Friday, January 30, 2015

Skating Day III

Our skaters did a great job today!  We thought we would have to share the ice with a group of third graders, but it turned out we had the ice to ourselves!  And we had a lot of speed and confidence today-wonderful to see!


Coming Soon... Medallions Celebration!

We're so close... just check out how many medallions our students have earned.  So many children have worked hard to learn their phone numbers, write their last names, recite their addresses, and much more!  We expect to have our special ceremony very soon!


Statue of Liberty

We began our study of American symbols this week with the story The Statue of Liberty by Betsy and Giulio Maestro.  We learned that the statue was built not once, but twice--once in France, then taken apart to be shipped and put back together in America.

Then it was our turn to create our own Lady Liberty portraits.  They turned out beautifully, with everyone adding their own personality to the portrait!





Friday, January 23, 2015


At the close of the week, we branched out into symmetry.  We explored pictures of insects and animals and thought about symmetry in nature.  We discussed how to use lines of symmetry as well.

In our math workshop, some children built symmetrical block structures on the ipad...

and some worked in partners playing match, where one child created an image on one side, and their partner created a symmetrical image.  The goal was to see the line of symmetry, and make it symmetrical rather than merely copying.

Some children worked on 3D symmetry--cool!

And then we used radial symmetry to create geometric shape snowflakes--they are hanging in our classroom!

The Mitten

We have read a few versions of the story The Mitten this week, and used them to dig deeper into our reading comprehension in thinking about character, setting, and story details.

We compared the sequence of events in both stories and noted how they differed.  In the Jan Brett story, the main character Nicki gets new mittens at the beginning of the story.  In the Alvin Tresselt version, the boy gets new mittens at the end (after his mitten burst into pieces!).  We also noted which animals were in both stories, like the rabbit the bear, and the mouse.  

We have also begun reading pared down scripts from the Jan Brett version known as "Readers Theater."  Our reading groups have done a wonderful job getting into the feeling of reading as their characters, and will continue practicing next week.  We hope to do an informal reading from each group in-class sometime in the following week, and will try to capture some great pictures of the readings.

We thought about describing words as well.  Each child decorated matching mittens, then wrote several sentences describing their mittens.  Some wrote about their zigzag patterns, others wrote about how their mittens had rainbow patterns.  Then--oh no!  One mitten from each pair was "lost" in the paper snow outside the classroom.  We posted their descriptions so passers-by can help find that missing mitten.

Some readings of the two versions of The Mitten are posted below.  One of the author/illustrators, Jan Brett, has a wonderful website with activities and more which you can feel free to check out here.

Happy Mitten Weather!  Stay warm!

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a wonderful 1/2 birthday in kindergarten this week with a reading of the story How Big Does Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor.

It was a great tour of the country's landmarks with giant jack o'lanterns.  Perfect for our upcoming study of American symbols and Presidents' Day!

Then we sang a few renditions of "Happy Birthday" to the special birthday girl!  Enjoy your special crown and special week!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pieces of Peace

We thought a great deal about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.  We read the wonderful story Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport.

We brainstormed how we can stand up for what is fair, and how we can act peaceful.  The children created "pieces of peace" to reflect how they see themselves acting as peacemakers.

I help my mom and dad.

By standing up for others.


Telling mom "I broke something--" taking responsibility

I help the turtle walk.

I am going to pray.

I am quiet in chapel.

Use your words.

I will save the world.

I pray.

I pick up my toys.


Talk to friends.

Wish that everyone will have a nice life.