowman does at night. They created a job for their snowman and wrote a few "facts" about that job for the snowman (like he's a snow doctor and he makes sure that all the snowmen have nice white snow, etc..) and they wrote about what they would do with their snowman during the different seasons! PRECIOUS! I loved each and every response. The only thing that would have made the week better was to actually have snow outside! But we were having a little "heat wave" of mid 40s-50s, so there was no snow in sight... but some rain. This week we're heading to the 20s... but, no snow in sight either. I mean, if it is going to be freezing.... there needs to be snow! (BUT NO SNOW DAYS!!! I love me some summer!!!)
The word we did came from my packet:
The last day of our snowman things, we painted with "snow paint." Have y'all seen those on pinterest?! Well, I decided to try it out---without trying it out first! ha! I just mixed 1/2 and 1/2 of shaving cream and glue, plopped some down on construction paper. Gave them a popcicle stick (for those who didn't want to touch it), put out scraps of felt, construction paper and googly eyes and let them have at it! I just LOVED the giggles we had. One little girl told me that it was even more fun than Kindergarten! HA! These little creations are still drying in my room. Hopefully they will dry when I return on Tuesday to hang up in the hallway with their writing. Fingers are crossed that I had enough glue to keep that shaving cream from disappearing! I hear that the glue keeps it from evaporating. Time will tell! :)
What's up for this week: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the food groups! (Both were just finished this weekend and put up in my store. You can click on the pictures to read more about it!)