|Dear Family,Kitty Ride World Adventure Park building began this week. Early in the week we brainstormed on what we want in our amusement park, as well as what kittens would like. We drew our blue prints on Tuesday. On Wednesday some of us “went on a trip to New York” while others began laying the foundation and building the amusement park. Once the trip was over we all worked together to create a fun destination for our kitties:
“Whew, I’m tired, but I’m not giving up.”
“Michelle, do we have more sticks and these things?”
“I can help.”
“What should I do next?”
“Can I write right here?”
“Have you tried using a sticky sticker?”
“Look at what I did!”
and so much more could be overheard while we constructed our park.
As of Friday the park features a food court, a water slide, a pool, a water game, a firework launcher, and a penguin habitat. Hot dogs are $1, hamburgers are $1.50 and come with a side of fruit, and some games are free. Many of us were interested in continuing the building over the weekend. Those plans ranged from a ticket booth to bathrooms.
Speaking of bathrooms; we are working on keeping our bathrooms clean, as well as practicing good hygiene and washing our hands after each use. Often we wish to get back to our plans quickly, so hand sanitizer is also an option. I have an experiment in mind so we can gain a better understanding of germs.
Speaking of germs; this week students “read” an encyclopedia and we ran across a picture we were not sure about. I could have read the text, but I opted for one of my favorite questions, “What do YOU think it is?” Germs, space rocks, shells, rocks, snails, flowers, and pokey-pines were some answers. Next week we will gather our knowledge and begin our own encyclopedia.
Speaking of next week; it is Read Across America Week in celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. We will write our own rhymes and read rhyming books while kitties expand the amusement park and other plans unfold. In the spirit of Seuss’ wacky random adventures, as well as ours, I’m calling next week Wacky Rhyme Week. (Feel free to bring in any of your favorite rhyming books, poems, songs, etc.)
Speaking of random adventures; on Friday students requested a nature walk around the block. We went the opposite way, stayed together, wore capes, spotted a giant compost pile, and explored “secret passage ways.” Along the way I heard “Look, Michelle! A space rock like the one in the book!” And “Hey, Michelle! Look at these interesting roots!” I love TKG!
Speaking of love; this week was full of it! Animals hugged, gave high-fives, and kisses. Plans were complimented, “I like yours. I want to copy it. It looks complicated. Can you help me?” We had an amazing conversation about friendship. Sometimes we have different plans, ideas, and want to play with someone else. In the end, we discovered we may not always agree, but we are all still friends and love each other.
Speaking of end; I should probably end this letter now.
We Park on Monday: 50% chance of rain…you know the drill by now! Dress in warm water proof layers and pack light.
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