Archive for September, 2011

Where Did Maria Go After Lunch?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

can do kids are sitting around tables in the classroomKathy looked over to where Maria sits and her chair was empty. Hmmm, thought Kathy where is Maria?

Kathy went back to reading the story that Miss Pat gave them as an assignment in class. A little while later, Kathy looked over again  to see if Maria  was back in her seat…no Maria. Now she was worried that maybe something had happened to Maria . Did Miss Pat know where she was? Did Miss Pat even know that Maria was not in class?

“That’s funny,” said Kathy. Miss Pat looked up and said, “Kathy, are you talking when you are supposed to be reading?” Kathy looked up and answered,”Sorry Miss Pat, I was talking to myself.”  Miss Pat smiled and said, “Is it something you want to share?” Kathy shook her head no and said, “Can I come to your desk and ask you something in private?” Miss Pat shook her head yes and Kathy got up and went to Miss Pat’s desk.

In a low voice Kathy said, “I am worried about Maria . She hasn’t been in her seat since we got back from lunch. We ate lunch together and she didn’t say she was going anywhere after lunch. May I check the girls room to make sure she isn’t sick?” Miss Pat smiled at Kathy and said, “You are a good friend to worry about Maria  like that, but there is no need to worry. Maria is just fine. She had to go somewhere.”

“Where did she go,” asked Kathy. “That is something you will have to ask Maria,” answered Miss Pat.

Later, as Maria and Kathy walked home from school together, Kathy asked Maria  where she went after lunch. Maria got all red in the face and looked like she was about to cry. “What’s wrong?” asked Kathy. Maria started to cry and said,”If I tell you, do you promise not to tell anyone?”

Kathy nodded yes and Maria  said, “I am having trouble with reading, so I go out of our class to another room for extra help with reading.”

Kathy said, “Wow,  for a minute there you really had me scared. I thought something was really wrong, because you were crying and made me promise not to tell.”

Maria  answered, “I don’t like needing extra help. I’m afraid the other kids will make fun of me.” Kathy nodded that she understood. Then she said, “Maria, you are good at lots of things, you don’t need to feel bad about needing help with reading. Everybody needs help sometime with something. Besides, no one is going to make fun of you.

Remember Maria, we’re “Can Do” Kids and “Can Do” Kids don’t make fun of anyone!”

The Apple…

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The AppleMiss Pat passed around a plate filled with slices of apple. She directed the class to each take a slice of apple and eat it. The Can Do Kids were happy to do what she asked, but a little puzzled as Miss Pat never handed out food in the middle of the afternoon.

“Class who knows what day today is?” Miss Pat smiled and looked around at all the faces looking at her. Hector raised his hand, “Why it’s Monday the 26th of September, Miss Pat, don’t you remember?” Miss Pat laughed and answered, ” I know Hector, but who do we honor on September 26th?”

As always, Orrie was the first to raise his hand with an answer. “It’s Johnny Appleseed Day,” said Orrie. “Very good, Orrie,” answered Miss Pat, “Now who, other than Orrie, can tell me who Johnny Appleseed was and why we remember him today.”

The “Can Dos” all squirmed in their seats, hoping they wouldn’t be called on for the answer. Miss Pat waited, then she said, “I see I need to read to you about Johnny Appleseed. Be sure to pay attention because there will be a short quiz when I am done.”

Miss Pat began to read,”When the colonists first came to America they carried with them seeds from apple trees back home in Europe. It was a good thing, as there were no apple trees in America when they arrived. They planted the seeds where they settled in New England and soon there were apple trees full of fruit for eating and baking.

When the Wild West was opened a man named John Chapman, who was born on September 26, 1774,  set out to explore the new territory and to plant apple orchards along the way. His work earned him the name, “Johnny Appleseed.” He was a devoted naturalist who respected the land. He treated everyone as he wanted to be treated.

When he died, at 70 years of age, he left behind apple orchards all over the Western U.S. that still bear fruit today.”

Miss Pat Looked up from her reading and said, ” Take out your pencils  and I will pass out a short quiz about what I just read to all of you.

The Quiz:

When was John Chapman born?____________________________________________________

Were there always apple trees in the U.S. ?___________________________________________

Who brought apple seeds to America?________________________________________________

Why did John Chapman get the name Johnny Appleseed?_________________________________

Where did he plant apple orchards?__________________________________________________

Are any of his apple orchards still around today?________________________________________

Name 3 things we can make with apples________________________________________________

September is National Children’s Good Manners Month

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Hector wants to know…what are manners? Maria says that manners are guidelines for how to behave in all social situations. Is she right?

How would you describe manners?

Bobby says manners are important because they keep us from hurting people’s feelings. Do you think he’s right?

manners

saying thank you

Do you know words that show you have good manners? Here are a few: Please…Thank You…You’re Welcome…Excuse me. Can you name any others?

Let’s see what you think would be good manners.

1. You are at the dinner table, with family company, and your head starts itching. What should you do?

2. A friend comes to your house and brings a gift. What should you say or do?

3. You see your grandma on the street and she is carrying packages. What should you do?

4. You have a seat on the bus, but an elderly lady gets on the bus and there are no seats left. What can you do?

5. You need to go to the bathroom in school. You need to get permission from your teacher but  she is talking to someone. What can you do?

Do you think you have good manners? Do you ask by saying please first? Do you say thank you when you receive something or get help? What about when you need to get by someone, or you bump into someone do you say excuse me?

Can you name a few things you can do to improve your manners?

Grandpa Dooley and the Fast Food List

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Nellie and Willie were surprise to see their grandpa come into class. He didn’t tell them, when they had breakfast together that morning, that he was coming to their class. Nellie got worried. Was grandma sick? Willie raised his hand, saying, “Grandpa is everything okay? Why are you here?

Grandpa Dooley and the fast food listGrandpa Dooley smiled and said, “Everything is just fine. Miss Pat saw me at McDonald’s at lunch time and she noticed I was eating food from the healthy choice menu. We got to talking. I told her that almost all of the fast food places now have healthy choice menus to choose from and still eat healthy while eating out  with your family and friends. She invited me to come and talk to you all about what’s good to eat at your favorite fast food restaurants.

The class didn’t look to sure about this. After all, each one of them had their favorite foods to eat at the local fast food restaurants and weren’t too sure about giving up what they always ordered for something off the healthy choice menu. But, after all, Grandpa Dooley loved to eat and if he said the foods on the healthy choice menu tasted good, well, they could at least hear what he had to say. Besides, he was their friend’s grandpa and their music teacher. Two more reasons to pay attention and be respectful.

“Okay, boys and girls,” began Grandpa Dooley, “I know your moms and dads and teachers are all talking to you about eating healthy so you feel well and have energy to learn and play.

I also know how much fun it is to eat out at a fast food restaurant. So, here’s a list of what you can eat at some of your favorite restaurants and still eat healthy:

Burger King -Whopper Jr, no mayo (260 calories, 10g total fat)   Side -Fresh Apple Fries with Caramel Sauce ( 70 calories, o.5g of total fat)  Sweet -Frozen Cherry Drink ( 140 calories, 0 total fat)

McDonald’s -Premium Grilled Chicken Classic ( 420 calories, 10g total fat) Side – Apple Dippers with Low Fat Carmel Dip (420calories, 10g total fat) Sweet – Kids Cone ( 45 calories, 1g total fat)

Subway – 6″ Turkey Breast on 7 Grain Bread ( 280 calories, 3.5g total fat) Side – Apple Slices ( 35 calories, o total fat) Sweet – Oatmeal Raisin Cookie ( 200 calories, 8g total fat)

Wendy’s – Ultimate Chicken Grill ( 370 calories, 7g total fat) Side -Mandarin Orange Cup (90 calories, o total fat) Sweet – Junior Original Frosty(150 Calories, 4g total fat)

Kentucky – 3 Crispy Strips ( 340 calories, 11 g of total fat) Side – Green Beans ( 20 calories, 0.5 g total fat) Sweet – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ( 150 calories, 6g total fat)

So, boys and girls,” said Grandpa Dooley, “The next time I see you eating out at a fast food restaurant, I hope you are eating something from the healthy choice menu!”

Miss Pat Let the Can Dos Play Games!

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Bobby put his pencil down and said,”Whew, I’m glad that test is over!” Miss Pat smiled at him and said, “Okay, now that Bobby is finished, we can all do something to relax after our test. We can play games.” The class wanted to know what kind of  games they could play.”Computer games,” said Miss Pat.

Miss pat and the games“Each of you get up, walk slowly to your computer and take your seat. Once you are at you computer, your can turn it on and go to the “Can Do” Club House,” said Miss Pat.

“Miss Pat, Miss Pat,” said Nellie, “I’m in the club house, now what?”

Miss Pat asked for a show of hands to make sure that everyone was in the club house. When everyone raised their hands, she said,”Okay, use your mouse to click on the balloon that says More Games.” No sooner did she get the words out of her mouth when oohs and ahs went up from the class.

Jay wanted to know which of the six new games he could play. Miss Pat laughed and said, ” Why all of them. One at a time of course!”

Annie and Orrie wanted to know where the games came from. Miss Pat said, “They are a gift from Grey Olltwit Educational Software a company in the United Kingdom.” Some of the class looked puzzled so Miss Pat added, “You may know the country as Great Britain. When I was little they called it England.”

You can play the games too boys and girls. Just go to the home page, click on the cloud that says club house and choose the balloon that says More Games. Then…have fun!