Mexican Sugar Skulls

Emma’s mother, Patricia, came over to our classroom to do an amazing art lesson where the children were able to design their own Dias de los Muertos sugar skull drawings. Sugar skulls became popular decorations when the Mexican churchgoers couldn’t afford imported European church decorations. They are intricately made and decorated, and left on the gravestone as a gift to that spirit. Please stop by and see them!

Sushi Go!

We love the game Sushi Go! It’s a pass and play card game that’s focused on set collection and counting.

Rules: Deal cards to all players, each person picks a single card to put in front of them and they are revealed at the same time. You then pass your remaining hand to your neighbor. This continues until you are out of cards. Then you score the game and play again for a total of three rounds.

Cost: $12 on Amazon.

Time: 20 minutes.

Modifications for K-1: I remove the ‘chopstick’ cards as I think they are a bit too confusing for the average 5-6 year old, at least on their first few games. You can also purchase the ‘party’ version which increases your options greatly!

Can it be played if pieces go missing: You could reasonably lose about half of the deck and still be able to play.

Is this a game only kids would like: I think this is a fun, light game that would be fun with adults, but I think it really shines with kids.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Our readaloud has been the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by the amazing Quentin Blake, it’s a short story about a wily fox who’s days of thieving may have caught up to him. The characters are amazingly realized and Dahl has a flair for voice and world building. Please check it out if you haven’t! The movie is also incredible!

Night Train 57

Today we were lucky enough to visit a performance at the Kennedy Center of Night Train 57, a folk opera. I was super impressed with both the performers and the behavior of our Helpful Hummingbirds. If you talk to your children about it, let them know that they filled my bucket all the way today.

Apples

Fall is upon us and it is officially apple season! Today we taste tested four different varieties of apples and wrote down adjectives to describe each one. My favorite is the Honey Crisp!