Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ride your bicycle to school week

It is unusually warm here in Port Orange, right below Daytona Beach, FL. This week just happens to be "Ride your bicycle to school week." I rode my bicycle today with my daughter, son, and neighbor friend.  It was awesome!  Yes this is why we live in Florida. :) We left our bicycles on the bike rack so Mr. Steve could check them over.  Mr. Steve owns Plan B Cycling here in Port Orange and he checked over each and every bicycle on the bike rack these past 3 days.  He checked gears, chains, brakes, every part of the bicycle and fixed what he could to make them safe to ride.  He left an inspection notice with each bicycle to let parents know what needed to be done to improve safety.  WOW!  Thank you Mr. Steve and thank you Plan B Cycling for volunteering your time to make it a safer world for us to ride our bicycles to school!  If you get a chance stop by and let Plan B. know you think they are FABULOUS!

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50s day 10-26-10

Yesterday was the 50th day of school.  We celebrated with a sock hop at the end of our day.  Everyone looked so cute all dressed up for the sock hop.  Earlier in the day we worked with patterns, tally marks, and of course our favorite singer, Jack Hartmann.  Make sure to check out our Smilebox with our bubble gum blowing, hula hoops, and the chicken dance.  To end the day Jordan's grandmother talked about life in the 50s when she was just a fresh little chicken herself.  Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who helped make our day extra special!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

I just love this time of year.  The weather gets a little cooler and the full moon has been spectacular!  On Friday we went to the pumpkin patch.  It was such a fabulous trip.  We enjoyed the playground, story time, craft time, a hayride, parachute time, and of course the pumpkins!  Make sure to check out the Smilebox for all our friends. 

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Pearson Success Net

Hopefully you looked on the back of the weekly newsletter and saw the printed directions for accessing our online math textbook. It has many interactive features and so I thought I would demo the possibilities for you. Hope you enjoy the show. Wonder who will play Hamster Hotel more this weekend, you or your child?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Non-standard measurement playtime

One of the toughest concepts for a child is non-standard measurement.  Maybe because they have a hard time estimating or maybe because we change the measuring instrument from small things to larger. Well, we have been busy in science talking about measuring different things and changing the measuring tool.  We have worked with links, pretzels, and even tile pieces.  Take a look at our scientists at work measuring.  At one point, we had to predict how many pretzel sticks it would take to measure the length of a rake.  Do you have an estimate?  Check back next week and see if your estimate comes close.
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Apples, apples, everywhere

Yummy apples!  We enjoyed our annual apple tasting day with a plate full of apple things.  Surprisingly enough the kids preferred the Apple Jacks over the apple pie!  Not me, I loved the apple pie.  We voted on what color apple was the favorite and red was the winner.  Wonder what the Thanksgiving tasting will bring...