Sunday, October 21, 2012

30th day of school

This week we celebrated our 30th day of school.  My kinders have really adapted to the school routines.  We are reading and writing every day.  This week during our writing share time I was able to snap some pictures of my kids writing.  Some of them are doing a great job of adding detail to their pictures.  We don't have much for words yet, just a few name labels but I'm really proud of where we've come to.

 We love when Zero the Hero comes to visit us, especially the Zero the Hero song by Jack Hartmann.  The song gets us moving and counting.

And finally we are trying to grow pumpkins.  So far only one of the 6 pumpkins has a sprout but we are optimistic they will all grow.  We also had a very large gourd brought to our classroom this week, and completed lots of investigations around this.
I have a sunny south facing classroom so grow, pumpkins, grow!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Finally some pics

Some pictures from applesauce making and tasting as well as the fund run

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Has it been four weeks already?

It's hard to believe we just finished our 4th week of school.  We've been so busy learning routines and procedures and are really taking off now.  The first 2 weeks went by in a blur and I was so busy to take pictures, but then last week we celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday with homemade applesauce and participated in our fund run for the PTO so I was able to take lots of pictures.  Unfortunately, my camera went back to Wisconsin in my mother in law's car when she and my sister in law, nephew and his girlfriend came to Michigan for Spencer's (my younger son) confirmation.  They are sending it back but until then just words from me.

So what have we been up to?  We are quickly learning and/or reviewing the letters and letter sounds, we have really loved our Reader's Workshop this year (a big thank you shout out to Kim Adsit and Michele Scannell who have put together some great activities).  We are learning how to draw pictures to tell stories and are beginning to label those pictures.  We have worked on learning sight words through fun activities and books. We have really enjoyed learning about our 5 senses in our first IB unit of How We Express Ourselves.  Hopefully all of our hard work will pay off in a couple of weeks when we have our authorization visit from the International Baccalaureate.  And finally we have spent lots of time getting  adjusted to our school family and making new friends.

I promise to post lots of pictures as soon as my camera gets back to me.  Until then happy learning.