Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy 100th Day!




 Our Kindergarten students are 100 days smarter! This past week we celebrated our 100th day of school in a variety of fun a meaningful ways. Students made a necklace of 100 pieces of cereal and counted them out on 100s charts. We sang a song and read a poem with 100 words. We also read a book called One Hundred Hungry Ants. During writing, we wrote about what we would buy for 100 dollars and what we could eat 100 of. We ended the day with special 100th day centers and games such as chutes and ladders, making a paper chain with 100 links, making a book of 100 animals and building with 100 cubes. Fun was had by all!



























Here students are proudly sharing their 100th day collection projects. Thank you to parents for all the help at home.




Friday, January 27, 2017

The Creation Station!


Our class has begun a new choice time center, the Creation Station! Here, our young engineers can use found open- ended materials and use their imaginations to create. 

 First, students explore the possible materials in the Creation Station bin. We've collected objects for reuse from around our school and at home. They imagine what it could be, and think about what they want to make. 


 Next, students think about what other tools and materials they may need. Glue, tape, scissors and string are all available for independent use. Going through this process allows students to experience trial and error along the way. Students can be encouraged to brainstorm new ways to try it by talking through problems with teachers and peers. 
Sketching and writing about our ideas can help us as well. Here, a student made a phone using a tube, string and small cups.  

Lastly, students share their creations with the class and we display them before taking them home. Students can choose to work at this center for an extended period of time. On the right, a student made a rocket with a detailed sketch. Another student made a parachute! So, let's use our imaginations! What can you create?

Friday, January 6, 2017

We Made Soup!



                   It's been pretty chilly around here, and we've been warming up by making our own vegetable soup! First, we read the classic tale Stone Soup. After talking about the story, we thought about what we would want in our own soup. We made a list together and chose what we would want. 



     












              Next, we took a walking trip to our local supermarket and bought the ingredients on our list. Our teachers helped us to wash and cut the vegetables. Then students were able to put everything into the pot and watch it cook throughout the day. We tasted the soup together and made a class book about the experience. 

  












                  After having the experience of visiting the Supermarket, students were inspired to create a Supermarket center. We prepared labels and price tags for the food we would sell. Students love to visit the Supermarket center and shop! 


Friday, December 2, 2016

Kindergarten STEM Challenge - Building 3D Shapes


Our class has been exploring 3D shapes (cones, cubes, rectangular prisms, pyramids and cylinders) and we have noticed these shapes everywhere in our classroom and in our homes. This week we had the hands on experience of building these shapes through our first STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) challenge. After reading the familiar book The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone, students were challenged to build their own house for a little pig using toothpicks and gummy candies. We had so much fun trying out different designs and using our knowledge of shapes to help us along the way. We are engineers!



Here students go on a gallery walk to view the finished houses. We drew pictures and wrote about our houses. We shared our ideas and compared the houses...What makes a house strong? Do you think the wolf would be able to blow our house down?








                      In choice time we connected with 3D shapes by exploring "building straws",  Students were encouraged to use their imaginations to create something using team work. Here, a student explains how her group made this structure by working together. Then we all looked at it and imagined what it could be. The ideas we came up with were a house, a tall tower, a castle, a train, or a cage for a big animal.




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We are Artists!

Today was our first art class with our resident artist, Mr. Daniel. Mr. Daniel is a painter who works with the Studio in a School program. This week we were introduced to real molding clay and we discussed all the things we can do with it to change its shape (roll, squeeze, poke and pinch)   We noticed that this clay was a little bit wet and sticky- it was much harder than play dough. After learning some new vocabulary, students went off to create and explore with their clay. We then discussed the techniques we used with our clay.
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SIgns on the Farm

Displaying IMG_5242.JPGLast week our class visited the Queens Farm Museum. We noticed many signs that were helpful to people visiting the farm and to the farmers who work there. There were many signs to label the kinds of vegetables growing. We also notice large signs telling people not to feed the animals or touch the fences. We noticed that these signs can help to keep us and the animals safe. Then we observed the cows and chickens. We also fed the goats alfalfa sprouts! Then we went on a hay ride on the back of a tractor and picked pumpkins. What an exciting day!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Learning About Diwali


       In Kindergarten we spend a lot of time talking about different kinds of holidays and traditions around the world and in our community. This week we learned about the Hindu festival of Diwali. Diwali is coming this weekend. 

We had a parent visitor from our PTA come and talk to us about the holiday and about the country of India, where many people celebrate Diwali. She showed us the special dresses that people wear called Saris and showed us the colorful decorations that people make, called Rangoli. We also learned about decorative candles that people light in their homes called Diyas. After learning about the holiday, we listened to some sitar music from India and made our own Rangoli with bright colors. We used them to decorate our classroom door for good luck. Happy Diwali!