Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Parade

Today 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 at all of the pumpkin displays and had a great party.  Thank you to all the parents that attended and donated pumpkins and cider.  It was such a great day!

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating 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 which was a story that the children wrote themselves!  It was truly amazing!  It was lots of fun!

Our Halloween Story

Our Halloween Display

The Kitchen's Display

Ricky's Display

Mr. Johnson's Display

The Office Display

Ms. Windle's display

Carving Our Pumpkin

This morning we worked together to carve our Halloween pumpkin!  We had to work really hard to make sure the light would shine through the sides!

Making Pumpkin Pie

For the first time ever the Kindergarteners asked if they could bake pumpkin pies.  First, we wrote a book about how to make pumpkin pie.  The recipes are hysterical!  The next day we learned how to make pumpkin pies the correct way. We had such a fun time cooking together and the pies were delicious!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fun With Fall Leaves

Over the last week we have been talking about why leaves change color.  On Friday, we did this really cool science meets art project (STEAM).  The kids thought it was so cool as they watched their plain white coffee filter turn into a beautiful autumn leaf.  It was really easy and something you could do at home. The leaves turned out beautiful and are hanging on our windows in the classroom.

First we made a circle of color using a marker on our coffee filter leaf.

Next, we folded it in half three times and dipped just the end in water.

We waited and watched as the color traveled all the way to the ends of the leaf.

Then, we took it out and unfolded our beautiful fall leaves!

Fall Tree Observation

During the past two weeks 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.  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.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Do Apples Sink or Float?

On Friday we made predictions about whether we thought an apple would sink or float.  The Kindergarteners were split in their predictions, but were super excited to see that an apple floats.  We then read the book Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen and decided to see if we could use an apple as a boat to hold plastic bears.  It was so fun to see the kids get so excited watching their apple boat!

Apple Structures STEM

This week we continued our apple theme and created apple structures.  The Kindergarteners were only given the directions that they needed to create a structure using an apple and toothpicks.  The students cut up the apple in small pieces and used their imagination to build.