Thursday, 18 May 2017

From Humble Beginnings ~ Planting Sunflower Seeds

At the beginning of May, the children at our little yellow school planted sunflower seeds.









We did the planting on our bench that converts into a table. It was given to us by the graduating class of 2016.  It seemed appropriate to use the bench given the quote on the plaque.

The plaque on the convertible bench.

Inside each seed we planted was the possibility of a new plant. To help our seeds grow, we placed our seed pots in a sunny location, watered them and watched for signs of growth.


Day 1 ~ No signs of growth.

Day 2 ~ No signs of growth.

Days 3 and 4 were weekend days.  By days 5, 6, and 7,  there were signs that our seeds had germinated!

Day 5 ~ Something green is pushing up out of the soil.

Day 6

Day 6 ~ Our seeds have germinated.

Day 7

Day 7 ~ The plants are getting taller.

By day 8, the growing plants had pushed off their seed coats and leaves had emerged.  They were now seedlings.
Day 8 ~ Examining our Seedlings

Day 9 ~ Leaves have emerged.

Days 10 and 11 were weekend days.  Look what we found on day 12!



The children took their seedlings home on day 12.  


Day 12 ~ Our seedlings are ready to go home.


We're taking our sunflower seedlings home today!

Many of the children will be planting their seedlings in their gardens this May long weekend.



Advice From a Sunflower

Be bright, sunny and positive.

Spread seeds of happiness.

Rise, shine and hold your head high.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017

For Mother's Day, we asked the children some questions about their mothers.  Their replies and drawings of their mothers are very sweet.  Here is a selection of their Mother's Day gifts.  You can click on the images to make them larger.


The Three Year Olds


A. drew her whole family.

The pink lipstick is beautiful!

It makes three year old A.'s mom happy when A. floats on her back in the water.

Three and a half year old A.'s mom often wears her hair in a bun on top of her head.

It makes 3 1/2 year old D.'s mom happy when they drive together.

It makes 3 1/2 year old J.'s mom happy when J. sings her songs.  J. is a very good singer.

Three and a half year old M.'s mom is exactly 8 years old and 50 days.


The Four Year Olds


This looks exactly like 4 1/2 year old O. and her mom.

This is a stunning portrait of 4 1/2 year old K.'s mom.

This is a wonderful portrait of almost five year old H.'s mom.

A beautiful portrait of 4 1/2 year old E. and her mom.

Four year old B. drew a lovely portrait of her and her mom.

Four and a half year old R. always tells us how delicious her mom's bread is.

The Five and Six Year Olds


This is a very accurate portrait of 5 1/2 year old F. and her mom.

Almost six year old A.'s mom makes chicken fingers and fries better than McDonalds!


Five year old A.'s mom always tells her that she is really beautiful. We could all use a little of that in our lives.


It makes five year old C.'s mom happy when C. cuddles her.

The flippy hair in six year old I.'s portrait is so pretty.  Her mom is on the left.


We hope these little gifts bring smiles to your faces.  They were made with love.

Happy Mother's Day 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Visiting The Farm ~ Our Spring Field Trip

Last week, the children at our little yellow school visited a local farm.  Spring is such an exciting time at the farm and we couldn't wait to go!

Our students and their parents and grandparents arriving at school for the big trip!

We are excited to visit the farm!

At last the school bus arrived.


The children are all on board.  Time for the parents to board the bus.
 
Let's Go!


Once we arrived at the farm, we met our leaders.  They had so many wonderful things planned for all of us.



Following Our Leader

Crossing The Stream

Listening To The Stream
 
 Our leaders took us to the barn to visit with the animals.  We saw some baby animals that were born recently.  They were so cute!

The Barn









We learned all about milking cows.  Although milking is now automated, we took turns milking a cow model the old fashioned way.


A Milking Machine

A Cow Model
 
Milking A Cow

Milking a Cow

Milking a Cow

We had a lovely wagon ride.









The most exciting part of our morning was watching a farmer shear a sheep!  The sheep was so calm.

Guess who's getting a haircut?

The Sheep - Before





A Captive Audience

The Sheep - After

At the end of the morning we spent time in the hayloft.  Our shoes and clothes got full of hay but it was so fun!

The Hayloft








Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us on our trip to the farm.  It was nice to have so many dads join us. It was a perfect day.