Friday, September 28, 2012

Silly Scarecrows

Halloween is around the corner and that means time to decorate! Our activity was to make a silly scarecrow. We listened really hard to Mrs. Lee as she gave us directions how to cut, glue, and decorate our scarecrows. Wouldn't you think they'd look just perfect in a cornfield to scare crows?

Silly Scarecrows on PhotoPeach

A note from Mrs. Lee:

The Discovery Center field trip was awesome as the children visited three galleries, each filled with hands-on interactive exhibits.  A slideshow, which captures the stimulating and sensory filled activities will be posted next week so you can see your child in action.

This week the students learned all about apples.  They listened  to stories, watched a video about Johnny Appleseed, and painted delightful pictures of him. They began an KWL (What do we know, What do we want to find out, and What did we learn) chart about Apples. After listening to The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons, apple trees in the winter, spring, and summer were created by tearing construction paper. Fall trees need to wait until next week.

After watching Ten Apples up on Top  by Dr. Seuss on YouTube, they glued a number of different colored apples on top of their head. (Photos were taken of them with their hands above their heads, pretending to hold apples). The next task was to count how many apples and write the number next to them.  Next week will be a continuation of learning all about APPLES.

Please remember:
  • Monday, October 1- Friday, October 5 - HMS Book Fair in the Library.
  • Tuesday, October 2nd - Please have your child bring in one of his/her favorite type of apple on or before Tuesday.
Have a nice weekend,
Mrs. Lee

Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple Time

Do you recall who Johnny Appleseed was?  His real name was John Chapman, born on September 26, 1774 in Massachusetts. A thoughtful and gentle man, he slept outdoors, wore old clothing, and walked barefoot around the country planting and giving out apple seeds. He spent almost 50 years of his life in the American wilderness creating apple orchards in a number of states. Some of those trees still bear fruit.  His dream was for a land of blossoming apple trees so no one would be hungry.

It was enjoyable listening to a story and  watching a video about this amazing American pioneer nurseryman. We wanted to share one thing we learned about this generous man.

A note from Mrs. Lee:

Congratulations to Lauren for painting a prize winning HMS PTO Fundraiser Poster for the Kindergarten and Grade 1 Level.  She received a gift card for the Apple store. Go Lauren!!!

The Kindergarten grade level Ice Cream Social was a refreshing  get together enjoyed by many families.  Mahalo nui loa to all of the Room Parents for their help. I'd like to convey a special thanks to our two Room Mothers, Dr. Yagi and Mrs. Nakama, who stood manning the assembly table serving ice cream, strawberry sorbet, colorful sprinkles, and chocolate syrup for the entire length of the event.

Tidbits to remember:
  • Monday, September 24th - Library Books due
  • Friday, September 28th - Discovery Center Field Trip.  Students are asked to wear the HMS gray t-shirt, long or short pants, and sport shoes.
A hui hou,
Mrs. Lee

Friday, September 14, 2012

How Many Oreos Can We Stack?

Our 7th grade buddies joined us for an Oreo Stacking activity. The object was to stack as many Oreos as possible before they fell!! It was so much fun. We learned that we could stack just as many Oreos as our buddies could.  The person with the highest number of Oreos was from our the video to find out who it was!

A note from Mrs. Lee:

To promote global awareness, the students will be creating cross cultural exchanges using technology and in some cases through snail mail. In addition, lessons will be developed about these national and international cultures. This will help our keiki to have a different perspective about others.
The following is planned:
  1. Through United Classrooms Project, K-1 will connect with a school in Australia.  We will collaborate to complete a series of tasks. Additional information will follow.
  2. An exchange of videos, photos, student work, and e-letters will be a uniquely powerful experience with a class from Terrain Academy in Kenya.  The students at this school are between 7-8 years old, but their English language skills are comparable to our students.
  3. Skyping with Mrs. Gail Poulin and her Kindergarten class from Southampton, Massachusetts.  My previous K-1 classes have Skyped with her classes for the last 2 years. Mrs. Poulin and I exchange student generated questions prepared in advance before our Skype sessions. Our conversations are normally 20 minutes long and begin by 8:30am due to the time difference.
  4. Epals with a preschool class in Mount Vernon, Washington.
  5. Additional connections through Skype or epals to be determined as the year progresses.
It is the ideas that each person achieves humanity by connecting to other humans.  To deprive others is to deprive ourselves.

Dates to remember:
  • Monday, September 17 - Library Books due
  • Tuesday, September 18 - Peace Day Service in the Temple.  Please dress your child appropriately for this occasion.  Boys could wear collared shirts and long pants.  Girls could wear dresses, tops with skirts or long pants.
  • Friday, September 21 - Ice Cream Social in the Cafe from 5-6:30pm
Hope to see you at the Ho`olaulea in Waikiki on Saturday evening,
Mrs. Lee

Friday, September 7, 2012

What is it?

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young was a funny story about 7 different colored blind mice. On each day of the week, each mouse found a strange 'Something' and reported back to the group. To one mouse it was a pillar, to another a snake, to another a cliff, etc.  On the seventh day, the white mouse, remembering what the other mice found, realized it was an elephant.  The lesson is you need to see the whole picture, not just a part of it.
We had fun with our puzzling part.  Can you guess what the whole picture will be?

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A note to the Parents:
Every year on September 15th, teachers and students worldwide celebrate International Dot Day. It is a time to encourage student's creativity.  However, HMS is celebrating Dot Day on Friday, September 14th with students 'making their mark in new and exciting ways'. We'll be eating dot candy, wear clothing with dots, and  create dot pictures!
Please remember:
  • Wednesday, September 12 - Picture Taking in the Gym. Photo orders and payment need to be brought in before or on September 12.
  • Thursday, September 13 - Oreo stacking with our 7th grade Buddy class (a Dot Day activity a little early)
  • Thursday, September 13 - Grandparent's Day program, 9:50-10:20am. All guests may wait outside of  the K-1 class until the doors open.
  • Friday, September 14 - International Dot Day celebration.  Kindergarten students are asked to wear clothes with dots!