La Posada – Mexican Christmas 2015

For our La Posada, or Mexican Christmas party, the students went to stations where they completed a stick-puppet nativity scene, made a tissue paper star, and decorated and ate a sugar cookie.  After donning their Mexican outfits, they were led in a procession through the hallways by Senor Pedro as they sang Christmas songs, including Feliz Navidad.  They went to several classrooms asking if there was room in the inn for them to stay.  The answer was always “NO.”  Eventually, they ended up in the gym where they were greeted by a friendly voice who let them in.  They discovered a piñata and after everyone had a chance to hit it with a stick, it finally broke open leaving everyone scrambling for treats.  The morning concluded with a light lunch consisting of tacos, chips and salsa, fruit, and hot chocolate with marshmallows.  It was a wonderful way to begin the season of Christmas!

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October: Pumpkin Month

October has been a month of many pumpkin activities. The children used a variety of media, working together to create a hallway mural. They learned about the life cycle of pumpkins and wrote about it in their Pumpkin Journal. Real pumpkins were compared and contrasted by size, color, number of seeds, and weight. Pumpkin Day activities included making a book, pumpkin seed addition, playing with pumpkin play-dough, eating pumpkin muffins, and hunting for pumpkins on the playground. It was a “pumpkin-y” month of learning and fun.

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Crazy Hat Day – Spirit Week 2015

There is no better way to demonstrate SCS school spirit than by wearing a “Crazy Hat.”

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Technology in Kindergarten

For the first time this year, Miss Bosch, our elementary tech teacher, brought iPads into our classroom. The children each had their own iPad to use and, after listening to her instructions, learned how to use the app Hello Crayon. They enjoyed drawing and adding details to an apple picture.

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God Made Land and Plants

During Bible lessons this week, the children learned that on Day 3 of Creation, God made land to separate the waters. He also made living things to grow on the land. We learned about different types of land forms, such as mountains, valleys, and rocks and talked about different kinds of fruits and vegetables.We classified pictures into foods we get from the store and foods we get from the land and made a graph. During Science, the children planted grass seed in a plastic, “silly face” cup. We can’t wait to see how our “guys” grow green hair!

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God Created…

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

In our study of Creation, we learned that on Day 2, God made sky and seas. We learned vocabulary words such as wind, clouds, solid, liquid, and gas. To demonstrate how wind move things, the students used straws to blow white and blue paint across a piece of paper, creating beautiful “cloud formations.” It was so much fun!

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Ready to Go!

Mrs. Tetirick has been busy this week getting ready for Kindergarten.  I can’t wait to meet the new crop of Kindergarten girls and boys.

We will have a great year!

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Hospital Month – Week 5

We have completed Week 5 and Hospital Month must come to an end! This week we learned about the urinary system. All that healthy water our teachers want us to drink must come out somewhere! Many of us knew what a “urine sample” was!

We also went on a Field Trip to St. Joseph Hospital Exploration Station. Miss Gretchen told us all about our body systems; she had a BIG stuffed “friend” names Stuffy. It was a great review for all that we have learned during Hospital Month!

We had a visit by Dr. Taub, an oncologist/hematologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is Mahliah’s doctor and told us how he helped her when she was a tiny baby. He was amazed that we knew so much about our bodies and asked such good questions.

At the end of the week, we got to wear pajamas to school. It was fun to snuggle on our mats with blankets and stuffed animals for rest time. We watched a movie and ate yummy popcorn that Mrs. Lafata made for us!
Hospital Month has been so great! God created our bodies in so wonderfully and amazingly. Thank you, God!

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Hospital Month – Week 4

Da-dum, Da-dum, Da-dum! That is how our heart beats. We learned that our heart is a muscle that pumps blood through veins and arteries to our whole body. Our heart is always working. It is important to keep our heart healthy by exercising and eating lots of fruits and vegetables. We got to look at and even tough the heart from a cow. It felt cold and soft.

We also learned about our lungs. When we breathe, the air fills our lungs, like when you blow air into a balloon. When we blow out, the air has carbon dioxide which helps the plants to grow. Isn’t God’s creation amazing?

We learned about how our food digests after we eat it. It is important to eat good foods. On Wednesday, we categorized our healthy snack to see how many food groups it fit into. Some of us had grains, fruits, vegetables, or protein. We took our picture with “Chef Pierre!”

On Thursday, Southfield Firefighters Kenny and Scott came to visit us. They told us what to do if their is an emergency. We all know the number to call, which is 9-1-1. If there is ever a fire, we know how to drop to the floor, crawl to the door, and meet our family outside. It was fun to go outside to see the equipment in their fire truck and to hear the loud siren. They even gave us Junior fire hats that we got to take home.
When our First Grade Buddies came, we got to read to them this week. We had practiced reading two science body books so that we could share what we have been learning with our first grade friends.

 

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Hospital Months – Week 3

This week we had several community helpers visit in Kindergarten. We started out the week by visiting Mr. Fracassi, SCS athletic trainer, in his training room. He taught us about how he helps keep our athletes healthy and strong, and how he helps them when they have injuries.
We learned about our brains. Did you know that your brain is like a computer? It sends signals to all parts of our body. Because of our brain, we can run and jump,our hearts beat and our lungs breathe. We wore bicycle helmets to protect our brain while we rode on scooters in the hallway.
We learned about muscles this week. Our bodies have over 600 of them. They are attached to our bones and help us move. Did you know that our hearts and tongues are muscles, too? We must exercise and eat healthy foods to keep our muscles strong.
Mrs. Mentor, who is a speech pathologist, came to talk to us about her job. She helps kids who need help talking and older people who have trouble swallowing. She gave each of a little flashlight so that we could look in each other’s mouths. It was fun!
Mrs. Miller, a nurse anesthetist, also shared with us out her job in the hospital. She helps give people “sleeping medicine” before surgery and watches the patient carefully during the operation. We had fun looking at and touching the medical equipment she brought.
It has been a fun week of learning about our amazing bodies!

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