Today was our first day of Twin Time! We are so fortunate to have Parker and Mason, our P.E. Coach’s adorable, identical, 3 1/2 month old twin baby boys. His wife Megan brought their babies in today for our year-long developmental look at how babies grow. We talked, asked questions, and made excellent observations. It is interesting to hear young children talk about how babies interact with the world, and how they use their senses to make senseof their surroundings. We can’t wait for next month!
Mason in Mom’s lap, Parker in the carrier. We are having a great discussion.
Each morning, as part of our daily OPENING, we count the school days. We began counting with ones and have moved on to counting with tens, then ultimately we will count into the hundreds. We use counters, abacus sticks, paper/pencil, and language to document our daily digit. What is really fun is when we figure out how many days we have until we reach the next group of tens. For example, if we have counted up to 45 days, how many until 50? There are lots of ways to find this out- we can count our ones and tens, check our ongoing hundreds chart, check our abacus, or just count out loud. We are becoming true counting experts!
We have been studying reptiles. Part of our study of reptiles includes studying a particular reptile from the Great Barrier Reef. Meet our baby Flatback Sea Turtles! We have been researching and today was our first report to the group.
What do you know about Flatback Sea Turtles?
Addy: They live in the grassy shallows in Australia. They are grey, white, and black.
Mya: They eat jellyfish and seaweed. They live in the Great Barrier Reef.
Lily: They have a flat shell.
Kosuke: They are turtles.
Kaya: They eat sea grass.
Kate: They live in Australia in the Great Barrier Reef and they lay eggs.
At TCPS we explore the animal kingdom through the deep study of an “Environment,” or place in our world. This year the kindergarten class is studying the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. Although a trip to Australia was a bit out of the question, we couldn’t see any challenge in bringing the reef to US! With industrious spirits, creative ingenuity, and the gift of precious time, kindergarteners created a beautiful reef in our classroom. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, students painted, glued, bent, and attached amazing recreations of reef materials.
Reading Buddies is a time when the 4th or 5th graders come to our classroom and read with us. We meet new friends and build our confidence with reading. Twice a week we read with our Buddies and work on our individual reading goals.
Hello out there! It’s amazing, when a great group of students gets together the most wonderful things can happen. This year at TCPS, our kindergarten group is simply incredible and we are off to a great start. Below are some pictures of our first day of school.
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.