We've been lost on Safari for
over a week the past few weeks!
So sorry, but the blog service is terrible in those parts.
Which loosely translates to ~
Holy Cow, can we be any busier at the moment?!?
If you've been following us for awhile, you know we've been exploring all of the habitats since January. However, around this time each year, we stay a little longer in the Savanna to dive into our Social Studies learning all about Africa. As part of our learning, we run a week's worth of Africa Centers.
We make African masks with colored pasta and a mix of beans. We squeeze a mini lesson on symmetry and patterning in there too.
We add raffia "hair", an Africa acrostic poem to the backs, and hang them from our ceiling for Open House.
We paint African Animal T-Shirts.
Which we wore on our field trip to the zoo.
The meerkats really took notice.
Mr. Elephant raised his trunk over them.
The lady lions were totally gossiping about us.
Well, we weren't too sure how they felt about them (or what exactly they were doing), so we quickly moved along before the G rated field trip turned 50 Shades of Grey...
The reptiles seemed a bit miffed that they were left out of our animal shirt choices.
The elephants reminded them that life is always better with friends.
But, of all the amazing animals, we think this guy loved them the best. He or she (we didn't check) was one of two baby giraffes at our local zoo.
Do you have any idea how cute baby giraffes are in real life?
We learned how to draw giraffes back in
the real world class from our Savanna Habitat Unit, which were also on display for
Once they were all watercolored. :)
We also made rain sticks.
We order the tubes from Uline and use cut pieces of tissue paper (African colors, of course) and watered down glue. You can also use starch, but we never have it.
We don't iron, so why would we ever need starch?
They use sponge brushes and GASP!
Stand on their chairs...
Please do not report us to the Chair Standing Squad.
The tubes are tall.
They are not.
We tell them if they fall, tip, teeter, or tot they're off.
In our nice voice. :)
And, for the record,
no child has ever fallen in the 16 years we've been allowing this.
They don't dare.
Once dry and done, we fill them with packing peanuts and rice.
We seal the ends by hot gluing felt circles on each end and wrap them with twine.
We also make a little tag for each one and throw a few pony beads on for
OCD purposes fun!
Are you catching a theme here?
It's not summer for us, in case you were a little confused...
Did you really think we were on a real Safari?
Oh, no...Just in our minds.
Nope, nuh-uh, no summer for us.
Yep, uh-huh, good 'ol schooly school...
And, we are A OK with this.
Because, we're getting closer...
And, we're no longer lost on Safari...
But, we still won't need starch.
We really don't iron.