President’s Day and Shiny Brights

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Last week was a super fun-filled week! Monday was President’s day. We spent some time in the morning brainstorming what kinds of things we thought the president does for his job. The kids drew pictures of what they thought the president does all day. The results were pretty hilarious and amazing!

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After brainstorming, we read a couple books about past presidents and watched an informational video about President’s Day. Throughout the day we created a circle map about the job of a president. We added new things to our map as we learned them. We also read the book “If I Were President”, and the kids got to take some time and write about what they would do if they were president. I was really blown away by their responses! The kindergarteners are really coming along with their writing! They are writing sentences 100% independently, sounding ouT words, and using resources in our classroom (such as our word wall) to help them with their writing. They are rock stars! As for our pre-k kiddos, they are rocking it too! They have been working hard putting spaces between their words and generating ideas for what they want to write about. Gone are the days of copying what their neighbor wants to say! Their critical thinking skills are improving daily.. I CAN’T WAIT to see what they are writing like in kindergarten next year! Here are their writings, I do believe we have a couple future presidents in this class!

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After our writing, it was time to have some FUN! We spent some of the day researching Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. We learned how these two men helped to shape our country into what it is today. Then the kids got to choose which of the two presidents they would like to be.

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With President’s Day all wrapped up, it was time to dive into dental health! We started by watching some fun videos and listening to songs about brushing and flossing. We made a flow map that portrayed the steps to brushing your teeth. After that, the kids lined up shoulder to shoulder and pretended to be teeth. We “ate” some cotton balls and some of the cotton balls got stuck down in between their shoulders (much like food when we eat). I used a “toothbrush” (ball of yarn and a broomstick)  to try and scrub away the cotton balls. Some of them came off, but many still remained so we used floss (a jumprope) to clean between their shoulders. All of the cotton balls were cleaned away! This was a super fun activity that showed the kiddos why brushing AND flossing is so important. The kids also got to practice flossing using large legos, yarn, and play dough.

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The next day we spent some time researching foods that are good for our teeth and foods that are bad. After our research, it was time for a partner project! I love partner projects because it teaches the students valuable lessons on working together. Here are their teeth that they created with their partners:

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On Wednesday, we had a little fun exploring how animal teeth are different from our teeth. We read the story “What if you had animal teeth” and then each student got to choose which animal teeth they would like to have. Here are their self portraits with their animal teeth of choice and their writings about why they chose that animal:

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Thank you to Kadence’s mom for our fun tooth snack!

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 On Thursday, we studied the parts of a tooth. We learned about what a cavity is and why they can be painful. The kids got to make and label a tooth:

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 One of the student’s favorite activities we did this week started with a fun story about what the Tooth Fairy does with all of the teeth that she collects. Here are some of the kid’s guesses on what the Tooth Fairy does with all of those teeth:

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 Also on Thursday, we had a special visitor… The TOOTH FAIRY came to talk with us about dental health. She told us how important it is to brush our teeth, showed us some tools that a dentist uses and what they use them for, showed how to correctly brush our teeth, and brought each of the kiddos a tooth brush. It was SO fun to watch their faces light up while she was there! 





 As if Thursday wasn’t busy and fun enough, the kids also threw in a little surprise party for me for my birthday. We came back from what I thought was a restroom break to a home made cookie cake and a gift card tree. I was completely shocked and blown away! I know that it must have taken a lot of planning to pull off. I want to thank each and every one of my parents and kids who had something to do with it. I felt so loved and blessed for my birthday! I have not only formed relationships that will last a lifetime with these kids, but their parents also. Thank you!

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Whats coming up?

We will be having another Kindergarten Night on Thursday, March 5th. There are only SIX spots left in our kindergarten class for next year. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the last Kindergarten Night, be sure to mark this one on your calendar!

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I love getting the chance to teach your kiddos!

February Fun

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So far February has been full of fun and new adventures! I am so blessed to get to spend everyday learning with these kids!

Groundhog Day was a huge hit in our classroom. We started with a short video that explained the holiday. The students got to learn about Punxsutawney Phil. We read a book called “Groundhog’s Secret” (they are doing GREAT at naming the parts of the book, setting, and the characters) and then made predictions about whether or not the students thought the groundhog would see his shadow.  We had fun graphing our predictions too! The kids are doing great with our math terms we have been learning (more, less, greater than, and less than).  Next we made a groundhog shadow craft using a groundhog cutout, some black paper, and chalk. Then it was time to make groundhog hats and THE BIG REVEAL. Mr. Phil DID see his shadow, so six more weeks of winter for us. I’m not sure if me OR the kids are convinced that this will be the truth for Wise County Texas though. 🙂

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Winter books are so fun! We  recently read “The Mitten”.  What a great book to teach sequencing! This class never fails to impress me with how fast they grasp concepts! We spent some time after the story using our imaginations and writing about what could fit in our very own special mittens.

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One of the very most important things to me about being a GraceKids teacher is teaching my students about God and his love.  What a better time for lessons on love than February? 🙂 The main verse that we have focused on the past couple weeks is 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”We read books about love, talked about the different things that we love, discussed ways that God shows us he loves us, ways that we can show others that God loves them, and ways we could show God that we love him. The hearts of the children in this class blow me away.  When the topic of loving others came up, we got the idea to adopt a local nursing home and send them some Valentines. We got some other GraceKids teachers on board, and because of it, 54 residents of Governor’s Ridge in Decatur will be loved on for Valentines day. 1 John 4:7 says “Let us love on another, for love comes from God.” Our class took this verse to heart and wrote sweet letters to the residents telling them that god loves them and wishing them a happy Valentines Day. I love it when reading and writing instruction can be wrapped up into one meaningful package. I know that these lessons in love will have lasting impacts on these kids.

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Here are some more fun Valentines activities we did:

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Our Valentine party was a blast! I am so thankful for all of the parents in our class who put so much time and effort into making the parties memorable for the kids! Each students got to create and decorate their own valentine box as an at-home project. They came out so awesome! The students got to help set up for the party and had fun reading the names on their Valentines and passing them out to their friends. And who doesn’t like cupcake parfaits, cherry soda floats with advice straws, fruits shaped like hearts, and lots of CANDY?? There was also a Valentine baby tree that had baby pictures of all of the kids on it. The kids loved seeing themselves as babies. We also played “pin the lips on Ms. and Mr. Valentine” and “don’t break my heart”. Yes, I played too and it was FUN!

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Next  we will be learning about President’s Day and starting our unit on Dental Health. I have so many fun things planned that I can hardly contain my excitement!

Here are some more fun photos from the week:

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We will be having another Kindergarten Night on March 5th. This is a night for those who were not able to make it to the last one. The kindergarten class for next year is filling up fast, and looking at the class list, I could NOT be more excited about whats to come!