Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Thanksgiving festivities were quite enjoyable, both in and out of the classroom, despite the fact that little green sick bugs have penetrated the confines of our school. It seems constant hand washing, Purell, covering our sneezes and Lysol are no match for these tenacious creatures.

In the classroom, Kindergarten Cafe continues to be a big hit on Friday afternoons. So much so that the second grade teachers felt inspired to integrate their study of 'how-to' procedural books into K cafe.

Their second graders learned how to make Oreo Turkeys (pictured above) and once they were experts they came in to teach the kindergarten children how to make them.

Moms and Dads were kind enough to supply most of the ingredients:
2 Oreos
6 Candy Corn
1 Mini Peanut Butter Cup
1 Chocolate Covered Peanut
1 Toothpick

The children worked in small groups. The 2nd grade students used the 'how-to' books they created (see here) to make these yummy treats with the younger children.

Everyone worked well together and it was especially interesting to watch the teaching styles of the older children. Some were naturals while others were less patient and could use a bit of finessing.

Out of the classroom, my oldest nephew Jamie and his wife Randi met Joy and I to view the Macy*s Balloon Inflation spectacle. We braved the rain and the crowds for an opportunity to see our favorite characters lying face down in the streets on the upper west side of Manhattan.


Arielle Lee Bair said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Gary! Those turkeys are really cute! I can see why the kids would love them. :)

Barbara said...

The little turkeys are adorable. (Filing away for next year...)

What a great idea to let the second graders be the teachers! I'm sure the kindergarten kids really look up to them.

Mickle in NZ said...

Oh wow, what a great way for them all to share. I still want to be in your class!

Especially as we have no equivalent to Thanksgiving here.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Happy Thanksgiving and keep clear of the sick germs.

Love those balloon photos. When I lived in Manhattan, I was just a couple of blocks away from there, and I always thought the balloons were more interesting and a little creepy at night as they slowly inflated

Anonymous said...

You're soooo good-lookin'!

Sebastien said...

That parade looks like loads of fun!

Great to hear you had a wonderful holiday, I had a great one as well with family and friends.

Hope the bugs retreat quickly and give you and the little fellers a break.

And the oreo turkeys look fun, well, actually they look like a menacing army that are going to attack me, but I thought I should be polite :)

Sebastien said...

Gary, forgot to mention, but I recently discovered this funny character that I thought would give you a laugh.

His name is bossy bear, the vinyl figurine is based on books. This was all created by the same guy who does the ugly dolls.

Isn't Bossy bear hilarious?!!!!

lettuce said...

little children love older children, don't they?

Hope it was a great thanksgiving for you Gary.

Salty Miss Jill said...

I am SO making those turkeys!
Hope you had a lovey holiday. I imagine you did, if Miss Joy was with you. :)


Lynda said...

What a great idea-Older Students teaching the little ones on the art of creating Turkey's.

Loved the photo of you and Joy watching the Balloons inflate.

ciara said...

hey gary-trying to play catch up w blog reading. those turkey treats are adorable. looked real fun for the kids. i don't know how far i'd get considering i'd prob eat the pb cups before they were used lol hope your thanksgiving was a good one ;0)

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Gary said...

Sebastien - "a menacing army that is going to attack" haha. I can not look at that pic the same way ever again. I see what you mean!

Bossy bear (and the Ugly dolls) are amusing. I knew nothing of them before your comment. Although, I am not at all surprised that you like them. I also would not be surprised to learn that you created them!

Letty - And the little kids love kids who are even smaller than they are. Always picking them up and whatnot. Really adorable.

Ciara - It has been a long time indeed. Great to hear from you. Hope things are well.

Anon - not sure if this is spam or not but if you are sincere, thanks.


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