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Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Character Pumpkin Design Contest

These pumpkins are amazing!! What a great example of the Design Process:
  • Imagining
  • Planning
  • Designing
  • Improving 
  • Sharing

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Spelling City

Spelling City is a website and an app that can be used to practice spelling, vocabulary and sight words. Scholars use it on their iPads at school and it is a great way to practice our kindergarten sight words at home. The directions for accessing our class lists on a PC or laptop are below. If you are using an iPad, there is an app and the kids know how to access the list within the app.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

We Give Books




We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online. For every book read online, a book is donated to a deserving organization, school, child. 2,469,963 books have been read so far!
There are books are for all age groups and there hundreds of books to choose from. Why not add 'We Give Books' to your child's daily reading routine? Simply follow the link below to the site, click JOIN (you only need an email and password - it's free) and read a book with your child.

We Give Books

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Meet Rusty!

Rita has adopted a new dog, Rusty. Thanks to Hunter V. and his dad for their hard work to plan, design and create a pet for Rita.
Rusty is made from all recycled materials: a milk jug (body), coffee can (head), water bottle top (nose), bathroom tissue rolls (legs and tail), eyes and ears (scrap paper) and aluminum can tabs (leash).  I think he is perfect!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Teaching Self Control

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to teach kindergarteners self control. They ARE five and I do hold very high expectations for classroom citizenship. The other day I was reading a blog that I follow and the teacher shared an idea for bringing the very abstract idea of 'self control' down to a very concrete level for kinder kids. I tried it today.

I explained that self control is when you really WANT to do something but decide that maybe here and now is not the best time to do it. For example, you might want to play during lunch but decide to wait until recess for that. Or, you might want to run down the hall at dismissal time but decide to wait until you get home to run in the yard. Or you might want to talk out in class but realize that it would disturb the others so you decide not to. As is true with all skills, they need to be practiced. So, I told the kids I was going to blow bubbles all around them and they had to 'practice' self control by not grabbing or popping the bubbles... even though they wanted to. (I assured them that at the end we would have some crazy time and I would allow them to grab and pop!)

They did a great job at practicing self control! Check out these pics.

I have a few other ideas for fun ways to practice self control and can't wait to try them.


I ♥ My Interactive Whiteboard

We are so fortunate to have so much technology available to us in our classroom. One of the technology tools I love is the interactive whiteboard. It's one of those things that is so engaging to the kids that it makes my job easier. I use it during instruction and it is also a learning station in the classroom.The kids really love 'the magic pen'!
These pics were taken this morning. The scholars were working on rhyming words, beginning sounds and ending sounds.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Friday Assembly

What an inspirational Friday Assembly we had!! Our campus welcomed special guests from the US Armed Forces.  
Col Tim Raynor, United States Marine Corps spoke to us about the pillars of citizenship: Integrity, Honor, Responsibility and Selfless Behavior. He then introduced Medal of Honor Recipient, Bruce Crandall, Major, U.S. Army, Retired who served in Vietnam. There are only 78 living Medal of Honor recipients so having Major Crandall was a huge honor. We also welcomed USMC hero dog, Lucca. She is now retired after serving in the United States Marine Corps for six years. 
Check out this link for more info on Lucca:  USMC Hero Dog Lucca
We were also treated to a closing song from country recording artist Phil Vandal who spoke to us about how he 'gives back' through his music.








Graphing in Kindergarten

Our Math curriculum in kindergarten calls for scholars to:
  • collect, sort and organize data into categories based on attributes
  • create graphs 
  • draw conclusions from graphs
These were our learning goals last week. Each day I introduced a Voki to engage scholars in a graphing challenge. Scholars responded to the challenges by creating real graphs, pictographs, graphs made from math cubes and finally they used the Doodle Buddy app on their iPads to show data on a graph. Scholars used the vocabulary more, less, most, least, many more and in all to compare and draw conclusions about the graph.

Lollipop Graph Voki
                                                      


Pet Shop Graph Voki





Bakery Graph Voki





Toy store Graph Voki