school house explorers

March 28, 2011

Can you help me make an airplane?

Can you help me make an airplane?
Can you help me make an airplane?
Can you help me make an airplane?
Can you help me make an airplane?
Can you help me make an airplane?

One minute we're making paper airplanes and the next we’re on our way to Paris! That’s the beauty and fun of emergent curriculum. A simple question, “Can you help me make an airplane?” led to a two week focus on flying. Frank Daniel, Captain for Jet Blue, visited School House and shared his experiences as a pilot. We quickly planned a trip to Paris, passports were made and bags were packed! On the day of our trip the children checked in, went through security, then boarded our plane. They enjoyed a great snack, some fine reading materials and even a little turbulance before landing in ‘Paris’. Safety instructions were given in French and English. We spent a short while in ‘Paris’, but saw all the highlights including the beautiful Eiffel Tower. We indulged in French bread and cheese while we were there. After an uneventful flight back, we returned to School House for the next adventure!


February 23, 2011

A Visit from 3 New Friends

A Visit from 3 New Friends
A Visit from 3 New Friends
A Visit from 3 New Friends

Today we were blessed by a visit from 3 new friends who taught us all about what it’s like to race in the Iditarod.  Jan and Walt Tremer are staunch supporters of Lance Mackey, a time winner of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  Each year they travel to Alaska to help Lance and other mushers run this great race.  Today they shared their stories and photos from the trail, as they say.  They also brought their beautiful and sweet Alaskan Malamute, Blaine.  We all fell instantly in love and learned a great deal!  Many thanks to Jan, Walt and Blaine for spending the morning with us!


February 22, 2011

Waiting for News

CD’s mom is having a baby today.  We don’t know if it will be a boy or a girl. WE CAN’T WAIT TO MEET THIS BABY!!!! At meeting 11 of CD’s friends (including Miss Tammy) said they think the baby will be a boy. Four friends (including Miss Jill) said they think CD’s baby will be a girl. CD thinks his baby will be a boy! Our prayers are with CD’s mom, dad and new baby, and we are WAITING to hear the news!


February 15, 2011

Dirt Devils

The snow is melting outside and making mud.  Naturally, we decided to give the children a chance to work with mud inside!  Given our emphasis on the letter Dd, we decided to name the results of our work “Dirt Devils”.  The project began with Miss Debbie scoring what may have been the last bag of top soil in the Lehigh Valley.  Each child was given an opportunity to do 2 things; mix topsoil with water to make mud and form the already wet topsoil into a dirt devil (complete with googley eyes and antennae).  The children’s reactions were well worth the search for topsoil in the middle of February!

The eyes of every child that approached the art table grew wide with amazement.  There was a collective, What?!”when they saw a table full of dirt and water.  One child incredulously asked, Why did you bring dirt in school?”  Many were eager and very excited to work with the dirt.  Many declared there was NO WAY they were going to make mud.  Encouragement from their friends and the irresistible pull of the mud eventually won most of these children over.  The reluctant children were quickly told, “You can use a spoon!”  When some children cried out, “EEEUUUU!” and “Gross!”  as they touched the cold, wet soil for the first time, they were informed, “You get used to it.” 

We talked a lot about how the mud felt, “It’s mushy and gushy!  It feels good! It’s cold!”  We talked about how it looked, “It looks gross to touch.” and how it smelled, “It smells like soil.  It smells like mud, oil mud.  I can’t smell anything, I have a stuffy nose.”  We noticed what happened when we poured water into the dirt, “It’s melting!” and made comparisons, “It’s like a big mud puddle.  It’s like a hat.”

There were many converts along the way, one of whom asked, “Are there gloves for this?”  One child started out saying, “I hate mud!”  then later said, ”I want to make mud!”  Another child confirmed her friend’s assertion when she said, “I’m having fun now.  I’m used to it.”  One child summed up the majority opinion when she exclaimed, “I LOVE THIS!”

We hope you enjoy your child’s Dirt Devil as much as we enjoyed making them!


February 10, 2011

One Exciting Day!

One Exciting Day!
One Exciting Day!
One Exciting Day!

We were so very fortunate to have a visitor from the Hellertown Post Office today!  Mrs. P talked about the important work that she and her co-workers do, read us a great story (Never Mail an Elephant!) and personally accepted some very special Valentines.  Later, we celebrated an important day in the life of our very special friend, Emily — her 20th birthday!  The excitement was barely contained by our school walls!