It has been such a busy month, that I decided to post a bunch of photos from our daily class activities. After we visited the sweet potato farm, we talked about how plants grow, and in the next few days made applesauce! This was my favorite activity because it was so simple to do and it's a yummy way to learn procedural writing- write about how to do something! The students practiced safety in preparing the apples. We washed them, and had each child practice peeling it, with the help of the teacher, of course. We then used a nifty apple corer to take out our apple core. Then each student, under close supervision, practiced cutting apple slices with a butter knife. I was pleased to see that they were being very careful and that each student concentrated really hard. It's fair enough to say that some of them needed more guidance than others, as one boy tried to cut his apple slice mid-air. Another funny story is about one boy who asked while cutting his apples, "May I have a bite...please?" So I gave in and said, "Sure, just one small piece." Soon enough, I noticed his apple pieces got smaller and smaller, and were disappearing off his plate! I can't blame him, apples are delicious! We placed our cut apple pieces into the rice cooker, yes a rice cooker! Then we turned on the button and waited! Viola! Mix it and you have natural tasty applesauce. It's very easy to make at home, please try it!
We started reading books about Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and Native Americans, the voyage over to America, and also funny stories about Turkeys. We celebrated Thanksgiving by having a class discussion about things we are thankful for. We created a list and students drew some pictures about what they are thankful for. They also wrote some things on their turkey feathers, decorated a little milk carton to make a thanksgiving box, and created some Thanksgiving headbands and bonnets. Thank you, Lord, for such wonderful little Kindergarteners!
MOre Photos from School
Snack time, lunch time, Daily Five, Word work, Read to Self, Listen to Reading, Read to someone, Meet with the teacher- guided reading groups, individual reading conferences, Math time, hands on games, Addition game-growing train, Subtraction game-disappearing train, Symmetry game-maker & mirror, symmetry painting, Domino numbers, dice roll, graphing, recess time, free choice time.
It's never too early to be a missionary for Jesus and share the love of God with others. These students graciously shared their joy and gifts to the elderly at Yomitan no Sato. We began with a short welcome, a prayer, then students joyfully sang songs about love, joy, walking with Jesus, and praises to the Lord.
After some singing, we presented our gift basket of fruits to the elderly home. Thank you so much for your generous donations of fruit to bless others. We had an overflowing box! So much, that we had to carry a few boxes! :)
The children then moved around all the grandma's and grandpa's in wheelchairs and presented them with handmade bead necklaces and handprint paper flowers. The children were a little timid, but it did not stop them from sharing their gifts. We were very proud of them and their desire to give back to the community and show love to others.
Dig! Dig! Dig! The students had a terrific time digging for sweet potatoes. This was a our first field trip for the school year, and they were very excited! It was great to see the students who love working hard and don't mind getting a little dirty. Many of them had tons of energy and dug from hole to hole. I think the funniest thing was when a tired student looked around and said, "I think we have enough potatoes." She had enough of the manual labor. I chuckled and told her that she could take a break. The students came back to enjoy a book called "The Very Big Potato." Then drew awesome pictures and wrote about their potato farm field trip. We hope you enjoyed eating the sweet potatoes!