Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ethiopian Food

Even though we are in France we ate Ethiopian food tonight. This is Audrey's favorite kind of food. Watch the video to see how you eat Ethiopian food!

People here love the SAINTS...

Everywhere I look here in France, I see the SAINTS sign! Here they call it the fleur de lis (flower of the lily) and it is a symbol of royalty (back when France had a king and queen). It was all over Versailles, it is on fence posts, and it is even on the French royal flag! It is like their are SAINTS fans everywhere! The reason that the fleur de lis became the sign of the SAINTS is because a long time ago France actually owned New Orleans (and all of Louisiana). Louisiana did not become part of our country until Thomas Jefferson purchased it (and other land) from France. We call it the Louisiana Purchase. Because France once owned it there are a lot of French things in Louisiana!


Bienvenue a Paris! I finally arrived. I left Colorado on Saturday and got here on Sunday. It was a long flight! When I got here I met up with my mom and grandma and we took a crazy cab ride to my sister Audrey's apartment. Then we hopped on the Metro (an underground train) and went to Versailles. Versailles is a giant castle that belonged to the French king and queen back when France was a monarchy (like England). Now France is a democracy (like us) and they no longer have a king or queen. But the castle is still here and it was HUGE! We toured for 2 hours and still didn't see the whole thing!

A bientot!

Friday, March 27, 2009

4th of July

We get to learn about the 4th of July in Kindergarten, but unfortunately we do not have school in July so we are unable to celebrate it. We decided to celebrate anyway in March! We sang songs (2 students even taught us a new song), played with bubbles, sang Happy Birthday to our country, and ate red, white, and blue cookies! We learned that the
4th of July is our country's birthday and that our country will be 233 years old this year. Our counrty became the United States of America on July 4, 1776 when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independece to free us from England!

I love my country because...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

On St. Patrick's Day a naughty leprechaun snuck into our classroom and made a mess. He turned over our desks, and dumped out the books from our bookshelves. Later in the day a nice leprechaun came to see us and brought us gold. We asked him if he knew the naughty leprechaun and he said that it was his uncle. We told him to tell his uncle that we were really mad at him (you can watch the videos to see just how mad!)The nuaghty leprechaun then came back and left us each a treat to say he was sorry!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pajamas and Pancakes

To celebrate our P show and tell day, we had a pajama party. All the kindergarteners wore their PJ's to school and we made pancakes. The kids ate as many as they wanted (one kid ate 12) but no one came close to my record of 21.5! It was a great day because we could just get up and go to school without worrying about changing and we didn't have to worry about forgetting our snack! Mr. Buchmann also stopped by for some pancakes and was a great sport as the kids all watched him eat!

The Bring Your Favorite Vegetable to School Party

Every year after learning about plants and what they need to grow (air, sun, water, soil), we have a bring your favorite vegetable to school party to show off all that we know about plants. We also do this as a chance to try new things (brussel sprouts). This year we ate roots (carrots and potatoes), stems (celery and asparagus), leaves (brussel sprouts), flowers (broccoli and cauliflower), seeds (corn and green beans) and the fruit of plants (spaghetti squash and zucchini). Everyone did a great job preparing their veggies (we had breads, soups, casseroles, dips, cookies, cakes, chips, breads, etc.) It was a great time AND 37 out of 40 kindergarteners tried a brussel sprout. They were so brave!