Thursday, November 15, 2012

Visiting the Fire Station

We had a great trip to the West Brattleboro Fire Station !  The firefighters greeted us at the door and showed us all of the supplies on the truck. They also talked to us about fire safety. The kids were told 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!  Another firefighter 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 learned so many new things on this trip!

We are at the fire station!

"What do you think is behind this door?"

Showing the kids the nozzle they hook on the hose

Watching with lots of interest!

Firefighters use MANY tools!

Showing the students what a fully dressed firefighter would look like.

Sitting in the fire truck

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sgt. Carignan's Visit

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 it relates to his job. We were so lucky to have him join us for part of the morning.  The Kindergarteners loved having him visit!

Talking about what police officers do

"Does anyone know what these are?"

Doing a demonstration of one of the things on his belt

I Wrote A Book....

One of my Kindergarteners yesterday came back to school from the long weekend all excited because he had written a book!  He dictated the story to his older sister and then they worked on the illustrations.  He was so thrilled to be able to share his story with his friends.  Great work!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kindergarten Fire Station #1

We began our month long study of community helpers this week.  Our focus currently is on firefighters and fire safety.  In addition to reading many non-fiction and fiction books about these topics, we opened Kindergarten Fire Station #1 in our dramatic play area.  Using real jackets and helmets, the Kindergartners fight pretend fires that "pop up" around the room.  It is so cute!  This is a very popular choice!

Hurry!  The math books are on fire!
Putting out a plant fire

Firefighters in the station

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day

Today was Election Day at Academy School!  Chris Szpila's fifth grade organized a mock presidential election and the entire student body was invited to vote for their choice of President.  The Kindergarteners thought that this was an amazing process!  They had to give their last name and then their first name in order to get their ballot.  They went into a voting booth and a fifth grader assisted them in reading the ballot.  The ballots were folded and placed in the voting box and each person received an "I Voted" sticker to display proudly on their clothes.  The results of the school wide vote will be announced tomorrow during all school sing. It was such an amazing way to make even the youngest people feel like they are part of the process and that their vote counts!

"Can you please tell me your name?"

Waiting in line to get a ballot

Working together in the voting booth

Voting data being displayed

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Fun!

On Wednesday, we celebrated Halloween at Academy School!  We walked in a parade across the street to Melrose Terrace to show off our fabulous costumes and to get a little treat from the residents who live there.  Upon returning to school, we were treated with a little performance by the school band and a Halloween party.  It was such a great day!
Happy Halloween!
Waiting to go on our Halloween Parade!

Enjoying our Halloween treats!

Some of our terrific finger paint jack-o-lanterns!