• June 30th PM LEGO Food

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/30/2017

    Happy Friday afternoon!  Thank you so much for allowing me to spend the week with your child!  They had a lot of fun and so did I.  If they want to sign up again next summer, I would love to have them.  I always change my daily themes just in case I have repeaters.  Today the theme was LEGO Food!  We discussed the importance of COLOR, SHAPE, and DETAILS to make our food believable.  We had a lot of great builds some of which include: popsicles, bananas, donuts and hamburgers.  We watched some master buiders on You Tube and got a lot of laughs from some of the mini films.  We made an edible LEGO with rice crispies, colored icing, M&Ms/Skittles.  We discussed some of the other foods that could be switched to make other edible LEGOs.  Then we rotated through stations:  LEGO minifigures, playdough/LEGOs, LEGO magazines, "Lego City" app, and free build.  Did you know that playdough and LEGOs can be used together?  We used the brick marks to make pictures/numbers/letters on the playdough!  The last thing we discussed was Lego.com.  It is a great website that you can use on your computer that has games, movies, products, how tos, etc...  Hopefully I sparked an interest for your child to continue building and enjoying LEGOs at home this summer!  Thanks for signing up and for tuning in each day!  Have a great summer!

     

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  • June 30th AM LEGO Food

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/30/2017

    Thank you so much for signing up for my "Fun With LEGOs" class this week!  If your child would like to sign up again next summer, I would love to have them again and I do switch the themes around to make it a new class!  Today our theme was LEGO Food!  We discussed the importance of COLOR, SHAPE and DETAILS in order to make our food look believable.  We had pizza, french fries, donuts, watermelon, cupcakes and blueberries to name a few of our designs!  We also got to make an edible LEGO using rice crispie treats, colored frosting and M&Ms.  We talked about other foods that could be used to make an edible LEGO.  We watched some master builders on You Tube and that always brings in a lot of laughter!  Our final activity was rotations!  We rotated through each station:  LEGO Minifigures, "Lego City" app, free build, and playdough.  Have you ever mixed Playdough with LEGOs?  It is fun to use the long flat pieces on the bump side to make letters and numbers on the playdough!  We checked out our blog pics for the week and checked on the Lego.com site to see which games and activities striked an interest!  I hope you have a great rest of the summer!  I have really enjoyed your creative children!  

     

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  • June 29th PM LEGO Boats

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/29/2017

    Happy Thursday afternoon!  Today our theme was LEGO boats! We checked out some boats built by master builders on You Tube first to get ideas.  We discussed the importance of SHAPE and DETAILS today!  We didn't really worry about COLOR today because our main focus was to get our boat to float!  We discussed the importance of not using LEGOs with holes and we made sure that our bricks were tight and close together.  We brainstormed the different kinds of boats and then we got to work building our own.  They loved setting up their photo shoot with my kids' toys from home!  The favorite was the pirate ship! I also had Peter Pan characters, pirates, whales, sharks and other boats to put in the display.  It is so fun to mix LEGOs with other toys.  We took our LEGOs outside for a quick water check to see if the boats would float in buckets of water.  Everyone was encouraged to think about why their results happened the way that they did.  Some flipped over on the side but many floated!  It was so fun!  We also worked on LEGO Friends today.  We played a "Roll a Mini figure" game where we built a figure after rolling a dice.  Then, we used that knowledge to design our own LEGO friend using a yellow face LEGO.  This is one creative bunch!  I love to hear them describe the details!  Tomorrow will be our last day!  Our theme will be LEGO Food and we will make an edible LEGO!  

     

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  • June 29th AM LEGO Boats

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/29/2017

    Happy Thursday morning!  Today our theme was LEGO Boats!  We watched some boats made by master builders on You Tube first to get our ideas.  We brainstormed different kinds of boats and we discussed the importance of SHAPE and DETAILS today.  We didn't worry about COLOR when planning our boat because our main focus was making sure it was going to float!  We discussed the importance of not using LEGOs that have holes for the bottom pieces and making sure that they were all locked in together well.  We also talked about weight distribution so that our boats would not flip over.  They had a great time setting up their photo shoot with toys from my house.  It is so fun to mix toys with LEGOs.  We had boats, pirates, Peter Pan characters and sea life to choose from for our displays.  Then, we took them outside to test them in buckets of water.  Most of the boats were a success!  While our LEGOs were drying in the sun, we focused on LEGO Friends!  We played a "Roll a Mini figure" game in groups.  They took turns choosing pieces to complete a LEGO figure after rolling a dice.  Then, we designed LEGO Friends of our own with special LEGO face bricks.  They had a blast today!  Tomorrow will be our last day!  Our theme will be LEGO Food and we will make a special edible LEGO!  Thanks for checking in on our blog to see our very own master builders of summer enrichment! 

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  • June 28th PM LEGO Animals

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/28/2017

    Happy Wednesday afternoon LEGO families!  This is big group but we have a lot of really creative students and we are working our brains every day in this class!  We started off our afternoon with a group challenge to build a Mixel LEGO set.  Almost every group worked successfully to build it and get along!  It is a hard skill to work together but practice helps it become easier.  Our building theme today was LEGO Animals!  We first looked at life size LEGO animals that a master builder created.  Today we talked about the importance of COLOR and DETAILS!  We brainstormed animals and talked about their animal parts that they were known for.  We wanted our LEGO animals to be believable so we needed to think about their COLOR of covering and parts to make them complete!  We also had a little bit of free time to explore the "LEGO City" app.  This group has enjoyed my LEGO magazines too.  Did you know that you can log on to LEGO.com and register for your child to start receiving a few free LEGO magazines?  We had free build time and we watched a few more master builders on You Tube!  Tomorrow our theme will be another class favorite: LEGO Boats! We will test out our boats in water tomorrow to see if they will float!  See you guys tomorrow!

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  • June 28th AM LEGO Animals

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/28/2017

    Happy Wednesday LEGO families!  Today we started off our morning with a group challenge to complete a Mixels set. They really enjoyed following the directions to put them together but of course it was hard for some to work in a group.  Practice makes it easier!  Our building theme today was LEGO Animals!  We brainstormed different animals and watched master LEGO builders' large animal displays on Yout Tube to get ideas.  Today we discussed the importance of COLOR and DETAILS!  In order for the LEGO animals to be believable we had to think about the COLOR of their covering and the important parts on the animal that they are known for to add DETAILS!  They LOVED setting up their photo shoot with the toy animals that I brought from home.  We also had a little bit of free time to explore a new app, "LEGO City!"  It is a free download if you want to add it to your device at home.  This group has enjoyed reading my LEGO magazines.  Did you know you can go to LEGO.com to register for a free LEGO magazine to be sent to your house a few times a year?  Tomorrow the theme will be another class favorite:  LEGO Boats!  We will actually test our boats to see if they float!  See you tomorrow! 

     

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  • June 27th PM LEGO Cars

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/27/2017

    Happy Tuesday afternoon!  Today was a class favorite day:  LEGO Cars!  We started out our day working together to complete a LEGO car set.  It was interesting to see how the different groups communicated and chose to work together.  Working together is a hard skill for some but it is one that GCISD encourages with LEAD 2021!  We started with the LEGO set so that we could gain ideas for how to build our own individual cars.  Today we discussed the importance of DETAIL.  We had wheels, seats, and windshields available for the DETAILS and then students chose to add lights, bumpers, spoilers, etc...  Some chose to make COLOR an important aspect too.  We used a ramp in the hall to test out our cars and see if we had changes that were needed.  They had the most fun with that ramp and many changed their car many times before they had a final product!  After we did our photo shoot, we took our cars to the hallway ramp to see which car in the class could go further than all of the other cars.  There were 4 heats and we finally had a winner!  We learned a new app, "Stop Motion Studio!"  We used it in the hallway on the ramp to make movies with our LEGO cars. We also learned from some master builders through You Tube videos.  It was a fun day!  Tomorrow our theme will be LEGO Animals.  Thanks for checking in to see your child's masterpiece today!

     

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  • June 27th AM LEGO Cars

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/27/2017

    Happy Tuesday!  Today was one of our favorite building days: LEGO Cars!  Today we started by working in groups to build a LEGO car set.  This gave them ideas of how to put a car together with directions so that they could use that knowledge to build their own car later.  It was fun to watch how each group worked together so that everyone was included.  We watched some You Tube videos from master builders too.  It is always fun because we pull out the ramps to test our vehicles as we make our individual cars.  It was fun to see friends work together to problem solve how to make the cars better.  Some students chose COLOR but we discussed the importance of DETAIL and made sure we had windshields, wheels, and seats available for the build.  We went to the big hallway ramp for our final race to see which car could roll further than all of the others.  We had a winner!  We also took our ipads into the hallway and practiced making our own movies with the app, "Stop Motion Studio."  They seemed to have a great time today!  Tomorrow our theme will be LEGO Animals!  Thanks for checking in to see their LEGO pics!  

     

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  • June 26th PM LEGO City

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/26/2017

    Please NOTE:  There is a morning and afternoon class so make sure you read the posts for PM if you are in the afternoon class this week!  Thanks for signing up your child for my "Fun With LEGOs" summer enrichment class!  I have taught this class for many summers.  You may also know me from my class "Summer Blizzard."  During the regular school year I teach kindergarten at Dove Elementary.   Each day we will have a building theme along with some other activities.  Today we learned the history behind LEGOs and learned that LEGOS have been around a long time!  We started out by building our first initial of our name.  Then we learned our building theme was LEGO City.  We got ideas from master builders on You Tube.  Every day we will take a picture of our build and post them since we can't save our constructions each day.  I hope you will take a look at their builds each day.  We hope to learn and grow more in our building skills this week.   Tomorrow is a class favorite day:  LEGO Cars!  We will build and race cars on a ramp. Every summer I change the themes in case students want to sign up for my class again, but we always repeat the 2 favorite themes: LEGO Cars and LEGO Boats!  

     

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  • June 26th AM LEGO City

    Posted by Keari - Kindergarten Teacher Hatton at 6/26/2017

    Thanks for signing up your child for my "Fun With LEGOs" summer enrichment class!  I have taught this class for many summers.  You may also know me from my class "Summer Blizzard."  During the regular school year I teach kindergarten at Dove Elementary.   Each day we will have a building theme along with some other activities.  Today we learned the history behind LEGOs and learned that LEGOS have been around a long time!  We started out by building our first initial of our name.  Then we learned our building theme was LEGO City.  We got ideas from master builders on You Tube.  Every day we will take a picture of our build and post them since we can't save our constructions each day.  I hope you will take a look at their builds each day.  We hope to learn and grow more in our building skills this week.   Tomorrow is a class favorite day:  LEGO Cars!  We will build and race cars on a ramp. Every summer I change the themes in case students want to sign up for my class again, but we always repeat the 2 favorite themes: LEGO Cars and LEGO Boats!  

     

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