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Happy Birthday Kansas!!

Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday dear Kansas,

Happy Birthday to you!

Kansas turned 150 years old today and the only way that I could find out that wonderful bit of information was by skyping with Mrs. Atkinson’s Kindergarten class in Louisburg, Kansas.  They were such a wonderful group of students that have been learning all about penguins.  I had the opportunity to share a fiction and a non-fiction story about Penguins.  The fiction book was called Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice and the non-fiction book was called Penguins.  These kids are so smart, they knew that real penguins do not actually wear ice skates.  That is one of the reasons that makes this book a fiction book.  When I explain fiction and non-fiction to kids I explain that fiction is false and non-fiction is not false (that means true).  This tends to help them remember which kind of book it is.

After reading both of these books the children shared some other wonderful information that they knew about penguins.  They told me that the daddy takes care of the baby and that the mama does the hunting.  They also told me that when the mama comes back she shares her food with her beak.  That was a nice way of saying she regurgitates the food into their mouths.

Penguins only live at the zoo in Wisconsin and I bet the same is true for Kansas.  One thing that I learned is that there is snow in Kansas this time of year.  These kids are used to sledding and having a great time, just like the kids here in Wisconsin.  However, in the summer they have much warmer weather than we have.  It can get to over 100 degrees.  Typical Wisconsin weather for the summer is between 70 degrees and 89 degrees.  It is not too often that we have weather in the 90’s, but it does happen a couple of times throughout the summer.  It is the end of January and the days are getting longer, which means that the weather will be getting warmer soon.  Till then, stay warm!

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