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Popcorn Words

Please read these weekly Popcorn Words with your K-Kid each night!

*I *it *run *help *away
*a *in *jump *down
*is *we *one
*am *big *two
*to *for *make
*the *this *get
*go *red *play
*me *like *find
*see *my *funny
*and *come *look
*can *up *blue
*you *not *yellow
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Flat Stanley's Adventures!

As we ventured back to our normal schedules and routines, the K-Kids loved beginning our Flat Stanley unit. Throughout the next few weeks our normal routine will be a tad different, since we have so many visitors coming to our classroom to take us away on different adventures. A huge thank you to Bertie's mom, Heidi, for coming in to talk to us about the U.K., and allowing us to soak up some British culture with a tea party! It was a lot of fun! We are looking forward to many other guests joining us this week. Please contact me to schedule your time in the classroom, if you haven't already! 

As we explored many of the places Flat Stanley has already visited, the K-Kids loved learning new facts about each place. This week we watched Stan as he traveled to China, South Korea, LA, San Diego, St. Louis, Switzerland, Austria, Dubai, Florida, Wisconsin, England, Atlanta, Hilton Head! Can you imagine his frequent flier miles?! We have a large stack of Stanley adventures still waiting to be opened, and more keep arriving each day. It is so uplifting to see how many people have been participating in this project! The kids have been thrilled to mark each new destination Stanley has been to, and they have been keeping a travel journal of his adventures. We record the city/state and country he visits, calculate how many miles away it is from Evanston, discuss what he did on his trip, and note which classmate sent him there. The journal will be an awesome keepsake, and it has also created a lot of fun discussion for us about cultures around the world, and allowed us to compare distances and understand a little about the geography of our world!

Of course, we couldn't forget about some of our normal routine! We did complete reading groups throughout the week, and I was even able to assess many of the kiddos this week. I am definitely not ready to send them to first grade emotionally, but academically they are going to be extremely well prepared! We are also working our way well through the math curriculum, which continues to challenge us in many ways while we all work to build a strong and automatic number sense.

Next week we will continue to keep up with Flat Stanley's adventures, and welcome parents into our classroom. We will also talk a little bit about ourselves, and where we belong on a map.

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