Monday, December 21, 2015

Gingerbread Activities

Today as we begin to put things away and think about the new year the children worked collaboratively with a partners on some gingerbread activities.  
 



We also received a very nice thank you note from the Williston Food Shelf!  Thanks for helping us make a difference for others in the community.

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Forest Celebration!

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This morning we celebrated the forest.  Thanks so very much to all of you who were able to come and participate.  We had a wonderful luncheon too!  It was fun reflecting and celebrating on the forest and how important it is for us to take care of them.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Being Flexible!



Today we explored a wonderful word, FLEXIBLE.  When we are flexible we are able to collaborate, learn from others and change our thinking.  We also are able to learn about another perspective and someone's idea. We are working on this in Kindergarten! We used a straw to help show what happens when we are flexible.  Kindergarten is so much fun!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Creating and Designing 3D "Gingerbread Houses"

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This morning we had lots of fun creating our very own gingerbread houses.  Thanks so much to the families who volunteered your time and donations.  We are all so #grateful!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Hour of Code!

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This morning Mrs. Birdsall helped us explore coding!  We used an app called; Daisy The Dinosaur.  Coding is a great way to learn and it also helps us gives directions about what we want to do and create!  Click here to read a post about the benefits of coding!  This is a video we watched also.  It was wonderful to see so many people globally participating in the hour of Code!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Making A Difference In Our Community!

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This afternoon we walked to our local food shelf to deliver food.  We learned that the food shelf provides food to over 800 people!  We were so happy to make a contribution.  We will visit again in the spring!  Thanks to those of you who donated and walked with us this afternoon.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gingerbread People!

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This week in Kindergarten we are reading many different books about the "Gingerbread Boy" We are creating and designing our own as part of a collage we will be making of all the different types we read about this week. On Friday we will be having a special "Gingerbread Engineering" project whee we will be creating boats with our gingerbread person in them!  Our goal will be to create a boat that will take our gingerbread person across the "wide" river!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Creating A Vermont Forest In Kindergarten!

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We are exploring the forests of Vermont.  We are learning about the life cycle of a tree, animals and other ways the forest helps us live a healthy life!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Collaboration, Collaborating, We Collaborate!

This afternoon we created and designed activities that we were interested in.  Through our choices we discovered other people wanted to connect and work alongside us!  This is collaboration!  We discovered that when we are collaborating we are:


1. Taking Turns

2. Sharing
3. Solving Problems
4. Helping Each other
5. Have Conversations
6. We learn new things
7. We value other ideas.
8. It is Fun!



Friday, October 30, 2015

A Forest In Vermont

Today we created our very first voice thread about the forest!  We are beginning to learn about what a forest is and how important they are for our world.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Celebration of Learning!

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Thanks everyone so very much for your support with our first learning celebration.  It was a huge success! #grateful for all that you do!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Really Worms!

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This afternoon Recycle Rhonda visited Kindergarten again.  She shared some interesting facts about worms.  
We learned that they have 5 hearts, a head, tail and that they really like dark, wet and damp places.  They especially like to eat fruit and vegetables!  
Guess where some of our compost waste will be going?  We learned how to make a bed for worms too!  We will be taking turns caring for the worms in all of the Kindergarten classrooms.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Digital Citizenship Week!

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We are so excited to be celebrating Digital Citizenship Week this week!  We created signs of all the digital tools and platforms we use to connect and enhance our learning inside and outside of Kindergarten!

Monday, October 19, 2015

What Happens To Waste? Can We Reduce it?

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This afternoon Recycle Rhonda visited Kindergarten!  She taught us a new song and we explored the 3 R's; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  We learned a lot about how we can be less wasteful.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Logging On/Logging Off

We visited our technology lab in our school to learn about the parts of a computer, their job and then "how to" log on and log off.  We used our special log in cards to help us. 


 We learned that:
1. When you log in it is like you are talking/telling the computer who you are. When you log off you say good-bye.  This way the computer knows you have left.
2. We use the computers in a safe, kind and responsible way.  
3. We ask friends nearby to help us if we are stuck.
4. Mrs. Scott helps us when we have a question.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Creating and Designing Fall Trees!

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This morning we were using Google to help us find photographs of trees.  We were interested in what trees look like during the Fall. We looked outside our classroom windows too to see some really colorful trees! We created our own trees.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Being Safe, Kind and Responsible Using Technology!




Our learning sessions with Mrs. Birdsall have ended, but we continue to practice and explore digital tools and platforms in a safe, kind and responsible way.  One of our activities with Mrs. Birdsall was we had to give an example of how we use a digital tool and/or platform in a safe way.  Here are some of our ideas.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Kelso Choices


This afternoon we learned about what a small problem and a big problem were!  Kelso, the frog shared different strategies we can use to solve small problems!  Check out the video!

A Friend Visits From Germany!

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Today we had a visit from Helen and her son, Leo.  She is a professor in Germany.  She visited our classroom because she is so interested in how we use social media tools with young children and families.  We learned how to count to 10 in German and she shared some beautiful wordless books with us from Germany. #grateful to know her.  Click here to read how we connected.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Visit To The Apple Orchard!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Visit From The Dorothy Alling Library!

This afternoon Mrs. Jill visited us in Kindergarten!  She showed us some new apple books and read us a story!  The town library is a wonderful place to visit!  She delivered our new library cards too!  Reading is so much fun!  We also made a connection with one of the stories!  We just created scientific drawings of apples too just like the book!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Remembering to 'Look up!"

Mrs. Birdsall visited Kindergarten and read us a wonderful story called;"Hello, hello".  The story had an important message for us.  Digital tools are wonderful and can offer a lot of opportunities for learning, but it is important to have balance and to "look up" from your screen and see who and what is around you!







Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Easing into our day!

Kindergarten is a wonderful place to be.  This morning we enjoyed practicing letters while we listened to the dot song!  Writing in Kindergarten is fun because we have lots of neat tools and places to write!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Celebrating International Dot Day!

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Today we were able to reach out and connect with friends in Minnesota to share our "dots."  We were able to use Twitter to "tweet" what we explored and we even had an opportunity to eat dot snacks thanks to many thoughtful families in Kindergarten.  Creativity is important.  When we are curious about things we begin to ask questions and think deeply about what we want to know.  What a wonderful day we had!

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