It was a very busy day in Kindergarten. Along with our usual reading, CGI work and handwriting, we learned all about penguins. We worked on penguin counting, sorting animals who can and can’t fly (penguins can’t) and penguin reading.
Our favorite activity was trying to balance eggs on our feet to understand how hard it is to be a father penguin taking care of an egg while the mother is off finding food. We watched a few videos to learn some penguin facts; here is our favorite: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/emperor-penguin/
Check your child’s papers tonight for a permission slip. We are travelling to Babbitt on Thursday to see the Okee Dokee Brothers. Before we go we will do Read with Someone Special from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. This can be with anyone who wants to come in and read with the kids. They really love the attention so we hope to see you here Thursday morning.
Remember that Wednesday is Crazy Hair and Socks Day. Feel free to be silly!
Please remember to read and turn in your minutes for I Love to Read Month. We have sweet treats for our readers!
Groundhog Day was a lot of fun. We learned that groundhogs hibernate, eat fruits and vegetables and live in burrows. We also made cute groundhog headbands to wear for the day. Videos came from this website: http://reallyroper.blogspot.com/2011/02/groundhog-day.html
In science we learned about day and night and the stars and the moon. The kids were surprised that the moon can sometimes be out in the morning! They are planning to keep their eyes on the sky to see what else they can discover.
Tomorrow we are spending part of the afternoon sliding with the fifth grade students. Please dress warm and bring your sleds, kids, it’s going to be a great time!
Things are going well this week; students are learning a lot in all their centers and subject areas. Keep reading with your kids and following the January activity calendar for learning ideas.
I found a few videos that can help:
3D shapes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9L9l86N-xM&feature=related
Exercise and Count by Fives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0m3SxaQVI8
Show Me the Money (Coins): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peqc252O1gE&feature=related
Thank you to those who have sent crackers to share at snacktime. We have long mornings and it really helps to have a little “extra.” If you have not sent your box of crackers, please remember to do so soon, we have hungry little students to feed!
No homework tonight, enjoy your weekend!
You would think today would be all about Halloween but we also managed to learn a little about other things! This morning our book Pumpkin Soup had a cat who played bagpipes and the kindergarteners wondered how they sounded. During snack time we searched and found a video of castles with bagpipes here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=424XoRFWqeg. The book was fun but the teachable moment was great!
Our all-school party was fantastic! The fifth graders spent the morning baking cupcakes to decorate and the sixth grade students ran all the games for the younger students. A good time was had by all. More pictures will be posted soon on Tower-Soudan School’s main website.
For Shared Reading today we read the book Who Lives in the Sea? The students’ reading is really coming along. They are fascinated with sea animals so we will be exploring further by studying and seeing some movie clips of dolphins, starfish, sharks and other favorites. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/bottlenose-dolphin/
The beaded necklaces the kids worked on in art are finished and looking beautiful. They liked working on patterns and are proud of the results.
No homework tonight. Mrs. L. will be in for me tomorrow while I attend a math workshop in Mt. Iron.
Keep reading, October Book It minutes will be due next Tuesday so you still have time to make our kindergarten goal! Look in backpacks for the November Book It forms sent home today.