The theme for this year was "Everywhere Fun Fair" and we "traveled" to five different countries to meet our neighbours throughout the week. Sam was in the Shetland Ponies preschool group and I think he really enjoyed it. Rachel hung out in the nursery with her friends, and after her initial reluctance over me abandoning her (gasp!), she enjoyed it too. I had a few flags of the world and and a map in my room and every day we discussed the country we were visiting and checked out its flag. The experiments usually tried to relate to something about the country.
(all flag images from here, except for Zimbabwe)
On Monday we visited Japan. I did a taste test with the kids. We checked out lemon juice (sour), salt (salty), cocoa powder (bitter), sugar (sweet) and oil (fat). It was not the greatest experiment to do with four and five year olds because they weren't very adventurous. Sam was the only kid who practically drank his lemon juice. The rest of the kids just ate all the sugar! Ha ha ha!!!
(image from here)On Tuesday we visited Zimbabwe. We talked about Victoria Falls and rainbows. I wasn't excited about the experiment the curriculum suggested so I did this one with milk, dish soap and food colouring instead. I think it was the highlight of the week. Adults who weren't busy were coming in to check it out!
Tuesday was also the morning when Sam threw up (just water, thankfully) all over the kitchen about ten minutes before we were supposed to leave. A few cute quotes from Sam that morning, "Rachel, someone in our family who normally goes to VBS won't be there this morning. There will be no Sam in the Shetland Ponies group today." (I laughed because "normally" was just based on one day! Ha ha ha!) Thankfully, Sam was also completely fine for the rest of the day.
It was a fun week and, although incredibly tiring, I had a good time. I really enjoyed working with Karen, seeing Sam having fun, and doing some neat experiments along the way. And I really love hearing Sam continue to sing the songs he learned.