Gratitude!

This school year has given each of us many, many, opportunities for gratitude. In our class we make it a habit to direct our feet to the sunny side of the street (Thank you Willie Nelson for those words of wisdom). We stay positive and open to each learning opportunity and find little moments to admire and compliment each other. The kids have developed a smiley, relaxed vibe that is pleasant to be around and helps the class stay focused on learning.
We have had a wonderful year of learning and we took a few minutes to reflect on all the people who help us at our school. We made a list and came up with 29 people! The compared 29 helpers to the 20 kids in our class and found that we have more people helping us then we have kids in our class. We felt very lucky!

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The kids then wrote a special letter thanking each helper decorated with drawings and stickers. I encouraged each child to take a little extra time and put in a little extra effort on their letter to show the recipient how much we care. Some children wrote extra letters as well. Here are a couple favorites.

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Kindergarten Corral: A Day of Prairie Themed Fun and Learning

We had a great day today! We enjoyed a morning filled with learning activities about other things on the prairie besides cowboys. We read Tomie dePaola’s retelling of the Legend of the Blue Bonnet. We watched a few video clips about prairie dogs and prairie chickens. We used the facts we learned to create our own prairie inspired subtraction number stories.

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The cherry on top, er rather the bacon on the beans was a visit from a cowboy named Casey who came to read to us!

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Behavin’ Raven Celebration!

We set a relatively small goal of earning 200 Behavin’ Ravens since we are close to the end of the school year. We met our goal today and enjoyed an extra recess in the glorious sunshiny weather! We will try to earn another 200 so we can celebrate again before the end of kindergarten(tear, sniff, sniff)
Here are some pix of the kids playing. Enjoy!

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Quotes of the Week

“I kind of knew you should have a good attitude even before you teached us that.”
-Bailey reflected upon he growth mindset theory on her way across the monkey bars

“Oh man, my butt hurts!”
-Random kindergartener walking down the hallway when no one is supposed to be talking.

Mother Singers

Today we had a great enrichment activity, a performance by the Mother Singers! The Mother Singers are a group of retired teachers who are also mothers and grandmothers. These ladies performed a nice mix of old fashioned songs the kids had probably never heard before, as well as new favorites the kids could sing along to.
This performance also gave us an opportunity to practice concert manners!

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Half Marathon Celebration

Here in kindergarten, we believe in fresh air and exercise. Moving our bodies is a worthy goal in itself but it is also an important refresher for our minds and our spirits. Each morning, weather permitting we head outside for a few quick laps around the blacktop. The kids can walk or run as they choose. Over the course of the school year the kids completed a half marathon. Here are a few pictures of our celebration. We passed out metals and celebrated the kids’ hard work!

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Play dough: Eaten or Not Eaten!!???

So I overheard a very passionate argument going on at the art table on Friday. The kids were creating all kinds of goodies with the play dough. They love to make cookies so I guess tasting the play dough was inevitable.
Two kids were arguing with a third child. The first two were telling the third on no uncertain terms that she had been eating play dough. The third child was telling them just as certainly that she had absolutely not eaten play dough.
Her teeth were blue.
Bwahahaha!
Several other kids in the classroom noticed the blue teeth and came to whisper to me they suspected she had been eating play dough, just in case I had missed the subtle clue.