Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kindergarten Optometrists: Exploring Our Vision!






A few months ago, a routine vision screening at school turned into so much more as students became very curious about their experiences.

When we returned from the vision screening, students were very curious as to why they had to have their eyes checked at school . We began to chart our questions. "Why do we have to cover one eye while reading the chart?". "Why did we have to stand far away from it?" "How come some of the letters on the chart are small, and some a big?" Students were also curious about the "color tracing" tasks that they had to do.

            After writing down and talking about our questions, we made an appointment to visit with the optometry assistants that visit the schools to do screenings. Students were able to answer our questions. We learned about how one eye can see differently from the other, and how sometimes it's harder to see smaller letters. This way they can figure out if you need glasses. We also learned about how some people have trouble seeing colors, and how we can test that.

           We observed our eyes closely and did sketches of our eyes. We looked at eye diagrams and learned about the different parts of the eye and what they can do. After that, our optometry screeners gave us a great surprise! Our very own vision chart and eye covers! We decided together that we could make an optometry center and help check each other's vision. We loved playing both the patient and the eye doctor!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Earth Day at TALES!

Our class had a great time learning about being green at the TALES Earth Day Symposium. First, we learned about different kinds of pollution and how it hurts the Earth, people and animals. Then we learned about ways that each of us can help the Earth by recycling, reusing and saving energy. We played a recycle sort game and learned about all the different things that can be recycled. Then we planted sunflower seeds and learned how to take care of them. We also learned about compost and got to touch the worms! What a fun day!







Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Making Pizza!



Last week our class went on exciting trip to Pizzeria Uno, where we got to experience making our own pizzas! First, we spread the sauce over our pizza dough. the dough was already rolled out for us in a circle. 
 Next, we sprinkled the cheese over the pizza. We loved putting on extra cheese! Next, our pizzas were put in the oven. The oven was very, very hot! Last, we ate our pizzas, Yum!! Everybody loves pizza!



When we got back to our class we made a book about making pizza together. We wrote out all the steps and practiced our next vocabulary and sequence words ( first, next, then, last) Next we will be writing about other things we know how to do! 














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!