Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our Special Reader......Mr. B!

We are happy to have Mr. B come in and read to our class every few weeks.  After years as a classroom teacher, Mr. B has retired from Academy School, but still makes time to spend here.  He brings in wonderful stories to read!  We are already looking forward to his next visit!

Mr. B reading to us a Fly Guy book

Dr. Quark Visits Academy School

Tuesday we attended an excellent science show by Dr. Quinton Quark from Slapstick Science.  It was a very funny educational presentation about chemistry....a science that tells us how substances react.  He taught the children that anytime you start with something and get something completely new that it is chemistry.  Dr. Quark, who was dressed as a very funny scientist,  included the whole audience in his program.

Dr. Quinton Quark

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kindergarten Fire Station #1

This week the dramatic play area was transformed from a campsite to the Kindergarten Fire Station #1 to go along with our new month long theme of community helpers, fire safety and personal safety.  It is so exciting!  The fire station has real fire helmets and jackets that were previously used by a fire department.  Pretend "fires" are placed around the room and when the fire bell rings the Kindergarten firefighters put the fires out.  It is so cute!  Throughout the month we will have a visit from a police officer and will visit our local fire station.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fitness Fun In PE

The kindergarteners are so lucky to have physical education with Mr. Johnson twice a week - on Wednesdays and Fridays.  PE is a time for the students to be active, have fun and learn new gross motor skills. This week a couple of the activities they did were learning how to jump rope and how to roll a ball with two hands. They also played a tag game called Spooky Gargoyle that was really fun!

Sitting in our "teams" listening to directions

jump rope girl!

It takes lots of skill to learn how to jump rope.

Still as a statue until the music starts.

Trying to tag Nick with the noodle.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One of the Kindergarteners favorite times of the week is going to "specials" - art, music, library and physical education. In art with Ms. Windle, one of their first projects of the year was reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and creating this amazing bulletin board display near the front of the building. 

Apple Prints

Our science focus for this month has been around the changing of the seasons.  Vermont is the perfect place to do this type of study!  We have been integrating art and literacy together.  The Kindergarteners created beautiful apple prints with some of the apples from our Green Mountain Orchard field trip.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Tree Observation

Today we went out into our school garden to look at the great maple tree that we are observing over the course of the year.  We can actually see this tree from our classroom window. We did our observational picture today.  It is amazing how their skills have improved in just a few weeks since our summer observational drawing. We have been spending lots of time talking about the differences we are observing between fall and summer.

our beautiful tree from the garden

examples of our observational drawings

These are some trees inside the courtyard we went to look at also.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Making Yummy Applesauce

On our field trip to Green Mountain Orchard, we picked LOTS of apples!  We worked together to help peel our apples to make applesauce.  Mr. Johnson was asked by the students to come help us and we were lucky enough that he had some free time. Today we had a chance to eat our  delicious snack.  It seemed even better because we made it!
Peeling apples
My hands are sticky!

Hard at work!

We Wrote A Word

We are so excited because we wrote our first word!!!  During Fundations, we have learned the letter-keyword-sound for b, f, i, m, n, t and u.  We have been talking about the difference between a vowel and a consonant.  We have also been working on our letter formation.  The Kindergarteners were so excited because we sounded out and wrote our first word... it!

Nurse Amy Visits Kindergarten

Nurse Amy came into the classroom to talk about the upcoming hearing and vision screenings that she will be doing. She taught them how to take both tests so that all of the children understand what is being expected of them.  They were very interested in her stethoscope so she let each of them hear their own heartbeat.