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Kindergarten

Rock “Critters”

June 27, 2012
Rock “Critters”

Using a Rock and Making it Something New The kids had fun making rock “critters”.  They picked out the rocks they wanted to use and we glued them together with Liquid Nails (easy to use).  Once the glue had set (about a day), then it’s time to paint them.  I loved the colors and...
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Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

June 26, 2012
Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

Butterfly Garden We’ve been working on our butterfly garden with the help of Nina Jaffray (she has done more than just help – she gets the right plants, she is an inspiration and encouragement for me and all of the kids to take on this project and she teaches all of us by sharing...
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We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

June 25, 2012
We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

Scarecrows! During our new Summer Daze program the kids made scarecrows for their garden.  The kids had fun with it and they got to cut the long grass too! Here’s what we did: We took a recycled piece of wood trim (a dowel rod would work as well). Cut some long pieces of grass...
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Life as a Child in a One-room Schoolhouse!

June 6, 2012
Life as a Child in a One-room Schoolhouse!

Spending the day in a one-room schoolhouse to experience life as a pioneer child Life as a pioneer child was a little different then kids today!  My students liked the novelty of it but didn’t like: not being able to have a snack when they wanted it having to go outside to use the...
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I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

May 30, 2012
I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

To get ready to serve my students a traditional wagon train meal of beans, corn bread and coffee, I set out to figure out how to make a tripod like the pioneers might have had.  A little research and a long stick found in the nearby woods and I was ready. First I removed...
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Making Their Own Corn Meal

May 27, 2012
Making Their Own Corn Meal

  Using simple tools to make corn meal The pioneers needed to provide for 6 months of food on the trail and, since there were no Walmart’s to go to if they ran out of supplies, enough to live on until they could grow their own.  Tools were simple. So we had our students...
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Covered Wagons Ready!

May 26, 2012
Covered Wagons Ready!

Preparing Covered Wagons Preparing for our travel on the Oregon Trail has been fun.  The students have all been grouped into “families” with new names and occupations.  They have been very excited by their names and “How do you speak Swedish?”.  On this day the families are working on building their covered wagons. A...
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Country Line Dancing Through the 80s!

April 20, 2012

The 80s! What a blast! So what to do?   The logical choice was “Footloose”. The kids loved it!  It didn’t hurt that they just remade the movie so they had heard the music recently.  They think of the music as their own.  You can watch this video for some of the chooses of silly...
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Strolling with Soul Train in the 70s!

April 19, 2012

Exploring the 70’s Watch as they “Stroll” to Earth, Wind and Fire on Soul Train. To continue our discovery of dances from the past, our students watched a Soul Train clip to see them do the “Stroll”.  This evolved over the years but my students saw the possibilities when there was a little more...
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The Decades as Studied by my Clever Students!

April 18, 2012
The Decades as Studied by my Clever Students!

  The Social Studies unit – The Decades – that covered the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s! This was the cover of our decades program for our student skits! To help with the research I found videos on the dances of the different decades for my students to have an opportunity to do. It...
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