• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    Mora, MN

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    Apple Valley, MN

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Presidents Day

Yay for the presidents of our country…and giving us a day off of work to honor them!  haha.  It’s funny that this day isn’t taught or emphasized very much by teachers for elementary level students, because there is literally so much GREAT stuff they can learn from teaching about it.  I would say, in most cases for students at the kindergarten or first grade level where I am teaching, an art project focusing on George Washington or Abraham Lincoln is pretty standard (along with a nice book or video to watch).  However, for my President’s Day lesson that the students will get when they come back from break, I decided to really get them up and excited about the presidents (even if they are only in kindergarten!). 

We are going to celebrate by first doing a little “name the president” game, where students get to see Barack Obama and a poster of all of the other presidents from the past and try to see how many of them that they know and can name.  Then, to get in the holiday mood and reinforce why it is that we even celebrate these individuals, my kiddos sing a song and do fun actions about the tradition.  I don’t quite know what it is about kindergartners and singing/dancing, but it really seems to help them remember and get excited about the new topics we come across!  Of course, as a dance instructor, I won’t complain.  🙂  Once they are all good and riled up, we then look at a bunch of different types of currency from the United States (which, duh, obvious math connection possibilities) and they try to identify the presidents they see on the money.  Great connection to everyday life and experiences, too.  They may not see the president everyday, but I guarantee they see at least a penny!

Then, going along with tradition (but still mixing it up a little bit), my kiddos learn about how President’s Day is also George Washington’s birthday and they get to make a 3D portrait of him to hang up on the walls.  They decorate him however they wish, and use wacky materials like lace doilies and cotton balls to emphasize his dressy attire and powdered wig.  Hilarious, and so so cute.  They get to finish it up by writing about what they would do if they were president, which for kindergartners is difficult, but I have seen them do it before and am confident in their abilities!

So excited to get this going!

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