We’re Not In TCPS Anymore!

As a culminating activity for our read-aloud of The Wizard of Oz, the kindergarten spent the school day…away from TCPS!   On March 13, we were transported (by cyclone, hehe) to one of our classmates houses for a day in “Oz.”

It was  a typical day of school- just away from school.  We’re not in TCPS anymore, Toto…

  • 8:15 Drop Off:  Outside morning play and line-up!
  • 8:30- 10:00:  Attendance, Opening and Language Arts
    • Read Today with Ms. Szalay
    • Independent Reading Activities
    • Sight Word games in groups of one or two
  • 10:00- 11:00:  Snack and Recess
  • 11:00- 11:30- Math- measuring distances in Oz with inches
  • 11:30- 12:00- Pizza Party and Recess
  • 12:00- 1:30:  Movie:  The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • 1:30- 2:00:  Outside Play
  • 2:00- 2:30:  Discussion- How is the movie different/the same from the book?
Read Today with Ms. Szalay- a reading/writing and comprehension activity

Read Today with Ms. Szalay- a reading/writing and comprehension activity

Our Morning Opening- calendar, weather, & day counting

Our Morning Opening- calendar, weather, & day counting

Completing the writing portion of a reading activity

Completing the writing portion of a reading activity

Working on leveled reading activities

Working on leveled reading activities

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Plants We Eat “Sharing”

As a part of our Public Speaking curriculum, students participate in a thematic “Sharing” each month.  For our Sharing this month, each child picked a plant (that is not a fruit) we eat. 

Students shared what the plant is, what part of it we eat (leaves, root, flower, seeds, etc.) and explained one or two ways you can eat it (raw, cooked, with sauce, dressing, etc.). They also spoke on what nutritional value do we get from their plant.  

Students provided a tiny taste for those in the class who already enjoy the food and for those were trying a new experience.

We  talked about the importance of plants in our diet; probably one of the most challenging requirements for children to fulfill.  We had a wonderful time!  

Sharing plants we eat is so much fun!

Sharing plants we eat is so much fun!

Hmmm, I think I like zucchini!

Hmmm, I think I like zucchini!

Sharing snap peas.

Sharing snap peas.

Explaining the health benefits of daikon and how it is prepared.

Explaining the health benefits of daikon and how it is prepared.

Sharing how carrots grow.

Sharing how carrots grow.

Serving ourselves to yummy plants!

Serving ourselves yummy plants!

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Kinder Coins!

We are working with dimes and pennies this week.  Students are learning…

  • more efficient ways to count coins (by tens instead of ones).
  • how to identify each coin.
  • the president on each coin as well as coin symbols and their meaning.
  • to add up sums with coins.

We learned two poems to help us remember facts about a penny and a dime.

Penny, penny easily spent, copper brown and worth one cent!

Dime, dime round and thin, I remember you’re worth ten!  

With our shiny dimes and pennies.

With our shiny dimes and pennies.

On the back of the dime: Torch (center):  knowledge Olive Branch (left):  peace Oak Branch (right):  strength

On the back of the dime:
Torch (center): knowledge
Olive Branch (left): peace
Oak Branch (right): strength

If we have ten pennies, what is a faster way to count?

If we have ten pennies, what is a faster way to count?

Dimes are like TENS!  Pennies are like ONES!

Dimes are like TENS! Pennies are like ONES!  Hey, we know how to count these!  

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It’s Book Character Day!

TCPS spirit week is here!  Our first day is Book Character Day and the entire kindergarten class has the spirit!  We all came dressed in our favorite character from a book we love!

Junior Buddy, The Runaway Bunny, Flora, Musa, Emily the Emerald Fairy, Alice in Wonderland, and The Cat in the Hat

Junior Buddy, The Runaway Bunny, Flora, Musa, Emily the Emerald Fairy, Alice in Wonderland, and The Cat in the Hat

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Who is that swimming by the reef?

Why it’s Flynn, our baby dugong!    The dugong is a large marine mammal which, together with the manatee, is one of four living species of the order Sirenia.  The majority of dugongs live in the northern waters of Australia.  The dugong is strictly  an herbivorous mammal.   The dugong has a body with paddle-like forelimbs.  It is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail. 

Our class made Flynn with grey felt, a needle and thread, stuffing, and buttons for his eyes.  We made his rough bristles with thread reinforced by tacky glue.  Our class had a special teacher who helped us (and Ms. Szalay) learn to sew!  Ms. Price, one of the co-founders of TCPS who retired last year, came back to help us create Flynn.  We were so excited to learn from her and are so happy when we see Flynn swimming through our Great Barrier Reef.

In the wild, you would never see a baby dugong without its mother.   They swim above their mothers in the water for protection.  So our class will create a 9 foot long (2 dimensional) mother dugong for Flynn to swim with.  

Flynn the Dugong

Flynn the Dugong

 

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Twin Time with Parker and Mason

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 sense of their surroundings.   We can’t wait for next month!

Mason in Mom's lap, Parker in the carrier.  We are having a great discussion.

Mason in Mom’s lap, Parker in the carrier. We are having a great discussion.

Making observations

Making observations while Parker sits with Mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Counting the days with ONES & TENS

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!  

Documenting our days...

Documenting our days…

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Scientists Research and Report

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.

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The question:  

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.

Miles:  They have flat shells.

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The Great Barrier Reef has come to TCPS

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.

painting our reef materials

painting our reef materials

building beautiful coral

building beautiful coral

gluing pieces of brain coral together

gluing pieces of brain coral together

in front of our crawling wall coral

in front of our crawling wall coral

still in progress, but we are getting there

still in progress, but we are getting there

The completed reef!

The completed reef!

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Reading Buddies

Our first day with 4th graders!

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.

Reading With Our 4th Grade Buddies
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