Sunday, October 8, 2017

Just Clowning Around with the OC-Teacher Susie

Step right up, there's a new circus in town!

A circus wouldn't be complete without popcorn!  Circus animals and popcorn (cotton balls) were available all week in our seed table.




Our main attraction was that our water table turned into an ice cream cart this week.  We had cloud dough and sprinkles galore.

 




Acrobats invaded our building table. 



The kids loved playing under the big top!



Our light table had balloons and translucent discs on it.



Hi Ho Cherry-O was a big hit on our fine motor table.



The kids created all sorts of ice cream cone crafts at creation station.




Free play is so much fun! In addition to our routine free play items we had clown manipulatives out for the kids to work on color matching and fun circus themed books that the kids loved to read.   



 


We taught the kids a clown action song that we put out on our felt board.  They had fun re-telling it and adding in their own versions!


On Monday we finished our literacy activity that was based on the book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.





Our second activity on Monday was great for both number identification, counting and fine motor skills.  We had little locked cages that contained circus animals.  Each cage had a lock with numbers on it.  The kids counted the number and found the key with the matching amount of dots.  Then, they used the correct key to free the animals!





Wednesday's art project was cotton candy painting.  We made a mixture with equal parts of shaving cream and glue. We added some liquid water color and the kids painted on their cotton candy shape.  



Our second parent led activity on Wednesday was a game called Glee Ring Circus.  The goal of this game is to use the circus clown pole to collect rings and create the same pattern that is shown on the game.




On Friday we finished our cotton candy project by having the kids cut out a cone shape and glue it onto their cotton candy.   We have them on display in the hallway.




Our second parent led activity on Friday was an obstacle course.  This was great for using large gross motor skills. The obstacle course included a balance beam, hopscotch mat, a hoop to crawl through and more.









Some of the books that we read at circle time this week are Goodnight Gorilla, The Circus Ship, Bear and Hare, Where's Bear?,  Such a Silly Baby! and Should I Share my Ice Cream?.


We did lots of dancing, experimented with new instruments and learned a new action song.


We are still sharing our summer memory books.  Your kids are so confident and excited to share in front of our class.



This beautiful October weather has been amazing.  Here are some pictures of your kids enjoying recess.






We hope that you had as much fun at our ice cream social as we did!  It was great to meet parents, siblings and extended families.













As always, thank you for sharing your children with us!

Teacher Susie and Teacher Meghan
























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