Monday, February 2, 2015

Bounce U

On Friday, the students on Honor Roll were able to go to Bounce U - an indoor playground filled with bouncing equipment. ;-) They were bouncing, sliding, climbing and having loads of fun together! Definitely a great way to get rid of some of their endless energy.  By the end of our time, there were rosy cheeks, and tired bodies heading to the bus. Success!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow Fun

With some recent snowfall, the school playground has turned into a winter wonderland! I promised the kids that if they brought snow boots, I would take them outside for recess. The majority did remember to bring them, so yesterday they had quite an adventure on the snowy mounds. The sun was so bright that the snow was practically glistening all over the playground. It was quite the lovely winter day!

"Do you wanna build a snowman?"

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Party!

We had a lot of fun at our Christmas party on Friday! We played lots of games including "Christmas Bump-It", "Ornament Matching", "Nativity Scavenger Hunt", "Christmas Words in a Word", and "All I Want for Christmas". The morning concluded with Mrs. Lytle's yummy ziti and bread for lunch! 

For "All I Want for Christmas", the kids had to think up things starting with the different letters of the alphabet. I was quite impressed with how well the 1st graders did with remembering A-Z!
I couldn't have survived the party without my fellow reindeer/sister, Alayna :-)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Shopping!

This afternoon we went Christmas shopping at a nearby dollar store. Each student had 3 people they could buy something for. During this Christmas season, we wanted to focus on the spirit of GIVING rather than the spirit of getting. Most of the students were buying presents for Mommies, Daddies, and Grandparents. Some were also buying for friends, so we had to make sure we guarded our shopping baskets so certain people couldn't peek!

They were each able to buy 3 gifts because they all earned 3,000 merits in school. You get merits for getting your work done, quoting Bible verses, getting 100% on your tests, showing character etc. 

This shopping event went really smoothly, for which we were all thankful! When it was first mentioned as a possibility, we weren't sure how we all felt about it. ;-) Organization was the key though!

Wrapping paper, tape and tags were also purchased, so when we got back to school, each group could wrap their presents. I think it is safe to say that everyone is officially in the Christmas spirit now! :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Farewell Fish Party!

You may remember our class pet from last year, Mr. Jasper Smiles? He joined us again this school year. His place of honor was on the testing table in the middle of the Elementary Learning Center.

With the winter months quickly approaching us, I really didn't want to arrive at school one day and find the poor guy frozen stiff. I decided that I would take him home for the winter months where I had better control of room temperature. :-)

Because I was taking him home, we decided to have a goodbye party for Jasper yesterday. (So much better than a funeral!) The students have grown quite attached to the little guy, and the older ones were always excited when it was their turn to feed him.

We went all out for this party! In the morning we went down to the kitchen and made blue Jell-O, putting it in a fish bowl (a BRAND NEW one!). Each student got to stir and dump something in the bowl. About an hour or 2 later we added Swedish fish to "swim" around in the blue Jell-O.

While the kiddos did their schoolwork, I was down in the Kindergarten classroom decorating for the party - complete with blue balloons, green streamers, and party hats. Jasper even got his own place of honor!

Later in the day, the students came downstairs. We had so many fun activities planned, but unfortunately, not everything could get done. However, we did decorate our party hats with fish stickers, read a story called "A Fish Out of Water", play a game called "A Fish Out of Water", taste test different fish crackers, and enjoy the blue Jell-O with Swedish Fish. The students had all written notes to Jasper, but we ran out of time to read them to him. I will have to promise to read them to him later on. Oh the things we do for a fish!! He has no idea how much he is loved. :-) One of my favorite notes I helped one of the first graders compose goes like this:

"Dear Mr. Jasper Smiles,

Can you not get frozen this winter? I really really like you but you have to go now. I will miss you!"

You know you are a teacher when you are not ashamed to wear a party hat to a farewell party for a fish! :-)