Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Celebration of Art and Writing!

Wow! It was wonderful to see so many of you this morning reading and listening to the great writing that your child has

been doing. Enjoy the pictures.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our Forest Feast!

I hope that you enjoy the pictures of our Forest Feast/Luncheon on Friday. The children had a wonderful time choosing what Forest Foods they would like to eat. Many thanks to all of you who made contributions of supplies and your time!
The children enjoyed bringing their own stuffed forest friend to lunch as well!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking At Number Patterns When We Write Our Numbers

This afternoon we made math observations about the patterning that we saw when we were writing our numbers. We also noticed how rows and columns of numbers were similar and different.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Williston Food Shelf!

We had a great trip this afternoon to the food shelf. Deb Beckett gave us a tour, talked to us about what a food shelf is, it's importance and role that it plays in a community. The children were able to carry their own bag of food and deliver it as well. I am making a list on the blog of items that the food shelf needs. Please feel free to drop these items off in Kindergarten or the food shelf. We will continue to collect food throughout the year and ask for parent volunteers to deliver the food with some of the children. Thanks so very much everyone!

Also on January 2nd and January 3rd the food shelf is moving to a new location, near Rocky's Pizza. They can use your help! Just show up on Sunday, January 3rd at the Williston Food Shelf to help with this big move if you can.

Sorting, Organizing and Dividing Food For The Food Shelf

This morning the children spent part of their ease-in time dividing the donated food into equal amounts to be taken to the Williston Food Shelf this afternoon. Wow! Lots of discussion about what is equal,heavy, light and the same! Stay tuned later for more information regarding our visit this afternoon.
We are also donating a math quilt that we made to help decorate the walls in the Food Shelf. Look at how beautiful it is!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gingerbread Houses!

Enjoy the photos. We had a great time!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Creating Our First Author's Note!

This morning we learned about what an Author's Note page is. Each child created their own page to be a part of their Forest Book. Wonderful Writing!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Caps For Sale!

This morning we read a wonderful story called, "Caps For Sale." It is a great story about a peddler who sells caps and runs into some curious monkeys while he naps in the countryside.

After we read the story we created a detailed picture of what we enjoyed in the book. Some of us wrote the title and even labeled our drawings. One of the children had an idea! The child wrote 2 words on the smartboard for everyone to see along with a picture clue for EACH word in case they could not read the word. Wow!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pine Cones!

Fun Night!

This morning we had some visitors from the VISTA Team talk to us about another great fund raising opportunity for our school. This Saturday from 6-8 PM at the Allen Brook School will be Fun Night. This is a time for children and /or families to come and play lots of different games and activities. Check the school web page for more information.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Scientific Writing!

The children did a wonderful job drawing, writing and labeling the tree liter we found on our walk around the school. This is another example of how writing is incorporated into our day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Thankful Luncheon!

The children did a wonderful job reading their Thankful Books out loud at our luncheon on Friday. The children did a wonderful job speaking clearly, looking at the audience and being confident! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Creating Informational Books About The Forest!

Today during Writer's Workshop we created Informational Books about animals and other things that live in the forest. The children were creating books that had lots of non fiction features. Some of the features are; labeling, scientific drawings with labels, bold writing, captions for pictures and we even used real pictures of animals from magazines!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Guest Reader's in Kindergarten!

Each week we have a guest reader come to read us a story. This is a great opportunity for your child to see what other children have to offer and to help your child become more familiar with other children in our school. This is one of the many ways we celebrate literacy in our school as well as a great example of a meaningful mentoring opportunity.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Problem Solving With Leaves!

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Literacy Activity Using The SMARTboard!

The SMARTboard is a great tool to have and use in Kindergarten! During our Morning Meeting Everyday we read the message and then we identify familiar words, letters, look for patterns and even read the message with expression! Lots of fun!

During our literacy time this morning one of our stations was using the SMARTboard. Children worked in a pair. They came up to the board and took turns rolling the dice. Every time they rolled a dice a letter would show. The children had to identify the letter name and sound. What fun!

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Healthy Snack!

This morning in Kindergarten one of our families brought in fresh fruit for our AM snack! It was delicious and so nutritious!

Read this aloud to your child and ask them if they hear 2 words that rhyme!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Creating "Cool Tool Kits" To Encourage Writing To Happen Throughout The Day!

This afternoon we decided as a group to put out lots of different types of "cool tools" to help us to be expressive and creative when we are working in all of the different places in our classroom. We ended up choosing many different writing and art materials as well as deciding on the numbers and types of tools to be placed in specific areas in Kindergarten.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Different Types Of Writing!

Wow! This morning one of the children wrote a nice welcome sign for our new classmate. During exploration time another child took an order! I love how the child wrote K for coffee and the letters strs and the number 2, for 2 strawberries! Some great ideas for writing at home would be to encourage your child to make lists of things. Some lists might be a grocery list, what you will be doing for the day, a list of favorite foods, etc. Encourage your child to write the sounds that they hear in a word when trying to write it. If you try making a list with your child at home, send it in as I would love to see what they did!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Graphing The Weather!

This morning we created a graph on the floor using our weather cards that showed what the weather was like during the month of October. We talked about collecting "data'/information and then "representing" it to share with others in the form of a graph.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Harvest Parade!

This afternoon all of the Kindergarten classes paraded around the school in celebration of the fall harvest and in recognition of the season of fall! Thanks so very much for all of your help with this special activity. Happy Fall!

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