Month in Review With Mr. Harris
I hope all of you had a great holiday season. It feels it takes a couple of weeks to get adjusted from coming back from a holiday break. This month we had a great at Cougar Club. We spent the majority of the month focusing on winter themed activities. Some of those fun activities included sparkling icicles, snowy pine cones, winter Kahoot challenge and much more. A couple highlights from this month we did were making igloo forts out of boxes. Students teamed up to create their own igloo homes. It was fun seeing kids work together. We also had a cocoa and karaoke activity. The kids had a great time singing their favorite songs while sipping on some cocoa. We definitely can see some future television stars in the making!
Month in Review with Miss Alyssa
We have made it through the first month of 2019, and what a fun month it has been. We packed it full of fun winter themed crafts and activities. One of the most popular ones we did were these fun fleece scarves. They were so popular we had kiddos requesting we do them again! Check out how cool they are!
Welcome to 2019 Cougar Families!
We hope that everyone had a relaxing and fulfilling winter break.
This is a relatively unknown fact, but this month is International Creativity Month. Thinking outside the box is an important quality to foster in our Cougars. Creativity can have a positive impact on imagination, problem solving skills, social skills, and emotional wellbeing. In the long run, creativity is important inside and outside the classroom. At home, kids can demonstrate creativity through art, play, exploration, and many other avenues. This leads us to how our kids use and further develop their creative skills.
This week, our older friends participated in a fun drink making competition. We ran this friendly competition similarly to food wars. We provided them with all sorts of juices (Apple and Cranberry), sodas (Sprite, Seltzer Water, and Ginger Ale), caprice suns, candies (Gummy Bears, Sour-Patch Kids, and Pop Rocks), and decorative drink assortments (Rock Candy). The kids had the opportunity to pair up or be solo in order to create their “perfect” drink. Once they got to experiment, they created the same drink to be presented to three staff judges. They were all delicious! I must say, it was great to watch our kids pair up to create awesome, well-oiled teams with hilarious names.
The reason why this activity relates to creativity is that they were able to experiment on their drinks (which also involved problem solving), figure out interesting ways to work together, and have a great time. Great Teamwork and Creative Mixtures Cougars!
Have a great weekend,
Our Lovely Families,
It is almost time, as it seems that all of the kids are ready for those two weeks of no school. So, to honor the last day before break, this update will be short and sweet (just like most of our crafts this week). So let’s get down to business. The time off and the holidays can be stressful for kids and parents.
So what better craft to do than to make HOMEMADE LAVA LAMPS. These are very similar to the calm down jars, where kids combine baby oil, dish soap, water, food coloring, and glitter into jars. When the kids are anxious or angry, they shake the jars and watch the glitter settle. My view is that this represents the brain when it is jumbled and the settling of the glitter is similar to the calming of the brain.
The different between these two emotional calm down activities is that the lava lamps introduce Alka-Seltzer tablets into the mix. When they are dropped into the jar, the reaction disrupts the mixture and makes parts of the concoction rise and fall like a lava lamp. They are so awesome to watch. The reason why a chemical reaction happens is that the carbon dioxide in the tablets releases into the water, causing the carbonation to rise. Let me say that the kids were so excited to watch these reactions.
Happy Holidays Cougar Club,
December Month In Review With Mr. Harris
Happy December and Happy Holidays to all. I can't believe the holidays are here! This month was a fun and festive month full of fun holiday activities. This month we made wreaths, snow paint, gingerbread play-dough and much more! One of our highlights this month was making homemade Potato latkes. We had such a great time peeling, chopping, mixing an frying the potato latkes. We discussed the festival of lights and had some driedel fun. The kids REALLY loved the Latkes and were super excited we had few batches to cook up!
December Month in Review from Miss Alyssa
What a great month we have had, we can't believe it is over so quick!! We finished up our Clay Enrichment this month and made our wrappings for them so everyone could take them home and give them to someone special in their life. We also made a whole bunch of holiday themed decor. We hope you all have a wonderful break and look forward to seeing you all in 2019!!
Hello Cougar Families!
It looks like we have to welcome the frosty winter. The things that I enjoy about this time of year are the beautiful landscapes and the ability to play board games inside (this includes tea). I hope that all of our kids had a restful two days and our parents had informative conferences.
This week at Cougar Club, we decided to switch up our game. Normally, our kids have the options of board games or computer games. Yet today, our kids had the option to test their random knowledge with the electronic game of Kahoot. Kahoot is an online platform that give kids (and adults) the ability to test their knowledge with multiple choice questions. The quizzes range from completely random questions to focused quizzes – it seems that our kids love Disney quizzes. I love to take any opportunity to use Kahoot with myself or the kids, as it is extremely engaging, fast paced, and helps students learn all sorts of new facts. We chose an assortment of quizzes, such as Disney, Animation Characters, Kids Songs, Harry Potter, Animals. They had a blast and it is great that some of them began to team up to win.
Have a great weekend,