Saturday, March 30, 2013



What!  No holiday this month?  No problem, we’ll focus on spring and all the changes that come along with the transition to a new season of the year.  This is the time of the year when we need to get our seeds planted.  It won’t be long before we will be surprising our mothers with little plants (hope the mom’s reading this will still be surprised in May) and planting seedlings in our outside garden.  Our windows become lined with trays of pots drinking up the April sunshine and warmth.  
April showers bring May flowers and we will be looking for them.  The earliest ones are usually the dandelions.  We love their cheery yellow faces.  We’ll be taking a walk around the pond south of Salem in April, too.  There are many plants and animals that call the pond their home.  Some of these animals can be heard before we can see them.  Other animals and plants need to be searched for.  The hunt is worth the surprise of finding them!  Baby birds are born in the spring and we hope to be on the lookout for many of our common Minnesota birds.  Building “nest helpers” at school and hanging them in our yards will help the birds get started with their families.
Tools and big machinery get busier then ever in the spring!  We don’t have to go farther then Highway 694 to see many different types doing what they do best!  Just think of how hard people had to work before they had tools and machines to make their work easier.  By the end of April we will be able to name many more tools and machines and recognize the work they do.
One of the new, big work sites for big machines in Minnesota will be the new Viking’s Stadium.  Go Vikings!  At the end of April we are going to learn lots of facts about our state, Minnesota, including, but not limited to, the name of our football team!  Ask our students to name our state bird, state tree, state capital or which season of the year is their favorite.  M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A, Minnesota, Minnesota, Minnesota.  Yeahhhhh, Gophers!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013