We got the chance to make bagels from scratch and boy was it an experience! The whole process took patience and some muscle to complete! We had to wait for the dough to rise, and then really had a tough time coloring the dough to really make the colors vibrant! After we formed our bagels, we boiled them and then baked them. They turned out beautiful and delicious!
To welcome spring, we made our own spring rolls! We cut up all the veggies; red pepper, cucumbers, avocados, carrots, and boiled rice noodles. We prepared the rice paper by soaking it in warm water for a few seconds and everyone had a chance to pick what they wanted in their roll and rolled it up to enjoy with sweet chili or peanut sauce. Yummy and fresh!
We had a great time celebrating the welcoming of spring at our Holi Celebration! It was a bit windy out so a lot of the colors blew away, but we still had a blast! After we played, we had some Indian treats like milk cake and naan with tikka masala! We are so glad to see some sunshine sticking around and look forward to warmer days!
After the 10 days of school we had in February, the full, sunny weeks of March were refreshing! We got to do some of the activities we had scheduled for February that didn't happen because of Snowmageddon. A classic activity happened at the tail end of this month- shaving cream marbling! I didn't get any photos of the finished products, but I did capture some of the aftermath.
The shaving cream art might go on the fridge for a week or two but these silly memories will last so much longer!
This one might hit home for some of you. Because they decided to re-amp the best show ever Deal or No Deal I thought it might be fun to play it with some of our kids.
No unfortunately I did not have a bunch of brief cases with numbers in them and I was not posing behind each one. HOWEVER we played an online version of it and if the kids got over a certain number they would earn a certain amount of tickets.
It's very unlucky that I did not get any pictures but I do remember some fun things the kids said while playing,
*When they picked a case that had 1 Millions Dollars* "Did we win?"
-Kid "ITS THE JUDGE FROM AMERICAS GOT TALENT!"
-Me "No No. Its the dude from Deal or No Deal."
"Do we get to keep the money?"
*No Matter what offer they got* "NO DEAL!!!!!!!"
"Soooo, do I get a Dollar?"
Well, this game is certainly one of a kind. When I read about it I did not understand the point to it at all. WHICH meant it was perfect for one of my activities. I had the K-2 do it and they loved it. The point of the game is to try and roll the Cabbage with your head all the way to the finishing point, Once there you may pick it up and bring it to their teammate then the teammate does the exact same thing. Once you finish you sit down and cheer on your team. First team down wins,
Today we did the "Try Not to Laugh Challenge" that we did with the younger kids to the older kids. I wanted to see how immature our older kids really were. So we grabbed our trusty chicken aaaaand we squeezed it.
I was right. They are just as easy as the little kids. But then again I was laughing also so I can't really talk. Check out some of the pics.
ALSO! Because they were older kid we did make them do push ups when they did laugh. If you have no idea what I am talking about check out the video below!
I'm glad the snow days did not disrupt this week because this activity might just be the best/worst idea I've had.
So before you ask NO this is not something where we are just going to be sitting in a room with top hats and monocles, eating fancy food, talking in accents (unless they want to.)
The point of this will be to teach the older boys respect & manners but in a light and fun way.
Two or Three times a week I will have a "Missions" or tasks for them to do that day. If they complete that task they earn points. The more points the earn the better prizes there will be. Prizes include...
Pokemon Cards, Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, V-bucks Etc. Pretty much prizes picked out by them.
They also get points for doing "passive" tasks such as saying Please and Thank You, Sorry, Opening Doors for others, etc.
The only Challenge will be how I am going to keep track of all the points they acquire.
Nevertheless I think this will be fun and they are not suppose to take it seriously.
Anayah's GIANT Ice Cream Sundae!
Our Lion Award winner for January, Anayah, had some big dreams for her activity- a giant ice cream sundae! Her fellow 4th and 5th grade Lion Clubbers helped her make a sundae with...
- 6 containers of ice cream
- hot fudge
- caramel sauce
- magic shell
- whipped cream
-... and a cherry on top
Good choice, Anayah!
This month our 3rd-5th graders had the chance to interview, plan, bake, and work for our Starbucks Cafe! They had the opportunity to apply for several positions; barista, server, cashier, food prep, clean up crew, and shift supervisor. Anyone that wanted to work had to go through an interview process and team members were hired for the next three months. Each month, the team that will be working plans out the menu, bakes and prepares any items being sold, and gets everything ready for opening day. This month's team did a great job communicating with each other and working together to make opening day a success! All customers arrived excited and ready to spend their tickets and left with smiles and satisfied bellies! We look forward to planning next months Starbucks next week!
So I had a game that was called "Up Down" and I totally forgot what the game was so I had to improvise the day of and I remembered that we had a rubber chicken. You know, that really annoying chicken that makes a beautiful sound. Well there was a YouTube video of Police trying to stay as serious/focused as possible. If they failed they would have to do push ups. Take a look.
So I thought it would be fun to do with our younger kids and to my surprise many of them actually stayed serious. Of course there were some smiles but how do you not smile at this. Check it out!
Of course maybe is what just my delivery that did not make them laugh. The kids had a blast and although it did not last long we did open the gym just K-2 to make it just a special day for them.
Have a Great 3 Day Weekend Everyone!
This week I had the kids try and take the most unflattering selfie they could think of. I'm so glad that some of our more quieter kids came. They really got to express themselves in the weirdest and silliest way possible. Each kid got to take as many selfies as they wanted to however they were only allowed to choose 3 to submit to our judges. Obviously are judges were our staff and we looked through them all and had a laugh, complimenting and deciding who had the most unflattering picture.