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!!)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!