Friday, September 12, 2014

Quiet Valley Farm

Today the Elementary students took a step back in time, and got to explore a farm complete with an 1800's family giving us the grand tour.

Some of things they enjoyed learning:

* How farmers planted & plowed the fields
* How corn got shelled and ground
* How butter got churned
* How animals were cared for
* How food was cooked over a fire
* How cups, utensils, bowls and candles were made
* How sheep wool was spin into yarn and weaved on a loom
* What attending a 1800's one-room schoolhouse would be like

Some of the things they enjoyed seeing:

* Honking geese, horses, ducks, chickens, rabbits, HUGE pigs, and mules
* 1800's barn
* 1800's house's kitchen and bedroom
* Different eggs found on the farm
* An old well

Some of the things they enjoyed doing:

* Jumping in a haystack
* Playing with homemade toys
* Petting Janie, the mule
* Having a lesson in multiplication, fractions, geography and spelling in a one-room schoolhouse
* Using an outhouse (well, perhaps they didn't enjoy THAT too much ;-))

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fun in the Sun

The elementary students are enjoying the warm, summer days while they last! The girls were having fun picking dandelions on the playground this morning...

Enjoying the sun with Destiny & Cally!

They're Getting It!!!

Today during morning announcements, both Mrs. Lytle and I took a picture of these girls. Just look at them! After a few days of being reminded how to sit during this time of the day - they got it!! (Of course receiving merits was a great incentive :-))

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lend a Hand

I was put in charge of the classroom job chart this year. Of course, Pinterest was an inspiration and I saw a job chart called "Lend a Hand". So I figured out the jobs, and then yesterday I had each student trace their hand and write their name in the middle. After school I laminated them all and added them to the job chart to complete the look. 

For the first 2 weeks, the first graders are "resting" their hands to give them a chance to get better acquainted with their new surroundings. :-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day as First Graders!

The first day of school is always rather chaotic and overwhelming, but we all survived!! I think these five little munchkins are quickly discovering that First grade will be rather different than Kindergarten, but I think they will do just fine. :-)

Here they are in their new desks... 

And yes, they actually sat quietly in their desks for about 15 minutes and started some of their new schoolwork!!