Category Archives: China Connection


Hi Everyone!

I haven’t had time to take pictures in the last two days because we’ve been so busy!

Monday, we celebrated Chinese New Year by reading our Big Book for this week called “Little Panda” The Story of Hau Mai.  It came with our Scott Foresman Reading Series that we got last year.

We also made paper lanterns from red constuction paper for the children to take home and to help them wish good luck to the members of their family.

Monday was a blur as my assistant was out and it was just me on duty! 🙂

Tuesday, we went to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the children did a GREAT job, so great in fact that we are trying to come up with a way to tell them thank you for their wonderful behavior–Any Ideas?? Something that won’t cause them to go crazy, because we want to emphasize GOOD behavior! 🙂

Wednesday, as I sit here, I am home from school because we had a snow day today–10 inches of snow fell outside my door last night!  That’s in addition to the 2+ inches we already had on the groud!

Thursday, I was supposed to speak at the ICE-Indiana Computer Educator’s Conference, but it got canceled due to the weather–so maybe next year!?!  My presentation was called Monarch Migration and Technology in Kindergarten.  I made a Power Point for it (Monarch Butterfly Jeopardy), so I’ll post that in just a minute.

Next week, we have two 1/2 days and I begin assessments again for report cards in the middle of March.  This round is one of the fastest because many children will master most of the skills at this point in the year.  I will be out next Friday to attend the HASTI (Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc.) conference with two other members of my Kdg. team.  Next week, I will also be presenting at our district Kindergarten meeting (once every two months all the Kdg. teachers in our district get together to discuss current topics)  I will be presenting on Literacy Work Stations and offering a list of technology/Kgd. appropriate websites to use in our classrooms.

I made the presentation for LWS in Power Point, so I will run and get my jump drive and be right back to post it in another post! 🙂

For parents of children in my classroom: The copy machines are not working properly, so until further notice, there will be no homework coming home with your child–I will try to get it scanned and put here or on our classroom blog so you could print it out at home if you wanted to.  Sorry about that! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Dr. Jean’s Color Farm Song

I made these pages a few years ago-okay more like 8-9 years ago, but they are still useful!  You can use them to show the kids how to spell the color words (they print out in the correct color) and the animals to cue them to what animal is coming next.


Needless to say, I haven’t had much time to post anything.  Our guest from China is staying in our computer room/office/guest room so I can’t upload anything unless I remember when I’m at school–where I STILL am now! 🙂  


Our Guest…

Our guest from China arrived safely yesterday and is setting in.  Right now we are enjoying the China/US Olympic basketball game from another perspective!  We enjoyed some wonderful green tea last evening along with an Italian meal that my husband made for us.  Tian brought some spices with him from China and although I do not enjoy spicy foods, my husband shared them.  We went on a tour of downtown Indianapolis yesterday upon leaving the airport and showed Tian my school where he will also be teaching.  We are heading out to McAllister’s Deli now for a good old American lunch, so that should be a fun experience!  More later…

Kristen 🙂

Unique Experience

I was presented with a unique experience today and I thought I would share it with you!  Yesterday, we had our staff retreat and it was announced that we would have a Chinese Teacher in our building this year to teach the 1-5 children Mandrin Chinese–which I am thrilled about!  My principal also announced that he would need a place to stay–so after talking with my husband, we decided that we would offer to host him for 9 weeks in our home.  He arrives from DC on Saturday (this is Wednesday), so it’s a short time schedule!  I have to clean like crazy–you know the kind of cleaning you would do to make your home feel like the a 5 star hotel, kind of cleaning!!!  I’m so glad we didn’t get rid of our storage facility, because some things from our extra room will soon be making their way there!  We thought this was a unique opportunity that we were just too excited not to offer a place for him to stay.  I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!  I’m just a little stressed since it’s the beginning of the year and all, but I’m sure as always, everything will turn out just fine!

Kristen 🙂

%d bloggers like this: