The ten students that came into my classroom this year were wide-eyed, full of life and ready for learning. They had a huge range of readiness skills and it seemed like a challenge to get them all reading by the end of the school year. As a group, we faced this challenge head on and were sounding out words by Christmas Vacation. It was an exciting time and the progress just kept on from there.
We had alot of fun together and I would like to share some of those times with you. In the fall, we dressed up for Homecoming Week in crazy outfits and came to school in our Halloween costumes. The teachers in our hallway dressed as characters from Toy Story and surprised the students.
We also went on quite a few fun field trips this year. We visited the Umpqua Valley Art Center, went to fire safety day at Home Depot, visited Wildlife Safari, planted trees with the Coquille Watershed in our own community, went on a reward bowling trip, experienced the Winchester Fish Ladder, ate lunch at Stewart Park, visited the Fred Meyer Duck Pond and the Douglas County Museum.
There were a couple of fun projects that I would also like to tell you about. After visiting the Wildlife Safari, our K-4 students picked a safari animal and created a paper mache mask. These went on display at Wildlife Safari for the public to see. The students worked really hard on them and displayed them proudly. We also made tye-dye shirts to wear on our "end of the year" field trip. It was really cool to have 3 teachers and 30 students all in tye-dye out in the community.
I have many memories of things the kids said and did that made them a super memorable group. I truly loved having this unique, imaginative and loving group of little people and look forward to seeing them as 1st graders next year.