Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Kindergarteners completed a holiday show and tell sheet at home with their families about what holiday they celebrate, a favorite holiday dish, song, tradition and activity. It was fun to hear them all share their favorites. They also brought in a photo of something special for the holidays. We saw some Elves on the Shelf, trees, cookie decorating, family pictures and a picture of one friend ringing the red kettle! By the way....13 out of our 24 students picked Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as their favorite song! We were able to do a gallery walk around the room checking out the photos up close.
We have started our first service learning experience by doing a kickoff week full of great books and transforming ourselves into an older version of ourselves (see kickoff week picture of our Impact teachers). Our biggest treat was having a magnificent group of men from the Burnsville Football Team come teach us about how much each generation can impact another. Current Head coach Tyler Krebs, former head coach Dick Hanson and 3 of next year's captains came to visit. 183 Impact students sat in awe of the wonderful stories each person shared about what their relationship with each other has done for them. Students were able to reflect on what was shared and are inspired to impact the older generation during our service learning experience in January and part of February. Here is a link to their powerful story on Kare 11.
Climb Theater actors came in and taught our Kinders about resiliency by doing a very engaging skit. Kids were able to help create ideas that everyone can use to change their negative thoughts into a positive attitude. Some ideas they came up with were to hug a stuffed animal, talk to a friend or a trusted grown up and draw a picture!
Kindergarteners learned about several Symbols that represent America by reading various books, watching some video clips and viewing some photographs of the symbols. We created a book of our learning and enjoyed sharing them with our 2nd grade buddies!
After learning about the first Thanksgiving, Kindergarteners were asked to bring in a cupful of something to share. Each Kindergartener was able to contribute to the feast. We stuffed our harvest into cornucopias (sugar cones) and enjoyed a meal together. After our feast, we gathered to share what we were thankful for. It was a fun celebration.