“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
-- Ignacio Estrada

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hi from Ohio, USA!

We are so excited to share our school with you! We are students from Evendale Elementary in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are learning about New Zealand as part of our “One World” track and field day, end of the school year event. Our school year starts in August and goes to June. This year we get out at the end of May. We have less than 2 weeks left in our school year. What months are you in school?

We are excited to share with you a few facts about the United States, our state (Ohio), and our school. We also are excited to be able to ask you a few questions about New Zealand see that your country is like. This is a map of the United States. 

We live in a corner of the state of Ohio, near Kentucky and Indiana, two other states. This is a map of Ohio. Do  you see Cincinnati? This is the city we live near; however, we do not actually live in the downtown part of the city. We live in a area called a “suburb” of Cincinnati. Our school is kind of small. We have a total of 250 students Kindergarten through 5th grade. That means the students range in age from 5 years old to 12 years old. 

Right now, the season in Ohio is Spring. The temperature is about 65 degrees and we are getting a lot of rain. What season is it in New Zealand?

We have been looking at maps and pictures of New Zealand. We found 2 great websites that we have used to see pictures and videos so that we can see how the United States is the same as New Zealand. Today, we looked at the similarities and differences of the flags of the two countries. We also made a few predictions on how many miles there are between Ohio and New Zealand. Can you guess how many miles or kilometers? We use miles to measure for distance. You can see a few of our predications in the picture below.

United States of America flag
The State of Ohio flag

This is our Venn Diagram comparing the New Zealand flag and the USA flag.
Here are a few things we wanted to let you know about us:
Jacob - My favorite foods are apples, Cheetos, yogurt, and cookies. Do you have these foods in New Zealand?
Kearia - My favorite foods are goldfish crackers, orange juice, Sprite, and strawberry chocolate chip ice cream. Do you like these foods too?
Kamaiya - I play soccer. Do you play soccer? What sport is your favorite sport?

Here are a few questions that we have about New Zealand:
Jacob - My favorite book is the Space Encyclopedia. What is your favorite book?
How did the New Zealand flag get the English flag on it?
Penguins are my favorite animals. Do you have penguins in New Zealand? If so, what kinds?

Kearia - What type of land do you have in New Zealand? Jungles? Do you have a zoo?
I like PBS Kids. I watch the Magic School Bus. What is your favorite TV show?
Kamaiya - We have lots of birds in Ohio. Our state bird is the cardinal (a red bird), but my favorite bird is a blue jay. What is your favorite bird?

And one last question from our other Kindergarten class.....
How did the kiwi bird get it's name?

Thank you so much for your time! We look forward to hearing from you and learning a little bit more about your school.

Thanks again!
Mrs. Broxterman's and Mrs. Broenner's classes


  1. Dear Mrs Broxterman and Mrs Broenner and classes
    Hello, I am Mrs McKenzie from New Zealand and my class is known as B4. I hope we can help you with all of your great questions!

    Did you know that in New Zealand children usually start school on their 5th birthday? So children are starting school all through the year, not all at the same time. Do you think you would like that?
    The children in B4 are 6 and 7 years old and are Year 2 and 3. Soon our first Year 3 will turn 8.

    Our school is a Year 1-13 school. That means we have students aged from 5-18 years old. We live in a small rural town and there are about 200 students at our school and about 900 people in our town.

    We live inland, about an hour from the ocean. The main jobs here are dairy farming and gold or coal mining.
    Our town is in a valley with flat farming land and is surrounded by high hills and mountains.

    Right now in May, it is autumn (fall). The weather is getting colder and more frosty. Once in a while in winter we might get snow. We measure our temperature in ˚Centigrade! Our daytime temperature has been about 9-12˚C which is about 53˚F.

    The kiwi bird got its name because of the sound of its call, which sounds like 'keewee'! I've never seen a kiwi in the bush, but have seen one in the zoo.
    Did you know the kiwi cannot fly?
    It has nostrils on the end of its long beak so it can smell insects and grubs on the forest floor!

    Tomorrow I hope to get the B4 children to tell you about some of their favourite foods.

    It's been nice having the chance telling you a little about us!

    warm wishes
    Mrs McKenzie from B4

  2. Dear classes
    Some of our favourite foods:

    Neil likes oranges, tangerines, watermelon and pasta.
    Paige likes guava, cookies, cheese, and bananas.
    Kaeleb likes hot chips (french fries), cookies, and bananas.
    Tarris likes bananas, passionfruit, crisps, and Cheezels.
    Ivy likes kiwifruit, bananas, pasta and noodles.

    Some of our favourite sports:
    Mason likes rugby and soccer.
    Lukah likes soccer and netball.
    Nathan likes rugby and soccer too.
    Elizabeth likes netball and tennis.
    Paige, Nathan Kaeleb,and Yaksh go to karate.

    We hope to write some more another time.

    from B4