Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jump Rope for Heart!

We had our Jump Rope for Heart celebration today!  Kindergarteners had a blast jumping rope and playing games for a full 45 minutes to get their hearts pumping!
We are HEART healthy!  There were plenty of smiles by the end of it all.

Hooray for healthy hearts and fun!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March comes in like a lion...

...and out like a lamb!"

The month of March brings a lot of different weather patterns (as we have already seen!).  On Friday, we read "In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb" by Marion Dane Bauer to help us learn all about lion (rough, wintery, cold) and lamb (calm, spring-like, mild) weather.  After our read aloud, we made our very own lions!  We'll make our lambs next week with the hope for warmer weather!

Happy March!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Welcome Back!

It was SO nice to see everyone back after the long break!  
We had a SUPERSTAR day in Room 32...sharing kindness and showing HEART! 

Here are some beautiful snapshots of positive peer relationships and collaboration during Explore time today.  Enjoy and smile!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tooth Tutor Visit!

February is Children's Dental Health month! 

To help us celebrate dental health month, our tooth tutor, Ms. Tracy, came to teach us all about visiting the dentist and taking care of our teeth! 

Ms. Tracy even let us try on what hygienists wear to clean kids' teeth:

June tried on a bib that all kids wear when they visit the dentist!

We learned that kids have 20 teeth before they start getting their adult teeth.

Then, we got to practice proper brushing techniques. We made sure to get all the sides of each tooth and don't forget the tongue!  We want our teeth to last forever!

Ms. Tracy also told us a special secret about the tooth fairy...ask your child what it is!

Thank you for visiting and giving us each a toothbrush, Ms. Tracy!

Happy Brushing!

  Click HERE for some books you can read with your child all about teeth!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Project Based Learning: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Sturdy Bridge!

During the week of February 5th, Kindergarteners embarked on their first project-based learning experience!  The project was inspired by the folktale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff; this is a tale that has become a coveted favorite in our classroom through numerous read alouds and Reading Workshop time.

Students were challenged to create a bridge strong enough to support all three billy goats gruff (three different weights) with the driving question:  How can we build a bridge strong enough to allow the goats to cross?

Kindergarteners worked in small groups to ultimately meet this challenge, using a variety of everyday materials, including items such as paper towel rolls, index cards, cardboard, tape, glue, and string.

Bridges were tested using three different weights (pennies)!  

Kindergarteners were incredibly appropriate and engaged, as they collaborated with one another to create a bridge, test it, and make revisions, if necessary.  Kindergarteners showed persistence and used expected partner/team language skills, all while exercising their creativity and critical thinking skills!  We have some superstar engineers in Room 32, that is for sure!