Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
On Mondays, we headed to the winter wonderland in Willow Creek to enjoy snowshoeing. However, in the past, trappers, fur traders and anyone who needed to get around used snowshoes, but didn't use them for pleasure like we did. We got a taste of what it was like in the past, tromping through the snow, and going down and up hills. We found tracks of animals and tried to identify what animal it was, scrapes on trees from deer and the creek flowing with a magical sound. Nature is amazing and we enjoyed every minute of it. At the end of exploring nature, we enjoyed some hot chocolate on the bench in the park.
On Tuesdays, the Cooking Club made a different food each class in the FACS room at the high school. The children discussed what they would like to make and then they decided what days to make their choices. They were assigned groups and their very own kitchen. At the beginning of class, we socialized with new and old friends. Then the recipe to be prepared was reviewed and discussed. Each group found out firsthand how important it is to make sure you have the right amount of the ingredient otherwise your recipe will not turn out the way that it should. If a recipe calls for 1 Tbsp. oil, you cannot use 1 cup oil! It was an important learning experience. Good thing it was caught before it was dumped into the bowl. Not only did they examine a recipe, prep, and prepare the food, they also had to set the table, clean their station, and do dishes. The group prepared steel-cut oatmeal, dumpling soup, pizza, and tuna or chicken casserole.
On a Wednesday, we headed to the hills on the Kimball Golf Course to have some fun with our sleds. We raced down the hill to see who could get there first. It was a perfect day to be outside enjoying winter.
On Thursdays, we put our imagination in the snow on the elementary school grounds. We created some snow magic by creating snow sculptors and used colored water to decorate them. It wasn't easy, though. The snow wasn't as sticky as we would have liked, but we did the best we could with what Mother Nature gave us.
On a Friday, we drove out to Rice Lake in Eden Valley to be part of a Minnesota pastime, ice fishing. We trucked across the ice with some equipment to arrive at our destination, a nice warm fish house. After getting our lines all set up and down in the water, the wait was on. Just when it was announced it was time to pack up and get ready to head back to school, down went a bobber. It was exciting for fisherman Seth Dammann, for he had never been ice fishing before. The hook was set and the reeling began, only to lose it about half way up. Shortly after that, down went Zach Garding's bobber. Out of the ice came a nice crappie. With all of this commotion at the end, our arrival was a little delayed but not minded by the kids because they got some fish.
We have wrapped up the winter outside fun. This means that spring is around the corner. We will be heading indoors to have some more fun. Starting on March 28-April 21, the following clubs are being offered:
¥ Mondays: Science Club (Grades 4-8)
¥ Tuesdays: Volunteer Club (Grades 4-8)
¥ Wednesdays: Gaming Club (Grades 4-6)
¥ Thursdays: Language Club (Grades 4-6)
Events: Family Movie Night: "Megamind" movie, popcorn and pop 7-8:30 p.m. March 24. For full descriptions, or to register online, go to www.kimball.k12.mn.us, and click on Cub Prints. You can also fill out the registration form in the Cubs Print or flyers that were sent home. If you have a club or recreation idea, or special talent that you would like to share with youth, let us know. Call Community Education office at (320) 398-7700, ext. 114, for more information.
Watch for the next newspaper article with the next four weeks of upcoming classes that run from May 2-26. Don't miss out on the fun, get a friend and register today.