Our Class Herb Garden

We are growing basil and mint! Today we planted pots of herbs for our class. We are hoping to be able to taste the herbs and use them in recipes at school or send cuttings home for families to enjoy.
The children helped prepare the pots, plant the seed and water them. It was fun for the children to look at the seeds and compare them. More pictures and updates to come as our garden grows!



Composing and Decomposing Teen Numbers

All year long we have been working on conceptualizing what numbers really mean. The kids have played games and completed activities that have given the opportunity to experience numbers as physical quantities and to discover the smaller numbers “hidden” inside larger ones. Lately we have been breaking down teen numbers to discover that each teen number is actually one group of ten with some left over. We used pony beads and pipe cleaners to build and then break down teen numbers.




Mother Singers

Today we had a great enrichment activity, a performance by the Mother Singers! The Mother Singers are a group of retired teachers who are also mothers and grandmothers. These ladies performed a nice mix of old fashioned songs the kids had probably never heard before, as well as new favorites the kids could sing along to.
This performance also gave us an opportunity to practice concert manners!



Half Marathon Celebration

Here in kindergarten, we believe in fresh air and exercise. Moving our bodies is a worthy goal in itself but it is also an important refresher for our minds and our spirits. Each morning, weather permitting we head outside for a few quick laps around the blacktop. The kids can walk or run as they choose. Over the course of the school year the kids completed a half marathon. Here are a few pictures of our celebration. We passed out metals and celebrated the kids’ hard work!



Play dough: Eaten or Not Eaten!!???

So I overheard a very passionate argument going on at the art table on Friday. The kids were creating all kinds of goodies with the play dough. They love to make cookies so I guess tasting the play dough was inevitable.
Two kids were arguing with a third child. The first two were telling the third on no uncertain terms that she had been eating play dough. The third child was telling them just as certainly that she had absolutely not eaten play dough.
Her teeth were blue.
Several other kids in the classroom noticed the blue teeth and came to whisper to me they suspected she had been eating play dough, just in case I had missed the subtle clue.

Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events for kindergarten students. More information will come home closer to time about each event as needed.


Mother Singers- April 17th

The Mother Singers Choir will be performing for students k-2.


Grandparent’s Day- April 25th

Grandparents are invited to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms in the afternoon and see what they are learning about.


Kindergarten Cowboy Program- May 22nd at 2:15 pm

Families Invited

Please join us in the gym to experience a cowboy themed kindergarten performance. Your kindergartener has been working hard to learn a variety of songs to share with you. Yee haw!


Tie Dye Day- May 29th

Kindergarten students will enjoy tie dying a t-shirt to make a special momento of kindergarten. We will ask families to send a white t-shirt closer to time.


Field Day- May 30th

All Russell students will enjoy a day of fun and physical fitness! Kindergarteners will need to wear comfortable tennis shoes and sunscreen that day.


Shelter Gardens Field Trip- June 5th (am only)

Families Invited

Please join us as we walk to Shelter Gardens. We have interactive activities planned for the students and will need parent help and supervision. We will also walk back to school and have a picnic on the playground. Your family is invited to pack a picnic lunch. Kindergarten students will also be able to buy a sack lunch from school. Kindergarten students will need to wear comfortable tennis shoes and sunscreen that day.






Russell Outdoor Classroom

At Russell we have an amazing resource for hands on learning, our outdoor classroom. Picture a path lined with patches of daffodils, large shade trees, and a pond. Picture raised garden beds filled with rich soil and protected by straw, just waiting to be planted.
Today we ventured out into the spring morning to fill the beds with baby plants and tiny seeds. The kids got to help prepare the beds, plant, and water. They also used straw to protect the small plants. The kids enjoyed books about gardens and nature during their down time between activities.
We will check our beds on a weekly basis and observe the growth of our plants. We will also help water our garden. Later in the spring we will hopefully have some veggies to taste.




A little Inspiration

We watched this video this morning for a little inspiration. The kids were really moved by the acts of kindness and the how each little act had a big impact on all the people involved.
We think you should watch the video too! You will thank us later!Acts of Kindness Video

Lima Bean Investigation

As part of our living and non living science unit we began a special project with lima beans today. We placed lima beans and wet paper towels in a resealable bag and taped it to our window. We are going to observe this set up to find out what happens when we give the lima bean water and sunlight. The kids had some educated predictions!
We also set up one of our class i Pads to help document our investigation. We plan to take a picture of our lima beans each day. Then we will put all our photos together to make our own time lapse film of the lima beans’ growth and changes.


Jelly beans and Opinion Writing

Today we began learning about opinion writing. First we will focus on how to form an opinion and support our opinion with evidence. Then we will learn how to communicate our opinions in writing.
Today we formed opinions about jelly beans. When we first got our jelly beans we were not sure what we thought about it. So we used our senses to look, feel, and taste our jelly beans. Then we formed an opinion of our jelly bean based on our experience. The kids did a great job explaining to their friends why they liked or disliked their jelly bean.