Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's been WAY too long!

Yikes!  It has been so very long since my last post.  Things have been crazy!  Let me catch you up on what we've been doing for the past two months.

October was Fire Safety month.  We were fortunate enough to have the PRP Fire Department visit.  They showed us what to do in case of an emergency in our home. 

The students used a sheet to represent smoke in a room.  We practiced crawling to safety.

The students practiced covering their faces when they stop, drop, and roll to protect their eyes.

We have also been learning how to measure.  During Halloween we used "candy corn" to measure the heights of our friends.  They did a wonderful job!

 The little sweeties have also been doing a wonderful job during Writer's Workshop. 
Each day they begin their writing time with an illustration.  They use a rubric as they write. 
Our goals in writing currently are:
1) Our writing matches our illustrations
2) Our sentences begin with a capital letter
3) There are finger spaces between each word

Here is a peek into a few notebooks:

 "I am thankful for my dad."
He finished the piece by saying, "He is kind."  What a sweetie! 

"I am thankful for watching football."

"Nolan is thankful for my teacher."  How nice!

The students have also been busy during litearcy center rotations.  They do a fabulous job of staying engaged and completing their assignments.

These two students are completing work from the pocket chart station.

These two students are finishing an assignment from the poetry station.

These two are busy reading at the library center.  Look how engaged they are!  I love it!

Two boys listening to The Bravest Fish at the listening center.

 And the ever popular retelling center.  The students LOVE to use the retelling pieces to retell some of their favorite stories.  These two students are retelling Go Away, Big, Green Monster!

Once November began we were busy learning about and preparing for Thanksgiving.  The day before Thanksgiving break all four kindergarten classes got together for a Thanksgiving feast.  So much fun!

Here are some of the kiddos preparing to be Native Americans for the feast:

All of our Pilgrims and Native Americans ready for the feast!

We enjoyed corn bread and homemade butter, friendship fruit salad, and popcorn.  I think they had a great time!

During the month of December we will be learning about Holidays around the world.  We will also have a Polar Express celebration on the last day before Christmas break. 

I'll work hard to create a new post during the next few weeks!!!