Hi my friends: I forgot to send home a note explaining about Red Ribbon Week activities. On Monday it is Pajama Day. Please allow your child to wear slippers, robes, and/or slippers to school that day. I know I will be wearing!
Ahhhh Columbus Day in First Grade! What a fun but kind of meaningless day. Though everyone knows that the story about Columbus "discovering" America is a bit shady, teachers all across this country feel an obligation to recount the story of our favorite Italian. And why not? He makes a really great looking paper bag puppet!
Here, for your enjoyment, are two accounts of the whole Christopher Columbus story.
(Disclaimer: The following may or may not be actual facts.)
In case you are worried that this educator doesn't really know the names of the three ships...she does!
Every Friday, we have "Performance Day" in the Lucky Duck classroom. The children are encouraged to practice and memorize our weekly poem which they receive on Monday, to perform on Friday. Usually, there are two or three students who are ready to perform.
this poem really got the kids going. We had lots of fun with it and used different voices to perform. The following four videos are just a sampling of the children who practiced and recited for us.
AWAY UP HIGH
Away up high in the apple tree.
Two red apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came those apples and
Boy, were they GOOD!
Katja and Kate using their "mad" voices. Gabriel and Silver using "normal" voices.
Ethan and Tristan using "opera" voices.
Lizbeth, Chloe, and Brooklynn using "sad" voices.
So cute. Memorizing is a great and essential skill for children to acquire.