At the end of the school year, Addison had her recognition ceremony with all of the kindergarten classes. They did a couple of songs and poems and then each class was given the opportunity to go up separately and receive awards given by the teacher. Addison received the "Achievement in Language Arts" award and then she also received a medal for third place in reading the most books and most points in Accelerated Reading for the whole of Kindergarten. We were so proud of her. She has been working so hard on her reading and she absolutely loves it!
At the end of the year the Kindergarten classes do a research project to get the kids to start learning how to research a topic and report on it. The topic was insects. Addison's teacher let each student pick a paper out of hat and that was the insect that they would have to their project on. Addison picked the walking stick. The research project goes like this:
1. Report to parent what they know and what they want to know about their insect and the parent writes it down.
2. With parent, start discussing where they can find information about their insect, write down books, websites, etc. and begin viewing those resources.
3. As parents read information from resources, students sketch important information.
4. Group sketches into "like" information- Addison's groups were protection, characteristics, and the life cycle.
5. What is the big idea?
6. Create poster and practice reporting information. Addison's poster had a tree that she created with leaves and a walking stick that we created out of pipe cleaner.
7. Bring poster and report insect project to class.
After each step we had to return her folder back to class so that her teacher could see that we had worked on her project nightly or every other night.
Addison loved this project. She got to be creative, learn new information, and it was about a BUG! We had lots of fun working together and it was great at the end to see all the kids posters lining the Kindergarten hallway.
This year Addison turned 6 years old! She started off her birthday with balloons all over her room, a decorated bathroom mirror, donuts, McDonald's lunch at school, a radio surprise while driving to dance, and Jason's Deli for dinner.
For her birthday party, we decided to have it at Nana and Poppas house and we had a "Pancakes and Pajamas" theme. All the girls dressed in pajamas. We had pancakes and fruit with juice or milk in milk jugs. The girls did not really have an interest in eating and were ready to get on with party festivities. We started with making fruit loop necklaces, then decorating pillow cases, and then opening presents. The girls got to take home their pillow cases and a delicious pancake decorated cookie. The girls had a really great time and we had lots of fun!
To end her birthday celebration, all of our wonderful family from Midland came in to take Addison out to Chuys! We had a quick little present opening and then headed over to the restaurant. She also enjoyed some very yummy Nothing Bundt Cake chocolate marble cake!
Thank you soooo much to everyone involved in making Addison's 6th birthday so much fun and such a success! Thank you for loving our sweet girl and always being there for her and her big moments in life! We are forever grateful and so happy to have you in our life!