Today was Isabel’s last special helper day for the school year. I volunteered in the classroom and was asked to help out in the afternoon class too. Which I have done before but this time Isabel went along with me and enjoyed being in the class with the pm 4 students. BTW… Isabel was only the special helper in her own a.m class NOT in the afternoon p.m class.
Since this weeks theme has been all about sea life; today was no exception! After opening prayer from Isabel, Mrs. W read the book, The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer. Afterward we headed over to the tables to paint a real sand dollar and make a “beach in a jar“.
Working on their sand dollars while Aiden works on his “beach in a jar” at the sensory table with Olivia’s mom and Grandmother.
They were given the option to paint the whole thing or just the front.
Working hard on their sand dollar.
Special helper and her special helper friend Olivia!
Isabel making her “beach in a jar“. The kids picked a sticker (Noah’s ark themed) that was then stuck to the inside of a jar, they (the kids) scooped sand into the jar, filling the jar about halfway, then they were allowed to pick 4-5 shells and placed them on or in the sand in the jar. Then with help from Olivia’s mom and Grandmother, they added a rainbow cover with a bit of batting underneath it. Very cool idea!
While each student was called up to do their own “beach in a jar“; the rest of the class played a game about scuba diving in the ocean. Isabel was the first scuba diver and she “dove” down and grabbed a red seahorse in the water. The kids all seemed to enjoy this game! Grabbing different sea life items ranging from a whale, crabs, clams, sea shells and seahorses.
After everyone had made their “beach in a jar” and the game, we headed outside to the courtyard to run around. We headed back to the classroom just as the sky opened up with another rain shower. When we arrived back at the classroom, Mrs. W read the bible story about Noah and the ark that he built. For free play Mrs. W got out a new fishing game for the kids to share.
Practice for next weeks field trip to U Fish!
The special helper today was Isabel. For show and tell Isabel brought her baby doll Makayla. Her baby doll is from her friend Makayla in her class and is also named Makayla. She also took her stuffed elephant, Elephante. For snack, Isabel brought to share rice crispy treats and juice.
Isabel’s “beach in a jar“. Since she was able to go back with me to the afternoon class, Mrs. W let her do another one and paint another sand dollar!
Isabel’s painted sand dollars from both classes…
After arriving back at home from the afternoon class, we weren’t home more then 30 minutes when Isabel crashed on the sofa! She was pooped!