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1st & 2nd Grade - April 2022

The people at the time of Jesus expected the promised Messiah to come as a mighty king. But Jesus did not lead a revolution against the Roman government. He brought love for the lowly, mercy for sinners, and the gracious rule of God to people. Jesus, the son of God, said He would die and rise again for all men. On Good Friday, Jesus carried our sins and died for us on the cross. When He rose on Easter morning, Jesus broke the power of sin, death, and the devil. Jesus is indeed our most wonderful king. Jesus won the victory for us! His victory is our victory! Alleluia!

Our 2nd Graders each wrote and demonstrated a “How To.” We had three students who taught us how to make three different types of no-bake energy balls. We also learned how to make lemonade, trail mix, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a cheese quesadilla, rice crispy bars, and ants on a log. They were all very tasty.

We welcomed new first grader Elijah Preus to our class. Elijah and his family moved here at the end of March from Mexico City, Mexico. His family is staying with his grandma, Sue Ullestad, until June, when they will relocate to Alabama.

Our class was entertained at the Temple Theatre by a mischievous duo who started to doodle and ended up creating an imaginary world. This was a funny non-verbal show that used interactive animation and live drawings to immerse its audience into the world of play.

While in Des Moines, we toured the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden. We had fun viewing various types of structures. When we returned to our classroom, we tried our hand at sculpting with clay. Our creations are displayed outside our classroom.

We traveled back to Des Moines and spent the day at the Science Center of Iowa. We learned about cold-blooded critters while viewing and learning more about a toad, snake, and turtle. We were able to touch the snake. Some of us went outside our comfort zone to touch it. We attended a chemistry lab where we watched several demonstrations as well as participated in some hands-on labs. There is so much to do and explore at the Science Center. Our time went by quickly as we learned through play, trial and error, inquiry, and exploration. Our deepest thanks to the many parents who drove and chaperoned our adventure.

As the weather gets warmer, the grass begins to green, trees and flowers are beginning to bud, and new life is springing up all around us. In the classroom, we are in the process of hatching chicken eggs. We should hear faint chirps at the beginning of May as newly hatched chicks emerge from their eggs. We are anxiously awaiting their arrival as we learn about their development inside the egg.

In English, we studied opinions. Our class’s opinion is that recess is important! Below is a list of reasons why we feel it’s important.

Free from class work

Have fun playing

Play on equipment

Get fresh air – being outside

Have a snack

Sometimes see the neighbor’s cat

Play with friends

Play with kids in different games

Sometimes play with toys from home

Get exercise

Play games

Sliding on the ice

Building a snowman – play in the snow

Playing in the leaves

Get Vitamin D from the sun

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