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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!