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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

God Bless America

This week we practiced our adding skills by playing a game with a partner.  Going along with our presidents theme, we played Adding Lincolns and used pennies to practice addition.  The kids loved it!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Career Day Fun!

Big Spring Lake Kindergarteners participated in Career Day on Friday, February 17. Students spend the month of February during counseling and guidance classes learning about careers, the world of work, and how this relates to their families and one day themselves. Career Day celebrates the completion of these units by having visitors come to teach our children about their jobs. Students rotate among stations where each station allows them to learn about a different career and participate in fun hands-on opportunities. Stations this year included visitors such as Albertville City Police Force and Canine Unit where students saw a demonstration of police dog “Nitro”  finding and biting a pretend “bad guy” as District Attorney Mitch Floyd explained his job in prosecuting criminals. Students also learned from Nurse Vanessa Crosson, Photographers from Joe M. Photo, Policeman Michael Maher, Mail Carrier Tonya Lackey, and Paramedics from Marshall EMS. Students got to see and go inside an ambulance, police car, and mail jeep as well as take part in an imagination station where they dressed-up and pretended to do certain jobs. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Busy Week in Mrs. Holcomb's Class

Wow! Big Spring Lake has definitely been living up to it’s motto, “Working, Playing, Learning Together.” That is exactly what we’ve been doing this week. In Mrs. Holcomb’s class, we spent the first half of the week learning all about the people in our community and how they help us. This was a wonderful time we spent learning about all kinds of different careers in anticipation for Career Day on Friday.  We did take a little break on Wednesday however to go and enjoy an amazing concert by our favorite musician Jack Hartmann!!!  The kids were so excited to spend a couple of hours singing and dancing to their favorite Jack songs. It was so much fun!  To end the week, we had Career Day where we got to meet all kinds of professionals such as a photographer, policemen, a nurse, a mail carrier, and our assistant district attorney who brought in a K9 unit and a “bad guy” for his dog to attack. What a great week at BSLK!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Big Spring Lake Celebrates Dental Health Month

February is  National Children’s Dental Health Month. To celebrate this, Big Spring Lake had the opportunity to have a visit from Summer and Dr. Marlo Monkey from Sarrell Dental Center. The students watched a short movie about brushing and flossing their teeth and were taught the importance of healthy eating habits. Summer also read them an interesting story about  fighting ‘Sugar Bugs’.  Every student at Big Spring Lake received a toothbrush compliments of Sarrell Dental Center.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Once Upon a Time with Mrs. Henderson’s Class

Mrs. Henderson’s boys and girls have been learning about fairy tales, shadows, and weather. February is a BUSY month!!! We began by exploring shadows in a tent. We also read The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We put the two together and presented a shadow puppet play for Mrs. Ables’ class. (We got to turn off all the lights and only use a lamp!) We had a blast!!  We finished up our weather unit by creating a class mural of the water cycle and hung it by our window. We have had so much fun learning about weather, shadows, and fairy tales.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Enrichment with Mrs. Sims

Traveling the world with Bernie:  Destination- Alaska!
The students in Mrs. Sims Enrichment class have been traveling the world with their friend Bernie, who is on a quest to visit as many places as he can.  Each time he travels to a new destination, we plot the location on our world map and Bernie brings back pictures to share with the students about his journey.  Bernie recently returned from Alaska and he explained to students how a snowflake is formed and shared his favorite snow book, The Story of Snow:  The Science of Winter's Wonder.  Afterwards, students got to create their own snowflake using the Paper Snow app on the iPad. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mrs. Jackson's Class Celebrates Groundhog's Day

Groundhog's Day was a lot of fun in Mrs. Jackson's room this year! During the week, the students made groundhogs out of different size hearts and other shapes. Also, the students used their prediction skills to predict whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow. On the big day, the students watched Punxsutawney Phil's prediction video to determine whose results were correct. Five students predicted six more weeks of winter just as Phil did! So, looks like blustery days and wintery nights are still ahead!