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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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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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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!

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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Independent Stations

Kindergartners hard at work on a Tuesday morning.

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Ready for Kindergarten

I feel like Miss Bindergarten (Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate), all ready for Kindergarten.  The room is set, the name tags are displayed, books are selected, notes are composed…all we need is Kindergarten girls and boys.  Tomorrow and Tuesday mornings are the BIG days!  I can’t wait to meet my “K kids!”

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Spring Happenings

This spring, the Kinderkids have been busy.  They have planted sunflower and green bean seeds, worked in independent literacy stations, painted maps and umbrellas, learned about insects at Cranbrook Museum of Science, and enjoyed Kindergarten life as they practice being “almost First Graders.”  Spring has been slow to come, but the boys and girls have enjoyed their Spring activities.

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Hospital – Week 3

This week we had several community helpers visit in Kindergarten. Four fire fighter paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department came to our room.  They brought in a gurney which is the special bed they use for people in emergencies.  We liked seeing it go up and down.  They also showed us a lot of the equipment and how it worked.  We went outside and saw inside their ambulance and fire truck. We especially liked when the EMS truck got a real call and had to go to an emergency with the lights and siren sounding on their truck.
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 showed us an x-ray video showing what happens when food is swallowed. She gave each of a little flashlight so that we could look in each other’s mouths.  It was fun!
*We also learned about our hearts and lungs.  The heart is a muscle which pumps blood.  Our lungs take in air when we breathe. The oxygen rich blood is then pumped throughout all our body.  It is important to exercise and each healthy foods so that our heart stays healthy and strong.
*God is an amazing creator!

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Hospital – Week 2

This week we learned about the nervous system.  Our brain is like a computer.  We read a book with information about the brain.  We learned that the brain has two sides and is about the same size as our two fists put together.  The brain sends signals to the rest of our body.  During centers (Rounds), we read a Science Reader about the brain, unscrambled words and put them back together to make a sentence, and played in the classroom hospital. We took home a jello jiggler inside a plastic egg to remind us that our skull helps protect our brain!  We also rode scooters in the hallway, wearing our own helmet to help protect our brain and skull.

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Day 100 in Kindergarten

We had  been waiting SO long for the 100th day of Kindergarten.  It seemed as if it would never get here, and suddenly we were ready to celebrate.  The students each prepared creative and fun 100 Day projects at home which we displayed for the big day.  100 day glittery crowns were made at school and donned on the morning of our special day.  Excitement built as students wondered about how our Zero the Hero puppet was going to be “transformed” into a human Zero.  After gathering in the Chapel and singing and counting him in, Zero made his appearance.  The students were almost in awe!  Zero shared with us about the number “0” is a hero!  We all counted 100 students from Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade as “Zero the Hero” gave each one a sucker!  After our meeting with Zero, he also came into our room and gave each of us a special Zero sucker.  For our snack, we ate homemade 100 donuts, which were delicious!  All in all, Day 100 in Kindergarten was a great day!

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