Friday, December 21, 2018

Day 73: @vermontkkids123

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Today we created and designed our own boat as part of a STEM challenge. The goal was to create a boat that would float holding 1 unifix cube and cross over the wide river just like the gingerbread boy tried to do in the story.

This type of challenge explores collaboration, conversation, curiosity, and creativity. The children did a wonderful job.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Day 71: @vermontkkids123

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As readers and writers we are exploring how create text that matches what we illustrate. As writers we are leaving spaces between words and thinking about putting periods at the end of our thoughts.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Day 70

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Thanks to all of you for all that you do to make kindergarten such a wonderful place to be!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Day 70: @vermontkkids123

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Today we read some wonderful books. We read a couple of stories about gingerbread that are very funny. We are reading lots of different books this week about gingerbread people. This is a great opportunity for us to compare and contrast the stories.

Later we read a story about Ada Lovelace. She was a famous mathematician and a writer. She was the 1st computer programmer.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Day 69: @vermontkkids123

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This morning we read a story about why we need trees and no matter where a tree grows, trees all need the same things.

This afternoon we went on a nature walk up a huge hill. We were using the skill of observation to notice living things in nature
Exploring nature is a wonderful way to get fresh air and we also support 2 global goals.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Day 68:@vermontkkids123

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We read a great story about the snow and how snowflakes are made.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Day 67: @vermontkkids123

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We are exploring reading strategies called; "Super Powers" during our literacy time. These reading strategies help us become stronger readers. Your child will be coming home with Just Right Books on Friday and a reading bag. Please read with your child and have them read to you! Keep the reading strategy book at home to use as a guide when you read with your child. The book(s) and book bag come back on Monday.

As writers we are reflecting on what we know about the forest. The children are doing a wonderful job applying their reading strategies as they write too!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Day 66: @vermontkkids123

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This morning the children were amazing. They showed how flexible they can be and how patient they were also. We connected with our friends in Ghana this morning to share the ways we like to play.
This exchange helped us..
1. Think about perspective
2. Use oral language to share our ideas clearly
3. take turns and be patient
4. Listen to another perspective and think about how this might be done in Vermont
5. Supported our literacy skills with our writing and creating clear illustrations with a clear meaning
6. Empathy.. thinking about what it is like for others
7. Being kind and sharing our feelings in a kind, safe, and positive way.
8. Practice and making a direct connection with how technology can be used to enhance and enrich our conversations
9. friendship

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Day 65: @vermontkkids123

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We enjoyed the live performance of Pete the Cat.

As mathematicians we are thinking about the features of 2 D and 3 D shapes. On Friday we create a ChatterPix of the shape we create.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Day 64: @vermontkkids123

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Today we created messages our for our friends in Ghana. We share what we enjoy to do when we play on Wednesday morning!

During our writer's workshop was focused on telling a story through our illustrations. The children did a wonderful job telling their friends in Ghana what their message was to them.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Day 61, 62, and 63:@vermontkkids123

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During math workshop time we had fun creating different ways to make numbers, adding different numbers to get 10 and subitizing to see which number is less, more, or equal too. Math is a lot of fun because we get to use lots of strategies as mathematicians.

As readers and writers, we are creating pattern books about rabbits. We are noticing patterns of words in boos when we read and write. We continue to reflect on all of the things we are learning about the natural world and connecting our learning to the global goals.

We enjoyed meeting and listening to the author John Churchman and his dog read and share ideas about being an author.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Day 60: @vermontkkids123

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Today we explored Daisy the Dino in celebration of the Hour of Code. Look here to get the App.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Day 59: @vermontkkids123

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Today we explored the letters qu and z.

This week we celebrate the Hour of Code!

We created habitats for our rabbits and worked on our informational books.

This morning we used Skype as a way to connect with a real scientist in South Carolina named Matt. He is an expert with sharks and stingrays. We will be exploring global goal #14 Life Below Water in January!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Day 58:@vermontkkids123

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This morning teachers from Burke School visited kindergarten. They were so impressed with the children and their knowledge of the global goals.

The children created a service-learning reflection book and they began working on their research books about rabbits.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Day 57: @vermontkkids123

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This morning Ms. Pinus visited kindergarten and taught us about a new App called: "ChatterPix." We are exploring this App because in January when we explore global goal #14 Life Below Water we will be using this tool as a way to share our learning about the animal we research.
Look here to get the App ChatterPix for free.
We enjoyed snowshoeing this afternoon.  We hiked up a huge "mountain".

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Day 56: @vermontkkids123

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We connected with a real forest ranger in Yellowstone National Park this morning to learn about what forest life is like.

We are exploring different reading strategies to help us become strong, independent readers. We are making connections and noticing features of books too.
We created the world today using clay. We always want to care about each other and the world.
We are creating All About books on rabbits. Today we began creating our paper mache bunnies.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Day 55: @vermontkkids123

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We had a wonderful time snowshoeing this morning. We noticed that our snowshoes can make patterns.

We were able to see the school in Ghana where our friends go to school. We noticed that it is very sunny and warm in Africa. We shared that we are having a snowstorm in Vermont.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Day 54: @vermontkkids123

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We created magic wands to help us with our reading and writing super powers. 1 of our wands will be coming home to use.

What a wonderful day we had in kindergarten. We walked to the food shelf and learned about where the food goes that people donate. We liked seeing the global goals sign up at the food shelf too!

Today we had fun playing today. Through play we create and design useful things. Today a friend created a window scrapper.

We are locating missing words in our morning message and then writing them!

We looked at the world today to locate where our friends in Australia live. They sent us a postcard!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Day 53: @vermontkkids123

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We used the messaging feature to connect with a forest ranger in Yellowstone National Park this afternoon. They had a weak connection so we will try again tomorrow. We were being very flexible.
We read a new story called; "I Am Human".
We are learning a lot about numbers and exploring the concept of what comes before and after a number. 
We packed up 2 boxes of books to send to our friends in Ghana. The rest of the books we are donating to the Williston Food Shelf.

We are making lots of connections with our learning to the global goals too.

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