Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Creating and Designing Gingerbread Houses!

What a wonderful morning we had together!  Thanks so much to all of you for your donations of materials and time!  Each child was able to create their own "gingerbread house" out of yummy materials.  Thanks again so much for your support with this project.  The houses will be coming home tomorrow!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Making A Difference For Our Community

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This afternoon we walked over to the Williston Food Shelf. We had 2 loaded wagons of food to donate. We learned a lot about how the food shelf works, who can visit and how it helps people in our community. Some of the items the food shelf needs are: tuna fish, spaghetti, canned fruit and canned tomatoes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Making A Difference In Kindergarten

 What We Can Do
This afternoon we had a conversation about ways we could make a difference in our classroom, school, community and the world.  The children had some wonderful ideas.  I wanted to share them with you.

 We Can........
Mentor other children
Donate books
Donate old toys
Read to preschool
Keep composting
Better about reusing materials


We Are.......
Collecting food and donating to food shelf 
Mentoring other children 
composting, recycle
being safe, kind and responsible
making connections

Please remember to send in food for the food shelf also.  We will be walking to the food shelf after our holiday break.  

Kids As Mentors!

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This morning we had a great opportunity to work with other kindergarten children in Mrs. Spagnola's class.  We were sharing what we create on iPads using Doodle Buddy.  We were collaborating, being kind and responsible.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Creating A Forest!

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We have started creating and designing a Vermont Forest in Kindergarten.  We are learning all kinds of "college words" that help us understand what we are discovering.  Look at what we did today!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This morning we explored a wonderful program called;"Animationish"!  The program is designed and created by, Peter Reynolds who wrote the famous story; "The Dot".  Today we created wiggledoole ish's about the pumpkin!  Next week we begin creating Flip Books about the life cycle of a tree using this innovative program.  Stay tuned.... Be sure to ask your child "How To" create one! 
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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Circus Visits Kindergarten!

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This morning we had Mr. Rick visit our classroom.  He did some really neat tricks with his hands, a pencil, paper and spoons!  Mrs. Canfield's and Mrs. Read's Kindergarten classes joined us too!  He will be performing this evening at WCS.  This is a fund raising event for our school.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Having Lunch Together As A School!

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Today our school celebrated the season of fall! We enjoyed some soup made with lots of different vegetables and bread cooked inside our stone oven!  Thanks Gardner Andrew for teaching us about the importance of gardening for a healthier life.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hello Neighbor!

We learned a new greeting with Ms. Rachel called;"Hello Neighbor".  In kindergarten we greet each other everyday during our morning meeting time.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Land of Pumpkins!

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This morning we visited the Land of Pumpkins! We learned about the different sizes of seeds, the 4 things they need to grow, the different types of pumpkins and much more! Pumpkins need; water, sun, soil and seeds to grow.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fire Safety Week!

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We walked over to the Williston Fire Station where 2 firemen gave us a tour of the fire station, showed us the fire tracks, what firemen wear and they also spoke about how they help our community.  We learned a lot about "How To" keep safe in case of a fire.

One of the firemen showed us what it looks like and sounds like if they have to come into a house that is on fire. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kelso's Wheel Helps Us Solve Big and Small Problems!

 Take a close look at Kelso's wheel!  It has ideas about how we can solve big and small problems.
 Here is Mrs. T. with Kelso and Lilly!
This afternoon Mrs. T. visited kindergarten and introduced one of Kelso's friends, Lilly.  Lilly had a problem.  Kelso helped her decide if it was a small or a big problem.  Then Lilly figured out some ways to solve her problem.  Be sure to ask your child/children about the play Mrs. T and I shared.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sharing An Illustration of Our Planet

A Child Created A Map of The World

Showing Us What He Understands
We have been spending time learning the continents on our planet.  The children have discovered that we have 7 continents that are surrounded by lots of water, called oceans.  We have many new friends that we are connecting with all over the world.  We created a Google Map where we can "pin" our connections so we can see where they live in comparison to where we live.  We will have a huge world map up on our classroom soon to help us learn where we live in the world and how it is similar and different to other places we are learning about through our connections.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Keslo and Pumsy!

Mrs. D. and Mrs. T. role playing "how to" ask for something you would like using safe, kind and responsible hands.
This afternoon Mrs. T. showed us "how to" use Kelso's wheel to solve our problems.  Today we talked about the importance of using our hands in a safe, kind and responsible way to let people know what we want.

Connecting Using SKYPE!

This morning we had a video call from a parent who is in Cape Town, South Africa.  SKYPE is a great way to connect and share.  We enjoyed saying hello and seeing one of our friends dad talking to us from such a long ways away!
We have created a Google map to mark all the places in the world that we are connecting with.

On Wednesday we will be using SKYPE to connect with our kindergarten friends in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Children Reading To Children!

We read a variety of books out loud every day in kindergarten.  Reading aloud is such a wonderful way to help children develop a vocabulary, spark an interest, practice active listening, to experience different genres and of course for enjoyment!  In kindergarten we take turns reading books that are 'Just Right" for us.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Ways That We're Different Make Us Unique

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This afternoon Mrs. T. visited kindergarten and read us a wonderful story called: "The Crayon Box That Talked".  After the story we worked in small groups and created our own world.  We practiced sharing and taking turns.  These are some of the differences that the children came up with that make us special; tall/short, different ages, some of us are black and some of us are white, curly hair, straight hair,we wear different clothes, crayons don't have legs, but we do, we have hair, but crayons don't and finally we all have our own things we do like abilities and ideas.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Showing Our Emotions!

 Mrs. T. saying hello!  Everyone went around and introduced ourselves.  If we wanted to we could share a feeling too.
 Here is what our minds might look like when we are in mud mind, clear mind and sparkle mind!
This afternoon Mrs. T., our guidance counselor visited our classroom.  She will visit on Monday afternoon for 3 more weeks.  We read a story about our emotions.  We talked about when we feel happy, sad, etc. and how we feel inside too!  Mrs. T. showed us special bottles that represent what our minds look like when we are in mud mind, clear mind and sparkle mind.  Be sure to ask your child to explain this to you!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Saying Hello!
Can they see me?

During our library time on Wednesday we watched Peter Reynolds live read us the story he created; "The Dot".  
On Friday, we SKYPED for the very first time with another Kindergarten class in South Burlington.  We were able to share some of the things that we did to celebrate Dot Day.  Our new Kindergarten friends in South Burlington created dots using hyper studio.  Their pictures were really nice.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Caterpillar Museum!

Today in Kindergarten we created a caterpillar museum.  We reused an old cardboard box and turned it into a display area for our caterpillars and their habitats.  In the video you will hear what a habitat is.  We shared a lot of great ideas about why it is important to take care of animal habitats.  One idea that was shared was; "If we don't take care of our planet, the animals will have no place to live."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Whole Body Listening With Ms. Heather!


Mrs. D using her eyes to let someone know she is ready to throw the ball.
This afternoon Ms. Heather read us a great story about "How To" listen and why it is so important.  She showed us how to listen with all of our body parts.  We played a game using only our eyes!  We had to look at the person we wanted to throw the ball to without talking.  She shared pictures of speech bubbles and thinking bubbles with us too!  Now we know when we are thinking and when we are talking.  Thanks Ms. Heather for helping us learn to listen with our whole bodies.

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