Ketchup and Mustard

Sometimes in Room 8 we need to catch up on unfinished work.  We call this Ketchup and Mustard.  This is my ketchup and mustard blog.

February was a busy month.  We fit a lot into the last few weeks.  Our Post Office unit was staffed by an amazing number of volunteers.  A huge thank you to all who helped out.

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The Valentine’s Tea was the highlight of the week.  It was all pulled together by our wonderful Leigh Casamento.  Thank you so much Leigh.  The room was filled with love (and pink, and red).  And we even had two very special guests!  More photos can be found on Shutterfly.

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We are in the middle of our Five Senses Unit.  The field trip to Whole Foods kicked that off in January.  This month we visited Mi Ranchito Tacqueria on Laurel Street.  The children even ordered their food en Espanol.

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Our Unit Study lessons focus on one of the five senses each week.  In the garden yesterday we used our senses to explore everything on offer there.  The children noticed how different the garden looks this season, but there’s still lots to sketch.

We add to our vocabulary with each sense, making charts of words we can use to describe how things sound, taste, feel, look and smell.  Yesterday we took a sensory walk through the book “Mouse Mess” by Linnea Riley.  The children came up with wonderful words to describe the events in the book.

We are learning to write about our opinions.  I’m sure you are very familiar with your child’s opinions on many matters.  Please ask them for their thoughts on what fruit is best to eat in the car, what class pet we should get, and whether it would be best to find a four-leaf clover or a rainbow!

This month, we will continue to explore our Five Senses and write about our opinions.  We are investigating the attributes of 3D shapes in Math.  Next we will return to graphs and data collection.  We worked on this at the beginning of the year.  The next step is to create our own surveys and collect data around the campus (perhaps on the burning issue of whether four-leaf clovers are really better than rainbows).

Brownie has made his way to every home at this point.  He is now returning to each learner to show off his book.  You can add some more to the book if you wish, but this is not mandatory the second time around.

And of course on March 17th, we will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  Maybe it will even rain!!

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