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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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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 Month – Week 2

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This week we learned about bones. Mr. Bones is a skeleton in our classroom. We learned that adults have 206 bones but babies have about 300.

In our hospital centers we had a skeleton scavenger hunt, put together a skeleton puzzle and x-rays, and read an easy reader about our mascot, Curious George. We also painted a picture of a skeleton. During our math time, we have been practicing addition in our Hospital Math books. In Bible time, we heard about Ezekiel’s vision and the valley of the dry bones. We love the “Dem Bones” video and song! We even ate “Bones Breadsticks” for snack.
Dr. Pam Werdlow, D.D.S. came to talk to us about her job as a dentist. She taught about how to brush our teeth and what foods we should and should not eat to keep out teeth healthy. We learned that calcium helps our teeth and bones grow and be strong.
Mrs. Stiteler told us about an adventure that caused her trouble. She fell while walking her dog and broke her wrist. She made a picture book about her trips to the hospital, getting x-rays, and a cast. We are glad that her wrist is now completely healed.
This week we also did “triage” with our First Grade Buddies. We were the doctors and they were our patients. We listened to heartbeats, gave injections, bandaged, and had great fun as we learned!
On Friday, we use the taste buds on our tongues to taste foods that were either sweet, salty, bitter, or sour. We graphed our favorites! This was a fun week!

First Grade Buddies

The first graders from Mrs. Wilson’s class came to our room, bringing books to read.  The students divided into small groups; the first graders took turns reading to the Kindergartners.  Maybe next time, the K kids can read to their new “buddies!”

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La Posada (Mexican Christmas)

For our La Posada, or Mexican Christmas party, the students went to stations where they completed a stick-puppet nativity scene, played a Christmas vocabulary memory game, and played with several nativity sets.  After donning their Mexican outfits, they were led in a procession through the hallways by Senor Fredericko 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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Candy Cane Day

The Kindergarten Candy Cane Kids had a great day!  We watched a video entitled “The Candy Maker’s Gift” and read a poem about how a candy cane can remind us of Jesus.  Moms came in to help with stations.  The children made several cute candy cane ornaments varying from stringing beads to make necklaces, gluing pieces together, and following a pattern to make a bead candy cane ornament.  Their special treat of brownies and peppermint ice cream was a hit with most! It was another fun, learning experience in Kindergarten!

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Thanksgiving Feast

We had a great Thanksgiving month in Kindergarten.  The students learned about the first Thanksgiving feast and how the new settlers were helped by their Native American friends.  They completed and compiled a beautiful personalized Thanksgiving book to take home as a wonderful keepsake.  On feast day, they made Indian fry bread, homemade butter, turkey centerpieces and had fun throwing corn cob darts through a hoop. They sang, danced, and prayed before eating a delicious feast prepared by the parents.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Pumpkin Day

Pumpkin Day was lots of fun!  The Kinderkids enjoyed playing with pumpkin playdough, playing Pumpkin-O and eating the candy pumpkin from the free space, and making a Pumpkin poem book.  It was quite  an experience when they dipped their hands into the pumpkin to pull out the squishy goo and seeds.  Eating yummy pumpkin muffins and drinking apple cider was a real treat.  But, the highlight was walking outside to the SCS “pumpkin patch” and looking for the “special pumpkin” labeled with their name.  Playing on the playground was also lots of fun! God blessed us with a beautiful day and a great time!

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Independent Stations – Reading Practice in Kindergarten

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, you will see Kindergarten students working with partners in Independent Stations.  In these activity centers, the students practice listening skills, word work, comprehension skills, writing, and an art activity which are related to the Reading Street unit for the week.  It is a fun way to practice our skills!

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Worms, Worms, Worms!

It was Worm Week in Kindergarten!  We started by gathering dead leaves outside.  Then we made worm homes by layering sand, soil, bits of newspaper, leaves, and coffee.  We then each added our own worm, after we had named him/her, of course!  Throughout the week, we took care of our worm by feeding and watering it.  We also did math, art, iPad, and writing activities about our worms.  On Friday, we took our worm friends outside and set them free in the flower beds outside our room.  We hope they can help the flowers grow!

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