Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kinder"Garden"

Greetings,

 This week was a very busy week for us all. MCS hosted Kindergarten class of 2013-2014 registration on Tuesday morning. It was great and once again I am amazed. I am looking forward to next years class! I also  think of the current kindergartners and can't help but realize how far they've come and grown since last spring!

Speaking of growing, when you walk into our classroom these days the smell of dirt will take over.....but it's also the smell of learning.

This week we've continued our study of living and non-living things, focused specifically on plants. It's what the Kinder"gardeners" seem to be most excited about!

This week we studied the parts of a plant and each parts job.



After lots of discussion and analysis of our own plants it was time for a little check in.
The task: demonstrate (and label) the parts of a plant- students had access to various materials in the classroom and were able to choose what they wanted to use to show me their comprehension. Some students used art supplies, some KidPix on the computer (we've been practicing in tech lab) and one student chose to use pattern blocks.
The products:   AWESOME!





We've also been watching our garden grow each day. This week we saw carrot, marigolds, and pumpkins sprout. The real excitement came when we transplanted our bean plants from wet paper towels to soil and literally watched them grow tall over one night. I wish I had pictures of their faces this morning when they saw the beans.....I guess we know where the story of Jack and The Bean Stalk may have originated.





Like I said, it's been a busy week in Kinder"Garden"!

Next week we're off for April Vacation! I hope you all are able to enjoy some time with friends and family! I know I will!

-Mrs. Leggett


Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

We have been celebrating spring and this new springlike weather in Kindergarten this week!

We have had a very busy week....here's a glimpse of what we've accomplished!

We had 4 Winds on Tuesday. Thanks to Karen Parker for taking this on! We learned about deer. We began with a slide show on the SMARTBOARD, followed by multiple activities including measuring how far a deer can leap and jump, and examining real deer body parts. We finished by stamping deer prints in our science journals! So much fun!







We continued our work on fluency in math workshop. We continue to practice work with addition to ten, numeral writing, and teen numbers. We learned a new game this week called "Down the Tube". Students work with a partner for this activity. One player has 10 chips in their hand. They drop some chips down the tube. The other partner has to figure out how many chips are left in their partners hand. It's silly, yet effective for learning combinations of 10.  We work hard in math, but the learning is important and fun!




Spring has been warmly welcomed into our classroom. We have spent a lot of time studying our new science unit based on LIVING and NON-LIVING things. We've been working diligently on our NON-FICTION animal reports about dolphins, cheetahs, elephants and wolves. Impressive! We've also turned our Dramatic Play Area into a KinderGARDEN. We planted carrots, marigolds,tomatoes, basil, pumpkins and beans. Today we Read "Jodi's Beans" and began an experiment to see if beans will grow without soil. We'll be documenting our findings in our Science Notebooks as we go! Exciting stuff!






Inch by Inch....Row by Row...Gonna make this garden GROW!

Happy Weekend!