Math Exploration-Learning through our Experiences

If you follow us on Twitter, more often then not, you see pictures of kids working with math manipulatives. We spend a lot of time exploring manipulatives like counting bears, tiles, Unifix cubes, pattern blocks and geo blocks. Constructivism teaches us that children learn by experiencing something rather than simply being told facts. In other words, kids learn best up to their elbows in dirt, or building with blocks, counting their friends, or turn pages of a book.

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Thank YOU, Friends and Family!

Thank you to everyone who sent photos for our friends and family display. The kids love seeing their own special people, as well as the special people of their friends.
This display is a visual reminder of the important members of our school family who aren’t physically with us at school but who do so much for us.

Thank YOU, friends and family for what you do each day to help your child be successful!

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Writers Add Details!

This week we have been building independence as writers. The kids can get their own writing supplies, choose a topic and tell about it on paper using pictures or words. They can also put their completed writing away in their writing folders. We learned that writers keep on writing until writing time is over. We also learned that writers add details.
Here are some pictures of our detailed writing.

Cohen’s night monster complete with claws and hair…

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Nina’s ferbee …she is working on coloring the spotted fur pattern…

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Teacher Inspiration~ DIY Table Organizers

Here is an idea for customized tubs to organize student supplies when you don’t have desks or cubbies to keep them in. I created these to house the materials I wanted to keep at my students finger tips. For us in kindergarten we needed bags of crayons and two sets of folders. Other supplies like glue, scissors, and markers I keep in caddies that we pull out whenever we need them.
I used:
Dish pans from Walmart
Small organizer baskets
Velcro dots

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The basic concept to assemble is simple. Use Velcro dots to attach smaller containers inside the larger container to create whatever size compartments you need. The Velcro holds everything in place but is easily reattached if need be. You could use different sized and shaped baskets or even a plastic cup for pencils. It is a cheap and easy way to help keep your students organized!

First day of Writer’s Workshop!

I love the first day of writer’s workshop. It is the beginning of something beautiful. The kids put crayon to paper and find a new voice, a new vibrant form of communication. Becoming a writer makes kids powerful! Today we read, When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really, Angry, and examined how the author, Molly, told her story. We learned that writing is a way of talking with our crayons and pencils and paper rather than our voice. Writing is a way of telling using words and pictures.
Here are some of our budding writers at work. It was a proud, proud day!

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What’s In a Name?

Yesterday we explored our names a little more in depth. We examined the capital letter at the beginning of our name as well as counting the letters in our name and recording the numeral. We also got in a little fine motor practice with our scissors.

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