• Friday Fun and Happy Spring Break!

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 4/3/2020

    Here we are at Friday! I told you last week that I would share some things that kids have been up to... 

    Lottie has been making soap.

    Nora has been practicing her back walkovers - in her living room on a balance beam!

    Luc built a whole city out of cardboard.

    Mark sent me a picture of a frog he found while walking on the trail.

    Mack is raising caterpillars to watch them turn into butterflies!

    Sophie has been bouncing on her trampoline and her family had some delicious fondue.

    Kailani built a birdhouse.

    Inez has been riding her bike.

    Brynn has been bouncing on her trampoline and can do a front handspring and a front flip!

    Brigitte has been reading a lot, being crafty, and she dissected an owl pellet at home.

    Dax has been playing video games.

    Etta has been writing letters.

    If you let me know what you are up to, I'll include it in the next Friday post, which will be on Friday, April 17. Send me an email!!

    Lastly, Spring Break is upon us!! Please remember that there will be no school work assigned for next week. When we return, all assignments will be posted on Google Classroom and there will be fewer messages here - I'll send you messages on Google Classroom!

    Over the break please make sure to have some fun! Have a great week and I'll talk to you on April 13!

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  • Thursday, April 2

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 4/2/2020

    Happy Thursday, or as I like to call it...Friday Eve! I want to let all of you know how much I appreciate all of the videos, pictures, notes, and emails that I have been getting from the kids and from families. It means so much to me to see what you all are up to! 

    My family and I are doing pretty well - I'm so thankful that my kids get along and that they are able to navigate their classwork from the high school independently. I am absolutely ZERO help when it comes to AP Stats, Physics, AP Government, and Spanish 3!! It also makes me appreciate what all of you are doing at home to help your kids continue on their learning journey. Thank you for helping them navigate Google Classroom and all of the different things coming your way. 

    As we move into things after the break, I will not be posting here as often because we are going to move everything to a central location - Google Classroom. We want everyone to be able to find everything in one place. So after tomorrow...Google Classroom is the place to be!

    I hope everyone has a bit of fun today!

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  • Wednesday, April 1

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 4/1/2020

    Happy April!! I can't believe that April is upon us! Here is a joke for you to ponder...


    If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Scroll down for the answer...















    Pilgrims! Ha ha! Get it? Ask your parents if you don't!

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  • Tuesday, March 31

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/31/2020

    Have you ever heard the saying that March "comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb"? What do you think this means? Do you think it is true for this year? 

    This is an example of an idiom. In an idiom, the words in the phrase or sentence don't make sense literally. They have a different meaning. For example: "It's raining cats and dogs" doesn't mean that cats and dogs are falling out of the sky - that would be the literal meaning (and super freaky!). The meaning of the idiom (the figurative meaning) is that it is raining really hard. 

    Idioms are really fun to illustrate - especially if you draw the literal meaning next to the figurative meaning. Can you think of other idioms? Can you draw the literal and figurative meanings side by side? 

    Send me what you come up with!


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  • Monday, March 30

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/30/2020

    Happy Monday!

    Here is another AMAZING Math resource from one of my favorite math educators at Stanford University. Check out youcubed here:

    Youcubed Math Resources


    On this site you will find all kind of math challenges for kids and for families to work on. They have tasks suited to many age levels and challenge levels and this week they put together things that people could work on using things that you have at home. If you try anything out, please let me know what you think of it! I am always looking for fun math activities and problems to solve!


    Happy Mathing!!


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  • Friday, March 27

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/27/2020

    I have decided the Friday posts will be a place for us to connect with each other. So, kids send in something you have been working on - it can be anything! 

    Some ideas - artwork, a new high score in a game you love, a book you finished, a game you invented with your family, a great place to walk, your favorite show that the rest of us should definitely check out, ridiculous jokes or riddles, a story you wrote, anything!!

    You can send pictures, write, or video in an email to me and if you send things in, I will compile the ideas and share them out the following Friday right here! 

    I can't wait to hear and see what you are up to!!

    Have a great weekend!

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  • Thursday, March 26

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/26/2020

    You have been hearing a bit and reading a bit about totem poles and how important they are to the Native Americans of the Northwest Coast. I am working on figuring out a way for us to continue our learning about the different totem animals and having you continue your planning for your own totem pole. While I figure that out, I thought I would share some information about another really important art form of the Northwest Coast people - Canoes.

    Canoes were important for many things: fishing, gathering clams and other foods, visiting, travel, whaling (for some tribes), and war. The video attached here is the introduction to a series of videos that show the various steps the people in the Suquamish tribe (the tribe that is right near us!) took in order to create a canoe by hand using a single cedar log. If you are interested in learning more, all of the videos are available from this site, and include short videos on all the different steps, as well as a time-lapse video of the entire carving (in the time lapse watch for the dog - he is quite the helper!). I found this really interesting - especially the part about how they "spread the canoe". 

    Find the video here: Canoes of the Northwest Coast


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  • Wednesday, March 25

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/25/2020

    Happy Wednesday! I thought you might like to hear some more from Gregor and the Prophesy of Bane. This video is about 10 minutes long, so settle back and listen!

    Gregor - Chapter 9


    I will post more chapters so keep a lookout! If you wanted to read this book on your own or with your family, that would be great too! It is the second book in the Gregor the Overlander series. The title is Gregor and the Prophesy of Bane. If you listened to the video, then you are on chapter 10. Happy reading!

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  • Tuesday, March 24

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/24/2020

    Tuesday's Update!

    Hi Everyone! Here are a couple of Math Games that you might consider looking into...

    Ken Ken Puzzles


    Coin Bubble Game


    Math Limbo


    Have FUN! And don't forget to check Mr. E's blog for more fun Math Ideas!

    Have a great day!

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  • Monday, March 23

    Posted by Kristin Collins on 3/23/2020

    Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! My family and I took a drive out to the coast to walk on the beach a bit. Luke got to practice his driving, which he LOVES to do! He will get his license in June, so we are trying to practice a lot! 

    Mrs. Hoag and I will be figuring out using Google Classroom this week, so you should get in the habit of checking there for new assignments. This morning, we sent an assignment sheet like we did last week (over email), but our hope is to move toward Google Classroom. This week in math we will continue to work on area and perimeter out of the My Math book. 

    Kids - I will be reaching out to each of you on your frogrock email account, so be sure to check it this week for an email from me. I will send emails to a few kids each day, so be on the lookout! 

    That's all for now - have a great day!

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