Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day In the Dark

We spent the entire day in the dark on Friday. Thankfully, the sun will return, the days will begin to get longer, and we will welcome in the New Year!

Our kindergarten year has been fantastic , and I look forward to many more days filled with learning, and laughter, and fun!

Enjoy the winter break with your family.

I look forward to the start of school on January 2nd, and the addition of a new student, Julia!
Math Games in the dark- did you know that highlighters glow? 

Dancing in the dark!
All smiles!

The girls are dancing and singing!

Rock stars- with Mr. Bradley

Indoor recess in the dark

More indoor recess fun

The Buddha ball- a class favorite

Quiet time in the dark- not so quiet...

Glow Beads

Beading by lantern light

Headlamps rock!

We even blocked out the light from the hallway!

Kindergarten ECO

All 80 kindergarten kids, 5 classroom teachers,  an ELL teacher,4 instructional assistants and plenty of  parents( thank you volunteers), set out for a morning of adventures last Wednesday. Kids were split into 4 groups with mixed classes. Each group visited the four stations. The stations included, "Snow Sculpting", "Forest Exploration and Sliding", "Tea, Snack and Story", "Movement and Snowball Throwing". It was a wonderful morning, with lots of mushy snow, smiles, and tons of cooperation. Ask your child about their favorite rotation!






Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day in the Dark

Day in the Dark
On Friday, December 21st, the kindergarten classes will be having “Day in the Dark” to reinforce learning about day and night. This will include discussion of the winter solstice, the shortest day, and the longest night of the year! If you have anything at home that would light up the dark, we would appreciate it if you could send it to school.

Here are some suggestions:
·      Flashlights
·      Head lamps
·      Lite-Brite toys
·      Black Lights
·      Glow Sticks
·      Lava Lamps
·      Glow in the dark stickers or beads
·      Disco Balls

We will return the items on that day. Please label your items to assist with returns!
 Please send all items to school by Thursday, December 20th!!

If you have any questions, just let us know.
Thank you, The Kindergarten Team     

Gingerbread Thanks

We finished the gingerbread cookies today. Everyone was able to eat one cookie, and decorate another cookie to add to a gift bag. The gift bags will go out to all of the "helpers" here at Union School.What a lovely way to say "Thank You" from the kindergarten kids.

Monday, December 17, 2012


We have been reading a variety of books about gingerbread friends. We read a traditional story about the gingerbread man, we also read a story about a gingerbread girl who can dance and twirl. We have read "Gingerbread Mouse", about a real mouse who find a home in a gingerbread house. We have also enjoyed some stories about a sassy gingerbread baby. Today we actually made some gingerbread cookies of our won. We plan to give these cookies to all of our "helpers" at school as a sign of thanks from the kindergarten.

I plan to bake the cookies at my home and return them to school for decorations tomorrow. The kids warned me not to peek into the oven... I will try to not to, but you never know.....

Friday, December 14, 2012

How To Talk About a Tragedy

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."- Fred Rogers

This website provides some resources for families in the wake of tragedy.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Beautiful ECO Morning


We set off  for Harrison field on Wednesday morning with the mission to build winter homes for mice. We have been learning about the ways that people and animals prepare for winter. We read a story about a mouse escaping form predators, and also looked at many photos of mouse houses. Kindergarten kids were ready to create some homes for the mice of Harrison Forest! The kids even left seeds and corn kernels for the mice. Karen and Corey joined us, and provided excellent help with all of the winter gear and preparations. We have ECO again in one week, and hope to find clues that the mice actually visited the homes!




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