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Monday, January 2, 2012

Mac the Moose

As you may know, our Kindergarten classroom has a mascot. His name is Mac the Moose. He loves going on adventures with the students! Each weekend Mac goes home with a student. Along with Mac is a journal and his favorite Laura Numeroff book "If You Give a Moose a Muffin." In the journal the students find fun information about Mac such as his birthday, favorite foods, favorite activities, and more. The journal also contains entries from each student who has spent time with Mac. Each child writes what they did with Mac during their weekend adventure. The student may also draw illustrations to go with their entry or attach photos with the help of a family member. The following Monday, the student shares what he/she did with Mac over the weekend and the journal goes onto the reading shelf so that each child in the class has an opportunity to see all of Mac's journeys. The students enjoy spending time with Mac and adding to his traveling journal! Mac also joins us on any special classroom occasions such as field trips and celebrations.

I promised the students that over winter break I would take good care of Mac. If you scroll down you will see a Photobucket slideshow containing some of the things Mac and I did together over break! Mac received some Christmas presents: a new backpack (his went missing!) and a Purdue t-shirt (my alma mater of course!). We traveled in the car to the mall to visit Build a Bear workshop and Cinnabon, yum! We also took part in Christmas day, opening presents, playing games with family, and having a delicious meal (which included Mac-n-cheese, his favorite!). As you can see Mac is an important addition to our classroom and has brought many wonderful memories to the students and I! If you would like to know more about Mac's journal or the students' assignment please feel free to email me. Have fun creating a classroom mascot and traveling journal!

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