Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November Bio-Buddies

We kicked off our bio-buddy session today with bone-making using Model Magic and yarn for the marrow.  

Our kindergartners also had the opportunity to showcase their skills in using the Seesaw app.  Each one taught their buddy how to use the app, and their buddy helped caption and label their work!

After working on a bone, it was time to make an "x-ray" of the hand using cotton swabs, and thinking more about what our bones help us do.

Of course, we checked in to see how we are growing with our weighing and measuring stations too.

The bio-buddies even surprised the students with homemade turkey cards at the end of the day!  We cannot wait to see our bio-buddies again in December, when we will work on some S.T.E.A.M. projects!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

S.T.E.A.M. challenge: Mini-pumpkin and mini-squash elevators

Friday was the day for our inaugural S.T.E.A.M. project!  S.T.E.A.M stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and our students were definitely up to give it a go and use their growth mindset!  The children worked with a partner and had a tray of recycled materials, along with tape and scissors, to try and try again to build something that would lift and set down a mini-pumpkin or mini-squash independently.

trial and error--and teamwork!
Examining the options
Putting the pieces together

Adding yarn for the pulley 
Preparing the contraption
Preparing the squash for the journey!
Working as a team!
We are excited for our next S.T.E.A.M. project, which will be with our bio-buddies in December!
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Playdough Fun

We had the delightful opportunity to have a parent come make playdough with the class this week!

Watching the ingredients come together

Mixing the liquid and colors
Braiding the playdough

Making swirls and stars
Molding a mask
What a delightful morning for everyone!  The playdough will spur lots of imaginative play and conversation!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Numbers, Numbers Everywhere

One of the wonderful things about numbers and number sets is that we can express them in different and unique ways.  During exploration time this morning, many students worked at creating a showcase of numbers  from 1 to 11.  Students drew sets, added tallies, and even made ten frames to demonstrate their understanding of numbers to 10.

We cannot wait to see what happens when we begin to explore teen numbers later this year!

The Locker Project: Self-Portraits

During the course of the kindergarten year, we ask the children to use different media to create a self-portrait.  Self-portraits often capture both how children see themselves and how they want to be seen.

For this fall's portraits, we asked the children to draw themselves with sharpie, then create a background showcasing different hues of their favorite color.  Each one is unique, just like our students!

Can you guess which one is your student?  Look for more self-portraits as the year continues!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Readers Workshop

We began several literacy stations this week to practice our word work and reading strategies.

Using sliding word boxes to practice stretching out sounds in unknown words

Identifying beginning sounds in words

Practicing handwriting with the app Wet Dry Try

We also introduced using different color sticky notes to share a wondering, a connection or a favorite part from a book during partner reading.  Everyone really got into it!

We also introducing the popcorn word a and the -ig word family this week.  We will review them during guided reading next week as well.  Happy November!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

What a terrific parade and sing-along we had today for Halloween!  We started our party with a few stations.  Bingo is a classic...

Along with making "worms in dirt" from pudding, Oreos, gummy worms and bears...

And then everyone made a stunning autumn lantern (which will go home tomorrow since they needed to dry).
Thank you also to our parent volunteers!  We could not do it without you.  Have a wonderful and safe time trick or treating everyone!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Writing Like Scientists: Looking at Weather

Since the weather was a bit unusual today, we took the opportunity to take our writing to a new vantage point--the chapel link--where we could observe and write about the weather and nature in the meditation garden.  Many children captured the blustery, rainy nature of the weather; a few others spotted a sleeping bird in the grass and wrote about it. 

It was a wonderful adventure that generated lots of thinking and writing!  We hope to make it a Friday tradition during our Writers Workshop.