We recently were able to stretch our scientific muscles with a fish dissection! One of our wonderfully talented parents came in to help us dissect a fish and identify the parts of its body. Kindergartners loved it!
Each week in Kindergarten we have a “MAGIC” time in which write. Our journal time is a completely quiet time in which students are encouraged to “not break the magic!” And boy, what amazing writing happens during this time. Students share their writing and illustrations with their classmates and it is truly a special activity for our class.
What an amazing day! Mrs. Babla came into our class to share the story of Diwali and parts of Indian culture. This five day festival is the biggest holiday in India, and is celebrated all over the world. We made Rangoli art with colored power and ate delicious milk powder sweets flavored with cardamom. Students also watched this youtube video as an extension of Mrs. Babla’s visit.
We are excited to welcome Juniper and Oliver for Twin Time. Once a month, the twins will visit our classroom and we become observers. Using our senses, we observe the babies every move; each noise, gesture, and smile becomes a forum for understanding a little more about life. It is a time to study their growth, changes, and development, as we begin to understand how we are growing, changing, and developing.
Konichiwa everybody! Today our class created and built Mount Fuji in the kindergarten classroom. With the help of parents and staff members, we used cardboard, tissue paper, paint, fade-less brown paper, fishing line, batting, tape, and construction paper to build. But the MOST important thing we had was our creativity! We collaborated to decide which materials to use and what should be included on Mount Fuji to make it as realistic as possible. We look forward to climbing inside to look at the magma and sitting under the shade of the nearby Cherry Blossom tree.
Week two has been exceptional. As a class, we are daily practicing procedures, working together, and beginning to know each other better. It’s wonderful to see these children forming friendships, reinforcing skills, and taking big steps down the kindergarten road.
Be sure to check HW folders at night for “A Peek At the Week (which has information from me about what’s happening in our classroom, special events, or just general stuff). If you miss the folder, check the class website under “HW and A Peek at the Week” tab.
What a wonderful first day! We read “The Gingerbread Boy” this morning and baked our very own gingerbread boy! But, guess what? When we took him out of the oven, he ran away and we have to go look for him. So begins, “THE GREAT GINGERBREAD HUNT OF 2012!”
Today we had a special visit from local La Jolla author, J. Page. We had a wonderful time with her.
J. Page read us “The Bullfrog Story,” spoke to us about courage and safety, and brought goodies! We got to color bookmarks to use at school and got postcards to take home to our families. Some of us won a raffle for buttons and each class (1st and 2nd grade) received a puzzle with a picture from one her books.
Tyler visited us for the eighth time this year. What a change from the 3 month old baby whom we met in September!
Tyler at 3 months old
Tyler at 10 months old
First of all, he did NOT stay in one place in the middle of the circle. He happily- and quickly – crawled around the first grade, exploring and reaching for many things. He seemed to be interested in math materials, Independent Work, Monty in his cage, Ms. Price’s ball chair and all of us!
Everyone Grows is the name of our class… and you can see that Tyler has been a great example of that. We were all like proud parents- he has TWO TEETH!