Celebrate Others

Here at BEU we strive to model positivity for the children by celebrating their accomplishments, large and small! Recently our class earned the golden broom for having the cleanest k-2 classroom.

We celebrated V. as our September Lunch with the Principal student.

We celebrated B. as our September Citizen of the Month. The students chose B. through a secret vote!

We are so proud of our award winners and our class! The kids are working hard to do their best each day! And that is worth celebrating!

Creativity Lesson

Yesterday we had a visit from Mrs. Carpeting from the Gifted Program for a creativity lesson. Mrs. Cardetti give the kids the opportunity to be fluent and flexible thinkers by turning a “nothing”(a little doodle)  into a “something”! Mrs. Cardetti practiced brainstorming lots of ideas with the kids, rather than just one.

Hurricane Harvey Drive

Today we ended our drive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are looking forward to sharing all we collected with our new friends in Texas! If you didn’t send a donation and would like to you may still send something tomorrow. 

The kids helped move all the kindergarten donations to the stage to be organized and boxed.

I’m so proud of our little helpers!

Happy International Dot Day!

We learned from Mrs. Fitch that sometimes there are holidays about books! Today is International Dot day so we read the Dot!

We got super creative and made our own individual dots using a variety of materials from Mrs. Fitch’s craft cart. I always enjoy seeing each child’s take on open ended projects! I 

Mrs. Fitch even hung our dots on the library doors!

Learning Lately

Here is what we were up to this week.

Reading: It was a big week in reading- we began literacy stations as well as independent reading time with our book boxes. We have been working on following expectations for work time so the kids can work independently. We practiced the name, sound, and formation of n, and m this week and continued practicing t,b, and f. We are working hard on forming letters “the kindergarten way” and using an effective grip on our markers/crayons/pencils.

Writing: We worked on routines for writing time such as getting supplies, using our writing folders, and continuing to work even after we finish the story we are on. We also learned that writers write about things in their hearts they really care about.

Math: We touched on a variety of topics this week. We continued our work with counting and creating number collections to 7. We focused especially on the number 5 creating 5 with a variety of materials and also using a 5 frame.

Science/Social Studies: We had a visit from Mrs. Fitch to enjoy International Dot Day. We read The Dot which focuses on skills like trying when things are hard, being a problem solver, and looking a little closer to find beauty all around us. The kids got to make their own dots that Mrs. Fitch displayed in the library! We touched on a few other science and social studies topics like hurricanes and helping those effected by Hurricane Harvey.

Literacy Stations!

Today we finally got to start literacy stations! The kids have been learning about each station that will help us become better readers and writers. Our stations include art, storytelling, finger play, puzzles, writing, magnets, tablets, names, words, class library, and buddy reading. Our stations and the activities within them with shift and change throughout the school year and become more challenging. After the kids can work independently in stations, I will begin teaching small group reading lessons so each child can work on the reading skills they need to progress as readers.

Today we went to our first station and practiced some of our work time expectations. 

Our expectations are:

  1. Get started quickly.
  2. Stay in your spot.
  3. Work the whole time.
  4. Let others work.
  5. Use a quiet voice.
  6. Problem solve or raise your hand.

Here are the children practicing getting started quickly and staying in our spots.

From Classroom to School Home

The kids have been hard at working creating and making as they are inclined to do at this age. Our classroom is gradually transforming from just a classroom to our home away from home. You might have noticed when you first visited our classroom it was a bit empty. It probably seemed incomplete. At least that is what I was going for. I intentionally leave space for the kids to make the classroom theirs. Literally and figuratively the classroom is not complete until each child arrives. For more on how bare walls show kids their are important click here.

Here are some photos of how the kids have contributed so far.

Our Hopes and Dreams display. You helped with this too!

Name collages…

And self portraits!

Our room is becoming colorful, beautiful, though provoking, and whimsical, just like the little people who live here for a little while.

Germs!

Mrs. Lynn (Our school nurse) got a jump on cold and flu season by visiting our class to teach us about germs, hand washing, and ways to avoid spreading germs!

We learned that germs are so tiny we cannot see them without a microscope. Some germs help us and some germs make us sick. We try to keep germs to ourself by coughing or sneezing in our elbow and washing our hands. We learned how to wash our hands and when to wash our hands.

We did a science experiment with some pretend germs that show up under a black light. The kids did their best hand washing to see if they were able to get the pretend germs off. We learned that washing our hands well will help wash away the real germs, even if we can’t see them.

Ocean Celebration!

Today we celebrated wonderful behavior with a celebration! We have been noticing when the class makes helpful choices and keeping track of those choices with a ten frame and stickers. Our goal was to earn 10 stickers to fill each box on the 10 frame. We have had a lot of great math talks when counting how many stickers we have and how many we still need to get to 10. 

Today we enjoyed a story called the Rainbow Fish and used paper plates, paint, jewels, and googly eyes to make our own colorful fish.

We sang songs like Baby Shark and Down by the Bay.

We did a science experiment and mixed our own bubble solution with soap and water. We tested it outside and had tons of fun playing.

We also enjoyed popsicles! Yum!

All in all it was a fun day! I love to use celebrations as an excuse to learn about something we don’t usually have time for. I like to incorporate the arts or science and give the kids a different sort of day. It sends the kids a great message to celebrate learning with more learning!