Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gingerbread Bakery

This week we began reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man.  It is a great story and it gives us the opportunity to compare them looking more closely at the characters, setting and plot of each book.  Many of our choices this month also have to do with the story.  Our housekeeping area has turned into a Gingerbread Bakery.  This is a very popular choice!  There are bakers, a waitress and hungry customers that are served a pretend cup of hot chocolate and a gingerbread cookie.

hard at working rolling out the "dough" and cutting cookies

in they go to bake

"here is our menu"

"can I take your order?"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Seeds, seeds, seeds....

We had such a great time today learning about seeds during Four Winds! Look at all the great activities we did to learn more about seeds, how they travel and good growing conditions!

puppet show about seeds

our special helper of the day helped us learn more about the various parts of a seed

exploration with milkweed seeds

looking a lima beans....

identifying the parts of a seed

using magnifying glasses to look more closely

acting out how seeds travel and conditions needed for seeds to grow

listening to the "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle and having a delicious snack

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stone Soup Celebration

Thank you to everyone for making our Stone Soup celebration such a success!  They worked so hard on the soup and the play and it was a great afternoon!  The Kindergarteners have been looking forward to this day for weeks and I think everyone had a great time!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Getting ready for our Stone Soup play

Celebrating with...


and friends!

Monday, November 21, 2011

"We are master cooks...."

We spent the morning preparing for our Stone Soup celebration tomorrow.  The classroom smells
delicious!  Thank you for the donations of food, bowls and spoons to help make our celebration a success.  The Kindergarteners worked hard to peel and cut all the veggies for the soup.  One child was so proud of himself, he proclaimed the whole table to be "master cooks."  Thanks to lots and lots of shaking we also made our own butter for the bread!  We have been very busy today!

cutting up green beans

shaking the heavy cream

cutting up the potato

more potato

still shaking....

lots of veggies to peel and cut

lots and lots of shaking!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Circus Minimus

Today we had the wonderful opportunity of seeing The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase by Kevin O'Keefe in the gym.  It was a great show which encourages audience members to practice compassion and fulfill their dreams!  An entire circus emerges from his suitcase and he played many funny roles (usher, magician, etc.)  The class had a great time!
birthday boy gets a bow from "the usher"

waiting for the show to begin

Visiting our Big Buddies

On Thursday we had a chance to go visit our 5th grades buddies in their classroom for the first time!  The 5th grade buddy showed their Kindergarten buddy around the room and looked at their desk.  5th grade rooms look much different than Kindergarten rooms!  We played an elephant group game and then we played the game of Compare.  Interestingly enough the 5th graders just learned this game in math and so did we!!  Of course, their math is much harder than our math, but everyone had a great time playing this game together!  We have so much fun with our big buddies!
All the buddies!!

cute elephant!

playing the game of Compare

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our visit to the fire station

We had a fabulous trip to the West Brattleboro Fire Station today!  The firefighter greeted us at the door and showed us all of the supplies on the truck.  He also talked to us about fire safety.  He told the kids that if they were ever trapped in their bedrooms during a fire, they should open their window and throw stuffed animals down and yell.  I thought that was a great tip!  He put on his gear to show the kids what he looked like with his gear on so that if they ever saw a firefighter during a fire they would not be scared.  The highlight of the trip was the opportunity to sit in a fire truck.  We had a great time!

looking at the gear on the trucks

learning about  a thermal imager

a firefighter in full gear

learning all about fire safety

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A visit from Sgt. Carignan

Our month long study of community helpers continued today with a visit from Sgt. Mark Carignan from the Brattleboro Police Department.  The children were thrilled to learn all about what he does at work - there were lots of questions! Sgt. Carignan also showed the Kindergarteners all of the tools he has on his belt and talked about how he uses each one of them. He stressed to them the importance of school and how writing is a big part of his job. We were so lucky to have him join us for part of the afternoon.  The Kindergarteners loved having him visit!

Sgt. Carignan talked to us about his job.

He showed us the things on his belt.

He showed us how to use his baton.

"I want to be a police officer when I grow up, just like you!"

Monday, November 7, 2011

What's new in math?

For the last few weeks, we having been working on Unit 2 of the Investigations program: Counting and Comparing.  We have been working hard on learning to write our numbers 0-9 and matching the quantities with those numerals. We also have done lots and lots of counting!  During math time, we have a short mini lesson and then work on activities at the tables.  The mini lesson was called Today's question.  The question was "Would you rather eat apples or grapes?" We each had a chance to answer the question and then we looked at the data.  I thought it would be fun to have a "Today's question" section on the blog to see if we could gather some data. Please answer the question so we can collect data to use.
Today's Question: Would you rather eat apples or grapes?

I am going to put my picture under apples.

Measurement Table: measure objects to see if they are longer or shorter than 10 cubes

Build it: turn over a number card and build that quantity

Roll and Record: roll the dice and write down the number

Counting Jar: count and record how many items are in the jar

Inventory Bags:  count how many objects are in the bag and record the information