Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gingerbread STEM Project Part 2

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 impressed 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!

Gingerbread STEM Project Part 1

This month 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!

coloring our gingerbread people

beginning to create our traps 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Stone Soup Celebration

Thank you to everyone for making our Stone Soup celebration such a success!  They worked so hard on organizing the event (invitations, hats, ingredients, etc) and the play and it was a great afternoon!  The Kindergarteners have been so looking forward to this day and I think everyone had a great time!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Culminating Math Activity

Recently we finished up our first module in the Engage NY math program.  The focus of the unit was about the number 1-10.  The students learned to not only identify and write those numbers, but to determine what is one more or one less than a specific number.  We also worked a lot on making combinations of numbers. Here are a few pictures of our culminating activity.

Our Trip To West Brattleboro Fire Station

We had a fabulous trip to the West Brattleboro Fire Station earlier this month!  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!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Fun!

Yesterday 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 looked around at all of the fabulous pumpkins and then had a small party. It was such a great day!

Emoji Fun!
Mr. Johnson dressed as a big baby!! It was so funny!

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

We are so lucky at Academy School to have many wonderful events and Halloween is no exception. The pumpkin decorating contest this year was amazing and competition was very fierce. Unfortunately we did not win this year, but we had lots of fun with our theme of emojis and happiness!  We were able to carve three big pumpkins, decorate our own paper plate emojis and small emoji pumpkins.  It was lots of fun!

Our Pumpkin  Contest Display

Ellen's Kindergarten Class
The Front Office display
The Cate In The Hat

Creating The Big Pumpkin
Kyle Hoard's 6th Grade display
6th Grade Winning Entry
Mt. Johnson's PE display

Mrs. Oliver's Allergy Awareness Entry

Friday, October 23, 2015

Police Officer Visits Kindergarten

Our month long study of community helpers began yesterday with a visit from Officer Lindsey from the Brattleboro Police Department.  The children were thrilled to learn all about what she does at work - there were lots of questions! Officer Lindsay also showed the Kindergarteners all of the tools she has on her belt and talked about how she uses each one of them. She stressed to them the importance of school and staying physically fit. We were so lucky to have her join us for part of the morning.  The Kindergarteners loved having her visit! 

Mr. Paciulli Reads To Us

Every Thursday Mr. Paciulli, our principal, comes in to read to the Kindergarteners.  It is such a wonderful time where the children not only get to spend quality time with him, but they also get to hear a book read aloud as well. Today he read a great fall book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Testing Out Our Shade Structures

Today we went outside and tested our shade structures. We used thermometers to check the temperature inside our structures and outside on the pavement. We found out their our monsters would stay cooler in the shade. It was a great learning experience!