Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy Grandparents Day!

We had a wonderful Grandparents and Special Persons Day this past Wednesday.  Our school and our classroom were blessed to have so many people come and share in this busy day.

We started the day with some quiet coloring activities...

and many children were excited to share their writing with their families!

Lots of grandparents enjoyed our class books as well!

We made wonderful pomanders too--old-fashioned air fresheners.

Some kindergartners interviewed their grandparents and compared what their favorites are! 

Many families built hand collages to commemorate the day.

Thank you all for a beautiful day.  Happy Holidays!
Friday, November 20, 2015

Pumpkin Muffins

We made delicious pumpkin muffins and butter this week to help us celebrate life long ago.

First we had to shake the cream to turn it into butter... hard work!

 Then it was time to make muffins.  We had lots of help!

Then after rest it was time to enjoy the fruit of our labor!


We published our small moment "seed stories" this week.  In the world of Writers Workshop, these are also known as personal narratives.  Each child worked diligently to create a story with a beginning, middle and an end that spoke to one personal experience.  We listen to the song "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from Hello Dolly to help us "fancy up" our work!

We sent home their unpublished work this week, so please take time to have your writer read their stories to you!

Patterns of the World

The children were very excited to share their patterns from across the world.  We discovered we had more patterns from Asia than any other continent.  We also saw that we had patterns featuring colors, shapes, animals, flowers, curves, dots, lines and more.

Wooden owl from Myanmar
Tray from Myanmar
Blanket from China 

Scarf from Egypt
Kai, American Doll from North America
Blanket from Thailand
Fan from China
Beautiful nesting dolls from Russia--there were thirteen more dolls inside!
Wooden tray a heart pattern from Sweden
Wonderful black, grey and white shape patterns!
Turtle sarong from Bali, Indonesia
Journal from Macchu Pichu, Peru
Jewelry from Korea
Decorative plate from Peru
Mat from Guatemala 
Doll from Switzerland
Carved animal from Oaxaca, Mexico
Clothing from Vietnam
We began to wonder--why don't we have any patterns from Antartica?  Lots of children recalled that people do not traditionally live in Antartica, and if there are people visiting there and making patterns in the snow, the wind and cold would still blow it away!  We still would like anything with a pattern from Australia, so feel free to bring something in so we can have something from each habitable continent!