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High Flyin' Aussie Flag

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We are back from an unexpected and not welcomed Tropical Storm Fay. School was in session only two days the first week of school. The good news is that we are back, in one piece, and thankfully, will never see that storm again!!
On Monday, we visited the letter "F" in our "Australia ABCs" book. The topic was the flag of Australia. The children learned that 'Australia's flag shows Britain's flag in the upper left hand corner. The large star on the flag stands for the six states and two territories of Australia. The small stars stand for the Southern Cross, a group of stars you can see when you are south of the equator.' Students noticed similarities (colors and stars) and differences (no stripes and blue) with the United States' flag. We also talked about the Aborigine's flag - whose colors are black representing the people, yellow for the sun, and red for the earth.
In the morning, we had an outline of the flag at each student's table to …

Pictures From Our Aussie Adventure: Day 1 and 2

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Australian ABCs - A Great Place to Start

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Our Aussie adventure is being driven by a book called, "Australia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Australia", by Sarah Heiman. On the first day of school, we jumped ahead to the "B" for Boomerang. The children learned about the history of the boomerang and had the opportunity to design one and take it home. Yesterday, the second day, we visited the letter "A" for Aborigine. Aborigines are Australia's indigenous people. Recent government statistics counted approximately 400,000 aboriginal people, or about 2% of Australia's total population. The hallmark of Aborignal culture is 'oneness with nature.' Their paintings usually consist of paint using earthly colors.
Students were shown samples of Aboriginal art and then created their own paintings. These paintings will be displayed year round in our hallway. They will be backed with a clip to hold student's writings and drawings throughout the year. We also plan to make an "…

Aussie Adventure- First Day of First Grade

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"G'day" from Mrs. Dillard and Mrs. Mallon. Today was the first day of First Grade! Students were greeted in the lobby by the music of a steel drum. There was a lot of excitement in the room when friends saw each other after a few months of summer vacation. Familiar faces made the transition much easier going from Kindergarten to First Grade and seeing their "last year teachers" made for a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Parents seemed as happy as the children, dropping them off and happily waving good bye.
Students unpacked their shiny new backpacks and placed supplies and completed forms on the counter. After the morning announcements, they were called to the floor by their new table names: Kangaroos, Wombats, Crocodiles, Koalas, Platypus, and Kookaburras. (The signs over their tables were ordered directly from Australia.) Mrs. Dillard and I shared our new theme, "180 Days Around the World" and our particular country, Australia. The children were …

The Mall-ards Are Coming!!!

The pencils are sharpened, the tables are cleaned, and the cubbies are ready for the brand new backpacks. It is the start of a new school year. The kindergarten students of June are now big August First Graders. They will be looping with us for another exciting year of learning, growing and making new friends. Did I say "us"? Yes, I did! The wonderful news is that Mrs. Dillard and I have joined classes and will be co-teaching this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our knowledge and give the best that we have to offer to our students. We have decided to mesh our name to "The Mall-ards" so that we now have one identity.
Our school's theme this year is "180 Days Around the World." First Grade's country/continent is Australia. Our classroom is decorated in an "Outback" theme with the some of unique animals native to that awesome country. We can't wait to share what we learn about the "The Land Down Under."…