Sunshine Math Rap

Friday, October 24, 2008

Got Muscles?

Hi everyone! Chet here. I am writing this from Orlando, FL. I am on vacation with Rida. I told her I needed to go to the bathroom inside of a Starbucks, but it is a wireless hotspot, so I whipped out my laptop and am typing this very important message to you. I could barely sleep last night. I can't stop thinking about what Miss Hoffmann and Miss P have been saying about making connections with muscles. I am trying my "beary" best, but I want to be absolutely sure that my connections have muscle (like Arnold Schwarzenegger muscles not like the time Spongebob wanted muscles, so he worked out with Sandy Squirrel for a while but then decided the workouts were too hard, so he just got inflatable fake arms muscles).

I'm reading and I really like it so far. I have a connection to this story. I have a friend, Pooh Bear, who loves honey, as much as John loves chocolate. This helps me to understand the book better because I think John is going to experience something similar to what happened to Pooh a few years back. I already told you that Pooh loves honey, but once he loved it soooooo much that he wouldn't stop eating it. He ate and ate and ate and ATE honey. In fact, he ate so much that when he went to leave his house, he got stuck! His love of honey had gotten out of control and he had to learn to love honey in moderation (this means he had to remind himself not to get carried away).
I think John is about to learn the same lesson. He loves chocolate just as much as Pooh loved honey. I am already noticing clues that John's ability to turn
everything into chocolate is getting old. At first he was excited about his toothpaste and orange juice, but now that he's at school, he is getting sick of chocolate and just wants a drink of water. I think he's going to start realizing that turning everything into chocolate isn't all it's cracked up to be.
That is my connection. What do you think? Does it have muscle or not? What do you like about it? What could I do to make it better?

I gotta go. Rida is going to think I fell in the sink or something.


Chet Bear

P.S. Yasdnil! Congrats on the pumpkin contest win! Shhh! Yasdnil!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Roxie Rocked!

Hey everyone! It's me, Chet! Sorry I haven't written in a while. I have been away on some great trips. First, I got to travel to a military school graduation ceremony with Chloe. Then Michael took me to Daytona, where I played a pretty incredible game of mini golf. I got two holes in one. Around the woods, they are calling me Tiger now. :) But don't worry, I'm still the same old bear. I had a wonderful time on my travels, but I was really happy to be back at Chets Creek. Much to my surprise, Ashley had brought me a little white chair to relax in during the day. It's just my size...I LOVE it!

Maybe you didn't notice, but today I left my chair and went on a journey. I was pretty sneaky and had to use some of skills from my stint as a member of Barnum & Bailey's traveling circus. I used to be known far and wide for my extreme flexibility and would fold myself up like a pretzel as the crowd "oooohhhhh" and "aaaaahhhhh." Today I used that same skill to fold myself up into a tiny ball, so I could fit inside Miss Hoffmann's purse.

You might be wondering why I hid in her purse. Just imagine that you are sick and trying to relax when a bear walks by your room...that would probably cause you to be pretty alarmed! That's why I hid. I didn't want to scare any of the patients.

Anyway, I had two favorite parts. I loved watching Mr. Darren put the cast on that lady's arm. It was so cool to learn about all the padding that goes underneath. I had never seen anything like that. In the woods, you don't usually get a cast. You just limp around until you feel better. You humans are really lucky!

My other favorite part was when we got to go to the pharmacy and see Roxie the Robot filling all the prescriptions. I always wondered how many people it would take to fill all those prescriptions, and now I know that it just takes one robot. I learned that Roxie works all day and all night! I wonder if she ever gets a break. I need to start saving up for a Roxie for the classroom. It could bring Miss Hoffmann and Miss P lemonade and rub their feet, so I wouldn't have to. All I need is one million dollars. I don't know as much about money as you guys do, but hard can that be?

What was your favorite part of the field trip? Let me know! I can't wait to hear from you.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Cousin Jose

Hi kids! Chet here! Sharing pics and adventures of my cousin, Jose, with you today was awesome. It was a lot of fun discussing the similarities and differences between the things in our neighborhood maps and the things we saw in the photos from my cousin's journeys in Latin America. I especially liked the video footage from the zip line ride through the rain forest, however, Miguel Angel's story about the volcano was fascinating. Can you imagine how scary it must have been for him and his family as the ashes burned through the roof of his family's home?

I remember the first time Jose and I traveled together. We have loved going on adventures, since we were tiny cubs. We are kind of like that book we read in Morning Meeting the other day about those two little traveling pigs, Toot and Puddle.

Let me tell you a little about our first adventure. The first time we traveled together was in a hot air balloon, which we built in our backyard out of old garbage bags and an Easter basket we found at the city dump (Warning: Don't try this at home...stuffed bear cubs weigh must less than human children!). We were the first two bears to circle the world. When we got hungry we would lower our fishing poles (we had REALLY long fishing lines) down into whatever water was below us at the time...rivers...oceans...lakes...and when we got thirsty we would fly close to clouds and scoop up the water droplets that had condensed there. We saw The Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Great Wall, and Machu Picchu, just to name a few. It was an amazing journey, not to mention an incredible news story. I'll have to show you all the medals that the president gave us and the photos from our "Welcome Back" parade.

Anyway, if you want to learn more about my cousin's adventures, here is the address of his blog: . Enjoy reading about his adventures while I relax with Chloe in North Carolina. Geez, I have a rough life...a week in Jamaica and now I'm off again. Write to me and let me know what your favorite thing was from my cousin's blog?

Ciao for now,

:) Chet Bear