Monday, September 29, 2014

Field Trip Tomorrow!

Liberty Orchard Field Trip
Some helpful reminders for tomorrow, September 30th:

  • Dress your child in layers

  • Send in lunch if you did not order one from school

  • Make sure your child has a water bottle at school

For Chaperones:

Please inform your child’s teacher whether you’ll be meeting them at the orchard (directions on back) or riding the  bus with the team.  
If you ride the bus, please meet us at school at 9:45.
If you are driving yourself, please meet us at Liberty Orchard at 10:30

We will be departing the Orchard at 1:15, returning to school at 2:00.

*Please leave younger siblings at home.*

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Learning in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an amazing place where academic and social learning are equally important.
Learners have many opportunities to work in large groups and in small groups to explore, inquire and learn. We have structured times, and choice time each day, so students get many chances to practice expected behaviors, and social interactions.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quiet Time without Blankets

We no longer need blankets for quiet time in our classroom! We are having quiet choice time in a variety of ways, and will no longer be lying down on the carpets to rest bodies and brains. Today, we listened to some music while quietly drawing. Some days we listen to Sparkle Stories. On other days we might choose to do some yoga poses or other calming activities to encourage centered bodies. Thanks you for all of your help, and please keep blankets and bags at home.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reading in kindergarten!

Today we read a book by Todd Parr called "Reading Makes You Feel Good."
We discussed the many ways to read a book. Readers can read the words, or they can read the pictures. Sometimes readers can also retell a story that they have heard before. Each day, kindergarten kids get a chance to practice "read to Self". At this time, they may choose familiar books from a bin, to practice reading.

We have also been collecting lots of words that kindergarteners can ALREADY read! Thanks for your help at home with this project. Keep those words coming in…we want to fill up the whole board!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ECO ( Educating Children Outdoors)

We will be traveling to Harrison Field for ECO lessons this year.  We plan on having two classes go to Harrison Field from about 12:30-2:30 on Thursdays.  On December 11th, we will celebrate winter together- ALL Classes! 

 Parent volunteers help make our ECO days run smoothly.  If you are interested in helping out with any of these days, please let me know.  If you do plan to volunteer, we ask that you leave younger siblings at home so that your total focus is on the kindergarten kids.  Thank you for understanding!  We hope you can join us on one or more of these days.

Sept. 25th- with Mrs. Bates Class
Oct. 9th- with Mrs. Dostie's Class
Oct. 23rd-with Mrs. Wrigley's Class
Nov. 13th-with Mrs. Dostie's Class
Dec. 11th- Winter Outing for ALL CLASSES

A Typical Kindergarten Day

Our typical kindergarten day includes group learning times, and individual learning times. We focus on social learning and academic learning. Our daily schedule looks like this:
Morning Meeting
Math Lesson and Explorations
Art, Music, PE or Library
Writing Workshop
Recess, Lunch and Quiet Time
Reading Workshop
Center Choice Time
Closing Meeting
Here are some snapshots of the different aspects of our day!

Thank You!

Thank you to the families who have sent in  afternoon snacks.
We could always use some additional afternoon "nibbles". Pretzels, cereal, crackers, and apples are all popular with kindergarten snackers!
I will keep these snacks on hand, and can also offer them to kids who have forgotten morning snack.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Today we discussed the possibility of a "Fire Drill".We learned that fire drills are a way to practice exiting he building safely.We actually had a chance to practice covering our ears from the loud sound, and also traveled outside to simulate a fire drill. Upon returning to class, Mr. Keller was able to answer a myriad of questions. Most were concerned about actual fires, and fire trucks! Who knows, we may actually have a fire drill in the coming days…...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Exactly the Same"

Our math lesson focused on the language "exactly the same." We looked at a basket of socks and tried to find pairs that were exactly the same. This task is helping to develop skills for describing attributes and comparing.
Looking for socks that are "Exactly the Same"



Some did not have  a match! uh oh!


Mary Hoyne is an Instructional Assistant(IA) at Union School. She is assigned to our classroom this year, and is able to work in our classroom  to support an individual student, and to also support any kindergarteners who need help. We feel so lucky!

Our First ECO trip To Harrison Field

On Thursday we traveled to Harrison field for our first ECO(Educating Children Outdoors) day. We were able to explore the field, see what was growing, and to play together. We will use this site for many of our ECO lessons this year and will also explore the forest.

We practiced our learning circle and our 3 cares:
1. "I take care of myself."
2. "I take care of my friends."
3." I take care of my community."

It was a wonderful day to be outdoors!




We will be developing an ECO schedule, and would LOVE parent volunteers. Most likely we will head out from 12:15-2:30 on Thursdays. Keep an eye out for a volunteer sheet …..

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Magic Playdough


It looks like it is going to be a GREAT school year!