Thursday, October 9, 2014

Head, thorax, abdomen....

Head, Thorax, Abdomen....

That's a song we learned in Four Winds. Four Winds is an awesome place based, science, hands-on- nature program led by wonderful parent volunteers. Thank you!

The month of September had a perfect theme- INSECTS!

We did a mini unit on insects as the kiddos came in and loved the insect science table. We learned about the life cycles of a butterfly and even had our first ever class pet. RIP polka-dot. He was going to be some kind of moth, but he didn't do so well in our terrarium. We did love watching him for the few days that he spent with us!

During four winds, we began with a puppet show. Then we did a movement activity- like head & shoulders, only using the parts of the insect. Next, students worked together to put together the parts of an insect made of felt, and finally we went on an insect hunt! We didn't have much luck catching insects, but we did find an abundance of cute little frogs. Catch and release of course.....

We also did some great science work in our science journals.

Next up....one of my favorites- The Decomposing Pumpkin. Stay tuned.....

Here are some pictures from our insect unit. Enjoy!

~Caitlin







Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hello Friends and Families,

This week we have been focusing our learning around Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

Using this text- we are learning the days of the week, doing a lot of work with our classroom calendar, studying the beginning-middle-end of stories, practicing retelling skills and studying the science behind butterflies. So much FUN!

Today, we made our own hand print caterpillars. They're pretty cute!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday Folks!

It's been a busy week!

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks that I haven't had time to share.

Enjoy!


Macaroni necklaces!




Pattern block puzzles!


Painting with friends!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Workshops

Kindergarten is in full swing!

We are on day 10 of developing our daily routines and working hard every day to develop stamina and self control.

We have three workshops daily in Kindergarten: Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop and Math Workshop. A workshop is a time for us to build skills we need to become successful. Each workshop begins with a whole group mini lesson and is followed by centers relating to the skills we are learning. Most of these centers are play based encouraging students to build both social and academic skills.

Here's whats going on in our workshops this week!

Math- Shapes! Sorting, counting, drawing, etc.













Readers workshop- Reading our friends names, writing our own names, and learning about what readers do.





We are working hard in Kindergarten.
Thanks for checking in!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kindergarten is here!

We've had 7 wonderful days of Kindergarten!


We are off to a great start and here are some pictures to prove it!

 Happy birthday to our friend Scarlett!
Building blocks and kitchen play!
 Our first class book- "My friends on the bus"~ it's a classic in our room already!
 Puzzles and smiles!
 Riley can read her friends names! Awesome!
We're learning how to use all of the tools in our classroom!

Enjoy the weekend!