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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Making Our Own Applesauce!


 Last week our class made applesauce from scratch. After exploring the parts of an apple and learning about how they grow, we washed and peeled the apples. Then, we cut the apples using small plastic knives. Students helped me to put the apples in the big pot. We added lemon juice and cinnamon sticks. After two hours cooking in the slow cooker, we had a delicious applesauce snack. We loved trying our applesauce! It was very sweet and a little sour.
Have you ever made applesauce at home? Here is a simple recipe if you want to try this great healthy snack.

Our Applesauce Recipe

peel and slice 6 Mcintosh apples ( they are the best for sauce- very sweet)
1/2 cup water
Juice of one lemon
2 cinnamon sticks ( or one teaspoon of ground cinnamon)

Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook on low heat, stirring and mashing with a fork for 30 minutes until combined. OR Slow cooker on low for 2 hours, stir and mash with fork. Serve and enjoy hot or cold!

Friday, October 7, 2016

What can we do at the Playground?

This week our class continued to explore our playground and share about other playgrounds we play on. We read many books about playgrounds as well to develop our vocabulary. Students in the class were eager to share the different things they can do in our school playground. We decided to make a book about all the things we can do using pictures. We looked at the pictures of our classmates on the playground and students helped me to write the words to match the picture. Then we had fun reading our book.
We hope you enjoy our book, What Can We Do at The Playground? 

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!