October 7th, 2015
October is here and Halloween is not far off, and there is so much to plan!
Willie and Nellie have a few weeks to figure out what they want to be for Halloween. Grandma Hattie said she would make their costumes or they could be store-bought. It’s a tough decision.
All the kids on “Can Do” Street are trying to decide what to be on Halloween. It is all they talk about!
Halloween is a very special day on “Can Do” Street. The “Can Do” Kids get to wear their costumes to school! Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, the “Can Do” Kids will celebrate Halloween in school on the 30th of October. At lunch time there will be pumpkin cookies in the cafeteria. No one has to pay for them …they are free! All the moms and grandmas bake them and bring them to “Can Do” Street Elementary School on Halloween morning.
After school there will be a costume parade from the school to the community center. All the adults line “Can Do” Street and cheer as the parade goes by. At the community center there are activities like pitching candy corn into a big pumpkin and dunking for apples. “Can Do” Kathy doesn’t want to dunk for apples because she doesn’t want to mess her hair! She is going to miss out on some good fun! There are orange slices and popcorn balls for snacks.
On Saturday, the 31st, the children will get in their costumes in the early afternoon and go to the Senior Center. They will sing Halloween songs and recite Halloween poems for the grandmas and grandpas who live on “Can Do” street. Each senior helps one of the “Can Do” kids to make a Halloween gift for their parent such as a picture or a felt pumpkin.
Then, as it starts to get dark, it is time to go trick or treating! Parents and grandparents will walk the “Can Do” Kids for house to house. The kids have plastic pumpkins for carrying the treats they will get at every house. All the while they are saying,” Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat”!
September 21st, 2015
Miss Pat called the class to order and asked, “Who knows when the Fall season of the year begins?”
As usual, Orrie was the first to raise his hand and said, “Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere on Friday the 23rd for Canada and the United States.” Orrie beamed when Miss Pat complemented him.
Maria raised her hand and asked, “When does South America have its Fall season?”
Miss Pat smiled and said, “Good Question, Maria. Does anyone but Orrie have that answer?” Jay raised his hand and said, “They already had their Fall season. They had it in March. It began on Sunday, March 20, 2011 for countries considered to be in the Southern Hemisphere. Their seasons are opposite to ours.
“Wow,” said Willie, “You guys are smart. I didn’t know any of those things about the Fall. I just thought Fall was about going back to school and watching football at the high school and on TV with my grandpa.”
Miss Pat said, “Let’s take a Fall quiz and see what else we do and do not know about the fall season.”
She then passed out a quiz. Why not take the quiz and have your parent check your answers?
The Fall Quiz:
What is another name for the Fall?
What happens to trees in the Fall?
Name two holidays that are in the Fall.
What sports are played in the Fall?
What do farmers do in the Fall?
What is the weather like in the Fall?
What kind of clothes do we wear in the Fall?
What do you like most about the Fall?
What don’t you like about the Fall?
September 14th, 2015
“Okay class,” said Miss Pat, “Let’s review making good choices to be safe both in and out of school.”
Hector looked bored and groaned. “Hector,” asked Miss Pat, “What are you groaning about? Do you know all about safe choices you need to make on the way to school and when you are in school?”
“Well Miss Pat,” answered Hector. “I don’t know everything about being safe but I know lots. I know that I’m still too young to cross the street by myself. I need an adult with me or a crossing guard to cross the street. I won’t be old enough to cross on my own until I am 10 years old.”
Miss Pat smiled, saying,”What else do you know about being safe on the way to and from school?”
Hector beamed and shared:
- “Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.
- If you take a school bus, make sure you always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see you.
- Carry a flashlight at night, dawn and dusk.
- Wear a jacket or a scarf or something that can be seen by drivers even in the dark.”
“Excellent,” said Miss Pat. “Now who wants to tell me about some choices we need to make to be safe in school?”
Maria raised her hand and when Miss Pat called on her she said, “I know how to be safe in school. You just have to remember to:
- Walk don’t run in the hallways.
- Wait your turn, don’t push or cut in line.”
Maria added, “No fooling around when you are going up and down the stairs. Of course there is no throwing of books, bags, supplies and no hitting.”
Then Bobby raised his hand and said, “Food fights and playing with water from the fountain are bad choices when it come to being safe. Someone could fall on a wet floor or slip on a piece of food.”
“Good Job,” said Miss Pat. “You do know how to make good choices to be safe in and out of school!
September 7th, 2015
While the “Can Dos” thought they would have lots of time to do what they wanted to do in the last week before school started, it didn’t turn out that way! Their parents had lots for them to do.
It’ was that time again; time to do all the things that needed doing before school started for another year.
The time before school is time to:
- Visit the doctor for a physical.
- Visit the dentist for a check up and cleaning.
- Get new school shoes.
- Get new school clothes.
- Clean out closets and draws to make room for new clothes and shoes.
- Clean out an pack up all usable school supplies, clothes and shoes that are too small to wear, books that have been read and donate to an organization that helps children who need these things, but whose parents can’t afford to buy them.
- Make a space that is quiet for doing homework.
- Make a space on a shelf, and in draws where school supplies can be stored.
- Work out a space with mom where important school papers need to be put so she finds them and signs them.
- Have a talk with mom about the school schedule and what it means for the time to get up, time to leave for school, time to get home from school, chores, homework, free play time, TV and computer time, and bedtime.
Wow, not much time for playing the week before school starts!