We have been dancing in our gym classes for a while now! Last year I found a great site that has compiled a group of dance videos created by the Just Dance group. We started dancing to them in gym last year for exercise. Too much fun! Here are a few of our favourites!
You can find the rest of the videos on our class WIKI site. You will find that page at the top of this blog! It is called Mrs. Anton’s WIIKI page I have Dance Mix, Dance Mix Two and the Disney Dance Mix linked on that site. A big thank you to Kinderchat for creating these Symbaloo Mixes.
The Symbaloo mixes are created using SafeShare which makes sure that only the videos are accessible to the children. The links on the WIKI use the SafeShare site.
I have also introduced the children to the Sesame Street Symbaloo Mix. We especially love the Cookie Monster one called Share it Maybe! Mr. Brick told me about this one! I love the ending where the Cookie Monster shares his last cookie!
I will put a link up on the WIKI for the Sesame Street Symbaloo Mix soon!
Today was the last day in session this year and so to celebrate we did our favourite subject….
We did one new experiment and then repeated two of our favourite old ones.
There are two things that I have always wanted to do but have been successful at yet…
I can’t whistle very well (actually, I can’t whistle at all) and I haven’t been able to blow up a balloon.
But I do know how to get science to blow up a balloon!
I do love experiments that use vinegar and baking soda! Good old kitchen ingredients!
The instructions are in your child’s science duotang. One rainy day this summer when you are looking for some fun give it a try!
We also repeated the Don’t Spill experiment. It is fun to watch their faces when the piece of paper holds up the water in the upside down cup for a while. I think the record this morning was just a little over half an hour before the paper fell down and the water splashed out!
We also did the experiment we call High and Dry! We put some kleenex in the bottom of a cup, turn the cup over and put it in a tub of water. The kleenex stays dry. Do you know why?
I promised that I would post the links for Dance Mix Two. We have had a great time dancing to some of the songs on this mix. We haven’t done them all yet!
I have also add the Disney Dance Mix. We haven’t had a chance to do any of these yet!
You can find the links on our class WIKI page.
I am trying to figure out which one is my favourite…. What’s yours?
I would like to thank Kinderchat for compiling all these great dance videos. Aren’t they great?
So when the weather is not so nice this summer you have two things you can do! Check out the science experiments and DANCE!
We are continuing to work on our mini ocean unit. Take a look at the fish we made using our hand prints! It was a little ticklish painting our hands but they turned out really well. We worked with shapes to make the striped fish. Lots of circles, triangles, rectangles, and so on. We made two hand print fish. We used one for our fishy quilt. The other one we used for this….
We watched the story Swimmy by Leo Lionni! In the story, Swimmy works with other little fish who are in danger of being eaten by some big fish to create the illusion of an even bigger fish. Swimmy becomes the eye of the fish and the other little fish form the body of the fish by swimming in formation. The big fish run away in fright!
We have also been compiling an ocean folder! We did a research report about whales and found out about a lot of cool facts. Did you know that the blue whale is even noisier than a jet engine! We sorted all the facts into four different categories. There were About the Blue Whale, About the Babies, What They Eat and Cool Facts!
We have been watching some amazing videos about dolphins, whales and ocean life on the National Geographic Kids site. We love the one about the dolphins herding their dinner. Check it out! It is called Dolphin Dinner. I have added a link called National Geographic Kids Videos on the WIKI that gets you to the kid’s video site. Then you can put dolphin dinner in the search section and find the awesome videos. There are a lot of fun animal videos on that site!
Lots of fishy fun!
It was fun to see Chris Hadfield on the cover of the MacLeans magazine and an article about the Deep Sea Challenge expedition on the cover of the National Geographic magazine last week! So neat that we had the opportunity to learn about them and then see them on the cover of some magazines! If you haven’t already seen the cool stuff we learned, check out the blog posts called Wacky Water Fun – Space Age Style! and Deep Sea Fun!
We now have a WIKI on our website. The WIKI is a site with quick links to cool websites that we have found! It is a more user friendly site for the little ones! Basically I have tried to find a few good websites in a variety of topics or interest areas. The WIKI allows me to create quick links that the children can click on to get to their favourite sites. There are quick links to STARFALL, Suessville, Junie B. Jones, ABCYah and so on. You can find it on the menu bar at the top of the website menu bar. Click on the page called “Mrs. Anton’s WIKI Page. Click on the link on the page and then click on the link that interests you! The children have worked with the page at school and seemed to really enjoy it! Check it out!