December 19, 2010

Jungle School - Snow Day

Normally, summer is approaching here in Panama.  However, this year we have had rain, rain, and more rain.  The canal actually closed for a day, and most of the city has been without water as the filtering systems can’t keep up with all the sediment that the flooding brings.  What does this mean for us?  

Well, with the darkness of the sky it actually feels a little like winter (okay, fall really).  Maybe it’s a stretch, but a momma can dream, right?  I guess it is because my children have never seen or touched snow, that I always get excited about some winter fun.  So, we decided to dedicate this last Friday of Jungle School as a snow day.  

Our activities were:

Snowball Math - This was one of my favorites teaching Kindergarten, but preschoolers seem to have much less self control with edible math manipulatives.  hehe  So they counted out 10 snowballs, then learned how to lick them to stick them together for snowmen.  Most ended up just making a line and going for the “snowworm.”

Animal Tracks - I just filled a couple of lids with paint, and dug through our animals.  (Confession time...a “good” teacher would have chosen arctic animals, but I went for any white animals in case the paint wasn’t washable. hehe)  Children got to make the animals walk through the paint, then make tracks down a black strip of paper.

Snow Scenes - Here they drew pictures with a white crayon on blue paper, then add snow “goop” for the finishing touches.  Goop is a winter favorite of mine, and so easy to make!  Just mix equal parts flour, salt, and water, then pour into a squeeze bottle.  It dries bumpy or puffy, and the salt makes it sparkle!

December 12, 2010

Mother's Day Makeover's

Mother’s Day in Panama is December 8.  It doesn’t matter what day of the week it falls on, it IS a national holiday.  Folks here are serious about their mamas!

We started our time by reading some fun books about mothers.  I thought it was a good time to review what it means to be servant hearted, and talk about being humble.  Not one child could confess to saying thank you every time their mom did laundry, fixed a meal, etc., so I gave them some ideas on how they could pamper mom today.  We had nail polish available, along with brushes, and lotion for massages.  The children were supposed to find out what their mothers prefer before the “makeover,” then we let the fun begin!

Next I snuck into the kitchen to whip up a little fondue treat for the mom’s, but my children always come running at the sound of the vitamix knowing something good’s coming out.  So, we had to share.  hehe  I didn’t get a photo, but we had a great fondue party with our favorites (apples, bananas, and marshmallows) along with a new found favorite...pretzels!  For those who like the sweet/salty combo (dare I say french fries dipped in a chocolate shake), you’ve got to try it.

Then as they were leaving the children surprised their mamitas with a little gift...A Portrait of Mom!  Who wouldn’t love a marker drawn, scrambled egg eyed picture of themselves?

Feliz Dia de la Madre!  Happy Mother’s Day!