Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - Kerpoof! Leaves . . . K, 1, 2nd

Today we looked closely at fall leaves and drew our own using the web tool, Kerpoof!
It is free and there is a lot on the site to engage kids.Here are some examples of our fall leaves!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - State Research PowerPoints & Scratch

Kindergarten has been continuing to practice with the tools in Tux Paint. Wednesday was PJ Day, so we drew pictures of our cozy beds and favorite stuffed animal friends. We are working hard on practicing typing our name using the shift key!

1st graders have been creating beautiful spring pictures in Tux Paint and getting to know all the Tux Paint tools. They also are being introduced to typing in MS Word. Many came up with a great list of Spring words to go with their colorful pictures! We are also practicing hard with the shift key and getting to know where the letters are on the keyboard.

Monster illustrations and descriptions are almost finished! Our 2nd graders have been working on a long term project involving illustrating in Tux Paint and writing in Word. They are learning word processing basics and continuing getting to know the keyboard. They have created original illustrations of fun monsters, and wrote a description of their creation in Word. Their description was handed off to another student to then redraw. We will compare the two drawings to see where we did well with our descriptions and what we needed to include that may have been left out.

Our 4th graders have been using MS Office's OneNote tool as they gather research on their states from the internet. It is much more efficient than having to cut and paste to a Word or Publisher document. In OneNote, you can right click on selected text, pictures, or the entire page and send it directly to your OneNote notebook. It also automatically saves the info you collect, so there is no fear of it getting lost. It is a great tool for collecting internet research, in the Microsoft Office 2010 package.

3-6th graders have been busy learning all about programming! They have been introduced to Scratch, an open source programming software created for kids by MIT. After getting to know the basics, we are working on creating a program for a simple game. (Very similar to the old school Mario game.)
I am SO impressed with students' incredible enthusiasm and patience. Much of this we are learning together. Boy are we having fun and learning a lot!
We discussed how persevering as a programmer is much like persevering in our walk with the Lord. Bumps (and flawed programs) will come and we need to have courage to keep trying and learning and not give up!

The Stop Motion JR High elective has been producing some of the most original and hysterical movies every Friday.
I am amazed every week by the creativity God has blessed these kids with! Look out George Lucas!

Monday, March 14, 2011 - Intro to Arcademic Skill Builders!

Today our 3rd and 4th graders got some extra practice on their math facts. They even got to explore how to set up multi player games with classmates! It was a great opportunity to review internet safety. We encourage students never to use their real, full name when playing activities on the web. They were very creative with their usernames! My favorite was "Giggly Feet." Hop on the site and check it out!

Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, geography and thinking skills.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Our K, 1, 2 classes got a special treat today! We took a quick side trip to Seussville in honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday. The kids had a blast playing
"Eggs and Ham," where they had to use a variety of gizmos (springs, ramps, belts, fans) to move a funny green egg to a funny green ham.

"Think and wonder, wonder and think."
- Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, March 1, 2010 - Update

Our K-1 kids have been continuting to learn how to navigate around the compter, mouse, desktop and internet. We have been learning about the "Super Helper Keys" on the keyboard and their special functions (shift, spacebar, backspace, enter, etc.) Last week we practiced minimizing and exiting windows when we get on the internet. has been a favorite site to work on reading skills and we have practiced our writing and drawing using Tux Paint.

2nd grade has been busy creating and writing descriptions of monsters. Coming soon to the boards outside the Lab!

It is fair to say that 3-6th graders have been typing obsessed this trimester, learning and reviewing keyboarding basics. We are utilizing Type to Learn 4 to help reach our #1 goal of improved accuracy. Their hard work has paid off and students are likewise seeing great jumps in their word per minute scores. Under the Typing tab on the Wiki, there are numerous links to free, online typing games and lessons that students can access from home.

We just aquired ten HD cameras that we will be using to learn about stop motion, using SAM software next timester! Can't wait!!
Watch out Pixar! ")