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?


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?

Food Safety and Fixing an After School Snack

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

nurse diane teaches after school snackNurse Diane visited the “Can Dos” in class and spoke to them about being careful when they prepare an after school snack at home.

Here is what she had to say. “You need to be careful when you make an after school  snack or you could wind up getting sick. This is what you need to do keep from getting sick:

  • First…put your books, knapsack, and sporting equipment on the floor, not on eating counters or the kitchen table where the germs on your bag, books and sporting equipment can get on the table where you are going to make your snack or eat it.
  • Wipe the counter or food preparation area before you put food on it to make sure their are no germs on the counter. Use a clean paper towel with hot water and soap to wipe the counter. Then rinse the area with another clean paper and clean, cool water. Make sure you get all the soap up
  • Clean out your lunch box and throw away sandwiches or other “refrigerator type” foods, such as yogurt tubes or cheese sticks, left over from lunch that are no longer safe to eat. Don’t eat them for a snack. It doesn’t matter if they look or smell okay.
  • Wash your hands before you make or eat a snack. Hands carry lots of germs, and not washing hands is a big reason for getting sick from making food with germ-filled hands.
  • Always use clean spoons, forks, and plates.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with running tap water before you eat them.
  • Do not eat bread, cheese, or soft fruits or vegetables that have bruises or spots of mold.
  • Do not eat unbaked cookie dough because it may contain raw eggs that can have bacteria that can make you sick.
  • Do not leave cold items, like milk, lunch meat, hard cooked eggs, or yogurt, out on the counter at room temperature. Put these foods back in the refrigerator as soon as you’ve fixed your snack.
  • Don’t eat any food that has been  left out of the refrigerator, such as pizza — even if it isn’t topped with meat. Food should not be left in the temperature “Danger Zone” of 40 to 140 °F for more than 2 hours or no more than 1 hour if the temperature is 90 °F or higher.
  • When you finish preparing your snack, be sure to wash off the counter or food prep area with a clean paper towel.”

“Wow,” said Hector, “That’s a bunch of things to remember about making a snack!”

Nurse Diane nodded and answered, ” True, but It beats getting tummy troubles doesn’t it Hector?”

Hector had to agree!

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control

A Fall Quiz

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Fall leavesMiss 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?