And then it was May…

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Hi everyone! I’ve been contemplating this blog post since the last day of school… Just haven’t been able to wrap my mind or my emotions around our year already being over. I held it together pretty well through our graduation ceremony and party. My heart was swollen with pride for all of the kids as they showed ya’ll their career research projects. My heart was happy as ya’ll looked through the scrapbooks and reminisced of all of the good memories of our year. My heart was full as each kid squeezed me before they left my room for the last time. So proud, so happy, so full, and then so sad. So sad as I looked around at twelve empty chairs and bare walls. Sad that my own daughter wouldn’t be with me next year. Sad that these kids I had grown to love as my own would not be back. I know I will have more awesome kids next year. I know that we will learn and have adventures. I know we will laugh, cry, and grow close. I know it will be just as hard to let the next group go into the “big world” as it was to let this one go. But, I also know its okay to be sad when it is over so took a few moments to just let myself be sad. A good cry is often cleansing for the soul :).

We had so much fun the last couple weeks of school! We learned about careers! Each kiddo got to choose a career to research. They watched videos, made thinking maps, conducted interviews, and worked hard to create posters to display their research. I was so proud of the higher-level thinking that went down with these projects! The kids were asking to create maps that required higher-level thinking like brace maps, flow maps, bridge maps, rather than simple circle maps or bubble maps. On the last day, the kiddos dressed up like the career they researched. I don’t know for sure what these kids will become, but I DO know that God will use each of them to do AMAZING things! Here are a few pictures:

Now, let’s talk about our KinderCamp Day! It was so much fun! In the morning, we read stories in our tent, played camping bingo, made smore’s, and had some fun camping stations. For lunch, we had a cookout! We grilled hot dogs and had watermelon, chips, fruit snacks, and juice. The kids had a blast! After lunch, we went on a nature scavenger hunt! In the afternoon, we had some outside fun! We did water balloons, silly string, bubbles, chalk, a bounce house, and snow-cones. It was such a fun way to wrap up our year! Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered and/or sent supplies for us :)!

I want to end this post and this year with one more “thank you”. Thank you for letting me love your kids this year! Thank you for being awesome parents! These kids are going to do awesome things in their life time. Next year will be very different for them and for you. I want you to know I am still here for you if you want to share successes with me, have questions, want to visit, or need to vent! I will help any way I can. Don’t make me a memory just yet :)!

 

Have a GREAT summer! Eat lots of ice cream for me!

 

April showers

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 Hey everyone! With the art show prepping craziness behind us and only TEN school days left, I thought this would be a good time for a blog post about some things we’ve been learning in class! As some of you know, my poor phone has been damaged beyond repair two times in the last couple of months, so I’m missing lots of good pictures! But, I will do my best to fill in the gaps:)! 

Let’s go back to the 100th day of school (has it been that long since my last blog post?😬). We had such a fun day! Here are some of the activities we did:

– Built a 100 cup structure

– made something  with 100 Legos 

– Used q-tips to paint 100 gum balls 

– Created 100th day hats

– Made 100th day trail mix

– Wrote 100 words 

– Counted to 100 by 10, 5, and 2. 

We also wrote about what our lives will be like when we are 100 and made pictures of ourselves. They came out awesome! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
One of the most awesome parts of this day was dressing up like we were 100 years old. The kids looked awesome. Their costumes, canes, and painted on wrinkles were so fun. Unfortunately I lost all of the pictures when my phone took a bath:( 

After the 100th day, we spent some time learning about Spring and plants. We learned about the basic needs of plants, the parts of plants, and the specific jobs that those parts do. This group of kids really enjoys science! 

   
   
In ELA, we have been continuing to work with different blends. We have also introduced double vowels. The kids are building confidence with their reading and writing with these blends. They get so excited when they see or spell a word they learned. It is also amazing to watch them build each other up. I love watching them help and encourage each other! The phrases that I’ve repeated to them all year long are being repeated throughout the classroom! “No can’t in kindergarten.” “Stretch your brain!” “Use your resources.” Makes a teacher’s heart happy😍. 

In math, the kids have been SO excited to be doing fractions and subtraction! We’ve had to have some serious practice with counting by twos, but they all seem to have gotten it. I couldn’t be more proud! Our April math stations have also been a hit. The favorite game seemed to be the “sums to ten” shark memory game, where they had to make sums of ten to keep their cards. They loved it! 

   
    
    
   
In our bible lessons, we’ve been learning about blessings, making wise choices, and about being friends with God. We learned the story of Mary and Martha. Sometimes we think things need to be perfect and pretty, when really we just need to stop and listen to what Jesus has to say. Here are some sentences we wrote about our blessings. 

   
    
 
On the day of the Art show, we also celebrated Earth Day! Here are some of our Earth Day learning activities:

   
    
    
    
    
   
   
    
    
 
We took advantage of our lesson on reduce, reuse, and recycle and incorporated a higher level thinking assignment. The kiddos has to think of something that could be turned into something else and describe it. I was blown away by their critical thinking skills and creativity!  

    
    
    
    
    
   
The Art Show was amazing! Our projects came out awesome (after much trial and error 😂) and the kiddos nailed their performances! 

   

   
This week we are preparing for Mother’s Day. All the kids have become authors and illustrators and are creating hard back books about their moms. On Thursday, we will host a Mother’s Day brunch in our room. The kids got to make invitations for their moms and will be planning the menu, preparing the food, doing the decorating, and serving their Mommas on this day. They are SO excited!

   
    
    
    
    
    

It’s never to early to get kids thinking about their future! Next week, we will start our research project on careers. Each kiddo will pick a career to do their project over. We will read books, watch videos, conduct interviews, and create products about our career choice.  On the last day of school, the kids will dress up like the career they chose for our graduation and award ceremony. The ceremony will be in our room at 11:30. At noon, we will have pizza and juice to celebrate an awesome year! 

I will be doing another blog post this weekend to share pictures from our brunch! 

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I am blessed daily by your kiddos!