Thursday, June 19, 2008

The End of Kindergarten

Today was our last day of school as kindergarten students. We said good-bye to each other and looked back at what we learned this year. It was great to share with everyone what we want to be when we grow up. This happened in front of our parents at our kindergarten culmination on June 13, 2008. Each of us had a chance to go up and announce our future careers. Some of us want to be doctors while some of us want to be dentists. One of us plans on being a veterinarian. Of course, there several of us that want to be teachers. One of us wants to teach karate but said he wanted to be something else in front of everyone. That's okay since we still have a long time to think about what we will be. Other fellow classmates said they wanted to be the following: a chef, a toy store owner, an artist, a police officer, a firefighter, a race car driver, a farmer, and a "Santa Claus". Today, we got to view ourselves as our teacher showed us video from that day. We enjoyed hearing ourselves sing songs like the "Macarena Months" and "5 Little Monkeys". Our teacher gave each of us a DVD of our culminating performance as well as a collection of other events like our Billy Goats Gruff dramatic play and our Snow Day. What a wonderful end to our year. Too bad we didn't get a chance to see moths come out of the silkworm cocoons before the year let out. Oh well! First grade, here we come.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Silkworms Spin Cocoons

Over the weekend some of our silkworms spun silk into cocoons. We were surprised to find that the silk was yellow. A while back when we first began looking at our silkworms, our teacher showed us pictures of silkworm cocoons, and we saw that they could be white or yellow. But we thought these would be white just like the real examples our teacher brought in from last year's group of silkworms. We wonder why some cocoons are white and others are yellow. We are hoping to see at least one of our silkworms as an adult before school lets out on June 20. If one does, we'll make sure we take a picture and share it. Can you find the cocoon hidden in the photograph taken by our student of the month?