Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Pumpkin Day!

We were reading, writing and thinking about pumpkins all week! After learning about the rocker balance in math, we tried to think of things that were heavier and lighter than our pumpkin. We took our pumpkin to the nurse's office to get it weighed and we were surprised to see that it weighed 13 pounds!!

After waiting all week, today was our day to carve the pumpkin! For many of us, it was our very first time to have such an experience. Mrs. Beiter had a special tool that could cut the pumpkin but would not cut us! We rolled up our sleeves, used our muscles and got to work! First we cut a lid. Then we had to scoop out all of the "guts" and seeds. We learned that the "guts" are actually called pulp.

 After we washed the seeds, we sprayed them with butter, added some salt and cooked them in a little oven. We all tried the seeds. Then we made a list of who liked to eat them and who did not. Some people didn't think they would like them but changed their minds after they tasted them. They were delicious!!

We then took turns carving the face onto our jack-o-lantern while we illustrated our pumpkin books.

Just as we finished our fun activities, Mrs. Lundy surprised us with a special fall snack that we all enjoyed! Thank you for thinking of us Mrs. Lundy!  It made the perfect end to a perfect day!  :)

A new assistant for Mr. Michaels??!

Does Mr. Michaels need a new assistant? Have we got the guy for the job! His name is Charlie. He works hard, he knows a lot about numbers and he is quite the snazzy dresser!!

With the elections coming up soon, I vote for Charlie as the "Mayor of Kindergaren"! 

Thursday was Twin Day!

Keith and Alexander were so excited to see that they were twins for the day! Not only did they dress the same, but they were both also hard workers, kind to their friends, and good role models!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Kindergarten News

We have started writer's workshop!  Said Margo

Today is apple crunch day! said Katherine

We were working with the rocker balance in math today! said Quaseer

We have been having lots of fun at ABC ! said Keith

We can count backwards from ten to one! said Charlie, Kenny and Daron

We had fun at computer  lab. said Henry

We are going to carve our pumpkin on Friday!!! said Emma

We have been reading lots of stories about pumpkins. said Johanna

There is always something exciting going on in kindergarten!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our First Interactive Blogging Experience as a Class!

We  can  count  by 10's  up  to  100!

10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90   100!

We  went  to  our  1st  A.B.C.  with  Mr. V. yesterday!

We  had  lots  of  fun  at  all  of  the stations! 

We  go  to  A.B.C.  on  Day  3. 

We wrote this blog together as a class at the computer lab. I asked the students what they wanted to share with their parents about what we have been doing in school, and this is what they came up with as a class. The were very excited to see their words and ideas up on the large Smart Board in our computer lab. We will now be going to the computer lab after lunch on Day 4 to add our "kindergarten happenings" to our classroom blog. Be sure to come back often to check it out! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Money, money money!

Today we used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at old nickels and the new nickels. We noticed that Thomas Jefferson looked different on the new nickel. We could see the front of his face on the new nickel and his profile on the old one. We had fun sorting the coins to match the coins on the trays. We had to look carefully to tell the difference between our silver coins. 

The other day, we used the magnifying glasses to look at pennies. It was fun to see the year that these pennies were made. We could even see the statue of Abraham Lincoln on the back of the penny! 

We worked on our money rhymes so we can remember how much each coin is worth:
Penny, penny, easily spent. Copper brown and worth one cent!

Nickel, nickel, thick and fat. You're worth five cents. I know that! 

Here are a few ideas for working with money at home
1. Have your child sort coins into piles of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
2. Help your child count their coins by ones, fives or tens.
3. Give you child simple chores they can do to earn coins.
4. When your child earns $1.00, take hime to the dollar store to buy a special treat!