What a great year we have had! We have learned to love and care for each other and to share things and ideas! We have learned to write our names and count to 30! We learned how to plant and harvest carrots! We planted flowers in the colors of the rainbow! AND so much more! Thanks for sharing your cute girls with us! Have a great summer!
Little children are a treasure. Their worth you cannot measure.
- Ron Zupsic
I love the creation station! You can make something to wear, like jewelry, but not dresses!
I learned that it's not safe to mess with matches! And I didn't know that pollen could get out of the flowers!
I like lunch the best! I like to eat pizza on pizza day!
I learned how to write an "n" in my name. Mrs. Rainer teached me how to write a n!
I really like building in the blocks and using all the different things to build! My favorite is playing with my puppet that we made in the blocks and building a tower for me to live in!
I learned how to have self-control and to listen to Mrs. Erickson!
I love that sometimes we played BINGO with Skittles!
I learned about counting numbers!
I loved the weighing center because we got to weight the mermaid!
I learned that ants had 2 stomachs! I was surprised about that!
I have 2 things! I love the creation center and I get great ideas of stuff I can make! And may favorite jobs were to calendar girl and the line leader!
I did not know ants had 2 stomachs! That is unbelievable!
I loved reading all the Lois Ehlert books! My favorite was the one about the pesky cat!
I learned that mommy queen ants have wings! I thought that was cool!
I loved celebrating my birthday at school because we played BINGO with Skittles and ate OREO cookies!
I learned about how to plant flowers!
I like making earrings at the creation station!
I didn't know that you had to sit on your letter on the carpet! My favorite letter to sit on was the M because it's in my name!
I loved when we made Gingerbread men and they ran away and then we had to hunt for them and then we ATE them! Oh! And pajama day was fun, too!
I learned the most about counting to 30!
The flower shop was really fun! And I like the creation station to make super hero stuff!
I learned how to make an H in my name!
We got to spend the morning with the some of the great ladies in our lives!
Thanks for ALL you do for us and how much you LOVE us!
Thank you for showing us how to be STRONG GIRLS!
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I'm a little wiggle worm, watch me go!
I can wiggle fast! I can wiggle slow!
I wiggle all around then back I go...
Down into the ground to the home I know!
We got to observe some slimy, fat earthworms! Ewwwww! We didn't touch them, although some girls wanted to - they said they'd be real gentle.
Words about worms...
Look at this giant worm!
I see a worm under the dirt.
What is he doing?
Look at that hole! How did they make that?
Swibble! Swibble! Swabble! through the dirt.
I've touched one before.
I can't believe how many worms!
Worms can breathe anywhere.
Worms also have vitamins.
That giant one is yucky!
After observing the worms, we did some digging in the dirt. We looked for worms, but didn't find any. We DID get dirt from different places around our building and did some investigating and comparing. We got dirt from the flower bed where we planted our zinnias. We filled another bucket with dirt by the parking lot under the pine tree. And we scooped up some muddy, mossy dirt from right outside our back door. It was fun! Girls like mud, too!
Observations from the flower bed dirt...
I see white seeds.
I found a pine needle.
This one is darker than the other buckets.
I don't see vitamins in that dark dirt.
I see roots!
A little green plant!
Observations from the dirt by the parking lot...
There's been a lot of rain.
Pine needles and yukky stuff!
it's a lot wetter!
It's a little weird looking at dirt!
Observations from the dirt by our back door...
There's pine needles!
I see stringy things! They're roots!
I see a thread hanging down.
It looks like grass!
It's soft and furry!
A lot of different things I saw before in the dirt.
The girls made their own non-standard measuring tool...their HANDS! How many hands tall are YOU? Little girl hands! They loved getting to count the hands and make sure the numbers were in the right order! They loved measuring their friends and comparing sizes! Lots of great math vocabulary comes into play...taller, shorter, smaller, larger, tallest, smallest, shortest. AND recognizing numbers and putting numbers in order!
We also thought of some other non-standard measuring tools - markers and beanbags! Then we did the measuring with a real measuring tape...very ballpark...but they loved hearing how many inches tall they were. Their bodies are growing and so are their little minds! Ask them if they remember how tall they are!
Our little zinnia plants are growing and ready to be planted! We are so excited to get them in the ground! AND we planted them on the playground to add some beautiful color to our time outside! Boy! I hope they blossom and show us some beautiful rainbow colors!
Breaking up the soil in the flower bed on the playground...
We have to dig the ground up for our plants.
It looks crunchy.
I see rocks and ants.
This handle looks like a pickle.
Why are the pine needles in the dirt.
I crunched down a glob of dirt.
Ants and worms live in this dirt!
It’s kind of like a mud pie.
I’m trying to mess up the hole.
It’s like a fork.
I’m breaking the dirt.
I see an ant. It’s a fire ant.
I see leaves and those things from the trees. I call it a sardines.
I see wood chips and leaves.
We need to plant our flowers so we have to dig holes.
Measuring our sprouts, adding potting soil and planting our little zinnias...
The tallest sprout was 6 inches tall! WOW!
The shortest plant with leaves was 2 inches!
And the tiniest sprout was peeking out of the dirt with 2 tiny little leaves, measuring only 1/2 centimeter. The girls thought it was "so cute!"
We sure have had fun watching our seeds grow. The girls LOVED watering them in Mrs. Riddle's room and counting the leaves. It will REALLY be fun to watch them now that they're in the ground. We can't wait to see the rainbow blossom! Boy! I hope it really does!
Soooooo....here's what happened...
We went to water our plants after lunch. Mrs. Rainer went with us. - Jaycelyn
We looked on the shelf when we walked in the room and our plants were gone. - Ivy-Grace
There were some other plants, but they weren't ours. Those plants were big and ours aren't that big yet. - Jaycelyn
We know ours are smaller. - Ivy-Grace
They had these names...Mrs. Rainer readed them but they didn't say "Mrs. Erickson's class." - Marie
We looked down low and up high and didn't see them. - Ivy-Grace
And on the bottom, too. - Jaycelyn
We went to the playground and telled Mrs. Erickson, "Our plants are gone! Our plants are gone!" - Ivy-Grace
I wondered if someone moved them out into the sun. - Marie
I thought they might be in the courtyard. - Jaycelyn
We wondered where our plants might be....
At the farm.
I think Mrs. Riddle took them home.
I think they jumped away!
I think they're in the courtyard.
I think they jumped in my car and went home with me!
That's the oldest trick in the world!
In my brother's pocket!
But they couldn't fit in there!
Mrs. Riddle might have took them because they were taking a long time to grow.
I think we should go out to the farm and see if we can find them.
How will we know we found them?
They're about this big...(holding up fingers).
Some stems had 8 leaves.
They will be green.
I don't think they have flowers yet!
Put on your detective eyes and let's head to the farm to see if we can find our plants!
Plant detectives, meet me on the line! Here we go!
Check out the slide show to see how these little detectives solved the mystery.
Hutchison girls are learning to give back! We talked about how absolutely wonderful it is that the children at St. Jude don't have to pay for medicine or doctors or nurses. The girls loved the idea that those children got to have new pajamas and toys to play with and yummy snacks. Another good thing about St. Jude is that the mommies and daddies get to be with their kids and help them feel better! We are really grateful for our healthy bodies. We are thankful we can ride our bikes for the kids there and give back to our community!
What did you love about the trike-a-thon? How did it make you feel?
I loved riding my bike because I was going so fast! - Clara
I liked riding my scooter. it made me happy because my sister cheered for me and my dad. - Evan
I liked that all of the big girls cheered for me! - Taylor
Cheering for the other girls made me excited for our turn! - Ivy-Grace
I liked because we rode a lot times around and it was fun to see big friends who help Mrs. Koeppel at ballet. We were riding for St. Jude! - Maddie
When it was time to go I wasn't sure how to do it, but Nonna helped me and I was happy! - Kadence
It made me feel snuggly with my mommy. - Owen
It made me feel tired, but happy that my mama was there watching me! - Jaycelyn
I was trying to go really fast and then Mrs. Wendy was there and that made me happy. - Niah
I felt happy because I was riding my bike and I saw Daddy and it made me so happy. - Izzy
My leg was tired but I kept going. - Marie
In our author study of Lois Ehlert we read her darling book, Planting a Rainbow! After spring break we finally got to plant OUR rainbow! The girls planted red zinnias, orange zinnias, yellow zinnias, green zinnias, and purple zinnias. We planted them in Mrs. Riddle’s classroom and will transplant them later in the spring when they get a little bigger! Wow! They came up fast! So exciting!
Pieces of our conversation while we were planting. These girls are really observant and smart! WOW!
Like a mulch chip
Smells like dirt
We’re covering the seeds with soil
Tucking them in
Orange comes next in the rainbow
Will the seeds look different?!? Let's make an hypothesis...do you know what that is?
An idea you can test
Looks different! - a little bit different
It looks like a big
It looks orange
It’s long and curly
Every seed is a little different
Yellow is next in the rainbow
My seed is pointy
This one is bigger
Like a twisted leaf
They look the same
Mines kinda white
What do these seeds need to grow?
Soil and water and sun
The rain comes from the sky usually the spray will water them too
I’m so excited to spray with water
I think the seeds will bloom
They’re sucking up the water like this....sliuckkkkkk
Please grow! Keep growing! Grow! Grow! Grow!
Day 9 and 10...
One of my VERY favorite things we do in pre-k is to paint a self-portrait! We talk about the things that make us alike and things that make us different. We talk about eyelashes and eyebrows and noses and ears. We look in the mirror to see what color our eyes are. And then we PAINT!
We talk about what we love about each other and what we love about ourselves. We get to celebrate the special things about each girl and we discuss what it means to be a Hutchison girl and what it means to be Hutchison strong!
:Listen in on our conversation about being a Hutchison girl...
Is there only one Hutchison girl?
No there are hundreds of Hutchison girls.
Lots of pre-k girls!
And hundreds and hundreds of big Hutchison girls!
What are some of the words we talk about in Chapel that describe a Hutchison girl?
What does humble mean?
It means being kind.
Is being bossy humble? Is bragging about something you can do better being humble?
Teasing isn't being humble either, Mrs. Erickson.
Another word is curious for the Hutchison girl.
What does curious mean?
You want to find out the answers.
Does she do sloppy work?
Nooo. She tries her hardest all the time.
Does she make mistakes? Sure. But she does her best.
Think about what it means to be Hutchison Strong...what do you think that means?
That seems pretty obvious.
It does? Why?
Um....what does obvious mean?
It means you can see it right away.
I know...Hutchison girls are trustworthy...they tell the truth!
Hutchison girls don't give up when they try something new!
Like Niah was trying to do her puzzle and she kept trying.
Helping a friend when she needs help!
That’s being understanding.
Being nice to your friends.
WOW! These girls are sure smart! I'd say they really are HUTCHISON STRONG!!!
Check out these fabulous self-portraits and be proud of, right alongside these girls, what they love about themselves!
I asked them to tell me three words to describe themselves. Really cool!
WE ARE HUTCHISON STRONG!!! GIRL POWER!!!