Just a week before Christmas, and we are busy as usual around here in second grade. We are still working on reading and math skills, but we did find time for GINGERBREAD HOUSES! What fun we had!
We had parents (that even included a couple dads!) and other relatives donate their time to help the kids make their beautiful creations. We want to thank Mrs. Kleinbeck, Mrs. C., and Mrs. West for taking time out from math skills to help us. we also want to thank Mrs. Jensen's student teacher, and even one my former students, now in college, for stopping in! Thank you to all the parents who donated materials to our houses. We couldn't have done it without you. Check out our website for a link to more pictures (murraycsd.org - click on 2nd grade, scroll down to find gingerbread houses).
While we are speaking of websites, I want to remind the kids about a new link on the second grade site called Fun and Games. It has a link to Dance Mat typing and some fun math learning games. If the kids find themselves bored over the holidays, have them get on there and have fun practicing their math and typing skills. If you run across any other learning links, please email them to me, and I will add them to our list.
With all the fun we have had, we did take time the last couple weeks to help others. The kids did chores around the house to earn money to buy back packs for kids in Uganda, Africa. These kids' lives have all been touched by AIDS, war, or both, and are in great need. The kids walk to school every day and many do not have anything to carry their books in. Carol Adams, the director of Youth Encouragement Services, said she would be able to purchase about ten backpacks with the money the kids earned and sent over. We were so glad to be able to help kids who do not have the things we do in the United States. To learn more about her mission, find her link on our website.
With the holiday season here, we want to take time to be thankful for all the many blessings we have!