Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcoming Fall

We continued to work with leaves and trees through the end of this week, but I didn't take many pictures of our finished projects. We colored apple trees as we talked about the parts of trees and the different types of trees. We found leaves in the yard and examined them - the different kinds, the different colors. We created a "dry" leaf by gluing leaf crumbs onto a leaf shape.

We intended to make really cool, stained-glass looking leaves today by melting crayons between layers of wax paper. But, someone forgot to stock up on wax paper. So, then, that someone thought it'd be a good idea to try to just put the crayon shaving between the layers of laminating sheets and running it through the laminating machine. Please make a note here, people: If you love your laminating machine - Do Not Do This! It doesn't like it. It jams up and becomes unworkable and you will cry and start planning a laminating machine funeral. And then the children who were so excited about seeing the crayon bits melt get angry they can't finish their project and call you mean. Just sayin'....

To make it up to them for not being able to make our cool stained glass leaves today, I made some leaf shaped piecrust cookies - and they were yummy! I didn't hear so many, "you're mean."'s after they ate those!

This week we also imitated trees - tall, straight trunks planted in the ground... lightly swaying in a breeze or wildly waving in a windstorm. This was a lot of fun!

Next week: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - I can't wait!!

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