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4/25/16 Newsletter & Homework
Sunday, April 24, 2016 8:00 PM

Kristin’s Class Homework

April 25, 2016    You know what to do!  Practice those spelling words and be ready for a test and homework sharing on Friday.


Spelling Words






















lady slipper



Homework Ideas


*Cook and eat some wild rice.  Teach your family where it comes from.


*Read The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. (a chapter book to read aloud.)


*Practice writing with a quill.  We used tempera paint for ink and long feathers from Michael’s- if you can find a goose feather by the lake it’s even better!


*Practice for the next spelling bee!  It will be a “hundred heart word” spelling bee- coming soon!


*Make overnight oatmeal!


*We know the four directions in our classroom.  Find them at your house!


*Read for pleasure and practice.


*Do some neighborhood cleanup.


*Do your own thing!


Dear Families,

Here’s the most important lesson I learned from Pioneer Day: If you have five “recesses” you can put the most boring, traditional and hard lessons in between, and the kids will be happy to tackle them. 

We sang all five verses of “My country tis of thee,” recited and copied multiplication tables, we recited and copied “mottos,” we wrote down states and capitals (all 18!) etc.  When the lesson was hands-on, novel and motivating, oh my goodness!  They didn’t just comply- they joyfully experimented, and asked to do more the next day.  We now have “using a quill” on our list of ways to practice spelling.

Children learn best through play.  That’s just the way it is. 

This Week

We turn back time another 100 years and think about the 1700s, when “the people” in our area were the Dakota or Ojibwe people.  The students have been learning about the first people in Minnesota in music class, (and will be in art and media) in preparation for their MOSAIC project.  This week in class we will read some beautiful legends that give us a feeling for life in Minnesota before white people were on the scene.  As always, your expertise is welcome!

City Tour

Now that we have settled on a date, (May 12) we are developing an itinerary for our city tour.  We have arranged for a visit to the top of a sky scraper and a friendly lunch venue.  If anyone has access to any downtown sights that are of interest to children, please let us know!  (We would love to meet the mayor.)

Overnight Oatmeal

We had some truly delicious oatmeal on our last Tuesday trip to the rose garden.  Here is the recipe from Chowhound:

Unsalted butter

8 1/2 cups water

2 cups steel-cut oats

1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk or 1 3/4 cups whole milk

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

“Before bed, coat the inside of the cooker with butter to keep the oatmeal from sticking, then add in the oats, water, coconut or whole milk, and brown sugar. Stir it together, set the cooker to low, and wake up to a hot breakfast.


Camp Needs

We need about 25 “pickle buckets” with lids.  If you have a connection with a restaurant, please ask for empty buckets.  If you are a second grader, I hope you still have your bucket from last year.

We will need 50 sticks, about 4 feet by 1 inch, that would make suitable walking sticks for camp.  If you are trimming trees or see some in your neighborhood, think of us!


Thanks, Kristin