Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Friday!

Please enjoy these pictures and videos from today!

 More can be found here!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lego City, Being Observer's, and Planting in Paper Towel

Today the Lego building exploded during math time. Children were working to create a city with multiple dimensions! Children designed cars, space ships, people, buildings, and amazing architecture.

During writing workshop today, children were observing their plants and then writing what they saw. We explored the idea that although there may not be a seed sprouting, there is still something to notice or see. 

After children wrote about what they saw in their pots, we changed our focus a bit. Today we planted seeds in damp paper towels inside plastic bags! The idea here is that we'll be able to see the changes as they start to form: the roots, the seed, and the sprout! 

Make sure to see all the pictures from today here!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday in the Woods!

We had a great time exploring the woods on this windy, Wednesday morning. Children noticed the (smaller) puddles, built forts, observed salamanders, and explored the changing environment!

When we came back inside, children had a chance to reflect on the pictures we took. Each child then had a chance to write about a moment from the woods in their journals. 

Children noticed that there were more seeds that had sprouted since yesterday:

See all the pictures from today here!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LittleBits Art Machine, Tinkering, Creating, and Counting

Today was a busy day in Kindergarten!

In math groups, children were counting and further exploring concepts of numbers. Children were using bugs as a tangible way to show their thinking around groups of numbers and putting them together. For example, a group of 10 bugs and a group of 3 bugs is 13 bugs; similarly, 13 bugs can be broken down into a group of 10 and a group of 3.

The missing piece for the LittleBits Art Machine came in today! Children worked with the pieces to create three different machines! 

Children checked in with their plants to discover that some seeds were starting to sprout above the soil! While others weren't there yet, this is still an exciting change for everyone to witness. 

There are lots more pictures and videos from today, check them out here!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Number Grouping, Book Shopping, and Observing the Plants

Happy Monday!

Our leader this week is Samson!

During math today we continued our work with counting and grouping numbers between 10 and 20. Children would represent the groups by coloring in a 10-frame, according to the number on their paper. 

During reading workshop today, children went book shopping. This is a chance for each child to exchange the books in their book bags for new ones. They will work with, and read through these books, for this week. By having a small number of books to explore, children have the chance to delve deep in their reading to learn or observe something new about each book. 

Children have been closely observing their plants today, as they have been here all alone over the weekend. We made sure to water them early on today! Children will continue to take close observations as their pots begin to sprout and change throughout the week. 

Here are some more pictures from today!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Minecraft, Coloring, Counting, and Sorting

Happy sunny Friday everyone!

During math we continued our work with counting and sorting. Children have been focusing on how to correctly write a number. We've been working on both the way a number is formed and the order numbers are written in.

During writing workshop, children made cards for Mr. D. Children wanted to let him know they're thinking of him, because he wasn't at school today. 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Skyping with Kindergarteners in Texas and How To Writing!

Happy Thursday!

Today during math children were counting numbers 10-20 and then writing those numbers. We focused on how to form and write numbers.

During writing workshop today we Skyped with a Kindergarten class from Texas, which we've been in contact with throughout the year. They had put out an invitation on Twitter, to ask them any questions about planting seeds because they are experts! We took them up on their offer, and asked them, "How you grow plants in Texas?" 
During our Skype session they told us three key components to planting seeds: put the seed in the soil, water the seed every day, and make sure it has sunlight! Children used these ideas to write their own books on how to plant a seed. Children then followed their directions to plant their own seeds! 

See more pictures from today here!