Boy, will it ever! Today is seventy, but by midnight it supposed to get wild and wooly and by the end of the week, back to 20. Oh, my poor head.
This week at school is about like the weather. Nationally, it is Catholic School's Week. Our principal requested we take our service out into the community. If you haven't ever tried it, I'll warn you- it is difficult to find a place willing to let 22 children come and "serve" for a whole morning. My wee Bugg had been bugging me about a visit to her class. That sparked an idea! In support of literacy, we could be pen pals with her class. I'm blessed to be friends with her teacher and she agreed. I knew Bugg was beginning writing, such a challenge for some kindergarten kiddos. I am a big believer in writing for an authentic reason and prompt writing is something I only do during testing prep. So we started to write back and forth.
Next we prepared for our visit. My kids made the little ones a bunny adventure book to put a story in. Then they made several sets of storytelling cubes for the class. We took a big stack of bunny books.
I taught my kids to sign "This Land is Your Land" for Veteran's Day and Bugg learned that for their celebration as well, so we prepared to sing it with our pen pals.
So, in our lime green Fiesta shirts, we boarded the bus for another school.
First we sang, then I read Knuffle Bunny to the class. After the book, my kiddos helped their pen pals create a storytelling manipulative to retell the story. Together they colored and cut out laundry and a knuffle bunny to put in the washing machine, on which the door opened. There was a pocket in the back to store the items.
After lunch we continued the bunny theme with four centers. In the center below, the student's chose a bunny book and their pals read to them.
This was the Bunny Tale Adventure, where my kiddos helped their pals write a story of a pretend bunny of their own. Bugg's buddy Livvie, is writing down her ideas.
Lastly, we shared a cookie- a bunny one of course, and a juice box and bid goodbye to our pals. When we returned to class, my kids wrote a note about the day to their pal. It was sweet how the letters changed after actually meeting and spending the morning together.
I have so many adorable pictures, but I don't show faces of other kidlets on the blog, especially ones who don't even know me.
An exhausted teacher/Gramerly, a happy Bugg!