Whew! It’s been awhile but we’ve figured out the picture glitch and now we’re back in action. So, get comfortable for a big update about our activities lately!
We had a glorious day at the Audubon Center in Huntington. The weather was fantastic and the program didn’t disappoint. We participated in the “Critter Construction” experience and learned a lot about how animals build and maintain their homes. We made some critter homes of our own – squirrel nests and beaver lodges to be exact. We went on a hike to see if we could spot some of those homes in the wild and we even met a salamander named, Yo-yo. Finally, we dined al fresco at the picnic tables. Many thanks to our drivers and chaperones on the trip – we couldn’t have done it without you!
In our Outdoor Classroom, we’ve had fun noticing the changes in our “sit spot” as we slide into fall. The children were “knighted” with their forest names for the year. Each child is given an animal with a fun adjective to adopt as their forest name for our Timber Tuesdays and Forest Fridays. You should ask your child if he/she can remember it! We’ve begun moving some wood for the winter fires and building new structures. We’ve found Wooly Bears, spiders, and seen lots of chipmunk activity these days. We took some of our math and literacy work outdoors in the last few weeks. We’ve practiced some letters and sounds. We have also used all the gorgeous falling leaves to connect with our calendar pattern for October in math. You can see some of the patterns we made using leaves in the following pictures. Finally, we had our October 4 Winds session yesterday and we learned about seeds. We learned how they move, how they are made and we even ate some seeds – YUM!
We’ve been learning a lot about cycles lately – the Butterfly Cycle, the Apple Cycle – and we’ve learned a new one in the last few weeks – The Writing Cycle. Following Sylvan’s suggestion, we adopted a name for our Writer’s Workshop sessions! Introducing….The Super Awesome Writer’s Squad!! The parts of the cycle are shown on the poster below. And the pictures that follow are what writing looks like in action in our classroom. So far, we’ve all completed the cycle at least once with a piece of writing. Our writer’s workshop times have been really amazing. Children are engaged in showing their ideas on paper using mostly pictures but some are even adding labels and a few sentences. We are using our helpful tools to search and to apply letters/sounds to our drawings. You can see a few friends consulting their handy “alphabet tools” and our word wall to help them along. In writer’s workshop, we are working on becoming and carrying on as independent and capable writers. If we get stuck, we stop, think and try again – we never give up or complain to our table mates. Additionally, when we are done with a piece, we are learning to go back and revise – make sure we added all the “things” (details) to make our writing clear and understandable. We tell ourselves “When you think you’re done, you’ve only just begun – try adding to the picture or adding to the words!” When I picked the children up from Art class on Wednesday, Mrs. Joy told me that when they were painting, the children were teaching her that “when you think you are done, you’ve only just begun” can even work in painting projects!
In reading and literacy, we are busy establishing our Kindergarten groups and Reader’s Workshop routines. We are learning letters and sounds, comparing the letters in our names, organizing the alphabet on our word wall, adding words like “I” and “see” to that wall for future reference, and we even wrote a book together about what we see at Robinson School. “See” if you can guess the content of the book by looking over the pictures below. Some of the photos also show us painting to find our names written in invisible ink! What fun we are having as we learn and grow together.
I hope you made it to the end of this L-O-N-G post! Have a great weekend with your Kindergartner and family!
Important Dates to Remember:
10/16 & 10/17 — Parent Conferences held after school from 3-7pm. I am looking forward to meeting with you all. If you need to change your time or can’t make it after all, please let me know as soon as you can so we can reschedule.
10/19 & 20 – NO SCHOOL
10/23 – LATEST – Book Orders due
10/31 – Halloween Parade and Party – 2:00
11/3 – Inservice day for teachers – NO SCHOOL
11/8 – Early Release Day
11/22 -24 – Thanksgiving Break