Sunday, June 12, 2016

Goodbye! Have a Great Summer Break!

Here they are lined up ready to head home on the last day of school!

The last day of school is an emotional day for me as I've spent many days with these young students watching them transform, grow and become more independent throughout the year.  It is a good feeling to think about all they've learned during this year in kindergarten.  They have learned to get along, follow rules, read, write letters and sentences, add, subtract, do story problems, count and write to 100 and much, much more!  They have also learned a lot about nature and birds throughout the year as well.  It is amazing what their young minds are capable of learning.

I've gotten to know them quite well and it will be so different to not see their smiling faces as they walk through the door each morning.  We had such a great year together and I will miss them very much!  I wish them all a happy summer!  I will see them again in August!  Thank you for reading my blog and for the nice feedback I received from you!

The Last Day of School!

We had a great plan for the last day of school.  The teachers planned to take the K-4 kids to the Lion's Park and have a fun day outdoors complete with free play, kick ball, volleyball, basketball or even birding with me!  We forgot to inform Mother Nature and it was a very, very windy and cold morning.  Being tough South Dakotan folks, we went anyway and gave it a try.  We stayed for about an hour until it began to rain.  Such a bummer!  We went back to school and set up a movie in three classrooms and we let the children go to the one they wanted.  I showed old favorite bird videos, while the others had cartoons.  We made the best of the day!  

Before we left we sat around our room and had an ice cream treat courtesy of me and I gave them some bubbles as a send off gift.  We dismissed at noon on that last day of school.

Despite the cold, the kids were ready to go birding!

We only saw about ten species due to the wind, but 
we sure tried!

These guys were really getting into it by being very stealthy.

When we work together, we can do anything!

April and May Journal Entries

These young children are doing a great job at writing in their journals.  They are writing longer sentences, they are able to sound out words quite well and they use the correct punctuation.  Their handwriting is quite neat too!  I am so thrilled to see the progress that they've made in writing and reading!

Adios Mr. G!

After 41 years in education, our elementary 
principal/superintendent has retired.  Here are the kids 
giving him his send off at our last assembly.

Photos From my Phone

Here are some photos from my iPhone that were just too cute to keep to myself. 
Creative minds working together!

"I found a Common Grackle for you, Teacher!"

K-4 Concert Practice

Ryenn's cool birthday cake made by her dad!

Silly boys!
Levi's ma brought in a baby Northern Bobwhite 
for the kids to see.
Celebrating birthdays is always a fun time!