from previous Home & This Week pages

from January, 2008
Many children I know have asthma. Those children with asthma cough, sneeze and have trouble breathing normally. They experience tightness in their chests. Sesame Street has a wonderful site with lots of information called Everydaykidz. Little Pulmi the frog can take you on some great adventures.

You can watch an informational video about asthma here. Or another one here.

Parents, if you are wondering whether your child is asthmatic a visit to the doctor will help answer your questions, and a simple questionaire is available at The site also has lots of other asthma and allergy helps. So does the WebMD.
For those of you without asthma that want to know what it feels like for your friend to have asthma: Keep Kids Healthy suggest doing 50 jumping jacks then trying to breathe threw a straw with your nose pinched. Don't do it for very long, but it does give you some empathy for your classmates.

An inhaler helps those with asthma
An inhaler helps those with asthma
An inhaler helps those with asthma

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from November 17, 2007

click me I talk!
click me I talk!

Turkey Talk!

Cooked Turkey!
Cooked Turkey!
This week in the USA many families will gather together for Thanksgiving. The traditional Thanksgiving includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn and pumpkin pie. Go to Kaboose for some recipes.

On Let's talk turkey I read that turkeys are very shy birds. I also learned that "Wild turkeys differ from domestic ones in color and body form, being slimmer and more streamlined. The tips of the tail feathers of wild turkeys are deep chocolate brown while the tips on domestic birds are white. Another very striking difference is that the legs of a wild turkey are a bright pink, while those of the tame turkey are gray or black." Wild turkeys like to live near oak trees because acorns are their favorite food. Corn and beans taste pretty yummy to them too.
Click me as I run from you!
Click me as I run from you!
I remember the first time I saw a family of wild turkeys at Burr Oak Woods I was surprised how BIG the wild turkeys are! I was scared at first but they were more nervous of me and I laughed at their funny voice gobbling as they ran away. Listen to the sound here, or listen to the other kinds of turkey calls here.

May I wish all my families a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Individual No Bake Pumpkin Pies:

1 foil baking cup liner

1 vanilla wafer

Put the vanilla wafer in the bottom of the foil cupcake liner.

Mix in a small bowl:

1/4 C prepared vanilla pudding

1/4 t pumpkin pie spice

1 T canned pumpkin

Stir and spoon into crust.

Top with a spoon of cool whip and a candy pumpkin or corn.

(The clip art above came from Kaboose.)

from November 9, 2007
Children in China eat with chopsticks.
Children in China eat with chopsticks.

Children in China eat with chopsticks.
I like eating with chopsticks! You can learn how to hold these eating sticks. We show good manners by holding our fork nicely, so too there are Asian manners for holding chopsticks. Chinese food has lots of vegetables and rice. The food is very good!

There is a great map for children at Time for Kids. Also at that site you can hear how to say hello in Chinese - nin hao - which sounds like 'neen how.'

You can watch some children jumping & saying hello and goodbye at Gigglepotz! Go then to watch a magic pen write the Chinese letters for hello and goodbye.
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To see other Chinese words go to
This coming summer (August, 2008) the International Olympics
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will be held in Beijing, China.

When people think of China many people know that panda bears come from China. You can watch pandas in real time.

Chinese proverbs are thoughtful pictures in words. Here are some I like:
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~ Water floats a boat, but it sinks it too.
~ Jade that is not chiseled cannot become a gem.
~ I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.
~ Keep a green tree in your heart, and a songbird will come.

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rom October 20, 2007
Pig fun!
Pig picture from Wikipedia
Pig picture from Wikipedia

In Devonshire, England there is a farm that breeds tiny pigs. The co-owner Chris Murray thinks these little pocket pigs are perfect pets!
You can see them eating a carrot lollipop here! Another cute picture shows a little tike called tetley drinking from a tea cup! So to the Pennywell Farm Photo Gallery to see lots of pictures of the tiny pigs and other farm animals.
Go to 'Look and Listen' to hear the poem 'This little piggy. That poem is so fun to say to your little brother or sister!

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from October 1, 2007
I enjoy watching Wallace and Gromit. I read in the news that those fun characters will be in a new show called 'Trouble at mill'. I laughed when I read that because that is what my husband says whenever there is something wrong!
Nora holds our tiny Wallace by our classroom calendar
In our classroom we have been enjoying the huge calendar of Wallace and Gromit on our wall. Nora is holding our tiny Wallace in the picture above. You can visit the official web site at to see Wallace waving at you, Gromit writing or Shaun the sheep peeking at you!

Wallace, Gromit and Shaun are all 'claymation' figures. That means they are made out of plasticine and little photos are taken of them as they move their arms and legs. Put the individual photos together and the plasticine looks animated or alive!

Nick Parks, the creator, is from Preston, Lancashire in England. He started making animation films when he was just 13 years old!

In 1991 with Aardman Animations he made Creature Comforts which you can see parts of on You Tube

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YouTube - **Nick Parks** Creatur Comforts

Aardman Animations has a new web site for kids called webbliworld

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web page for November 2, 2007
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On a Sunday we will have to change our clocks! At 2am - while you are asleep - we change our clocks back one hour! This will end Daylight Saving Time and we will revert to the standard time. That means that we will watch the sun set a little earlier. The saying is: 'Spring ahead, fall back!'

Ask your parents if you can help set all the clocks, timers, watches, microwave oven and radios in your home back one hour. Just have a good wander about looking for how many appliances you haveand count them Saturday night before you go to bed! (And while you are at it, have your parents replace the batteries in the smoke alarms at the same time!)

Since you get an extra hour this week of light on October 31st. You'll have more light for trick or treating!

Then on March 9, 2008 we will again begin daylight saving time and the sun set will be a little later again!

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web page for September, 2007


Artists ue somthing that looks like a ferris wheel! It is actually called the 'Color Wheel'. When using a color wheel you can begin color mixing. This is fun - you can get some exciting variations!
Opposites on the color wheel are so interesting as seen cleverly in Eric Carle's book Hello, Red Fox. Check this book out of your library for some 'magical fun.'

We are learning to read color words. Here are some little games online:
~ You can change the color of the little fish when you read the colors here.
~ Little Bud will ask you questions about colors so you can choose an answer.
~ Test your memory of the color words here.

Want to learn more about colors? Go to an online exhibit: 'Make a Splash with Color'.

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Web page for May 5, 2007

Japanese Children's Day, "Kodomo-no-hi"

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Kodomo-no-hi means the day of the children. Little fish flags are flown on this day from homes and businesses. The fish are carp shaped windsocks. You can see some beautiful flags flying in Japan this week. You can learn more in the site See some Japanese writing and listen to the carp song at

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Special sweet rice dumplings are eaten on this day . Children love to eat these cold rice balls Bite one of these and there is a surprise of sweet bean paste hiding inside! The recipe is below.

Web Links

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  • Go to Creature Features to learn how to make a carp flag. You can also learn there how to draw a goldfish.
  • Watch how to fold a hat out of paper. Paper folding is called Origami.
  • Here is a recipe for the sweet rice dumpling called Kashi-wa-mochi.
  • Click 9 buttons to watch a Japanese doll being molded and made.

Some Family Events in our Local Kansas City Community

  • Why not go for some Japanese food this week! There are lots of restaurants in Kansas City.
  • Also we can look forward to some Japanese Events in Kansas City during the summer: The last week of July there will be a celebration of 35 years with the town of Kurashiki which has been a sister city to Kansas City.
Web page for May 7, 2007



Ok, I know that socks just help your feet stay dry and keep your feet from rubbing on the shoes that you wear. That knowledge is simple, but I have a fascination with socks, and I have a couple of friends, Rachel and Emily, that share my utter delight with these knitted pieces of cloth! Rachel even gave me some British flag socks! HPIM2810.JPG And Emily received some socks from me for no reason other then a 'just because' gift!
Well, I wondered if there were other sock lovers out there, and decided to check the internet. I was delighted to find lots of fun folk! HPIM2750_1.JPG

One man has solved the problem of how to test our intelligence using socks.

More importantly, it was heartening to see some very dedicated sock fanatics trying to solve the persistent problem of 'The Missing Socks'. It was decided that an official day should be set aside.

May 9th was Lost Sock Memorial Day

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Type in the question "Where are my socks?" and Google will have an answer for you.
There is a helpful agency called the Bureau for Missing Socks. You can open the drawers and listen to a sad song about missing socks, and then you can watch a movie to see where your socks disappear to.

Another person feels that by buying socks in threes it will help postpone the inevitable loss. Of course, if you purchase three then the name should be 'Throx' he says. (Try typing that name into your browser to find "a cure for the missing sock".)

In my home we have a box on the laundry shelf just for such woeful socks! In fact the box is labeled “Sock Wedding” - in the optimistic hope that one day these little knitted cloths will find their mate!

However one lady has decided that the problem can best be solved by knitting brightly colored mismatched socks. Visit The Sock Lady. I would suggest wearing mismatched socks on Wednesday. That would seem a fitting tribute to commemorate Lost Sock Memorial Day! HPIM2759_2.JPG
I loved the ideas of Dr. George Johnson. He has a theory for the metamorphose of missing socks.
“Like many readers, I discard the socks I have worn each evening in a laundry basket in my closet. Over many years, I have noticed a tendency for socks I have placed in the closet to disappear. Over that same long period, as my socks are disappearing, there is something in my closet that seems to multiply -- COAT HANGERS! Socks are larval coat hangers! Now there’s a hypothesis worth testing.’’

If you aren't worried about metamorphose, then send along your white cotton lost soles to my classroom - we will use them as erasers for our little white-boards!

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  • Help sort your family's laundry. Maybe there will be less missing socks!
  • Make a sock daisy with an old sock and a CD.
  • Lots of sock puppets.
  • It's a great week to go to the library and read Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Then play the game. Look carefully at the picture and put the right words in the box.
  • Jane Kavanagh Morton also has a fun story to read about socks.

Lastly a footnote:
Our Kindergarten class wore some very crazy socks. We were on NBC TV when we wore them. We said ‘Good morning’ to all of Kansas City. You can watch us by going to the Social Studiesexternal image globe.gif section of this web site and scroll down to the link.

Web page for May 20, 2007

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Our Kindergarten Graduation Day was terrific! Graduation means the successful completion of study. I was so proud to hand you all your diplomas! I was amazed and very pleased that every child present had family members present to watch you walk across the stage. 100% Parent participation! - that was awesome! Below is a special poem for your parents:

Your Flowers

I've worked with your flowers and helped them to grow

I'm returning them now but I want you to know

These flowers are precious and dear as can be

Love them, take care of them, and soon you will see...

...........what I saw.....:

I saw bright new blooms every day

That grew and blossomed in such wonderful ways

In September, just buds, but in January, blooms

Now lovely blossoms I return to you this June.

Remember, these flowers, as dear as can be

Though rightfully yours, will always, in part, belong to me!

This poem is from Sandi.

Here's a song to sing showing how happy we are! Clap your hands!

Web Links for the Week

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  • Some tips from Kodak on how to take some good photos at graduation time!
  • Here is the LiteracyCenter.Net. Go there to see the kindergarten skills we've been learning this year.