We finished our Co-op school year last week (our “academic year” is a bit shorter than the school district’s). But our last days of Co-op were full! We continued our marine/aquatic theme unit with play at the water table. And we had a surprise show and tell with tadpoles that one of our Co-op families collected.
Each class wrapped up with the “Celebrate Friends, Celebrate You” ceremony. Each child has the chance to stand in front of the class and be “hip hip hoorayed”. It is a sweet tradition and the kids really love using the pom poms to cheer for each other!
Thank you Teacher Gail and South Spokane Co-op families for another great year!
The weather has warmed up, which means more outside play! This week Teacher Gail also set up the bug table in the classroom, and with their hands and magnifying glasses, the kids explored in the dirt and under moss and rocks, where the beetles, worms, and pill bugs were hiding.
Later in the class we went outside to “paint” the trees with water. It’s amazing to see how such a simple activity can engage all of the kids- even the younger ones!
Last week was our annual field trip to the library for story time. This is definitely a favorite of all of the kids- the ride to and from the library on the city bus being a highlight! The kids love to drop the quarters in the coin slot and find a seat on the bus.
Our storyteller, Sumi, always does a great job evaluating the ages and attention spans of the kids and then chooses the stories. She interacts with the kids or just lets them observe and listen, depending on their personalities. After stories we have snack time and then it’s back to the bus for the ride home!
Last week we made slime for a sensory play activity. The kids had fun stretching it, smashing it together, making shapes, and making hand prints. They each had their own ideas of what to do with the slime.
And it’s really easy to make! A quick Google search will provide plenty of recipes, but we combined a 1/2 cup water with a 1/2 cup liquid glue, mixing it well. To that we added some gel food coloring and glitter. In a second bowl we measured a 1/2 cup liquid starch and slowly mixed the glue/water mixture into the liquid starch, kneading it with our hands for a bit to make sure it was thoroughly combined. We had the adults do all of the measuring and mixing with this recipe. It keeps in an airtight container for a few days, so the kids took some home to continue the creativity!
We had a fun grocery store play unit last week! We stocked the shelves with “real” grocery items and the kids took turns shopping, running the cash registers, and bagging the groceries. This is always a favorite unit, as the kids love modeling what they see adults do!
Crunching leaves, finding the right pumpkin, and testing out the apple peeler. Every week brought new adventures! We met new friends as co-op began a new year; a field trip to Greenbluff and a tractor ride; and our Spooky Literacy Night costume party and read-a-thon, which gave us a chance to talk about favorite children’s books and learn new authors.
We’re excited to see what Winter Quarter brings!
Our last day of co-op was a whirlwind, as usual! The first activity was making some necklaces out of noodles, shells, stickers, and other random doodads. The kids all got a chance to play one more time with their favorite toys–trucks, the ball castle, the water table, the baby dolls–then Gail rang the clean-up bell and we gathered at the table for a snack. After a romp out on the grass and a quick photo session on the steps, Gail (who is celebrating her thirtieth year at the coop! Amazing!) put on a little end-of-the-year ceremony, calling each little buddy onto the bridge to get their necklace, and then we cheered ‘Hip hip hooray!’ for them. A round of high fives, and co-op is over until the fall.
We will look forward to seeing everyone over the summer at the park!