Things We’ve Learned since February Break, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Problem Solvers and Changing Perspectives

We’ve hit the ground running since returning from our February vacation. Here is what your children said about what they’ve learned so far:

Cole: I learned how to measure things using a snowball ruler.

Sylvan: I learned that we can make different connections; text-to-text and text-to-self when we read.

Raein: I learned how to draw a hexagon.

Cameron: I learned how to draw 3-D shapes. I liked drawing the cube.

Heaven: I learned about drawing castles in Art. We used cray-pas and paint.

Marleigh: I learned about compound words. They are two words that make one word – like “sea” and “weed.” You put it together and you get one – “seaweed!”

Lennox: I learned about beginning sounds in words.


During the first week in March, we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Some schools do campus-wide activities to celebrate this Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss is such a widely read author and we love the silly word play he employs! We had our own little Dr. Seuss celebration. We read Green Eggs and Ham and made a tic-tac-toe game for it. We read Cat in the Hat and made hats just like the cat. We read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and made goldfish graphs and munched on goldfish crackers. Fostering a life-long love of reading is one of my favorite parts of teaching!


In math, we have participated in a few “Problem Solver” experiences this year through our Math Menu Workshop. Over the past few weeks, we used the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a jumping off point to organizing data. Children had to organize and to record the items eaten by the caterpillar into categories – “Healthy” and “Not Healthy.” It was fun to see how they chose to record their ideas. Then, we did the task as a whole group. Here are a few ways we came up with to organize the items in the story:

We are so lucky to have Amy and Ms. Cynthia teaching us from the “Changing Perspectives” Curriculum. You can read about it here:


Finally, we have been having an AMAZING amount of fun in the Outdoor Classroom – again! With this week’s early release on Friday, we went out in the morning so we wouldn’t miss it. We even had a “fresh off the campfire” popcorn snack – YUM! As an aside, we are running low on firewood, so, check the sign up genius to see if you can fill a slot! Here’s the link to the sign up and thank you in advance:



Many thanks for coming in for Parent Conferences this week, too! It was so exciting to meet with all of you to share about all the growth and learning that your children have accomplished so far this year. Kindergartners are the best! I love to share about all the reading, writing, math and community skills that your children are building each day! Along with the check sheets about literacy and math I gave you at conferences, the formal report card will come home on Friday 3/16.


Dates to remember:

3/22 – Shelburne Museum Field Trip – leaving around 8:30 and returning after lunch – PLEASE return the permission slip and the admission fee by 3/15. And don’t forget to pack a lunch if you indicate that on your slip.

3/23 – Book Order Due – online or paper form

3/29 – Early Release

3/30 – Inservice Day for Teachers – No school for children

4/2 – No School for current Kindergarten Students – K Registration day for incoming students

Looking Ahead:

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us for either of these trips! They are always amazing!

5/2 -Flynn Theater Trip to see Machine De Cirque (K-6) – 9:30 show

5/11 – Flynn Theater Trip to see Dragons Love Tacos (K-2) – 9:30 show



100 Days Smarter, Valentine’s Party and Fun in the Woods!

We’ve had lots of fun in the snow in the outdoor classroom lately! Serious fun! Lots of sliding, sledding, digging, building and climbing. It has been a super fun season in the woods so far. We hope for more snow before winter calls it quits but it looks like the temps are going to be in the forties and beyond this week so we can just hope for the best. Look at all these gleeful learners exploring the world together. So much joy right here!


We celebrated the 100th Day of School by writing about what we could do if we were 100 and what we could not do if we were 100 years old. See the results below. I love the drawings they did of themselves as older folks – many laugh lines, reading glasses, and receding hair lines. Adorable!


Here are some pictures from our Valentine’s Day Party! We decorated sugar cookies and had a blast sharing cards. Many, many thanks for all of the supplies you sent in so we could have a super fun event. The Cochran’s group had to eat and run, but, they seemed to handle it just fine!


We participated in some STEM activities for the 100th Day Celebration, too! We built towers with 100 Dixie cups, made the number 100 with Legos, designed glasses with 100 glittery pipe cleaners, made towers with play dough and 100 toothpicks, created a tower with 100 cookies (and managed not to eat them!) and used 100 pattern blocks to make a party hat!

Please let me know if you need to change your conference time as soon as you can so that we can meet!

Hope you all had a lovely break!

Upcoming Dates to remember:

3/5 Parent Conferences, 3:00-7:00

3/7 Parent Conferences, 3:00-7:00

3/9 Early Release


3/16 Report Cards Sent Home

Fun Making Words in the Forest, School-Wide Worming Celebration and 4 Winds


Hi Families,

Here’s a quick update about our work lately! We just had a super fun and interesting 4 Winds on Friday about Galls – like the one that Sylvan is investigating in the photo below. We had a lot of fun classifying and exploring galls on different plants. We weren’t able to go out for Timber Tuesday or Forest Friday last week, so, on Friday we went out for about 45 minutes before our 4 Winds session. It was well worth it – there’s lots of snow and a cool ice path that the kids LOVED!


Here are some pictures of the ice that had taken over the outdoor classroom – we had to walk in the back door of the classroom from the playground side since everything was sheer ice! However, ice never got us down as you can see from the smiling faces!



Last week, we participated in a school-wide activity to celebrate earning a whole lot of “wormlings” in the last few weeks! We worked with our Book Buddies from Mrs. Beecher’s class to make snowmen that tell about how to “Respect Ourselves,” “Respect the School,” and “Respect Everybody.” The kids LOVED the activity and the school looks so festive with all the colorful snowmen decorating the halls.



Two weeks ago, we brought our sight words outside and practiced reading them with our friends. Then, we wrote them in the fresh snow using food coloring! Super fun way to reinforce skills we are learning in the classroom.

Send back those Parent Conference Sign up Sheets as soon as you can so we can get those scheduled. Thanks!

Hope you are all doing well!


Dates to remember:

2/7  – Early Release

2/15 – Valentine’s Day Party

2/16 – Book Orders Due – online or paper forms

2/19-2/23 – February Vacation week

2/26 – School Resumes

3/5 – Parent Conferences, 3:00-7:00

3/7 – Parent Conferences, 3:00-7:00

3/9 – Early Release

4/2 – In-coming Kindergarten Registration – No School for Current K students



Happy 2018!!

Greetings, Families!

I hope this new year finds you doing well and finding some goodness in all of this frigid weather. The snow this afternoon is pretty – I hope it sticks and the temps stick above zero! It’s been hard to get outside for Tuesdays and Fridays since our start back!

We started our year by making a goal that we’d like to accomplish this year. We decorated a self-portrait. They turned out really cute! Here’s a list of what we’d like to do this year.

Heaven: I want to get better at riding a horse better.

Raein: I want to get better at not hurting myself.

Lennox: I want to get better at drawing.

Cameron: I want to learn how to tell time on the analog clock.

Ava: I want to learn how to read.

Marleigh: I want to learn how to fly and how to cook in the oven.

Sylvan: I want to get better at drawing Dogman.

Cole: I want to learn how to drive a snowmobile.

Autumn: I want to get better at drawing.



Since it was raining cats and dogs last Friday, we did our 4 Winds lesson about “Animals in Winter.” It was a lot of fun to act like we were hibernating, migrating, or going dormant. We also created some dried grasses arrangements. Many thanks to our fearless leaders – Andrea, Mary and John.



We had a super time outside on Tuesday. It was so fun to play in the snow. We even wrote some words with food coloring in the snow and found lots of animal tracks. As you  can see, the big rock has some ice these days and it is perfect for sliding! We have some video clips from our sliding but you have to “upgrade” the blog to be able to support video clips and the free WordPress site is more in my price range?! I will try to send some of the clips via email so you can see them!

Hope you are all doing well.


Here are some dates to remember:

Friday 1/19 – Book Orders due – via Scholastic Website or paper forms which were sent home before vacation.

Monday 1/22 – NO SCHOOL for students – In service for Teachers

Wednesday 1/31 – Fundraiser at Bluebird BBQ in Burlington to Benefit the Cochran’s Ski Program

February Vacation Week 2/19-2/23

School Resumes: 2/26

One more thing…

Here are some pictures from their work in the Art Room with Miss Joy!




Amazing Writing and Tai Chi in Kindergarten. Our trip to the ECHO Center in Burlington and construction in the Outdoor Classroom. All this and a Holiday Party, too!

Hi Families!

I hope this reaches you in some cozy place – man it is COLD outside! Even this gal doesn’t want to go skiing. I’m not as tough as my boys – they are covered up and on the hill. Though there’s no end in sight for this cold, here are some fun memories to keep you warm and give you something to do!



We have been working really hard on writing this first half of the year. Now that we’ve got the hang of where the pictures go, how to make the labels and add details in sentences and in pictures, we’re moving on. Lately, we’ve been practicing things like – spacing between words, stretching out and writing all the sounds we hear in words, and adding punctuation. Here’s Sylvan’s “Weekend News” story about going to Wesley’s party. He and his classmates are working hard to make sure their writing is clear and understandable to their audience. Keep up the great work! I can’t wait to see all the “Vacation News” stories that emerge on the page next week!


This fall, we received notification that our project, “Tai Chi for All Seasons,” was generously funded by the 5 Towns Friends of The Arts. The project centers around teaching our Kindergarten students about the basics of Tai Chi and then inviting community members in to join us in the practice. I thought it might be a cool intersection of K skills like self control and being grounded in our bodies with our connection to nature through the Outdoor Classroom and with the greater, 5 Town community. Many of us were excited to learn the connection of Tai Chi to the Martial Arts. Ask your child to show you “ward off” that is part of the sequence that Andreas taught us.

While we’d hoped to do the sessions for the winter outdoors, it was just too cold. So, we had our first session with teacher, Andreas Landolt of Lincoln in our classroom. The children did a wonderful job with such a still, quiet and controlled activity. It was so awesome to learn. We will practice again with Andreas in April and June. We’d love to have you come to join us for those next sessions, so we will keep you posted as we get closer! If you have any connection to the 5 Towns Friends of the Arts – please pass along your gratitude for their support of our project and the others in our community! We couldn’t have done this without their generous support. And, if you are so inclined, support their mission with your time and/or money so they can continue their work.


AS you can see from the photos, we had a really awesome time at ECHO! The children had a blast building, exploring, learning and working together throughout the day. It was a really fun time. Thanks so much to our brave chaperones for joining us!

Last year, we wrote a proposal to the Otter Creek Audubon Society to grant us funding to build and to install a trail head kiosk in our Outdoor Classroom. We were so honored and humbled to be chosen by the organization and awarded over six hundred dollars toward our vision. As with most good projects, it took a village to make it come to life. Myriah Cogswell was a supportive and creative mind who helped envision and sketch our idea. Peg Casey was instrumental in connecting the dots of materials and skilled builders. With the great eye and skills, Keegan Tierney built and led installation of the kiosk. Many thanks to Erik Vose and Peter Lake for supplying the good humor and sweat equity on a chilly day in busy December to get the kiosk in the ground. It is so beautiful and we couldn’t have done it without any of these amazing folks. We hope it to be a hub of communication, showcasing and learning for our school and the community.


Finally, who doesn’t love a party as a send off to vacation? We had a total blast making bird feeders, baking muffins and enjoying hot chocolate by the fire pit. It was a bit cold but we were so happy to be celebrating together outside.

Hope you are all enjoying some down time. I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and fun 2018!

Thanks for sharing your amazing children with me!


Globe Trot Scott, Building and Moving in the Forest and a Visit from the Firefighters

Hello Families!

I hope you are all doing well and have enjoyed a nice weekend. This can be such a busy time of year, so, I hope you can find some rest and relaxation along the way.

This past week was busy and fun. We visited Mexico, Sweden and Israel with our magical friend, Globe Trot Scott. The children are really loving learning and traveling around the world. They are taking great delight in locating each country on their map, enjoying sweet treats (chocolate coins from Israel) and creating fun crafts – like our Tomten from Sweden. Many thanks for sending in all of the goodies to make this possible.


We also had a visit from the Starksboro Firefighter Team and we talked a lot about Fire Safety at home. The children really liked trying on the gear and seeing the awesome truck.



Finally, we had a blast outside on Friday! We practiced the positional words from our math calendar pieces by playing a game where a bear goes around a tree, under a tree and through a tree. The children also made their own bear puppets that they could practice the concepts on their own in the woods. Finally, we made a super solid lean-to type structure and even covered the roof with leaves. It was awesome!

Dates to remember:

Tuesday 12/12 & 12/15 – Tai Chi in the Outdoor Classroom – sponsored by a grant funded by 5 Towns Friends of the Arts

Thursday 12/14 – Field Trip to ECHO – if you indicated that you are packing a lunch for your child, remember to send it!

Thursday 12/21 – Winter Party – we will be doing the crafts ahead of our usual time in the outdoor classroom. We will start the crafts at 10am. If you signed up to send some materials in please send them in ahead of that time. Thanks to those of you who already sent items in.

Friday 12/22 – 1/1 – School Vacation

Tuesday 1/2 – School Resumes




Lots to report…

Happy December, Families! Wow, I can’t believe it is December already!

Time sure flies when you are having fun at school! As you can see in the pictures below, we’ve been busy and engaged in lots of interesting adventures.




In November, we made our very own tie-dye shirts with Mrs. Joy. They came out so beautifully. Each child chose which type of pattern they wanted the dye to follow and we banded them so that they would follow that pattern. Next, we chose where to put the yellow or the blue dye. Finally, Mrs. Joy washed the shirts a few times, dried them and then I presented them to the children. They are lovely – their individual patterns seem to match their individual creator! Some were polka dots, some spirals and other stripes – but all are amazing creations! We can’t wait to wear them to our Field Trip to ECHO on Thursday 12/14!

We also painted, colored, and assembled the funny turkeys you see above. Then, we wrote a list of things were are thankful for and added it to the tummy of the turkey. The children dictated their ideas and I wrote them on a sticky note for them to copy. Mostly, I did this out of not having lots of time to devote to this project, but, it also helped me to see how the children are growing in their ability to recognize and to copy words and letters from a different source. They are working hard and learning so much every day!


We have had our first snowy Forest classroom times – wow – as if it couldn’t get more engaging out there?! Snow makes for a really fun addition to our adventures and creations. As you can see from the photos we had a lot of snowballs, snow people and leaf/snow/stick combination pieces. Gotta love smiling faces that are paired with the rosy cheeks of moving and creating outside in the fresh air. We also had a few visitors to our Forest Classroom just before Thanksgiving. Peter (my husband) brought his folks (who came from FL – brrr!) up to the classroom for a visit. They delighted in seeing the classroom that we have built and the learning that was happening over rocks, under tall trees, and around the lemonade stand. We also made some popcorn that day and the kids were so excited to have a snack from our fire pit to share. Speaking of the fire pit – thanks so much for all of the wood deliveries! It is such a good way to keep us warm when we are outside as the winter sets in.



This past Friday, we flipped our schedule because we were anxiously and excitedly awaiting the visit from famous author, and illustrator, Jim Arnosky. So, we had a morning in the Forest rather than an afternoon. Before we went outside, we talked about how Mr. Arnosky spends a lot of time sketching and drawing the natural world to get ideas for his books. We learned that a scientist named John James Audubon drew and wrote outdoors a lot to share his ideas, too. After the rain subsided, we were able to grab clipboards, paper and pencils and do just what Mr. Arnosky and Mr. Audubon did to learn and to grow in the natural world. When we met with Mr. Arnosky for the question and answer session, Braydon and Sylvan shared their drawings with him! It was so fun and interesting to learn about how Mr. Arnosky works. He even sang some really funny songs – the one about the bear was hilarious! Here is the link to his website if you are interested:

Many thanks to Project READ for sponsoring this event in the memory of Mrs. Pat Young. She was a beloved and long time Kindergarten teacher at Robinson. This annual event is such a sweet and fitting tribute to her memory.



Below you will see a few pictures of Kindergartners presenting their ideas in our communities at school. I just wanted to share them as an example of how we started out sort of shy, timid and wide-eyed in September and how we have become confident, focused and brave members of our school community. Lennox and Braydon shared and led our whole school in a greeting at MARS on Wednesday and Ava shared her “fish bag” spotlight pictures with our whole class. So exciting – makes me so proud!



Our class earned another 500 “wormlings” for: Respecting YourselF, Respecting the SchooL, Respecting Everybodat Robinson School. So, we had a cupcake and Wild Kratt viewing party. Yum! We also had a school-wide celebration a few weeks ago where we got to do a long trail run/hike and had a whole school recess. It was awesome!




Finally, Globe Trot Scott has come to visit us in Robinson Kindergarten! He comes every year to teach us about holiday celebrations from around the world. In order to go on these trips, we had to make our very own passports! Almost every day, he packs up a box full of information from a different country and drops it on our doorstep or in the office with Ms. Evelyn. It includes information about a new country around the world and teaches us about how children there celebrate winter holidays. Many thanks to all that have contributed through the sign up genius to fill the box with goodies each day!

So far, we have learned that in France, children leave their shoes out and Pere Noel brings treats. Children help their families to make a Buche de Noel – gorgeous log cakes with meringue mushrooms. We even made our own shoes and hung them by our cubbies. The next day, we found a treat inside – that sneaky Scott! In Italy, we learned this old witch (who starts out grumpy and ends up nice) does a similar thing for children in Italy. We drew pictures of her – La Befana. And, we wrote notes on small papers to hide in napkins for our parents to tell them how much we love them. Just like children in Italy do around the holiday season. Be on the lookout for yours and act surprised! On Monday, we will visit and learn about a new country – Germany.

Our hope with this project is to help children learn about continents, countries and children around our world. So far, they are really excited and engaged with our work with Globe Trot Scott – I know this will continue! He’s a pretty exciting dude!



Last but not least, I hope you all had a chance to read through the Report Cards that were sent home Friday. It was such a pleasure for me to look at and to share with you all of the progress the children have made in a relatively short period of time! Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions about the report. I am happy to go over it with you as it is the first time some of you are seeing this format. And, even if it is familiar, I’m sure the math/literacy inserts are new! I think they are very helpful and detailed. Enjoy!

Hope you all had a super weekend. I had a great time with my family – always busy but always fun!

One more thing, we will be having a Fire Safety demonstration with Starksboro Fire Department on Friday morning.



Weird Weather Causes Lapse in Reporting…

I can’t believe the weirdness of the past few weeks! All the wind postponing Halloween at school and causing out two day closure. I hope you all managed well despite the crazy winds and are back to normal.

Here are a few pictures from our Halloween Parade and our last Forest Friday in October. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who contributed to the success of our Halloween Party. It was great! Everyone had lots of fun.

I wasn’t there for our most recent Friday for 4 Winds. We ended up staying inside for the majority of our learning as the wind chill was made it very cold. However, most everyone was geared up and ready to brave the great outdoors in Vermont in the winter! Yeehaw!




Dates to Remember:

11/22-11/24 – Thanksgiving Vacation

11/27-12/1 – Scholastic Book Fair in the Library & Used Book Sale in the Music Room
Hours of operation are: Tuesday 8:00am – 3:30pm.
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 11:00am.

12/1 – Author Visit sponsored by Project READ with Jim Arnosky 12:40-1:40

Fire Safety with the Fire Department at RES – 8:30

12/7 – Early Release – 11:45

12/22 – Vacation Begins

1/3/18 – School Begins in 2018!



Short week with some fun highlights!

Hello Families,

First of all, many thanks to all of you for coming in to meet for Parent Conferences! I know how hard it is to juggle schedules and make time in the evening/afternoon for another meeting. But, it was so fun to share all of your child’s work and experiences with you. All of your children are so amazing and I feel lucky to share my days with them.

A few highlights from the week are shown below! On Tuesday, we participated in a Story Walk experience together. Ms. Myriah made posters of the book The Little Old Lady That Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and we followed each page as we hiked through the forest! It was AWESOME! We were able to learn and to recreate the pattern of the story. Next time we go outside, we are going to use the puppets to act out the story ourselves in the castle. It was a really engaging activity and we will leave the posters out for a bit so they can re-read it as they wish. I wonder what story we will read when winter comes?

On Wednesday, we had our first class celebration for earning so many wormlings! As a class we have earned over 600 this fall. We earn wormlings when we “FLY” at Robinson School. We earn wormlings when we “respect yourselF,” “respect our schooL” and “respect everybodY.” So, for our first celebration we had an apples, carrot coins and pretzels party with a Wild Kratts viewing about blue jays and squirrels. We all had fun celebrating our hard work together.


Hope you have a nice long weekend with your families!



Audubon Center Trip and Much More…


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