Sometimes Food and Anytime Food

Ask your child about sometimes food and anytime food!
We had a lively lesson today applying our knowledge of food groups to the concept of sometimes foods and anytime foods.
Sometimes foods are foods we eat sometimes because they don’t help our bodies grow, have energy, or give us vitamins. Sometimes foods often have lots of sugar, oil/fat, or are very processed. Some examples of sometimes foods are chips, cookies, and ice cream.
Anytime foods are food we eat anytime we feel hungry because they help our bodies grow, give us energy, or have vitamins. These are often foods that grew from the earth like fruits and vegetables but can include meat or dairy or be made from grains. Some examples are anytime foods are apples or carrots.
We use the terms sometimes foods and anytime foods because they are more intuitive for kids and both terms are positive. This terminology promote healthy attitudes about food and empowers children with choice.
We had fun cutting foods out of grocery ads and categorizing them. Some children were baffled by how many foods were sometimes foods!
Here is our class chart. We had a few food items we put on the line because they weren’t clearly one category…we had a interesting discussion about canned vs fresh fruit.

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Things We Should Say More Often

Before Thanksgiving break, the kids and I enjoyed watching Kid President’s video, “20 Things We Should Say More Often“. We enjoyed his silliness and jokes but we also were able to slow down and focus on Kid President’s message. We discussed how we could make a point to say extra nice and respectful things to the people who are special and important to us. The way we talk to people shows them we care about them.

We also made our own list of things we should say more often in our classroom. We reviewed the list today to start our week on a positive note. Hope you hear a few of these nice words and phrases at home too. Maybe you could make your own list for home!

Please stop. -Nina

Could you please stop.-Owen

Here’s a rose! -Lauren

Thank you! -Lauren

Stop, I don’t like that. -Binh

You’re welcome. -Natalie

Okay.-Avery ( Meaning responding when someone talks to you)

You’re nice. -Layla

I won’t be mean. -Natalie

I will play with you. -Owen

I like you! -Sophia

I will be nice! -Binh

Yes! -Aubrey (when people ask you to play)

I found the kids’ thoughtful suggestions very inspiring! If you have any ideas to add to the list, please comment!

Monday is Library Day!

Due to a scheduling conflict we will have library check out Monday, December 1st rather than Wednesday. Your child can bring their book Tuesday to check out if they forget to bring it Monday. Thanks!

“Leave room for the butterflies”

My teaching philosophy has been the concise, but unfortunately prosaic, “Over prepare, then go with the flow”. This mantra has served me well in teaching and in life but I stumbled across some new words to live by, or teach by, “Leave room for the butterflies.” I read this phrase in the context of a flower arranging tutorial in which it was delightful appropriate. But the more I think about it, “leave room for the butterflies” is an apt analogy to inspire those of us who facilitate learning opportunities for little ones. When planning, organizing and scheduling, always be on the look out for the butterflies that flit across the classroom. The butterflies might be the little learners themselves who tend to flit rather than walk. The butterflies might be a teachable moment, a joke that gets us all giggling, or a topic a child wants to learn more about. A butterfly might be that lightbulb moment when understanding flashes through a child’s mind and onto their face in the form of a lightning grin. Many an amazing learning or bonding moment was never part of my painstaking penned lesson plans, but flitted into our day unplanned but powerful.
I hope to always leave some room in my heart, my mind, and my lesson plans for the butterflies.
“Leave room for the butterflies”…words to teach by.

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Hat Making: Fun and Fabulous

Today we read a silly Thanksgiving story. Thelonius Turkey Lives! (On Felicia Furgeson’s Farm). We giggled lots at Thelonius’ exploits. This book is really worth the read…

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Without giving away the story, I will just say that the happy ending of this story involves some amazing hats. Today the kids made their own hats inspired by the story.

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Here are a few of the end products.

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We look wonderful and bursting with creativity in our new hats.

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Thankful Books

What are you thankful for?

The kids answered this question today by creating pocket books filled with things they are thankful for. First we defined thankful and brainstormed people, places, and things we were thankful for. The kids had some great ideas; everything from family members to earrings came up in our discussion.

I showed the kids how to fold and create a book with pockets. They drew and cut out things they were thankful for and put them in the pockets. The children worked hard to copy the phrase, “I am thankful for…” on their books as well as label their pockets by stretching out the words and writing the sounds they hear.

The kids really enjoyed this opportunity for creative self-expression. We also practiced being respectful listeners to our friends as they shared their book with the class.

Please ask your child to share their book with you!

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News and Reminders

Here is some information about next week.

November 25th- Thanksgiving Fruit Salad Sharing

Please send a piece of fruit for your child on Tuesday next week. To connect with our nutrition unit as well as the spirit of giving thanks we will prepare a fruit salad for all the kindergartners to share.

November 26th-28th No School for Thanksgiving Break

 

Great Reads for Kindergarten

Kindergarteners love books! They get swept up in stories with humor or suspense and are equally spellbound by nonfiction books on a variety of topics. Thanks to a PTA voucher I was able to expand our classroom library with some great reads for kindergarten.

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Earlier this year I had a parent request for a list of books beloved by the kindergarten age group. Without further ado, here are five kindergarten book series or author suggestions. I will make more suggestions as the school year goes on!

1. Pigeon books by Mo Willems
Pigeon has many hilarious escapades such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

2. Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
Also from the comic genius, Mo Willems, this series has simple story lines with a great message. The text is more straight forward so they are very readable for independent readers.

3. It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Todd Par books combine open minded and empowering messages for kids with colorful illustrations and humor.

4. The Wall by Eve Bunting
A more serious story that is great for Veteran’s Day.

5. Anything Pete the Cat
Kindergarteners just love Pete the Cat. Adults can appreciate the mellow attitude Pete models for the kids as he survives various wardrobe malfunctions.

Happy reading!

Monthly Learning Updates

There will not be any monthly learning updates sent home for November since we discussed your child’s learning during parent teacher conferences. Of course, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s academic performance.