Friday, January 30, 2009

Bird Houses with Mr. Davison!

What a great morning we had in Kindergarten. Each child was able to build their own birdhouse. We measured, made estimates and hammered nails into the wood. Mr. Davison gave each of us 2 "cool tools" that we can use on other projects! Ask your child what they are.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Interns from UVM!

Today we met 2 new faces in Kindergarten. Ms. Henderson and Ms.Anderson are sophomores at the University of Vermont. They will both be here every Thursday morning until April! I have also included a letter from each of them in your child's Friday Folder to give you more information.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tracks, Tracks, Tracks!

Wow! The Audubon visited Kindergarten yesterday and we learned so much about how animals adapt to the season of winter as well as how to "track" animals!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vermont Writer's Day!

Listen to what we wrote in celebration of Vermont Writes Day!
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Vermont Writes Day!

Today we stopped for 7 minutes and wrote about anything we wanted to participate in Vermont Writes Day! This project is sponsored by the Young Writers Project.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

More About Air!

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4 Winds!

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Air!

Today we had 4 Winds! Wow! We learned all about air!
We learned that air is all around us, it is a gas, trees provide us with oxygen that we breath, we feel the air and we need to have clean air to be healthy!
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The Life Cycle of a Bird!

This morning we read a story about an eagle. We talked about the cycle of it's life, where it lives and special characteristics that it has. The children then talked about other features and characteristics that all birds have. Then we created the life cycle of a bird using paper, scratch paper, pencils and cloth. Lots of fun!
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We read a wonderful story today written by Martin Luther King's sister, Christine. We talked a lot about ways we can make a difference. We hope you enjoy listening to our dreams.
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Turning Words into Sentences!

This morning some of us cut up words and had to put them in order to make a sentence that makes sense. Wow! Some of us noticed a pattern with some of the words that we used more than once.
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Connections with Books!

Today a child shared some items she found at home that connected with a book she was reading! Please feel free to help your child make connections at home with the books we are reading! We have learned about 3 types of connections. The connections are; Text to Text, Text to Self and Text to World. Ask your child to explain them to you!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fun at Math Time!

What fun we had voting for our favorite bird. Then we collected our votes and represented them using tallies! Some of the children also worked on counting and writing numbers while others sequenced the steps a bird goes through when building a nest.
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"How To"/Procedure Writing!

Today during Writer's Workshop we created a Table of Contents for our "How To" Books. This was lots of fun! The children have all done amazing work!
We talked about how a Table of Contents can help us organize our work. Some of us remembered seeing a Table of Contents in other non fiction and fiction books we have read. This was lots of fun! The children have all done amazing work!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day!

What an exciting day! We each created our own American flag and a book about President Barack Obama. We talked about special symbols and places that we have in our country. Be sure to talk to your child about what they saw, talked about and created today on this very special day in our nation.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Curious George Boats!

What a wonderful day we have had!
This morning Mrs. Huntington came to Kindergarten to read us a Curious George story, "Curious George Rides A Bike!" In the book we discovered a procedure or a "How To" build a boat. This is a great connection with what we are doing in Writer's Workshop! We are writing "How To" or Procedure pieces. We have been writing procedures for how to make a peanut butter and jam sandwich, how to watch a fly, how to write our name, and lots more!!!
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Bird Feeders!

Yesterday we created a bird feeder with our Reading Partners in Ms. Munt's Class. Lots of fun. This is just another way that children mentor each other in a meaningful way! Enjoy!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Reader's Workshop!

This morning the children read "Just Right Books" from their book bins and then met with an adult in a small guided reading group. During your child's group reading time they take a "book walk" through a story, talk about what they see and make predictions about what they think the story is about. We then read the story over and over.
The children will be bringing home their reading pocket every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a "Just Right Book" to read to you. Please take time to listen to your child read their story and then return to Kindergarten the next day.

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We also worked in our Dictation Journals today also. The children were given either, sounds, words, or sentences to write in their journals. What fun! We worked on letter formation and using strategies to help decode words.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Ugly Duckiling!

This afternoon we each created are own Ugly Duckling Graph! The children colored their ducks, cut them out and then organized their ducklings in either a group, horizontal or vertical graph. Lots of great math language!!! Be sure to ask your child about their graph!
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Forest Singing!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Number Corner!

Number Corner Fun!

Everyday the children gather around number corner where we focus on the calendar, counting the days in school, the days in the month, seasons of the year and look for patterns! Wow! We do a lot of skills that focus on numeration. This month the children are subatizing numbers as well. This is when children can recognize a pattern of dots, or other representation that represents a certain number. Very Cool!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Reading Response Journals!

The children have begun writing in their Reading Response Journals. Wow! These journals are a place where children can write what they understood, liked, understood after we read stories together. The children have a place to respond to the story using pictures and words. Enjoy!
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Curious George Pancakes!

This morning we measured all the dry ingredients needed to make Curious George Pancakes. The children used measuring tools to fill their bags. A couple of the children discovered that 4 1/2 cups equals 2 cups. Wow! Cooking is a great way to incorporate math concepts. I hope you all find time to cook and bake when you can with your child.
Today your child will be bringing home a baggie of ingredients to make pancakes along with the recipe. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Math Problem Solving!

Today we started our first math problem solver. The problem was about birds on a fence and we had to make predictions about what color bird would appear next. We read the problem together, talked about what we needed to do to solve the problem and ways to show our mathematical thinking. Wow! The children saw the pattern of colored birds right away! We then worked in small groups and made representations of how we solved the problem. We even had a guest come, Ms. Halsted! She is a retired teacher who worked at WCS for 36 years! She is going to come every week and help us solve problems.
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Alphabet Books and Fundations Journals!




In your child's Friday Folder you will see their ABC Book and their "Echo"/Fundations Journals. Everyone has completed the activities! We have all learned how to form upper and lower case letters as well as write and identify words that begin with specific sounds. Great work!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Body Measurement!

What a great afternoon we had in Kindergarten today. The children worked with the concepts of how tall, how wide and how long. We traced our bodies and will begin measuring them tomorrow using non standard objects to discover how long and tall we are.
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National Bird Day!


Today is National Bird Day! This morning the children were working on counting dot to dots that created different birds! We will be having lots of activities this month around our new theme, Birds! Stay Tuned......

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