Big Ideas for Little Hands: January 2016

Peek at Week: Groundhog's Day

I cannot believe this amazing weather! This time last week we were buried in 8 inches of snow and today it is supposed to be 65 degrees!!! I can totally do 65 degrees at the end of January. My kind of winter. Mine and Haylee's goal today is to find the end of the walking trail that we go to all of the time. It will probably be our last trip before the big move so we are more determined then ever!

Can you believe that today is the last day of January and tomorrow starts February!!! The first month of 2016 has flown by. That also means that I am down to 3 weeks left before the big move and 3 weeks left with my sweet kids. Excited for new adventures but sad to leave.

This past week was all things Penguins. This is definitely one of my favorite weeks! I love everything about these cute animals! We started by watching this great video from Harry Kindergarten. My kids were seriously singing it all day.

When then read The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly and did this super cute craft and writing prompt. You can find the craft here from Miss Kindergarten and the writing prompt here from Cara Carroll.

We also talked about the Life Cycle of a Penguin and how a penguin grows. We made these adorable life cycle crowns from Jennifer Drake. My kids are obsessed with these crowns!

Then it was time for some fun hands-on experiments. What better way to learn about penguins then with some hands-on fun. We started by learning about penguins sliding on the ice. We filled a pan with water and froze it overnight. Then it was time for our experiment. We placed different objects on the pan to test if they would slide down the ice. The kids had so much fun with this that they started grabbing more objects around the room to test!

Then it was time to learn all about penguin blubber! Anything messy is a favorite for the kids. I filled a bag with Crisco and placed it into a bucket of ice cold water. Then I gave each kid a glove and we were ready to see if the blubber actually can keep penguins warm. The expressions on the kids' faces were priceless when they put their hands in the ice water and the blubber bag. After all of the messy fun, we came to the conclusion that blubber really can keep you warm in icy waters.

We had a great time exploring penguins but now it's time for Groundhog's Day! Next week will be all about Groundhog's and shadows. I am definitely hoping that spring is right around the corner. I cannot take winter and snow! Next Wednesday is also the 100th day of school! So be on the lookout for all of our 100th day fun! Click below to grab a copy for yourself.

Now head on over to DeeDee's blog to see what others are up to this week!

Have a great week and happy February!

Peek at My Week: Penguins

I'm stopping by for a super quick Peek at My Week post today. I am still in South Alabama but I am about to head out to make the drive through the 10 inches of snow and ice to make it home. Hoping roads are clear and praying for a safe drive home. 

I was out all last week for hubby's graduation ceremony from flight school so I have no pictures to post about all of the fun of last week. However, most of last week was snow days. The kids only had 2 days of school so I did not miss too much. If you want to see what I was up to this past week, check out my Five for Friday post.

Since the kids only had two days of school last week and I was not there at all, this week will kind of be a redo of last week plus some penguin fun. Come check it out!

Now head on over to DeeDee's page to see what others are up to!

Now I'm off to make this 7 hour drive home through the snow and so hoping for a snow day for tomorrow! Have a great week and do the snow day dance for me!

Five For Friday

It has been forever since I have linked up for a Five for Friday post so I figured it was long overdue. So much has gone on this week and I thought this would be the easiest way to sum it all up. So here goes!

This week I have spent the whole week away from school and home and in South Alabama with the hubs for his graduation shindigs. It started off with a family day. This was the first time that I have ever seen him with his helicopter. I was so excited to go check it out and see what he has been up to for the past 2 years. We got to climb all around and everything. It was a blast!

Then it was time to head back and get all pampered for the ball that evening. I adore getting all dressed up and going to military balls. There's just something fun about getting all pampered and feeling like a princess for one night. So of course we went all out. I had to get my hair and nails done.

Then we were ready and we were off to the ball. Doesn't he look so handsome in his uniform!

At the ball I was totally surprised by an award for me! This was a ceremony for him, not for me. But I received the "Pushing Hubby Through" award and received my wings too! Such an amazing moment!

Thursday morning was graduation. The day that we have all been waiting for for the past two years. Danny is finally an aviator!!! So proud of him. I got to pin his wings on and yes, he had to get on one knee just so I could reach him. Love this man!

The weather has been so gorgeous here that we were even able to get a few rounds of Frisbee golf in. We played three days just this week! I am seriously considering getting a basket for our backyard. We are getting so addicted to Frisbee golf. Even Haylee plays and loves it! She is actually better than me but shhhhh don't tell her that :)

Speaking of weather, I missed 3 snow days back home!!! These were our first three snow days of the year and I missed them! I am so upset that I was not there. I mean seriously, the snow couldn't wait until I was home?!?!?! I'm just hoping the roads are better by Sunday so I can drive back. My friends have told me that we have 10 inches of snow! That is insane for south Kentucky! Here's a few pics that I stole borrowed from my friends' Facebook pages.

Hope everyone had a great week! Happy weekend!!!

Peek at Week: Arctic Animals

I am so loving this long three day weekend! I vote that we need to switch to 4 day school weeks. I mean seriously, I would not mind a few extra hours with the kiddos each day just to have an extra day off each week! Now that is a presidential campaign that I can get behind :)

We have been spending this long weekend down in south Alabama with the hubs getting ready for his graduation from flight school! I could not be more prouder of him! And after two long years of living two states apart, we are finally about to be one big happy family under the same roof again!!!

But anyways, last week at school was the start to our Arctic Animals unit. One of my favorite units to teach. Sadly, I was not in the room much to teach it though since this was assessment week and we had subs. But I was able to sneak in for a few fun lessons and to snap a couple of quick pictures.

We started off the week with Walruses! We read a few informational books about walruses. Then we cut and glued a sentence about a walrus. We also made this adorable walrus craft from Deanna Jump.

Up next was Polar Bears! We are loving Tara's and Deanna and DeeDee's guided reading units! The craft was from Tara's KinderLiteracy and the writing was from Deanna and DeeDee's Guided Readers.

"Polar Bears are a family and they can hunt together"

This coming up week I will be in Alabama for hubby's graduation, ball, family day, and all of the other fun stuff that comes along with this big event. That means there will be a sub in my room for the entire week! Can you say I'm more than a bit nervous. I know they will survive but I still worry that maybe I forgot to leave something. Anyone else ever feel like this? Here is what they will be up to this week. It's all thing MLK. Click below to grab a copy of the plans.

They will also be working on a new Flippy Flap. Click below to check it out!

Now head on over to DeeDee's blog to see what others are up to this week!