A perfect day: Disneyland with friends and all my favorite rides and some of them twice.
In order of love: Space Mountain Tower of Terror Screamin Big Thunder Mtn Indiana Jones
We met up with friends in Costa Mesa and waited way too long to eat at Umami Burger. While we waited we walked around The Camp Site and The Lab. But Umami was taking too long for your hungry selves, so we bounced across the street to TK Burger which was the best choice we've ever made. Gruuub.
We had "cream on the inside" at McDonald's. Cone season is in full effect.
We finished the night with a roaring round of darts.
In celebration of Earth Day (April 22nd) we went to San Juan's Ecology Center for their Earth Day celebration. It was pretty kid based and SUPER well done. I loved how well they executed with great graphics, activities, and aesthetics. On point. It's a really cool place and if I lived in California I'd love to go to some of their classes and workshops. Just makes you want garden, and eat fresh, and be outside.
Song Game: 2 teams 1 bowl of words (that everyone has written on stripes of paper)
Team 1 picks a word and reads it aloud. They have 30 seconds to come up with a song that has that word in it. (and must sing at least 7 words from the song) Team 2 uses the same word to sing a different song with 30 seconds on the clock. Back and forth the teams go using the same word and different songs until a team can't come up with a new song in under 30 seconds.
Our art teacher came in and taught the students how to do a landscape scene using colored pencils for the sky and stems and fingerprints in paint for tulips. They turned out adorable. Those little tiny fingers.
I taught all the first graders how to do this spring tree with cherry blossoms. We only used one finger in brown paint and made x's and y's for the branches, then filled in the bottom for the trunk. I pre cut the tissue paper and they glued on their blossoms. It made our windowless room a little more livable.
The idea here was to make patterns out of spring colored construction paper squares and we cut out a raindrop. I also guided them through a poem writing activity. They had to write a word or two for the following lines: Object: Spring Color: Sound: Action: Memory: Question:
I typed them up and they LOVED seeing their poem in print. They read it over and over and felt very proud.