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Normally I don’t like to get political on Kindergarten All-Stars but I think this is important:
Friends, family, and fellow educators; I ask that you become familiar with Betsy DeVos. She is no friend of public education and if she had it her way she’d take federal money that is used for public schools and put it in the form of vouchers. Parents could use those vouchers to send students to private schools that do not have to have to follow same regulations, allow in the same students, and not be held accountable like public schools do.
This would provide an unequal playing field for students and teachers as those schools could deny services to whomever they chose. It we turned education to a free market it would also mean pay for teachers could be varied significantly from school to school and teachers could be fired for pretty much any reason.
I URGE you to call your representative and demand that they do not support the nomination of Betsy DeVos. She had never held a teaching position, served on a school board, or even sent her children to public schools. She is not qualified and she is not a friend of fair and equal education!

This last week Friday we finished off our Polar Express week with our very special Polar Express day!!  At the beginning of this week I decorated the front of our classroom door and on Friday before school I decorated the tables in the room to look like the Polar Express.  The class got to also come to school wearing pajamas like the children in the book got to wear.

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Students were given golden tickets to the Polar Express as they went off to lunch.  When they came back from lunch they gave me their golden tickets and I punched holes in them like the conductor did in the movie.  We then reread the book the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and discussed the elements of the story and drew the pictures of the things we discussed.

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Finally students got to sit in our “train area” like they would sit on the train and watch the movie.  Students got to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while they watched the movie.

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We finished off our Polar Express week with talking about Santa.  Students describe him using the Polar Express as an example as well as other Christmas related stories.  Students were able to describe how he was kind, giving, jolly, and friendly.  Then they wrote their Christmas lists and created their own Santa art.

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To be like Santa students also began making Christmas ornament presents for their friends and family.  They took clear ornaments and put two different colors of paint and swirled them around to make a marble effect.

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As part of our Polar Express week students got to try out hot chocolate before our Polar Express Day.  I showed students how to make hot chocolate and they wrote 3 step directions on how to make it.  Students also drew pictures on the back of the directions.

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Students got to sample the hot chocolate and then we made a class graph on if the class liked hot chocolate or not.  It was a very lopsided graph since everyone said the liked hot chocolate!

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At the end students cut out a cup of hot chocolate on construction paper and wrote about what they thought hot chocolate is.

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For the second day of Polar Express week, students made glyphs based on questions about trains and Polar Express.

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Then we read the story Christmas Kitten by Vivian French.  We talked about how the girl in the story really wanted a kitten for Christmas, and how the boy in The Polar Express got the bell he really wanted as the first gift of Christmas.  We then wrote about what we would pick for the first gift of Christmas.

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This week is Polar Express week!  We started the week with reading the book Polar Express by Christ Van Allsburg.  After we read the story we retold the story with sequence cards by putting the cards in the correct order.  Then students completed a cut and paste activity to retell the sequence of their story.  Polar Express retell came from Simply Kinder.


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As we continued on with our gingerbread unit we completed math addition story problems about gingerbread men.  We also made gingerbread men glyph.  Finally we made / ate our own gingerbread cookies and decorated them with frosting and sprinkles.

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