Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bus Safety Week

We climbed aboard a Breck bus today to learn all about bus safety today.  After learning about the safety zone (ask your students!), we chatted with Mr. Ryks, the head of our transportation, about the basic rules for safety whenever riding the bus.  Then we all practiced using the emergency exit (with help).


Thank you to all our drivers and Mr. Ryks for helping us stay safe on our buses!
Friday, September 23, 2016

Talk Time: Retelling the Story of the Gingerbread Hunt

One of our goals in both Writers Workshop and Readers Workshop this year is to retell a story in an organic fashion, to tell it with detail and sequence.  "Talk time" with reading partners and in a larger group helps our readers and writers think about how to tell a story!

In a large group, we retold the story of how we found our gingerbread cookies after they ran away. Then we began to write our story in a shared writing experience, having any children who were interested take a turn writing a part of our story.  We encouraged our class writers to "write the sounds they hear" without worrying about spelling or mechanics--the goal is to celebrate fearlessness in writing, to tell our story without leaving anything out!  After writing our story, the students were eager to draw pictures, since those tell so much of the story too!

The gingerbread hunt story in process

Our Five Senses: Hearing

To further our study of our five senses this week, we started with a rest time listening party for Peter and the Wolf, narrated by the amazing Itzhak Perlman and performed by the Israel Philharmonic.



After P.E., we went on a listening walk and recorded what we heard.





The class talked afterwards about the connection between hearing and the brain that lets us understand what we hear.  Next week, we will use all our senses to make popcorn!
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Math Workshop: Shapes and Patterns

We continued our exploration of shapes and patterns this week.  We kicked off the week with a look
at some of Frank Lloyd Wright's stained glass like the one below.


We were fascinated with the patterns and noticed that some shapes interrupted the patterns. Some children noted that patterns moved vertically and horizontally, and that patterns occurred with shape and color.

Each child created their own stained glass piece with shapes and told a story on Seesaw about their piece.
great patterning on the stained glass!
We began our math journals this week too!  Each child worked with a partner to make and then record a pattern--some even got up to four-piece patterns!


The children also used an attribute app to sort shapes and think about different attributes like shape, color and size.

Next week, we will continue to create our own repeating and growing patterns, as well as reviewing some more complex shapes such as trapezoids, hexagons and rhombuses.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Homecoming

We met the coronation candidates for this year and practiced our Mustangs cheer.  The school spirit even led us to working with scissors and making pom-poms...

And practicing sounding out the letters in Breck!


Have a great weekend and happy Homecoming!

The Gingerbread Hunt

Check out a little montage of our hunt below!  We finally found our cookies and mmmm, they were good!



We also finished the week with a few more gingerbread stories...



And finally The Gingerbread Man Loose in School.



After eating our cookies, we graphed which part we ate first.  It looks like most children went for the head first!


The Gingerbread Hunt

Check out a little montage of our hunt below!  We finally found our cookies and mmmm, they were good!



We also finished the week with a few more gingerbread stories...



And finally The Gingerbread Man Loose in School.


After eating our cookies, we graphed which part we ate first.  It looks like most children went for the head first!



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Writing Partners

The students continued to write and share their stories this week in Writers Workshop.  We read one of a series by Mercer Mayer, A Boy, A Dog and A Frog to help understand how stories can be told across pages--even without words!  The series is delightful and whimsical and encourages us to look for picture clues we read.  


The students also shared with their writing partners this week.  The act of telling a story to a peer sometimes reminds children of other features or parts they want to add, and so after sharing they are excited to keep writing!  We encourage the children to sit "EEKK," elbow to elbow and knee to knee. We also encourage them that as one partner shares a story, the other shows active listening by holding the story with the author.


Great job writers!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Citizenship

We finished off the week by talking about our overarching C.A.R.E. theme, Citizenship.  To help us get started, we read the story David Goes to School.


In the story, David forgets how to be a great citizen in his community and needs LOTS of reminders! The students love the story since the character is so silly, and they were eager to jump in with lots of ways to remind him how to be his "best self."  We added everyone's ideas to David with speech bubbles so he wouldn't forget!  The children had lots of examples of times they acted as a great citizens in our school and at home as well.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated our first kindergarten birthday today.  We listened to the story Let's Go For A Drive! from the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.


What a great day!  Enjoy your special sixth birthday!


Friday, September 2, 2016

Classroom Exploration

Our first week was full of wonder, play and getting to know each other!  We played lots of games with the initial sounds in our names and even made a class name book.  We visited almost all our specialists (we will go to library on Tuesday) as well.  There were plenty of smiles, inside the classroom and on the playground.

 



Introduction to Writing and Reading Workshop

We jumped right into our writing and reading this week with Writers Workshop and Readers Workshop. For Writers Workshop, we began by telling a story and adding some labeling. As the fall continues, we will begin to explore writing more narratives across one page and then across pages to tell someone all about a personal experience.

In Readers' Workshop, we began our comparative literature study with two gingerbread stories, The Gingerbread Boy and The Gingerbread Man.  The children noted the different setting and characters of each story, but predicted correctly that the gingerbread boy gets eaten in both versions!

Next week, we will explore a few more versions of the story and think more closely about differences and similarities across texts.

After our read-aloud stories, the children spent some time reading familiar picture books to help build our "reading stamina."

Keep reading this weekend!