Friday, December 16, 2016

A Note About Math...

Dear Parents:

At the end of this week, your child's first semester progress report will arrive in your homes.  It's always a great time to reflect on all that our student's have accomplished . . . both as learners, friends, and classroom citizens.  You may notice that there are several markers in the Mathematics section of the report that are marked as "not introduced".  As you know, we've shifted our curriculum to Math In Focus (MIF), which has a different emphasis in content and sequence.  We will be revising the math section of our progress report for next year, giving us this year to implement MIF and identify our priority learning objectives in the curriculum.  Please refer to the narrative comments to gauge your child's progress in math this year.


Mrs. Savage and Ms. Thomson

Christmas Party

We had a wonderful Christmas party this week!  We had pin the nose on Santa...

And then there were the very nummy brownie/Chex mix trees for frosting and eating...

And then beading ornaments, where so much creativity shined!

Thank you to all our parent volunteers!!

Happy Birthday!

We had a wonderful winter birthday today with the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  One of our parents even played the song for us!

Thank you for sharing your birthday with us!  Enjoy your special day!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Happy Holidays!

The children did a wonderful job at the holiday music show tonight!  Here is our dapper crew...

And a few silly ones of course!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

St. Lucia Day

As part of our holidays around the world study, we celebrated St. Lucia Day today.  St. Lucia Day is celebrated at this time of year in Sweden--for more information, check here.  Our own Ms. Thomson was St. Lucia, and visited the classroom to share pepperkakor, a ginger cookie, with the children. Tradition says that if you make a wish when you press the pepperkakor and it breaks into three pieces, then your wish is granted!

Then it was time to try our homemade St. Lucia buns.  Check here for more information on the traditional saffron buns.  We used a gluten-free recipe with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar (along with some icing).  It was delicious!

Yum yum!

Happy Hanukkah

We started our Hanukkah party with a prayer and lighting the menorah. 

Then it was time to eat latkes!  Most of the class liked them!

 The dreidel game is a big hit in our classroom--many children are playing it when they first come into the classroom during exploration time!

And after learning the story of the oil, we made some lovely collage menorahs.

Thank you to our parents for helping out!  We truly appreciate you!
Friday, December 9, 2016

Addition Week

During our math workshop this week, we explored how we can write equations to show how we put numbers together.  We talked about there are lots of ways to show how smaller numbers are put together to make larger numbers.

We can use number bonds with our app Bird Bonds...

Or create number bonds with a partner and fill in the missing "part..."

Or add the dots on a domino together and write an equation to match!

Everyone also had the opportunity to build a number line and play snowman squeeze!  Snowman squeeze is a game where one friend sets snowmen on either side of a number line and thinks of a number.  Their partner guesses the number, and the friend moves the snowman to show if the number is greater or less than their guess.  Slowly the snowmen "squeeze" towards the correct number.  The game is great for thinking about more than and less than.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a birthday today with the fantastic and whimsical book A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

We even practiced being turtles (since one is featured in the story) and sang "Happy Birthday" in three languages.

We needed a silly face picture of course!  Enjoy your special day and thank you for sharing it with us!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bio-Buddies: S.T.E.A.M. time

Today was time to use our imaginations and our growth mindsets... to build from recycled materials and create something for the holidays.

The first task was to make a Christmas tree using Model Magic, straws and tape.  The only rule was that the tree needed to be free-standing.

Then it was time for our dreidel challenge.  Children and their buddies were invited to use either a milk carton or egg cartons to create a dreidel.  The only rule was that the dreidel needed to spin on its own.

Great work thinkers!  We will meet up with our buddies again in January.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated a wonderful kindergarten birthday this week with the classic, sweet story The Runaway Bunny.

Thank you for sharing your special day with us!  Happy Birthday!

Friday, December 2, 2016

First Ice Skate of the Season

Phew we had a great time today!  Skating is hard work, and everyone gave it their best shot.  Some of our hockey players helped their friends learn to skate too!






Great job, skaters!  We will be back on the ice Friday, January 13th.