“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Dear Mrs McKenzie and B4...

The One World Games banner from our field day
Dear Mrs McKenzie and B4,
This is Mrs. Broxterman. I am writing on behalf of the students. Sorry it has taken me a while to get back with you, but the end of our school year was May 30th. We were really busy finishing up our school year and were so excited to have you answer some of the questions. I appreciate it so much. The students enjoyed hearing about your favorite foods and we even did a little research about some of your answers. 

Here were few reactions from the students (and teachers):

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 students thought that sounded like a good idea. The teachers thought it would take getting used to. In the States, everyone starts school at the same time; however, the ages can vary. Students can usually start Kindergarten (their first year of school) at age 5 or 6, but depending on when a child's birthday is, a child can start at age 4.

The Australia/New Zealand flag from our World Games Field Day
The students were very interested that you live in a rural area as we live near a large city. We do not have many farms around the area and rarely do the students see cows unless they visit a farm as as part of field trip.

The students were excited to see they you liked the same foods. We didn't know what "Cheezels" were so we googled it and think they are very similar to "Cheetos" we have in Ohio.

The students also enjoyed learning about rugby, which is played in the USA but it isn't very well known. They also thoughtthat netball sounded a lot like basketball. We were all surprised with find out through our research that there was an International Federation of Netball Association.

Thank you again for sharing a little bit of your part of the world. I know that my students enjoyed it. The students are on vacation for the summer so they won't be able to answer any question. However, my daughter is 6 (almost 7) and will be in 1st grade next year. If you have any questions, she would be more than happy to answer them I'm sure.

Have a great school year! We will definitely chat more when we start back to school in August!

Thanks again!
Mrs. Broxterman and Room 220

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