Friday, April 14, 2017

ASCD Conference

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the ASCD conference in Anaheim, California with our principal Mr. Paciulli and a group of my colleagues.  We had the amazing fortune of hearing experts in the field of education speak and network with educators from across the country.





Another Visit From BEEC

Joan from BEEC, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, came in and worked with our Kindergarten around the science topic pushes and pulls. They looked at the ways that animals use pushes and pulls in their environment.  The kids did many fun science experiments!
















Another Great Secret Reader!

We had another really fun secret reader the other day!  This mom read the book The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss.  It is such a classic story.  The Kindergarteners loved it!  Thank you so much for coming to read to us!






Secret Reader Fun!

A short time ago, we had a mom come in to read to the class.  She read one of our Kindergarten classes very favorite book - One by Kathryn Otoshi.  The class really loves this book and enjoyed hearing it again.










Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pushes and Pulls

This week we started a science unit on force and motion.  We covered the following key concepts:
An object starts to move when there is a force. A force is a push or a pull Forces always happen between 2 or more object. A push is a force that moves something away from the pusher. A pull is a force that moves something towards the puller. We did many different science experiments to help learn these key concepts.




Secret Reader Fun!

Last week we had another secret reader come in!  She read the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss!  It is such a funny book!  The students LOVED it!  The kids are having such a great time trying to guess the clues!



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tapping A Tree

We were so lucky to have Heidi Pancake's dad come in and tap a maple tree for us out in the courtyard.  We were able to watch him drill the hole and put in the tap.  We had to hang the bucket up really quickly because the sap started to run right out!







Another Secret Reader

This week we had a big kid friend secret reader.  That was so fun!  He read us the book Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems. He gave each character a funny voice!



MIndfullness

We have been working hard over the last two weeks around the idea of being mindful. We used the books  The Dot  and ...Ish  by Peter H. Reynolds and also Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. As a group we brainstormed lots of things that we could not do YET,  but also all of the things we can do.  We made fantastic bulletin board highlighting all of our art work and our thinking around this topic.  When you come in for conferences make sure to stop and take a look!



Secret Reader Fun!

Last week we had a Grammie come in and be our secret reader.  She read us several funny books. We had such a fun time listening to them!



Friday, February 17, 2017

Post Office Field Trip

Yesterday we went on a walking field trip to the West Brattleboro Post Office.  There was lots of snow on the ground, but the sidewalks were plowed so we were able to make it!  The Kindergartners each wrote a letter to their families, purchased a stamp from Holly and mailed it.  We got to cancel our stamp, get a tour of the post office and helped Holly wait on the customers.  It was a great time!









100th Day Of School

This  we celebrated the 100th day of school! It is a huge milestone in the primary grades.  We talked about how we have become 100 days smarter since the first day of school.  One thing that we did was to find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. This was a delicious and fun way to practice counting! We were so busy having fun I forgot to take pictures...ooops!


Cooking With Bonny - Chocolate Pudding

This was our 6th and final visit from Bonny. She read Kiss The Cow by Phyllis Root and talked about dairy and why it’s important to drink/eat it.  Then we made Greek Yogurt Chocolate Pudding. We learned so much from her and her visits will be missed!




Valentine's Day Fun!

Wow, what a day!   The Kindergartners had such fun opening all of their valentine cards and celebrating with treats this afternoon!  Thank you to all the parents who organized the party! It was such a special day to share together with the ones we love!





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Winter Walking Begins

Academy School has begun their Winter Walking program to encourage physical fitness during the cold winter months.  Each class or individual walks laps around the school building or the playground. We have begun a new way to keep track of the laps.  Each child wears an ID tag with a barcode and scans it by the Ipad after every lap.   That is fantastic for Kindergarten!  My students are very excited about this program....the individual and class prizes are also a great incentive.


Our Literacy Breakfast

Yesterday we had a wonderful literacy breakfast!  Thank you so much to all of the parents and grandparents who attended this event! Each child was given a copy of Over and Under The Snow by Kate Messner and enjoyed breakfast in the classroom.  It was so exciting to have our families here to spend time with us!









Cooking With Bonny - Hawaiian Lettuce Wraps

Bonny - Read the book I will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child and we talked about foods in the Protein group including beans, eggs, meat and fish.  We then made Hawaiian Lettuce Wraps. The kids LOVED them so much!!!