Yesterday during speech class, my students’ speech pathologist did a science experiment with them and then they used that to help them sequence the events. First they were given skittles that they placed in a circle around a small plate. Then we poured warm water onto the plate. Next we waited. Last we saw a beautiful rainbow! They were so excited to see the skittles rainbows and for whatever reason, I didn’t even realize this would be the effect. What fun!


Taste the rainbow!


So enthralled.


Beautiful!

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Making gingerbread houses is one of the most fun and cutest, but stickiest and ultimately grossest activities teachers lead at school. I say this because the kids love these things even though there’s not a bit of gingerbread at all since we just use graham crackers and stick them on school milk cartons, which are probably covered in germs and super gross. I do like gingerbread house making because the students get to be as creative as they want and the activity easily differentiates itself for a variety of skill levels. However, it is a bit sad how much waste is involved in this. I put out all this candy for the students to use to decorate their houses and of course nobody wants to keep the leftovers because their sticky gross fingers have been digging around in them so all that goes in the trash. Beyond that, I really hope they don’t eat those things at home … those houses really should go in the trash, too!


First the frosting and graham crackers


More frosting


Finished product – Kid 1


Finished product – Kid 2


Finished product – Kid 3

Perhaps my favorite unit all year is my gingerbread unit. I love it because I can do it right before the holiday season and no one can say that it’s slanted toward a specific holiday because it’s just about cookies! I love reading so many different versions of the classic gingerbread man story to my students and even the youngest ones are able to catch some of the similarities. Since many of them are so young this year and still working on find motor skills, we had the opportunity to color some gingerbread cookies! They were able to decide what kind of gingerbread to make: boy, man, girl, or cowboy. It was pretty fun!


Some gingerbread boys and girls


Some colorful gingerbread boys and girls


Some mono colored gingerbread boys and girls

At school, we obviously aren’t allowed to celebrate any specific holiday during the winter season, unless of course you’re doing a survey of all or at least many winter holidays all at the same time. To easily avoid this, many people just do generic “holiday” stuff. During art, we made “holiday” trees. Never mind that they look just like Christmas trees. Nobody said they had to look that way. The students were allowed to make them however they chose. Besides, I know that all my students celebrate Christmas anyway. Oh well, even still, the dried trees were put into backpack cubbies right way to be brought home so the rest of the school wouldn’t have to be subjected to seeing these “holiday” trees.


Some of our “holiday” trees


“Holiday” trees in backpack cubbies ready to be taken home right away

Last Friday, my school’s art teacher was absent. She called for a sub who came in, but then that sub got put into a classroom because other teachers were absent too, and they didn’t have subs who showed. What a disaster, you think? This is like a daily thing at my school.

Anyway, instead of cancelling art, I decided to go for it on my own. My students really love watercolors and have gotten pretty good and the whole water/paint ratio so I gave them some watercolors exploration time. I didn’t give them any direction on what to paint and they actually came up with some neat stuff themselves including landscapes of rivers and trees, self portraits, and fun shapes. Take a look a some of our little brains at work!

A watercolors photo adventure: