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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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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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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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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!

Hospital Month – Week 1

When we came into our room last week, it looked like a hospital. We were greeted by Mr. Bones, our class skeleton. We learned about the new things in our room and had fun playing with the hospital items. We started working on our Hospital Book which we will add to each day.
During our staff meetings, we have been learning skin and germs. Our skin holds us in and is the largest organ in our body. Skin has different layers and different colors. It is important to keep our skin clean so that germs do not get inside of us or another person. We did an experiment where we put lotion on our hands, then glitter. We shook hands with friends who had different colors of glitter. We found that their glitter got on our hands and ours got on theirs, just like germs. We learned about the proper way to wash hands. We also worked with a partner, each taking turns using a feather to touch our partner’s skin while their eyes were closed.  They had to tell us where they felt the feather touching them.
Pastor Gordon Ainsworth shared with us on Friday. He said that he helps people who are sick are in the hospital, not by giving them a band-aid, but by giving them the Bible. He reads scriptures that help people know that Jesus is with them and he also prays for them. He was our first visitor during hospital month because we want to put Jesus first!
Hospital Month is going to be so much fun and we will learn so much about the amazing bodies God has created!

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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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Peter Schriemer Visit

Mr. Schriemer came to our room. He taught us about changing seasons and what different animals do as it turns from fall to winter.

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First Visit to Cranbrook

The Kindergarten kids visited Cranbrook Institute of Science to learn about “Creature Coverings.” They classified and categorized animals into mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. They were shown live animals in each category; a fruit bat, frog, bearded dragon lizard, and tree owl. It is fascinating to learn about God’s creation!

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