Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Our class has been so busy there was hardly a moment to catch my breath! Today is Thanksgiving and what a blessing today has been.  I am so thankful for my fabulous 18 students and their families. 

We learned about the pilgrims and the tough life they lived.  We thought about things we have today that pilgrim children did not get to enjoy.  How cute is this little girl pilgrim?  Alyssa was so cute when she wrote about having a Papa John's pizza but a pilgrim did not. Most of the kids thought of their Nintendo DS like the pilgrim boy to the right.  We enjoyed Monday with Mrs. Cindi and Mrs. Suzanne.  We made turkey cookies, pilgrim hat cookies, and a Thanksgiving retelling bracelet with me! Tuesday was our field trip to the Pioneer Art Settlement in Barberville.  We had a great time and I promise to make that video soon.  Once again Tom Turkey was in disguise so the hunter would not get him.  Make sure to see our parade of disguises.  I am so impressed with the thoughtful outfits.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you to all the many Veterans out there!

I will have to say it was nice to sleep in this morning and spend a fabulous day with my family at the Orlando Science Center.  Throughout the day I thought of my dad and all of the soldiers that gave their lives so we could have our freedom here in America. THANK YOU! Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your love. Thank you for protecting the many things we take for granted each day. Thank you to your families for standing by you and praying for your safe return.

I follow a few blogs and fell in love with Mrs. Jump's class blog. Her students made soldiers and we had to make them too! They are the cutest soldiers you have ever seen right? The Veteran's Nursing Home Employees thought so too when I dropped them off. The class did a great job! They were handed out to Veterans and I am sure they made their day. Special note:  Jackson took an extra day off this week to see his uncle.  His uncle came home safely from Afghanistan.  We are so very happy the family will get to spend some time together.  Have fun and THANK YOU! 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The results are in...

Well you might have heard about the big election in room 218.  I played Rice Krispie commercials (from youtube) like crazy, but didn't tell them why for a few hours.  Then we talked about the ads on TV right now.  Parents are receiving phone calls and letters in the mail advertising their candidate.  What better way to teach them about the election process than to hold an election.  I decided we needed something we could all relate to so Rice Krispies came to mind.  They are my favorite for those of you wanting to make them and send them in to me. :)  I made a platform sheet for each and then let them taste test homemade vs. store bought Rice Krispie treats.  I made voter registration cards, thanks to my hubby-great idea! They had to write up a position and then explain their choice.  They were cute and they used the platform sheets! 
     Today was the big day.  There was a voting booth complete with a pen attached to the desk.  They had to bring in their voter registration card and sign the book to receive their ballot.  After voting they placed their ballot in the bin and received an "I voted!" sticker.  Dr. Newnam and Mr. Butler made a special appearance to vote.  What a great administrative team!  and now for the results...........
HOMEMADE was the WINNER!!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for tuning in and make sure to check out the Smilebox.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Chocolate Day

Each year I read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory to my class during the month of October.  They enjoy listening to the adventures of Charlie as he makes his way through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  On the last Friday of the month we celebrate Chocolate Day.  Each child is asked to bring in something chocolate and be creative.  Well this class outdid themselves!  For the 1st time we had chocolate fondue! Make sure to check out the Smilebox with all the lovely pictures of the day.  We mined for chocolate chips, taste tested the Hershey's assortment.  Hershey original beat out the Krackle, Mr. Goodbar, and Hershey's Special Dark by a landslide.  favorites included the chocolate milk, white chocolate dipped pretzel skeleton fingers, chocolate covered marshmallows, and homemade fudge! We even had a Jeopardy game with questions from the book.  Everyone was a winner!  The movie was FABULOUS! It was even more exciting to hear the kids compare the book to the movie and remember the slightest details.  Big thank you to Ms. Cindi, Mrs. Horner, Mr. & Mrs. Creech, and Jordan's grandma for helping out throughout the day.  Thank you to all the families that made the day a success.

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