Term 1 Week 15 Update

We’ve almost made it! The last week of term is upon us and that means it’s soon to be time for the Winter Show. This week’s homework is to practice the winter show song.

The song can be found here:


And you can use this YouTube video to practice the actions:

I would like the students to please sing along. I am not singing as I have lost my voice in this video.

With the cold weather still upon us, we spent a lot of this week doing fine motor activities. However, we started the week outside dancing, shaking, wiggling, and banging to the beat of those wonderful songs everyone sent. I wasn’t able to use all the songs – in total I had about 2 hours of music! Thank you so much. But we listened to as much as we could and tried different ways to enjoy them. We used our shakers that we made with Mr. Green in my absence. We used real instruments. We used kitchen items as instruments (those were loud!); and we used the rhythmic gymnastics ribbons that Mr. de Klerk used with his club last year. It was a wonderful, active time. If you have Spotify you should be able to use this link to access the whole playlist I made. (There is no obligation to get Spotify, I just wanted to share the playlist in case anyone wanted it).


The rest of our week was spent doing sensory and fine motor activities. On we made both Oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid) and slime.

Oobleck is made of cornstarch and water and does not behave as a liquid is expected to. For example, you can almost gather a ball of it in your hands and as long as you’re squeezing it stays as a ball. However the minute you open your hand to look at it, it liquefies and oozes out of your hand. If you want to make Oobleck at home, you can follow this tutorial (we used food coloring, not paint to colour it): https://unsophisticook.com/oobleck-recipe/

Slime is, well, slime! We made it from Elmer’s glue, water, baking soda, and contact lense solution. The students had an exciting time stretching and pulling their slime. They loved both making and playing with it. I hope they continued to enjoy it at home (and it’s not all over your sofa!). If you want to try making slime at home, you can follow this simple tutorial: https://thesoccermomblog.com/how-to-make-slime-with-contact-solution/

Finally, we got into the Christmas Spirit by making a Santa picture. We painted his beard with home-made puff paint. A simple 1:1 ratio of glue and shaving foam makes excellent puff paint.

That’s all for this week! We have lots of fun activities in store for next week along with the Winter Show and Christmas Party. Have a resful weekend and see you on Monday!