From The Bat Cave
Room 141 News
I apologize for the delay - it's crunch time for shopping, wrapping, and celebrating! I hope you all are enjoying your family and the season this weekend. My family attended The Magic of Christmas at Merrill Auditorium last night and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I don't know about you all, but just seeing all the lights strung up from town to town makes me giddy.
The Bat Cave was able to enjoy this time of year last week too. Joey was still up to his shenanigans - leaving surprises, challenges, and moving my things all around. We read many holiday stories which included The Gingerbread Boy and The Wild Christmas Reindeer. We learned about facts and opinions. We even compared some of the stories we read.
We had a few visitors to Memorial School this week. The High School choir came and sang Christmas songs to us - and they even let us sing with them too! A second grade classroom had some Native American visitors and they were kind enough to share them with each classroom. We did a little snake dance together - but no fear, there were no real snakes involved....thank god.
We also wrote up a storm! We made holiday cards for Mr. Larson, our librarian. We completed a reindeer project. We also continued our stocking filling. We ended our week with a Kindness Celebration, which included another random act of kindness and The Grinch.
IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW
Dec 22nd - PAJAMA DAY/We're Going to the North Pole Day
Dec 22nd - GNG Middle School Chamber Singers serenade Memorial
Dec 23rd to Jan 3rd - NO SCHOOL
Jan 13th - Early Release (Dismissal 1pm)
Jan 14th - Kindergarten works with Outdoor Classroom Staff
Jan 18th - NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day
Jan 22nd - NO SCHOOL
As exciting and crazy this time of the year is for everyone, especially five and six year olds, we had a great week. I'm looking forward to two more days and fun. Tuesday, we are actually headed to the North Pole, so pajamas are required! Kiddos will be home in time for dinner - promise.
OH! PS - Rest Time things will be coming home on Tuesday. Please keep all mats and blankets at home. Our Rest Time will be transitioning to a quiet reading time. Thank you!
Enjoying the Sounds of the Season
SUPERHERO OF THE WEEK
Ella has two brother (Chance & Isaac) and zero sisters. Her favorite color is pink. Some of Ella's hobbies include coloring, helping her family, and snowboarding. When she grows up, Ella plans on being a babysitter. Her favorite thing to do in kindergarten helping her teacher. Ella believes she is good at helping people and cooking!
Such a wonderful week Ella!
Hitting' the Road
Miss Julia Visits the Bat Cave!
Miss Julia is actually Ella's auntie! So lucky us, Julia came in to read one of Ella's favorite stories.
To keep with the reindeer theme, we read Olive, the Other Reindeer (spoiler alert: Olive isn't a reindeer! She's a dog!) and Jan Brett's The Wild Christmas Reindeer. We then stretched our thinking and looked at how the two stories were similar and they were different.
Another reindeer note. We learned different facts about reindeer. A fact is something that is true for everyone and everything (example: reindeer live in the arctic tundra). We learned about opinions (how someone thinks or feels, which can vary from person to person). An example of an opinion is "Reindeer are way cooler than any other deer". Together as a class, we did a fact and opinion sort, which is tricky, but together we figured it out!
Another Random Act of Kindness
Native American Visit
Silver Eagle took the boys around the room in a "snake dance"
The girls get all snake-y too
The class intertwined all around the room dancing to the beat of the drum
Holiday Love for Mr. Larson
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Kiddos made Santa belly cards for Keith.
Check out the Writing!
Inside of the cards, we focused on writing appropriately: the first letter of each word being a capital and then the rest of the letters written lowercase.
This small group writing lesson was a great opportunity to refine the formation of our lowercase letters.
Check out the Writing!
After we delivered kindness, we frosted and sprinkled our cookies and then watched How The Grinch Stole Christmas as we ate our creations!