Friday, September 11, 2015

Five for Friday 9/11/15

On this September 11th post, I must pause to remember that fateful day 14 years ago. I will always remember where I was - getting ready for classes in my college dorm room - when it seemed like our whole world was turned upside down. It was a day that will loom in American history forever. So before we move on, I want to stop and say a prayer of thanks to all of the men and women who have and who continue to selflessly sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we have here. May we never forget 09.11.01

On a more upbeat note, I am honored to link up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for the
 Here's a little peek into my past week:
My kids say some of the funniest things. On Tuesday evening, my wonderful hubby had to stay late at school for a Math Night and my boys were very concerned that Daddy was not eating dinner with us. My oldest said the following:
Ah, I just love  my boys. Even after a long day, they can always make me smile!
Last week I had the privilege of teaching Little Bro's preschool group. This week I got to teach Big Bro's group. This group has seven 3, 4, and 5 year olds - and they are all boys. Quite the lively group! This is our third year together and it has been such a blessing! This semester we are going through the Days of Creation. So, I started with teaching about Light. And let me tell you - teaching about light to 4 & 5 year olds is no easy task!  We discussed natural and artificial light. Then, we talked about how light travels in a straight line. Next we moved on to items that were transparent, translucent, and opaque. I used items that we had around the house and the boys actually did a great job of classifying them!
We also did a crayon resist painting comparing the light and darkness. First, the kiddos used white, yellow, and orange crayons to draw "bursts" of light. Then, because God separate the light from the darkness on Day 1, we then painted over the crayons with black watercolor. Okay, we definitely had some blue, purple, and reds in there, but that's what happens when you give kids watercolors :) They loved how the "light" colors showed up even with the dark watercolors.
We also created a "light box" to discuss refraction (or how light can be bent). The full activity can be found HERE. They loved seeing the "light show" in the box - especially the colored "lights."
 I loved hearing them say "I see blue and green." Then, when I would cover up one of the bottles, "I only see green."
 Or, "I only see blue." They were really starting to get it! So much fun!

Finally, we got our order of Usborne books from a friend! My boys were in LOVE with the Wipe Clean books! And I love that they can do as many pages as they want.....and then do it again tomorrow!

I would love to hear about your week! And be sure to check out the other posts at the Doodle Bugs Teaching Link-up. Have an amazing weekend!! 


  1. Those activities sound like so much fun! I was also in college when 9/11 happened...I was studying for a statistics test.

  2. Thanks so much! We had a lot of fun doing them!

  3. I love all the light activities! I teach in a Catholic elementary school and love the integration, very cool!