Bolduc is a really nice teacher. She gives us a lot of hard
work, but she has very fun activities. She has a jar of
marbles in her room, that when we do something wonderful,
she puts a marble in the jar. If we are having problems
listening, we might lose a marble. When the jar gets full,
we will get a special surprise. Mrs. Bolduc enjoys American
history. She gives us funny riddles that we have to solve
for homework. We do Fundations
homework. Fundations is a program that teaches us how to
write and spell.
Some of the words in Fundations are very tricky. For
instance, we might not always hear the final letter, and we
have to think if is a silent e at the end. We do other
work in phonics
learned about Johnny
Appleseed. We did a lot of activities about him. His
real name was John Chapman, and he loved nature. He liked to
plant apple trees where ever he went, so he got the nickname
"Johnny Appleseed". We also learned a lot about apples. We
went to an apple orchard, Champlain
orchard had many different types of apples. They
have Macintosh, Empire, Honeycrisp, and Wolf River
apple. The Wolf
River apples are very large, they might be
seven inches around. We got to pick apples while we
were there. Each student got a five pound bag to
bring home. They don't waste apples at the
orchard; they make applesauce, apple cider, apple
butter, and apple pies.
We made applesauce with the
kitchen with some of the apples we picked. The
apples were cooked whole and then we had a grinder
that grinds all the apples and separated the skins
and seeds from the apples. We got to taste it and it
We are writing about fall. We are writing
about things that happen in the fall. Halloween,
Thanksgiving, jumping in leaves, the leaves change
colors, are some of the things we write about.
We had five caterpillars in our room. They
came from California. They are called Painted
Lady Butterflies. They turned into
chrysalises. Even though one fell to the
ground, they all hatched. When they first
come out, their wings are tiny and all
crumpled up. Then they pump fluid from
the bodies to make their wings bigger and
then they have to wait for the wings to dry.
They are all healthy. After they hatch, we
put them in a net and release them. Just
like many other butterflies, their life
cycle starts with an egg, then a
caterpillar, then a chrysalis, then a
butterfly, then the butterfly lays an egg
and the cycle begins again.
We will learn about the Pilgrims
this year. They moved to America because England was
We have three reading groups.
There are about four or five students in each group.
Every group has a different book or story that they
read. One group read a book about flowers, a book
about animals and one about "A
Boy Who Cried Wolf." Another group read a book
about space travel, a folk tale about Chicken
Little, and a book about solar power.
In our math class, we are
learning about money
There are a lot of coins:
a penny, nickel, dime, quarter,
half dollar, dollar. We have math papers that we use
to learn about this. That
is a fun
thing to learn about.
We have journals that we write in every day.
In our morning journal and we can write whatever we
want to in that journal. Our other
journal, we have to write what our teacher tells us.
For instance, we write about our painted lady
butterflies in our journal and tell how they have
Our school is special because
it has a garden. We try to be healthy students. This year,
we worked in the garden and picked zucchini and beets. We
picked 25 pounds of beets.
We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables in school. We also get
to eat kale chips. We try a little of everything in the
We celebrate our birthdays at school. We get a crown
and we can bring in a snack to share.
We have specials at school. Monday, we have
with Ms. Chamberlin. She reads us a book and then we check
out books to take home to read. Tuesdays, we have physical
education with Ms. Wilson. She helps us get stronger. Ms.
Wilson makes sure that we get lots of exercise and we get to
learn soccer skills. We don't have soccer teams during the
school day. Wednesdays we have art and guidance. In art
class, we draw
and paint. Sometimes we make sculptures with clay. In
guidance, we often go outside and play games. She is
teaching us how to be a good sport and share. After the
game, we talk about what we did. Thursdays we have physical
education and music. In music, we are learning apple songs
and we have a movement of the month. Sometimes we dance to a
song that might be funny or help us get calm. One of our
favorite songs is Dance Like There's No Tomorrow.
On Fridays, we have technology. We do some work and some games
in technology. We go on the internet to do some of our work.
We like sumdog.com, this is a
place where we practice our math facts. We also have mobymax.com, our
school code is vt96. Some of our favorite websites are uptoten.com, and starfall.com. We use KidPix 3D to draw pictures.