Welcome back to Miss Palmer's Kindergarten Adventure!
We had a wonderful few days back followed by a snow storm that created a spontaneous long weekend! Everyone please stay safe and warm! As 2018 enters we are reminded of the joy a fresh new year can bring. Perhaps you even created some resolutions? Below are a list of resolutions that you and your family can make to help your student(s). Some are academic and some are health habits that will keep us safe, healthy, learning, and happy in 2018! One way Miss Palmer keeps her goals are by writing them down one at a time. Chose one goal, write it down with your student, stick it on the fridge and work on
-continue reading 30 minutes per night with your child.
-playing learning games with students (January Extra Skills Packet)
-play learning games with students (online games & apps)
-practice clean healthy living. Wash and sanitize hands often, practice coughing in your elbow, reminding students to keep hands out of noses, mouths and face to stay germ free! :)
pictured above are your creative inventive students. Using marshmallows and pretzel sticks we welcomed winter by creating delicious snowmen! Some other creations included a dog, and a marshmallow over a fire.
We are thankful for your donations to our class.
Some families donate time by coming into our classes to volunteer. Others donate their time at home by doing cutting and other special projects for the class. For example, some families build blocks that students use in free time centers! Some families cut out sight word cards and put them on rings for us! Also some people have cut out centers, and paperwork that Ms. Palmer can give to students.
Some tangible donations we have received and are extremely grateful for are snack and "stuff" donations. Some families have donated beads that students use when they get on pink (Have an Outstanding Day). Some families have donated expo markers and other supplies to the classroom.
Again our classroom only runs from the love of the community. Our community is the teachers, paraprofessionals, teachers and students who all put out 100% each day! Our students enter school happy and leave the day happy, all due to wonderful positive at home and school support.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
This is what Ms. Davis said students are working on in Technology class on Tuesdays!
“For Computer Science Education Week, all classes are participating in Hour of Code activities, but we will be stretching it out for the entire month of December. In Kindergarten, these are the apps/websites we are using: Code Spark Academy - https://thefoos.com/hour-of-code We actually use the app and the students to track their progress. Last week completed the Donut Detective challenge. This week we will be working on the Snoopy Snow Brawl. Kodable - https://game.kodable.com. We will use this later in the month. Tynker - https://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code. “
Below are resources to help students learn about coding, computer science, and technology! I also have fun online games we wouldn’t have without computers, computer science, technology! Enjoy!
Also I have collected all these online websites on my blog so students can play appreciate the technology that goes into creating online games.
Many students said the fifth grade choir and the fourth and fifth grade band was their first concert!
FLash LIght Friday Today!
Flashlight Friday is very exciting for students. Every Friday we practice our sight words by playing a fun game. With Finger lights we point to the smart board to say and spell our sight words. If parents would like to recreate this game and others at home (or donate finger flashlights to the class) Miss Palmer can send pictures of the kinds of flashlights we use.
This week students learned about Pilgrims and Native Americans. The Pilgrims left Europe because they were not happy. They were not allowed to practice religion how they wanted. After riding on the Mayflower for 2 months they finally landed in Plymouth. One Native American tribe we learned about was called the Wampanoag (Wom-pon-nog) . They helped the Pilgrims learn how to live off the land and have a better second winter in America. The first winter was hard for the Pilgrims. The Native Americans were the first people in what is now the United States and they were so helpful to the Pilgrims. They taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn and hunt for berries. The Pilgrims were very thankful for the Native Americans help and friendship. Just like the Pilgrims we have a lot to be thankful for too.
What is your family thankful for?
What traditions were from the past and the present?
(Please use similar language and words when reviewing Thanksgiving history with your child. In the past words such as"Indians" were used to describe Native Americans or the Womponog Tribe. Now that we know the correct terms to use we can help make our students wiser, and the world a better more accepting place by using the correct wording. Thanks!)
BUT(TER) WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
(Better wait, there's more!)
Question: Ask your student what did we make today? Answer: We churned our own butter.
Ingredients: Heavy Whipping Cream and Mason Jar. Optional Ingredients: Salt and Marbles (for mixing)
Directions: Add all the jar and shake for 20 minutes until butter clumps and excess water is left behind. Pour off excess fluid.
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With something new and interesting happening every day, you'll have to check back weekly for the latest Adventures in Miss Palmer's Kindergarten!