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!

Natural Playground

We were lucky enough to have a new natural playground go in on our playground.  There are so many fun things to play on! We can't wait to get to use it more once it is completed!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Patriots Fans!

When your teacher is a Patriots try hard to make her happy!

Fairy House Fun

For the past two weeks we have been combining our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math time)  and our Forest Kindergarten time and making fairy houses. We created fairy houses that would protect a fairy and keep predators out.  Here are some pictures from building...

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. For various reasons this year our tree doesn't look very beautiful.  I took them into the courtyard to see another tree so they could remember how beautiful the fall leaves can be. We did our observational picture for the books we are creating.  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 Tree In The Garden

The Tree In The Courtyard

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.  Our snack was so delicious!  It seemed even better because we made it!

Ten Apples Up On Top STEM challenge

We read the book Ten Apples On Top by Dr. Seuss. It is a really funny book about animals who challenge each other to stack apples on the top of their heads.  After our orchard trip last week, we had lots of apples to try a STEM many apples can you stack on top of the table and then on your head? They had such a fun time doing today's challenge!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our Trip To Green Mountain Orchard

Today was our field trip to Green Mountain Orchard in Putney.  We had the BEST time!!  There were so many things to do and see.  We took a hay ride around the orchard. We had a cider doughnut and apple cider for snack.  We had fun picking lots and lots of apples!  We took a hike around the orchard, visited the horses, had a picnic lunch and picked out a small pumpkin to bring home. Thank you so much to all the parents and siblings that went with us.  It was a terrific day!