Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Special Gingerbread Man Read Aloud

Mr. Paciulli and Mrs. Dias 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! Have a wonderful holiday break!!

Our First Secret Reader Of The Year

Monday we had our first secret reader of the year and it was a huge surprise!!  An aunt came all the way from Virginia to read us the book Build, Dog, Build by James Horvath.  This book is a favorite book of her nephew's and the class loved it!

Holiday Fun

This week we had so much fun!  We did so many fantastic things! Each day brought something wonderful and special for us to do! The other day we made reindeer hats and wore them to all school sing with out jingle bell necklaces. Tomorrow is pajama day! We watched holiday movies and just had a great time together!!  Enjoy the holidays!

Behind the scenes: holiday ornament making

Here is a look behind the scenes look at the making of your holiday ornament gift....sparkling snowflakes!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Behind The Scenes: Holiday Card Making

Each child made a beautiful holiday card for their family and wrote them a special message inside!

Glitter, Glitter, Glitter....... Everywhere

Ornament making session with the Kindergarteners!!!  They took pinecones, glue and tons of glitter and made the most beautiful ornaments to bring home to their families! And yes....the glitter is really everywhere!!

Gingerbread STEM Project

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!

Making Cookies For The Animals

Sarah completed her internship with a week of solo teaching which included a great project!  She combined our love of the woods and helping animals prepare for the winter.  The class worked together to make birdseed cookies to hang in the woods for the animals.

Monday, November 20, 2017

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 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!

Captain Carignan Visits Us

Our month long study of community helpers continued  with a visit from Captain Mark Carignan from the Brattleboro Police Department.  The children were thrilled to learn all about what he does at work - there were lots of questions! Captain Carignan also showed the Kindergarteners all of the tools he has on his belt and talked about how he uses each one of them. He stressed to them the importance of school and how reading and writing is a big part of his job. We were so lucky to have him join us for part of the morning.  The Kindergarteners loved having him visit!

Vermont State Police Visit

John Waitekus from the Vermont State Police came to our classroom to talk about being a police officer.  We were able to ask him lots of questions about how he became an officer and what skills he needed.  The highlight of his time with us was being able to sit in his new cruiser and see all the things inside.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween

Yesterday we celebrated Halloween at Academy School!  We walked in a parade to show off our fabulous costumes! We had a chance to look at all of the entries in the pumpkin contest and had a popcorn party. So much fun!

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 the book "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!  We were able to carve two big pumpkins and paint alphabet letters on many others.  It was lots of fun!

Visiting The New West Brattleboro Fire Station

We had a fabulous trip to the new West Brattleboro Fire Station!  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 look around the new station. We had a great time!

Forest Kindergarten: Fort Building

We have moved on from building fairy houses into some bigger projects...fort building!!  So much fun!

Goodbye To The Old West Brattleboro Fire

We were lucky enough to witness history and watch as they tore down the old West Brattleboro Fire Station.  The kids loved watching the big trucks working!