Wishing everyone a happy holiday season! See you 2015! Love, Mrs. Parzych and her little reindeers!!!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Mr. Paciulli and Ms. O'Neill read the story Gingerbread Man to all of the Kindergarteners at Academy School. They also brought in a special treat.... gingerbread cookies!! They were delicious!
|Special time with Mr. Paciulli and Ms. O'Neill|
Friday, December 19, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Kindergarteners were so invested in working on their traps, we actually had to devote a second day to complete them. Each child had an opportunity to share their trap and explain their thinking about how it would work. I am so impress by the quality of their work and the level of knowledge that they have gained over the last couple of weeks. They are simply amazing!
|Working on his trap|
|One of the amazing traps designed by my Kindergarteners|
|Each student got to explain how their trap worked|
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Last week the Kindergarteners were introduced to the story of The Gingerbread Man. We spent lots of time reading and rereading the traditional version of this story. We created charts looking at the setting, characters, problem and solution as well as the beginning, middle and end. The problem in this story is that the Gingerbread Man ran away from the old woman and old man. As a group, we decided to try to catch him. Then, we watched a video about two children trying to "trap" a cat so they could give it a bath. This video helped us think about the best ways to make a trap to capture the Gingerbread Man. Lots of work went into this STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) project! It was amazing!
|making a blueprint of her trap|
|getting right to work on their traps|
|very hard at work|
|step-by-step sequence of creating a trap|
Monday, December 8, 2014
Last week we began an integrated thematic unit around the story of the Gingerbread Man. Part of this unit was an in-depth look at what engineers do. We defined an engineer as someone who uses tools to solve problems. In order to prepare the students for this level of thinking, we put out recycled materials during choice time at our "engineering table". Each day the students who chose to work at this table were presented with a different problem to solve. For example..."build a bridge that can span between two chairs and hold an eraser" or "create a house that lets in light, but no rain." Amazing things were created at this center!
|Talking about how to make their bridge strong enough.|
|Discussions took place and work continued to improve their design.|
|Final project - testing to see if it is strong enough|
In our classroom we have been reading many versions of the story of the Gingerbread Man. These stories have been so popular that we created a Gingerbread Bakery in our housekeeping area. It is so cute to watch the students not only "bake cookies", but also wait on customers by taking their order. Such fun is had in this area of our classroom!
|The bakery is getting ready for business!|
|Behind the scenes sneak peek!|
|The cookies are almost ready.|
|One day our first grade friends came to visit for choice time to be our customers!|
Friday, December 5, 2014
One of the great things about living in Vermont is being able to experience nature in different ways during the four seasons. I thought it would be fun to share a new passion of mine with my Kindergarteners. I was able to purchase 6 sets of snowshoes rather inexpensively and this has opened up a whole new world! Most of the kids had never been snowshoeing before, but after just one lunchtime adventure have fallen in love with it! We spent time hiking around the playground and then went into the woods to access the Academy School nature trail. We saw animal tracks - that was very exciting! We are all looking forward to spending more time on our new snowshoes once it snows more!!
|Getting ready for our first adventure|
|We found some great tracks to look at. Maybe a deer had been there before us?|
|Exploring in the woods|
|Another group of adventurers|