Monday, October 16, 2017

The Land of Pumpkins

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We had a wonderful afternoon at the Land of Pumpkins.  We were able to learn about solar power while we walked through the corn maze and we also learned about pumpkins.
We explored...
pumpkin sizes and colors
what pumpkins need to grow
why we have pumpkins
different types of pumpkins
how a pumpkin grows

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Visit To The Fire Station!

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Today we had a wonderful time visiting the Williston Fire Station.  One of the most important things the fire fighters spoke to us about was having a family plan and to practice having a family fire drill at home so everyone knows what to do in case of a fire.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Math Dyads @vermontkkids123

Today we explored using a math dyad today when thinking mathematically.  We begin by taking Private Reasoning Time to think about the question.  Then we turn and talk to a partner.  This is helpful because we also practice the Math Habit of Mind, Listen To Understand.


We are exploring patterns and thinking about what makes a pattern a pattern.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Scientific Drawings

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This afternoon we were able to sort all the colorful leaves in different ways. We sorted the leaves by color, small, large, pointy, smooth and rough. Thanks so much for all the leaves.  We noticed that we had more deciduous leaves then coniferous.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Developing Readers and Writers

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Today we explored books and made noticing's of the features.  We noticed books have words or text and that all words have spaces after them. We noticed some punctuation also when we were reading.  As writers we are exploring how to use letters, words and pictures to tell a story.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Today in Kindergarten....

What a wonderful morning we had today. Some children collaborated in the block area, others created useful contraptions with tinker toys while others created scientific drawings of worms.  Some of the children today explored writing sentences using their invented writing.  Wow!  This is the beginning of writing in Kindergarten, using symbols, letters and drawings to convey a message.
A few students are exploring how to collaborate and help each other post what is important to them on their Seesaw journals too.








Monday, October 2, 2017

Kelso's Choice

Today Ms. S. visited Kindergarten.  She introduced us to Kelso's Choice.  Kelso is a frog who needs help solving problems.  So he comes up with lots of strategies/choices of how he can solve a problem.  I will send home a copy of Kelso's choice on Friday.

We have Kelso's choice in our block area to help remind us of all the ways we can solve problems in a peaceful way.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Exploring Worms with Recycle Rhonda!

This morning we explored worms with Recycle Rhonda.  We are creating a worm bed and will be taking care of worms in Kindergarten.
We learned that:
1. Worms like dark places that are damp.
2. Worms can drown.
3. Worms have 5 hearts.
4. Worms have light hairs on their body that help them sense what is around them.
5. Worms do not like the sun.
6. Worms like to eat compost.
7. Worms help take care of the soil.
8. Worms help take care of our planet. Global Goal Connection!


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recycle Rhonda

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Today Recycle Rhonda visited Kindergarten.  We learned about what goes into a compost and what we can recycle.  Be sure to ask your children about what is in a compost that helps to turn compost into soil to grow things in.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Recycle Rhonda Visits Kindergarten!

This morning Recycle Rhonda visited our classroom.  She introduced us to the 3 R's. They are; Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.  She also introduced us to a new R word, RESPECT.  We show respect for the world when we practice the 3 r's.  This is also part of the Global Goals!  When we take care of the world we are practicing Global Goal #12 Responsible Consumption and #13 Climate Action.




We also learned some actions for our new vocabulary!

Playing and Creating @vermontkkids123

In Kindergarten play is an important time.  During play we have opportunities to create, design, collaborate and be inspired.  One of the children decided to create an art table.  The children created letters, numbers and other useful things out of paper.  Later this idea inspired others. So we created an apple coloring table and then a book choice area!






Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peace Project

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Today some volunteers from the Williston community visited Kindergarten.  They are involved in a peace project via the Dorothy Alling Library.  Look here for more information.
This is a great opportunity for us to tie into the Global Goals for Sustainability!  We recognized International Peace Day this week and spoke a lot about what peace looks like and sounds like.
Some of our ideas about what peace means to us....
Peace is calm..
Peace is helping others...
When we collaborate we are at peace with others....
Peace is when I take a breath and then come back to finish my work......
Peace is when it is quite...
What is next?
Our art work will be put together in a collage and be on display at the Dorothy Alling Library.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Adam's Orchard

Today we enjoyed the sun and exploring the life cycle of an apple and learning about "how to" pick apples as well as the importance of having apple orchards.
We also learned about other animals that live in an apple orchard.  Deer and mice enjoy apple droppings and the farmers feed apple droppings throughout the winter.  This is a great way to help sustain animal life when the weather gets colder.  It also is a great way to take care of the world. 


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Global Goal #15

Today we were inspired by a Tweet from Mr. Deyo's class.  They were creating pictures of things in nature that we need to take care.  We decided to create what is important to us in nature.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Different Drawings......

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The Global Goals For Sustainability

Today we celebrated how we are going to help take care of the world.  We are thinking about ways to sustain and maintain the world so others can enjoy.

Today we came up with these ideas.....
1. Recycle
2. Turn off lights
3. Turn off water
4. Buy only what we need
5. Compost
6. Be kind to everyone
7. Learn a lot
8. Go to school

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday in the Woods

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This afternoon we explored the outside with Mr. Deyo's class.  We were looking for things in nature that are shaped like dots.  We noticed that many living things in nature have patterns.  We were able to collaborate with each other to build a fort and notice special things we noticed in nature.  The shade feels good on a hot day.  Trees are important because they provide shade for us and animals.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Celebrating International Dot Day!

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Today we continued to celebrate Dot Day!  We enjoyed making our mark by painting, creating with play dough and making noticings of our world map.  Ms. Birdsall came to talk to us about the importance of Looking Up!  Be sure to ask your child about the story.  Ms. Birdsall was wearing a Dot T-shirt!
Dot Day is an opportunity to join other children throughout the world who want to celebrate creativity.  We all have wonderful ideas and like to share.  Dot Day celebrates all that and more!


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Exploring The Monarch Caterpillar!

Today Mrs. Boutin gave us some Monarch caterpillars to explore.  We created a scientific drawing of what we observed.

  The iPads help us organize our ideas and make a plan of what we want to include in our drawings. Our whiteboard table is also great for sharing our ideas when we are thinking.
We used play dough to help us make the skyline letters t, f, and b!  T

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