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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Rudolph Play

Our class performed the Rudolph Play for the kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.  Several parents came to watch also.  The children memorized parts and sang songs.  We like that Rudolph wasn't like everyone else... but because he wasn't, he was able to use what was special about him to save the day for children everywhere!  Our class had a lot of fun and did a very nice job!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More Christmas Centers

Mrs. Stites' mom and dad came to help with learning centers.  Mrs. Stites' dad used to be a teacher and a principal and her mom was a school secretary, so they love working with children.  Mrs. Stites' dad listened to children read the book 'A letter to Santa'.  Mrs. Stites' mom helped children make a stocking card for their mothers' gifts.  The children also made Christmas tree magnets for their fathers and played Christmas Bingo using their reading vocabulary words.  We were working hard to get ready for Christmas!  Mrs. Stites likes having her parents help out in the classroom.  The children like it too.  Mrs. Stites' dad read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and brought his Santa cane.  We had a lot of fun!

Christmas Program at Northwestern

Howard Students went to Northwestern High School to perform in our annual Christmas Program.  The 1st graders sang 'Frosty the Snowman' and 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas'.  They look really nice all dressed up!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Special Person of the Week

      Our special person of the week lives in a one story house that is half brick and half white with her mommy, her daddy, and her big sister.  She has a dog named Duke and a cat named Lin Lin.  She has a fish named Rainbow and her sissy’s fish is Salizar.  Her favorite color is pink because she thinks it’s pretty.  Her favorite subject is Art because she thinks it is fun!  Her favorite TV show is “ICarly” and her favorite book is The Little Train that Could.  She likes to eat Salisbury Steak.  She likes to cuddle with her mommy and do gymnastics.  She feels happy when she does good things for her mommy.  When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher because you get to teach kids.  If she could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Canada.  She feels she is special because she gets to cuddle with her mommy the most.  She is in Upwards Cheerleading.  She loves to play on the computer and she loves kitties.  She feels the best thing about her is that she is nice and she is smart.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Clay Dough Ornaments

While celebrating Christmas around the World, we studied the United States.  As part of our study, we made Clay Dough Ornaments to put on our Christmas trees.  Each child picked 3 different shapes to cut out of the dough.  We read a recipe and followed directions to make the dough.  (2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of water.)  It's a very easy recipe to follow.  We learned that when we see 1/2 cup, it means it takes 2 of those to make 1 whole cup.  1/3 cup takes 3. 1/8th takes 8.  We were learning fractions without even trying.  Each child has been busy painting their ornaments.  They are looking really nice.  We will be proud to take those home to our family to celebrate the Christmas season.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa's Workshop- learning Centers

Our class was a regular Santa's workshop this week.  We were busy making gifts for special people in our lives.  Shhh! We can't tell you what we are making!  We made chains using patterns with white, red, green and yellow strips of paper.   We are making something special for our mothers and fathers.  We studied Germany, and made a 3-dimensional Christmas tree.  Did you know the song Silent Night came from Germany?  We are going to learn to sing it in German!  We celebrated Hanukkah by playing a dreidel game.  We learned about Judah and the Maccabees! We got chocolate coins called gelt!  We had a lot of fun and are learning to do special things for special people in our lives.  Christmas is all about giving to others!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

We are thankful we live in a country where we are free to worship as we want.  We are thankful for our families and friends.  We are thankful we have warm homes to live in and lot of food to eat..  We are thankful for the opportunity to get a good education.  And we are thankful for our loved ones!  We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Special Person of the Week

Our Special person of the week lives in a tan house with a brown roof with his mom and his brother.  His favorite color is red because he just likes it.  His favorite subject is Reading because he likes to learn.  His favorite TV show is ‘Spongebob’, and his favorite book is Lightening McQueen Old, New, Red, Blue.  He likes to eat Macaroni and cheese.  He likes to play his Nintendo DS.  He feels happy when he’s eating ice cream.  When he grows up, he wants to be a Race Car Driver because he loves race cars.  If he could go anywhere in the world, he would go to King’s Island.  He feels he is special because he is himself.  He feels the best thing about him is that he is very helpful.  He is in Cub Scouts.  He likes to play baseball (rookie league).  He likes to help his Pap Pap in the yard and cook on the grill.  He also likes to help his Grammy cook dinner and bake cookies.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Making Bread and Butter

Our class made bread out of the wheat we ground up earlier this week.  We had to read the recipe and measure the correct amounts. We cracked the eggs, then poured in the flour and milk. After the bread was made we made our own butter using heavy whipping cream.  We are good cooks!  The bread and butter were delicious! 

Native American Centers in Mrs. Dye's room

The two first grade classes joined together for Pioneer and Native American Indian centers.  While in Mrs. Dye's classroom the children made and played an Indian snake stick game, made bead necklaces, made a feather headband and played a corncob tossing game.  They enjoyed learning about how Native Americans played.  Fun, fun, fun.