Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fill my heart with Gladness!

What a great way to spend Valentine's Day! We had some wonderful parents help out with 5 different Valentine Stations! The entire day was filled with love, candy, valentines, and excitement! We tried something new this year and had our Valentine party at the beginning of the day, so parents could still go to the 3-5 grade Music Concert in the afternoon!
We started our party by opening up our Valentine's and investigating to see all the yummy treats we had inside and handwritten Valentines inside.
We then set up the five interactive stations:
Station One was a Sweet Heart Graphing station. In math we are working on interpreting and creating bar graphs. Michelle (Mikhi's Mother) and Jennifer (Kaitlyn's mother), helped sort, explain and create graphs. They students loved working at this station and enjoyed eating some sweethearts after they  they finished graphing.
Station Two was an Pancake Station! Not just plain plain pancakes though!  We created an Perfect Pancake station where each student got to create their own personalized pink pancake, adding whichever toppings they enjoyed. There were a lot of messy, yet giggling faces at this station! Thank you to Misty (Lauren's Mother), Jenny (Alaina and Ashlea's Mother) and Julie (Brooklyn's Mother) for making sure everyone was full and having fun!
Station Three was a Memory Match Station. The students had to stay focused during this game and try to match up words and pictures during this game. Autumn's mother, Jo Ann, was very helpful during this game and kept all the students smiling and tatted up! They loved finding a matching set and getting unique Valentine tattoos or stickers!
Station Four was a painted heart station! This station had Garrett's Grandma and Mom Danielle, as well as Noah's mother, Heidi, working hard painting hands, painting fingertips, washing hands, and helping with designs. They did a great job helping the kids create cute and creative heart hand prints!
Station Five was Heart Bingo Station. The students love playing Bingo! We frequently play it with our site words, letters, and beginning sounds. This is a great way to practice Capital Letters, Lowercase Letters, Letter Sounds and Star Words at home! Jackson's Dad, Brad, helped call out letter sounds, letter names, and words that began with specific letters. They loved picking out of the prize box when they won and everyone was a winner!
Since I had so many parents I had the opportunity to take pictures for us! Hope you enjoy the smile box and hope there weren't too many terrible tummy aches when they got home!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Special Thanks to all those who donated items to make this party a success! 
And to those who were able to attend the Party and Lending a Helping Hand!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

President's Day

We have been talking about leaders, our country, and our flag. We have discussed the responsibilities, hard work, and dedication that it takes to be a true leader. On this President’s Day, for our work on writing, we had to write what we would do if we ever became president of the United States. Hope this Smilebox brightens your day and reminds you what a bright future we have! 
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Tally Marks

This week we are learning about Tally Marks in Kindergarten. We will watch this video in small groups today, but feel free to reinforce it at home using different numbers and different stories. You can also use it to reinforce how to count by 5s. 

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

100th Day of School

We have been waiting in anticipation for this day for quite some time! We did so many activities to celebrate our 100th day of school. 
We started the day with everyone piling in wearing 100 objects and carrying their 100 objects! I was classic to see the creativity and time that went into their shirts! We then created our 100 item necklaces created with Fruit Loops – clearly it was a wonderful accessory to their shirts! 
Next, we added on the accessories by creating 100 Day Crowns. They not only had to cut and color the crown they also had to mark it with 100 tally marks – a new skill we’re working really hard on! 
For reading stations we had to write where we would go if we traveled 100 miles and what we would buy if we had $100.00. Then we had our 2nd grade C.A.T. buddies to help us sort our 100 items. They had so much fun sorting, organizing and counting by 10s. 
In the afternoon we had some math related activities to celebrate reaching the 100th day of school. First we went on a penny hunt. The students had to find hidden pennies and they had to match them up to the number grid. We found all but 2 pennies – they are still MIA! I am sure one day we’ll come across them! Last we had to create a 100-item snack. Yes, 100 items! The students moved around the tables and worked so quietly in groups to create their snack. It was so impressive to see their self-control and first time listening ears in action!
Tell your child to kiss their brain, because they successfully passed the 100th day of school! 

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