Books We Are Reading

Books We Are Reading
I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Building Up Choice Time- From Scratch!

Choice Time is a special time of the day where our young Kindergarten students get to explore, invent and create together. Our class is working on building up the choice time centers together, introducing one at time.

 We made our play dough for the play dough center from scratch together in a whole group. We read the recipe and made a flow map showing all the steps. Students helped to pour, mix, and squish our dough together! We them explored some different things we can do with our play dough - rolling it into skinny snakes, round balls, and flattening it into pancakes!

In the block center, students worked on using team work and communication to build something together, one block at a time. We shared our ideas for block center rules. Then we shared ideas for what we were going to build and each child had an opportunity to select a block and add to our castle. After building it together, we practiced clean up procedures. I wonder what our class will be creating in the block center this year!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Building a Community of Learners in Kindergarten

The first weeks of Kindergarten are a time for learning and exploration. We learn the names of our new friends, learn the routines of our classroom and learn all about working together in a school community. Students learn what is expected of them, and this can set the tone for successful learning for the rest of the year. Here are some activities we have been doing this week:

Bean bag games- We learn a variety of bean bag games that are fun an engaging. Students practice following directions and learn how to work together. Pass that bean bag!!

 Dancing & Brain Breaks - Students get many opportunities throughout the day to move their bodies and take a brain break. Our school is a healthy school, and we encourage students to get plenty of exercise. Here, we are doing a conga line dance for Mrs. Nesser's birthday!

One great way to build a sense of community in the beginning of the year is by singing together. Here is one of our favorite songs to sing together at the end of the day: Five Little Speckled Frogs!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Visit to the Queens Botanical Gardens & Our Growing Seeds Museum

 Our class recently took a walking trip to the Queens Botanical Gardens. We have been learning a lot about trees and observing how they change in the Fall. On our walk through the garden, students observed many kinds of deciduous and coniferous trees in the garden. We collected leaves from the ground and observed the many colors and shapes we found. Using these leaves, students create their own Fall bookmarks as a craft.

We have also been continuing our study of seeds in the science center. At the garden we learned about how trees spread their seeds around through cones and pods, and were able to take some seeds back for our "Seeds Museum". We have been finding seeds all around in nature around our school, in our food and inside our pumpkin! What a fun mess!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fun on the Farm!

Our class had some Fall fun at the Queens Farm Museum! We learned about many different farm animals and how they help people. We saw chickens, cows, pigs and sheep. We even got to feed the goats!

We also learned about how pumpkins grow and got to pick our own pumpkins from a big pumpkin patch. 

Last we went on a fun and very bumpy hayride! You can visit the Queens Farm Museum again with your family soon. Check the website at
for information on the many family activities and programs they have. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Signs in our World

Our class has been working on exploring the many signs that are in our world. We are learning to read and recognize environmental print through exciting explorations of our classroom, school and neighborhood! We learned about how signs are helpful to people and can help them be safe and follow rules.

 Our class took a neighborhood walk around our school. Using a visual checklist, we marked the signs we noticed along the way. We noticed many "No Parking" signs, crosswalk signs and even signs at the playground.

We also visited the New York Transit Museum and noticed may signs that help people get from one place to another in our city. We noticed subway signs, maps and bus stop signs. We even got to make buses to take home! Next time you are walking in the neighborhood with your child, look out for signs together!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Building Shapes and Exploring Nature in October

This week we have begun our unit on shapes and have been exploring shapes in a variety of ways. Students have been using our many math materials, as well as craft materials to create shapes. We are also working on sharing and explaining how we used our materials. Below, students are using cubes, wikki sticks and Popsicle sticks to make squares.. Look how many different ways we can make squares!! In the light box center, students are using shapes of different colors to create pictures and tell stories with them. We also noticed how some colors mix together to make others. 

 In our Science center this week, many students began bringing in items from nature to share in our "Nature Basket".  We have found acorns, leaves, bean pods and pine cones. The students love touching and exploring these items hands on and can learn so much from them. We learned about all the different places seeds can be found in nature.

In Ms. Kim's music class students have been working on using their singing voices to sing high and low. Here students use a piece of string to represent their voices going high and low. There are so many ways we can use our voices to make music!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Exploring our Playground & More!

The first month of school continues to be all about exploration for our Kindergarten class. 

First stop: The playground at our school! Students have been observing and drawing the different kinds of playground equipment we have and discussing what we can do on this equipment. We looked at our jungle gym, monkey bars, walked over a bridge, and practiced safety on the slides.

 We have been exploring our Five Senses in Science class. Students were able to experience their senses in hands- on centers for sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Here, students look at kaleidoscopes with their eyes and smell different scents with their noses! 

 In our choice time centers, students have been exploring ways to use blocks in the block center. Here, students decided we would build a castle together, with each student adding on one block. We worked on communicating with our friends when we play.