December wouldn't be complete without our annual Polar Express Party in our pajamas to help kick-off winter break!! We managed to jam pack our half day of school with loads of activities. We started our morning with center rotations in our classroom making reindeer food, snowman soup, and candy cane ornaments before heading off to the Occupational Therapy room for a winter wonderland obstable course! We then got in line to "board" the Polar Express. Students had their tickets ready and silly props to pose in front of our Polar Express train. After boarding our train we settled in with a tub of popcorn and a nice, warm cup of homemade hot chocolate. A special thanks to our parent volunteers for helping out: Mr. France, Mrs. McMullen-Perry, Mrs. Hilliard and Mrs. Qtaishat. It was the perfect day!
December was a fun and busy month in Kerkstra room 7! We spent the month learning all about different Holidays around the world, reindeer, making holiday ornaments and creating our very own candy houses with some parent volunteers (special thanks to Mrs. Medek, Mr. France, and Mrs. Curpisin). We had a blast!
K-18 dove right into our White/Winter unit with shaving cream snowmen and sensory play with ice! We are learning about all things cold and white this month!
The First Author writing curriculum was introduced this fall in K22. Students are taught writing and listening skills through use of daily mini lessons. Opportunities to brainstorm and write on a self selected topic are provided almost every day. The class decorated an "Author's Chair" that is used solely for First Author writers. Our student authors are then able to sit in the "Author's Chair" and share their written work each Friday!
Kerkstra Room 18 celebrated Halloween by carving a pumpkin, playing pumpkin bowling, and painting with our color of the month- orange!
Room 7 had a spooktacular time on Halloween!! A lot of fun was had during our Halloween celebration this year. We kicked off our party with a schoolwide Halloween parade and the weather was awesome! During our classroom party, Mrs. Nicole brought in a giant light up pumpkin head that stole the show! We loved trying it on to spook the teachers! We played some cool games too like; "I have, who has?," musical chairs,bozo buckets, and even made a creepy spider crown. A fun time was had by all!
Room 7 has anxiously been awaiting the arrival of baby Caroline and she is finally here!! To celebrate Mrs. DeeDee and her baby we were very busy the past month putting together our own baby advice books for her and her husband Jeremiah. We also threw a baby shower where we made bows for baby Caroline,had some yummy treats, gave Mrs. DeeDee presents for her new baby and read the advice we wrote to her in the books we made. It was hard keeping the party a secret, but we did it! Mrs. DeeDee loved it and so did we! We can't wait until baby Caroline comes for a visit to our classroom!
Loads of Halloween fun was had by all! K-9 enjoyed fun and games during our Halloween celebration! A fan favorite, pin the nose on the pumpkin! Of course, our little perfectionists really wanted to get that nose in just the right spot.....ehemmm, no peeking!! And of course, no Halloween party would be complete without the toilet paper mummy game! So much fun making a big mess with the teachers’ permission!!
B15 learned about animals at an animal farm. They practiced skills of turn taking, waiting, and interacting with people in the community. They had a wonderful adventure!
Room 6 had a spook-tacular time celebrating Halloween. We carved pumpkins, wrapped students as pumpkins, and even [participated in a Halloween parade. Thanks to Braun and SWCCCASE Administration for providing treats while our students walked the grounds during the Halloween parade.
K22 took advantage of Fire Prevention Week by visiting the Oak Forest Fire Department! Local fire fighters treated us to a tour of where they worked, played, ate and slept. We were even able to see the fire fighters leave for an actual fire call! We asked many questions to learn what its like to be a real fire fighter! After our fire station visit, we went to Commissioners Park, Frankfort to play on the amazing playground and eat lunch.
During the month of September, our students reviewed the 3 B's of CD: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe. School wide, as well as classroom expectations were taught and reinforced. K22 then joined the entire CD Program to celebrate the PBIS kickoff at Konow's Corn Maze in Homer Glen.