Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mystery Box!

         October is all about Pumpkins in Kindergarten!  This month we will be learning all kinds of neat things about pumpkins!  Today I introduced it to the kids in our Theme Study Mystery Box! 

         Earlier today I placed a pumpkin in the mystery box.  I wrote four clues and gathered the kids around on the rug to read them. 

         Clue Number 1:  It is round.
         Clue Number 2: It has a stem.
         Clue Number 3: It grows on a vine.
         Clue Number 4: It can be many colors.

Now after giving them time to think I asked the class for their ideas on what might be in the box.  I got a lot of great and interesting answers and we wrote them on our class anchor chart.  Take a look below!

After we brainstormed ideas on our class chart we all went back to our seats to complete our worksheet.  The worksheet asked the kids to draw what they think the object in the box might look like.  After we got done we all came back to the rug to share what we had drawn.  All the kids worked really hard on their drawings of the object!  After everyone had shared I read the clues again one more time.  I asked if anyone’s ideas may have changed.  No one changed their answer.  I asked the kids for a drumroll and I pulled out the Pumpkin!  They were all so surprised.  This is a lesson I’m going to enjoy doing them for every theme unit!  Take a look at our mystery box and clues below!

Fire Safety Week!

Today we got to have a presentation from the Orrington Fire Department!  They allowed us to come outside of school and see their fire truck and gear, as well as teach us about the duties of a fire fighter! All the kids got to climb into the fire truck and put on the headsets that the fire fighters wear to communicate while they are driving.  Everyone got to feel like a real fire fighter! 
This week is fire safety week.  Take time to discuss with your kids about the importance of fire safety!  Sit down together to create a family escape plan from your home in case you were to ever have a fire.  Talk to your kids about the importance of always having two ways out of your home and a family meeting place.  Make sure your kids know how important it is to stay low during a fire, and to check all doorways before opening them.  We will be discussing in class why we should be checking fire alarms once a month, how to call 911, and how to stop drop and roll.  These conversations are always important to have!  Take the time to make sure your Kindergartener is an expert on Fire Safety! 

Here are some pictures from today! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Hello Everyone!

I’m finding it so crazy to believe we have made it through our first month of Kindergarten!  The days are flying by!  This month has been a very busy month!  We have learned the rules and routines of the classroom, and we are working really hard on being the best learners we can be! 

This month has been a very busy month for me as I am still putting lots of fun things together for our classroom, and assessing many of the things we have been doing in Kindergarten.  This is everything from fine motor skills (holding a pencil, cutting, drawing), and comprehension of the task given.  While the kids had a lot of fun, I was able to make a list of things we can work on. 

I have completed most of our Math and Language Arts assessments and we have started to work on Reading, Writing, and Math Workshops.

Over the next couple weeks, we will be busy learning about all things October!  This includes: Leave changes, Pumpkins, Bats, Spiders, and Fire Safety!  We will begin our science unit on Pushes and Pulls, and in Math we will continue learning about counting and ways to count.  In Reading Workshop we will begin working on identifying letters, as well as what sounds these letters make.  We have been working on our rhyming too!  Have you ever seen a cat in a hat?  In Writers Workshop we will continue to work on our teaching pieces, and trying to add words to our writing! 

I’m very excited for the next month ahead of us! Below are some exciting pictures from the month of September!