Sunday, November 4, 2012

Haunted Houses

Here are our Haunted Houses!  Thank you to all the families who  donated so many of our SPOOKY pieces!  The kids had a blast making their creations! 



                                     
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Pumpkins

 We estimated the circumference of our pumpkin.  Aniah guessed "just right" !

 
We then took guesses to see if a pumpkin would float.  9 kids thought it would and 10 kids thought it would sink.
 
 
 
A little tough to see in our picture...but it did float! :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Haunted Houses

A big thank you to Ms.Solivan, Mrs. Fitzpatrick , and Mrs. Morello for helping with our haunted houses!  The kids had a blast creating their houses.  This coming week the kids will paint and decorate their houses. 

Apples and Owls


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees


Name Creations


Last week of September

Another great week!  We read the story of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and it quickly became a favorite.  On Thursday we started our Apple unit.  Our first book was a Dr.Seuss favorite, "10 Apple up on Top".  The kids worked on a page for a class book and posed for pictures with apples up on their heads.  Too cute! 

This week we also met Officer Mambro, our school safety officer.  He spoke to our class about school lock downs and the importance of staying safe. On Friday, the students practiced their first lock down with the school.  The kids did super and were very quite.

As October begins, we will be starting weekly homework folders.  Please encourage your kids to do their very best.  Homework should only take a few moments each night.  We will also begin "Star of the Day".  Each day a new student will be chosen and will be our calendar helper for the day and our line leader.  The following day they may bring in a show and tell. 

Friday is our fieldtrip to Parlee Farms.  Please make sure your child wears comfortable sneackers.  We will be walking down a small hill to the pumpkins with pumpkin vines and it can also be muddy at times. The kids will be able to go on a small hay ride, pick apples and a small pumpkin, feed some of the animals and explore on the small hay maze.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Super Fantastic Great Start!

We are off to a wonderful school year!  I am thrilled with the amount of progress the kids have already made!  The students have already become very independent in our everyday routines. 

This past week we worked on our names and learned that we only use 1 uppercase for our names. We made our names out of torn paper to decorate our classroom.  On Friday we looked at the letters in the alphabet to see which ones were on our names.  We also began to explore with the name tubes to find our names.  During this next, we will begin to explore more about our friend's names too. 

In the next few weeks we will be loking all of the letters and sounds and working in our writing journals.    We will also be starting our science unit on Apples. 

Homework folders will begin on October 1st. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What a great open house!

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it to our open house!  It was wonderful to get to meet so many of you.  I appreciate all of your help and support in helping to get your child's transportation in order. 

I also would like to remind families that our class and lunch table are "nut free".  Food needs to be in an original container or you can send in the ingredient label from the box. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome!

           

               Welcome to kindergarten!  I am so excited to start another fantastic school year. I am looking forward to meeting the kids and parents at our open house on Thursday, Sep. 6th.  It's a great way for the kids (and parents) to get to know our room and help relieve some of those first day jitters. The kids will be able to explore the room and find their cubbies and bins.  We will also have parents fill out  dismissal forms, so we can have the tags ready for the kids on Friday.  Also, if any parents are interested in volunteering throughout the school year, they can fill out a CORI form with the main office.  I highly recommend anyone who may be interested in helping in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip to fill out a form as soon as possible.  These can take several weeks to come back. 
               I will be adding more parent information here throughout the year and updating post on all of our happenings.  If there is anything you would like to see on our website, please let me know.  I'm hoping you will find it helpful throughout the school year.  You can follow our blog through Google blogger or you can sign up with your e-mail address to have updates sent to you.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Food Safe





Dear Families,

For the 2012/2013 school year, we will be a food safe classroom.   No food with nuts or manufactured with nuts will be allowed in our room.  I will be asking for your help to support a safe classroom environment for our students. 

Please always check your child's food labels. Please know that things do change.  Frequently I have discovered labels that  have changed from one school year to the next. 


Below are some resources I have found over the years.

Peanut/Nut Free Snack List

Peanut Free/Tree Nut Free Snack List


Article: "Why is My Child's School Nut-Free? What food can she bring?"

Nut Free Bakeries:


Hippie Chick Bakery-Kensington NH

Fancypants Bakery-East Walpole, MA

Online Games

Here is a list of some of my favorite online resources for kids.



Starfall.com -Great website for letters, sounds and reading! Online games and pages to print.

pbskids.org -Fun games and short videos with your favorite characters.

Seussville.com-Lots of fun games with the Dr. Seuss characters.

ABCYA.com- Online learning games.

Wacona.com- TONS of links to other sites for games and learning. Everything is broken into categories.

JanBrett.com- Coloring pages, puzzles, flashcards and lots more!

kids-pages.com-Flashcards, games, rhymes, jokes, etc…

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Math

 

Math

  • Use number careds to sequence numbers.
  • Practice counting to 20. 
  • Have your child trace the numbers with his finger.
  • To help your child identify all of the numbers, have him draw that many items on the back of the card. If he forgets what the number is, he can count the items to remind himself.
  • Play the In-between game. Place two number cards face up and have your child choose the number card that should be placed in between. For example, turn number cards 8 and 10 face up. Have him choose the number card 9 and place it in the middle of the other cards.
  • When numbers 0-20 are mastered, combine numbers to make new numbers.
  • Add two different numbers together and count objects on the back to self-correct.

Math Links




 

Math Flashcards


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Literacy Links

Literacy Links


Family Fundamentals - Great guide to understanding parts of literacy and lots of super easy activities!


Flashcards



abcteach.com-  small and simple  flashcards

Animal Flashcards

Jan Brett Flashcards