Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ready for the Holidays

On Thursday both the AM and PM classes came to school at the same time. We had a great day. We brought food items upstairs to put them in a box of food to be donated to people who need it, decorated cookies, and made a giant graph to see what season is TPCA's favorite (summer!) It was a great time and now I hope everyone has a wonderful break!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ornaments and Garland

This week we have been working on a variety of festive things for the holidays. Today we made garland in the morning class and ornaments in the afternoon class. Both activities were so much fun and now everyone can go home and decorate!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Secret Santa

This past week the teachers did something called Secret Santa. What we do is we draw a name of a teacher and then we get them little presents all week but we don't tell them who we are. Then, on Friday we had a big breakfast and everyone found out who their Secret Santa was. I learned that my Secret Santa was Mr. Buchman and do you know what he got me...a Broncos hat. Hmmmph. He also wore Broncos stickers under his eyes to look like a football player. He told me that I have to wear the hat on our dress of choice day next week. So, I am going to "enhance" it and will wear it on Thursday!

The Gingerbread Hunt

We read The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Girl, and Gingerbread Friends and when we went to eat our own gingerbread cookies, we realized they were missing. We saw a trail of crumbs leading out the door so we knew the worst had happened...our gingerbread men had run away. Mr. Moe told us that they were in his room watching Planet Earth, but then left. Mr. Birch's dog puppet told us "Arf, Arf"??? Mrs. Bishop and the 4th graders told us that they were in their class but left and went to the auditorium but Mr. Johnson had not seen them. Mrs. Putrah saw them and we even noticed some sprinkles in her office but they were not there. Mr. Bean said they were reading in the library but then went to Mrs. Rhoades room since it was quieter. Mrs. Coombe let us look around the health office, but no luck there either. Finally, our 3rd grade buddies came to the rescue. When the cookies ran into their room, they blocked the doors and trapped them! We were then able to share the cookies with our 3rd grade buddies!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm Back...

I missed seeing you guys today but I was stuck at the border between Mexico and the United States for a very long time and missed my flight (by the way...does anyone know the name of the river that separates Mexico and the USA??) While I was in Mexico I got to do some cool things. I saw a lot of wild animals and I got to ride around the ranch on top of a truck! We were in a desert part of Mexico so you can see animals like deer, bobcats, mountain lions (only if you are lucky), javelinas, rattlesnakes, and coyotes. You can also go fishing on the big lake for bass. The name of the ranch we went to is El Gato which is spanish for "The Cat". At the ranch we keep some deer in pens and we were able to pet them. When my stepbrother David was petting one, it bit his finger hard Ikind of like when we stick out finger in Deuce McAllister's cage!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I am going on a trip to...

Tomorrow I am leaving to go on a trip to spend time with my family for Thanksgiving. I will give you 3 clues as to where I am going and let's see if you can guess where it is!

Clue #1....It is in North America, but it is not part of the Unites States
Clue #2....It is the country below the United States
Clue #3....People speak Spanish there (not Italian like the morning kindergarteners like to pretend!!)

Happy Guessing!

A feast to remember

We celebrated the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and Native Americans on Friday. We dressed up, ate all sorts of wonderful food, and then had our third grade buddies in to share dessert with us. It was so much fun. We even got to eat on place mats that we wove ourselves. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Are they really kindergarteners?

We are collecting pennies to try to raise $250 to save a chimpanzee. This week we have been counting pennies and putting them in groups of 100. I made a number line from 1-250 and we put a sticker on a number each time we get a dollar. Instead of me doing the whole number line though, i just put a few numbers on it and left it as an activity for the kids if they finish their work early. I was thinking it would last all week at least. Little did I know...these three finished it in one day!! It was amazing!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Picasso and Sylvette

Back when we were learning about artists and their masterpieces, we read a story about a lady named Sylvette who inspired some of Picasso's work. We learned that Sylvette was still alive and was now an artist herself with a gallery in London. We wrote her a letter care of the gallery and she wrote us back! She even sent us copies of some of her pictures! We wrote to her again so maybe she can be our pen pal.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Native Americans

This week we have been learning about the Native Americans. We learned that they were here in North America when Columbus arrived and that they helped the pilgrims when they came over on the Mayflower. We each created our own Native American names! I am "Love the Saints" (the football team that is). Our classes have names too: the AM class is "talks too loud" and the PM class is "blurts out a lot"!! We know that the Native Americans got most of their clothes, food, house supplies, and decorations from animals. We also learned that they did not have bathrooms in their houses. Some of my ancestors were Native Americans...can you guess what tribe they were from?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Congratulations to Us!

As part of PBS (positive behavior support) across our school, classes can be nominated each month to win an award for showing excellent behavior in the hallway, bathroom, playground, and cafeteria. Individual students have been randomly drawn to win awards each week, but this past week, the big class winners were announced. Our AM and PM classes won The Golden Rule award for showing the best behavior on the playground. Our trophy is a gold, glittery cone! I am so proud of all of our students and hope they can continue to be awesome examples of good behavior!

We are still artists

One of our favorite things to do in Kindergarten when we finish our work, is to draw on the board. The most popular things to draw on the big board are airplanes and boats and the most popular things to do on the small board are self portraits and spelling words with magnetic letters.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Airplanes and Armadillos

This weekend I was able to go back to Louisiana for my stepbrother’s birthday. The first interesting thing that happened is that I was the only person on the airplane! It was so funny. I sat all the way in the very back all by myself. When I got to the birthday party, we got to go on a hayride through the farm. We saw deer and possums and we saw 3 armadillos. Since we don’t have armadillos in Colorado I thought you might like to see a picture of one. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” because armadillos look like they are wearing armor- like a knight!