Hearts' Stories is an inquiry-based community involvement project. Our goals through Hearts' Stories are to:
1. Celebrate diversity
2. Explore careers in our local communities
3. Experience different families and cultures
4. Provide authentic integrated writing experiences

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meet Ivey Costner

You all have been patiently awaiting these photos of Ivey Costner.  I hope you enjoy them.  She is growing like crazy and has already gained over 2 pounds.  I miss all of you so very much and I think of you everyday.  I know Mrs. Mashburn is taking great care of you and teaching you so many things.  I promise I will come and visit in the beginning of April when everyone is healthy again and there is no more flu in the school. 

Mrs. Costner

Monday, January 31, 2011

Meet a Very Special Teacher!

Today we met Mrs. Cathy Green, Madison P.'s special guest.  She is a teacher here at our school only a few doors down from our classroom.  Mrs. Green moved here from the finger lake area of New York.  She moved to the beach on a SAILBOAT!   She traveled all the way from New York to Myrtle Beach using the Intercoastal Waterway.  She shared her boat log and lots of photos of her trip.  Mrs. Green loves to write and draw in her journals and she shared some of the art work she had created with us.  We all want to do journal writing now!  Mrs. Green also loves to vacation in Jamaica (and who wouldn't?) and she shared a great shell collection that she has from her many trips.  Now we know our special neighbor Mrs. Green and we can thank Madison for a great interview!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mrs. Danielle Ferris, Jayden's Special Guest

Today we had the honor of spending the morning with Jayden's special guest.  He invited his mom, Danielle Ferris.  We were very lucky that we have already met Mrs. Danielle a few times because she has come to some of our class parties.  Jayden's mom is from upstate New York and because it was so cold there she really loves to be on the beach now that she lives here.  She told us about two jobs that she has had.  The first job was a job she had while she was a student at Coastal Carolina University studying business finance.  That job was Jayden's favorite job and it was working at Medieval Times.  She was the princess there and she brought her crown that she wore and we all pretended that we were royalty too as we held it.  Her current job is as a financial advisor for Edward Jones.  We spent some time talking about what a financial advisor does and Mrs. Ferris also brought us coloring books about saving and spending.  Jayden and his mom enjoy doing a lot of things together like reading, cooking, playing sports, going to the beach, and playing with their Boxer dog named Jazz.  It was great getting to know you, Mrs. Ferris, and we can't wait to see you again soon!

The Cake Maker!

Today we had the honor of meeting and getting to know Brylee's mom, Michelle Donovan.  She is a baker and we had already had the pleasure of tasting her Frankenstein cake at Halloween and cupcakes at Brylee's birthday, but today we got to taste her beautiful peanut butter cake.  Mrs. Donovan used to do taxes for people but now she makes cakes for people as a part time job and also for fun.  Her dream job would be to have her own bakery and make cakes like they do on the TV show Cake Boss.  Mrs. Donovan comes and eats lunch with us a lot and we have noticed that she always has a book with her when she comes.  We learned today that is because she LOVES to read.  She also enjoys spending as much time as she can with Brylee and her older sister Taylor.  Mrs. Donovan may be one of the only true Myrtle Beach natives.  She was born here and all her family is from Horry County.  She is even a decendent of the Chicora Indians.  Thank you for the delicious cake Mrs. Donovan!  We look forward to the next holiday that we get to taste your delicious baking!

Friday, January 14, 2011

USC Gamecocks Rule!

This week we also had a visit from several USC students who came to share their love of reading with us!  We listened to 4 funny stories and we even got to meet Cocky the USC mascot.  We each gave Cocky a high-five and everyone got a free book!  We were thrilled to get aboard the USC reading express!

Magnet Field Trip

On Wednesday we had a very fun visit from the Children's Museum of South Carolina.  They did an in-school field trip with us.  We learned all about magnets and we even got to use quite a few different magnets too!  We learned about the force of magnets, kinds of magnets, what is attracted/not attracted to a magnet, and what happens when two magnets are put together.  It was a great day!
Tiara and Diana testing to see if objects were attracted to the magnet.

Kaylan and Jammie sorting objects.

Jayden finding out that the light switch plate was attracted to the magnet.

Madison W. discovering the outside of the board was not attracted to the magnet.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Annette's Special Guest, Mr. Heriberto Ibarra

I never knew the children could eat so many chips in one sitting until we met Mr. Ibarra!  Annette's daddy is the manager of the El Cerro Grande restaurants here in Myrtle Beach.  There are 5 locations of the restaurant but he mainly works at the Conway location.  Mr. Ibarra was born in Mexico and his family had a farm where they grew things like corn, beans, limes, peaches, and oranges.  He has 4 sisters and 1 brother and some of them live here in the US and some of them still live in  Mexico.  We really enjoyed hearing about some of the Mexican traditions like riding a horse on the Mexican Independence Day.  The Ibarra family has a house in Mexico that they go live in when they are staying there.  Heriberto came to the US when he was 17 years old and learned much of what he knows about restaurants from his uncle.  He met Annette's mom when he was 15 years old and we enjoyed seeing pictures of their wedding and when Annette was born.  Probably the thing we all liked the best was sampling the chips, salsa, and queso cheese dip that Mr. Ibarra made for our class.  We ate, and ate, and ate!  We would really like to take a trip to visit Mr. Ibarra at his restaurant in Conway if we can work it out!  It would be fun for us to see how the whole restaurant works and we would love to eat more CHIPS!