Archive for May, 2011

What are You Going to Do This Summer?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

goingThe classroom was warm. It was almost time to be going home and the “Can Do” Kids were restless and hot. Teacher Pat called the class to order, saying, “It’s almost summer. Let’s go around the room and share what we are all going to do over the summer. Willie, you start.”

Willie said, “I’m going to day camp at the community center.” Hector shared, “I’m going too.” Maria, Nellie, Eulyn, Orrie and Mickey all yelled out that they were going to the day camp too.

Jay shared that he was going to visit his grandparents on the Indian reservation in Dakota. Yundi and Wendy said they were going to China to spend the summer with their grandparents.

Annie could hardly stay in her seat she was so excited to share where she was going. “Okay, Annie, it is your turn,”  said Miss Pat.

Annie said, “I am so excited. my grandma, Grandma Maureen, won four tickets for a cruise to Canada. She is going to take Kathy and Arthur J and me with her as a reward for us getting such good grades this year.”!

Miss Pat smiled and said, “What a nice reward for doing well in school. It sounds like you all have some very nice things to do this summer.”

Orrie raised his hand and asked, “What will you be doing Miss Pat”? Miss Pat answered, “I will be take some classes, going to the beach and visiting friends.”

With that, the dismissal bell rang and the children got up to go. Miss Pat reminded them that Coach Campbell and Nurse Diane would be coming in to talk with them about being safe over the summer and that she would have their required reading list ready for them in a few days.

What Can I Make With…

Friday, May 27th, 2011

On the bus ride home from the class trip to the farm, Miss Pat challenged the “Can Do”Kids with a game of what can I make with what I saw at the farmer’s market.

Miss Pat said, “Okay, who is going to go first?

Bobby raised his hand and said, “I saw apples and  I can make applesauce with apples.”

Kathy went next saying she saw peaches and she can make a peach pie with her mom’s help.

Hector shared that he saw cherries and he could make an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top.

Eulyn saw celery and she knows she can make a tuna salad with cut up celery in it.

Willie saw tomatoes and he can make a salad with them.

Now it is your turn. Name one thing you make with the following things that the “Can Do” Kids saw at the farmer’s market?

eggs                         milk

butter                    cheese

strawberries       blueberries

potatoes               corn


School Bus Manners

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The “Can Do” Kids all came to attention when Policewoman Paula came into the classroom.

“Good afternoon Miss Pat,” said Policewoman Paula. “Good afternoon Policewoman Paula,” answered Miss Pat.

“Tpolice woman pauls talks about school bus mannershank you for coming to speak to the class about school bus manners. We are taking a class trip tomorrow and I want the children to be on their best behavior on the school bus we rented for the trip. Not all of my class takes a bus to school. Many of them walk or come by car, with a parent. I am not sure everyone knows how to behave on a school bus.”

Policewoman Paula smiled and said, “I’m happy to speak to the class about school bus manners. Let me begin by saying that those of you who ride the school bus every day need to set an example for your classmates who don’t ride the school bus regularly. Everyone must follow the regular safety rules for bus riders. They are:

  • No talking at all near a railroad crossing
  • No loud talking
  • Keep feet under you and arms close to your body
  • Put books and book bags where they cannot fall
  • Avoid talking to the driver except when the bus is stopped or in an emergency
  • Sit quietly in your seat until the trip ends
  • NEVER stick anything out the bus window or throw things out of it.
  • Never lean on windows and never open them without permission from the driver

There are a few other things you all need to remember when taking a class trip:

  • Make sure you know when and where the bus will leave and be there in plenty of time.
  • Once you get where you are going, always stay with your group.
  • When you get where you are going remember to pay attention to the bus you arrived on in case there are many buses parked there when it is time to go home.

Class, if you remember to practice these school bus manners you will have a safe, fun trip”!

Miss Pat thanked Policewoman Paula for coming and the class thanked her too. As Policewoman Paula was leaving she turned and said, “Have a great time. I wish I were going with you.”

Source: School Bus Safety – Owen Sound Police Service, Ontario Canada picture of schiol bus for school bus manners

The Class Trip

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

can do kids are sitting around tables in the classroom Miss Pat called the class to order and announced, “Class, on Monday, the 23rd of May,we are taking a class trip to a working farm outside of town.”

The class all clapped and Hector asked, “Will the class trip be all day”? Miss Pat smiled and answered, “Yes, it will be an all day class trip so we have some planning to do today so we are ready for the trip.”

As Miss Pat handed out the class trip permission request slips, she reminded the class that they needed to take the slips home and get a parent signature in order to go on the class trip.

“Remember class, do this right away, before you forget. Get the slips back to me as soon as you can. I can’t allow any one of you to take the trip if I don’t have a signed permission slip from a parent before the day of the trip. There are no exceptions to this school rule about trips.” The whole class sang out at the same time, “Yes Miss Pat.”

“First,” said Miss Pat, “We need to talk about what to wear. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are good for lots of walking. Wear a sweater or jacket if it is cool. Other than lunch and morning and afternoon snacks, don’t carry anything else. I will get bottles of water from the school kitchen and that is the beverage we will drink during the day and at lunch.”

Miss Pat took out a list of suggested snacks and lunches that are fine for a trip when you don’t have anyway to keep them cold. She got the list from the school nutritionist. She asked Bobby to hand out the list to each child in class to being home for a parent to read.

Here are some of the things the nutritionist recommended to take on the class trip that don’t need to be kept cold:

  • Whole fruits: apples, bananas, pears, grapes, berries, oranges
  • Trail mix (avoid those with candy; stick with nuts, dried fruit, and seeds)
  • Peanut butter/jelly in a sandwich or on crackers
  • Dry cereal (look for varieties with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving)
  • Whole-grain pretzels or baked crackers
  • Popcorn, without butter or salt
  • Fruit leathers (made with 100% fruit juice or puree), or dried  fruits
  • Applesauce (check labels for sugar content)
  • Beef/turkey jerky
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Cookies: fig bars, animal crackers, oatmeal cookies, graham crackers

Who is My Mommy?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Baby animals are often called different names than their mothers. For example: A puppy’s mommy is called a dog.

See if you can name each mommy for the different baby animals listed below. Check out the pictures below to help you.

What do we call

  • a lamb’s mommy ______________
  • a baby chick’s mommy______________
  • a duckling’s mommy________________a mommy hen and her chicks
  • a piglet’s mommy__________________
  • a calf’s mommy____________________
  • a pony’s mommy__________________

mommy cow and calves

mommy pig mommy sheep

mommy ducks

mommy horse