Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday

Yesterday was the third Monday in January.  And that means it is time to reflect and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King.

We talked about Dr. King and how he worked so hard to make the world a better place.  We watched a short video about hime and read a couple of books.  At the end of our discussion, I asked the children just what was it that Dr. King wanted.  I was so proud of the children for giving such a wonderful answer.  They all kept saying  that Dr. King taught others about the GOLDEN RULE.  Yes, they said, "He wanted everyone to treat others the way they wanted to be treated".  It doesn't get any better than that.

We did these pictures of Dr. King today.  I thought the children did wonderful work and wanted to share it with the whole school.  So I put them on our bulletin board in the hall.

I gave the children a page with a picture on Dr. King on it.  The picture was does in dark grey, light grey, and white.  I had the children color the dark grey with black, the light gtey with grey and the white with white.  And it just worked beautifully.  We used oil pastels to do the coloring.  

Thank you Dr. King for your wisdom, hard work and love of everyone.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter In Our Classroom / Feels Like Spring Outside

Our first week of January is always the time we begin discussing Winter Weather.  We have read many books, made books, written in our journals, and written winter words on our individual dry erase boards.  We have discussed what plants are like and what different animals do in winter.  And of course, we have talked about how people dress in winter.  One of my favorite books about winter clothing is this book.

After reading the book we made these fun banners matching the pictures with the words.  

Look at these adorable snowmen the children made.  We made these today after reading the original story of Frosty The Snowman.  

The children created these wonderful winter scenes to be displayed on the bulletin board in the hall outside our room.

These beautiful winter scenes were made by painting a piece of watercolor paper with blue and purple watercolor paint.  After drying the children used oil pastels for the drawings.  Love 'em!!!!

Hello everyone.  We have had a vey busy week back in school.  We have read and discussed a lot about winter, even though the temperature is like spring.   This first week of our can food drive is off to a fabulous start.   The children are having a great time counting all the cans of food and looking to see what we have the most of.  As of today we have 87 cans of food.  I'm thinking we might even get to 200 cans before the 100th Day of School!  Here are our cans lined up in the hall outside our classroom.

Next week we will continue our unit.  But we will be adding a study of quilts to the discussion.  Here is our class news for next week and a note about our special quilt day.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Counting Money

These are some little rhymes that help us learn the value of coins.

Penny, Penny,
easily spent,
Copper brown
And worth one cent!

Nickel, Nickel,
Thick and fat,
You're worth five cents,
I know that!

Dime, Dime,
Little and then,
I remember,
You're worth ten!

Quarter, Quarter,
Big and Bold,
You're worth twenty-five
I am told.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1-8-13 Class Information

Here are a few photos of class activities before Christmas.  We made scarecrows using pattern blocks.

We read a fun birthday book and celebrated a birthday in class.  

And oh how sweet our room smelled when we made those candy houses.

This is one of the most fun days ever at school.  And the houses were all so cute when the children finished them.  Thank you all so much to our parents who came to help/  You were so needed and such a big help.