Sunday, May 12, 2013

Antelope Island

A field trip is one of the most memorable events of any school year! Antelope Island and our visit to Garr Ranch was RAD! We crossed over a land bridge over the mysteriously beautiful Great Salt Lake and reached Antelope Island.  We saw antelope and bison roaming freely and pelicans soaring high over head. We reached the ranch and we spun wool, weaved a blanket, made bricks, built a wall with bricks, made a pioneer ring out of horse shoe nails, did a pioneer child's chore of picking up sticks after a windstorm (because the saw broke and we couldn't do the wood cutting station) and raced each other in gunny sacks. We finished the day eating lunch in the grove of trees. The weather couldn't have been more perfect! Thank you to our amazing parent volunteers who worked hard to make the day a success!
Here is a LOT of photos and one hilarious video!

Secret Password
{gunny sack}

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Melissa Hastings!!!! 
Student Teacher of the Year!

I must have won the lottery! Not only is Mrs. Hastings a very intelligent, creative, and energetic teacher, she is also funny and nice! I love that I get to help her learn the how to teach, engage, and manage a classroom and

she also has already taught me a lot! She will be teaching in our class until the end of the school year. Parents, please come in and meet Mrs. Hastings if you are able to and be sure to ask your students about our new friend in the classroom!

You Knocked My Socks Off!!!

Thank you so much for an amazing teacher appreciation week! You all helped make me feel so special all week. I loved the way the bungalow was decorated. Thanks Janet and Steven for working so hard and decorating our room inside and out in bungalow style! I was overwhelmed by all of the notes, the art work you made for me, the lovely flowers, and all of the goodies and gifts! Thanks for not thinking I was too rude when I opened up the bag of Terra Chips in class...they were staring me down and begging to be eating! I couldn't resist! In addition to your sweet gestures, the PTA did some lovely things as well! Does anyone have a recipe for the breakfast casserole? It was delicious! You really "Knocked my socks off!" with your kindness! I love being your teacher and feel I have the best class in the entire school!!!

I tried to get a picture of everything but I know I missed a few things! 
Thanks again for making me feel so special!

Secret password
{Knocked my socks off!}

Sunday, March 17, 2013


We have examined rocks of all types and then 
Jared did the coolest thing...
He brought in his very own geodes for us to break apart!
We tried to break them in the classroom on the carpet but then we had to get serious and bust them open outside!

(Why didn't I take a picture of the crystals inside?)

Thank you Jared!

We rock the safety eye wear!
Looking good guys! 

A lot of the students have brought in some really cool rocks from their personal collections. Cole has an impressive collection and even did his 4th Grade winning science fair project on rocks and how much water they can absorb. How great is that? 

Secret Word

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Doing Good

We get 
we buy
we unwrap...
we may even give a present or two, 
but do we really give with our hearts? 
I have heard from our class that many families are doing service projects at this time of year. 
For example,
Maurin's family hosts a party at a school for deaf students.
What a wonderful lesson to teach compassion and tolerance for others!

I attended a service event with my own children last Monday night. We tied blankets for children at Primary Children's hospital. It was a joy sitting with my boys and talking about why a child might need the blanket and what a comfort the blanket will bring them. My sons loved helping out and didn't want to stop! (sorry night!)

Well, there was extra material available and I told the coordinators that I knew some pretty wonderful kids who could lend a hand. Lucky for us, they thought it was a good idea for Bungalow 4 to lend a helping hand! 

Operation Blanket go started. First two of our wonderful volunteer moms (Sheila Jones & Julie Rigby...They are both super cute, but I forgot to take a picture of them working hard! Sorry!) came in and trimmed the fabric straight and cut the fringe.

Ask the rad kids in Bungalow 4 about their thoughts on our service project
 "Operation Blanket"

Secret Password

Onward Ho!

While studying Utah Pioneers we had a lot of fun! We read stories, made maps, sand songs and....
Thank you Natalie for leaving your wagon here at school so I could take a picture!
The process was involved. We gathered supplies, made the canvas and treated it to make it "waterproof", "nailed" the lumber together,  and constructed the wheels.
The only thing left would be to hitch up our yoke of oxen....but maybe the family pet will do? (haha! Just kidding! Do not bug your pet!)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Musical Talent Abounds...

~'Tis the season to be super busy! I know you can all relate. It is also the season to forget to press "publish" on the blog! Sorry! I thought posted but instead it was saved in draft mode.~

We love to sing and play music! 
This is how we practice the songs that support our studies of Utah history! The songs are catchy and well written but man, this kiddos take it to the next level with the performance! 
It's a sight to see!

Drummers, guitar players and singers...we are a complete band!
Silly, just how I like it!

Look for a sweet video on how we rock the recorders coming to the blog soon! (If I can figure out how to add a video!...Parents, any experts out there?) 
A blog shout out to Ethan's mom who teaches the recorders...we would never be this great without her help!

Secret password
{air guitar}