WE DID IT!
And just like that the year is over! Thank you all so much for EVERYTHING this year. Your children have been wonderful and you have been nothing short of supportive! We can't thank you enough. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to some visitors in the fall!
Our last full day of Kindergarten!
We're spending our last full day together doing what we do best... playing with our friends!
Monday & Tuesday
**FIELD DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY!**
We've been busy artists this week! Monday we put our impecable alphabet writing to work and today we learned about Monet and did part one of our Monet project.
Thank you to all the families that were able to make it to our Parent Share this morning, we had a great turn out!
Today was a BUSY day but we had a lot of fun!
We started the morning with a performance by the Vermont Youth Dancers and their dance theater production of Narnia. The kids LOVED it and wanted us to let you know that they will be performing at SBHS on 6/22 and 6/23. I'll attach a photo of their flyer.
We also had a great last birding adventure with Miss Juli this morning at Muddy Brook Park!
There will be NO KEYWORDS on Wednesday, 5/29! We are going to Muddy Brook Park so please remember to send you child with BOOTS!
This morning we all worked REALLY hard to complete a math assessment on the computer! We then got to sneak out a little early and enjoy some extra recess! YAY!
And we ended the day with a middle school jazz band concert! Happy Memorial Day, enjoy the long weekend and we will see everyone on Tuesday!
This morning we did a guided drawing of an adorable frog!
This morning we worked on a book for our friend Kayson who will be moving tomorrow!
Mrs. Beeli also visited this afternoon for her last of three visits about taking care of our bodies.
Today we had our last Farm to School lesson for the year! We learned about some pea plants that had recently been planted and got to taste the shoots.
Miss Suzy is beginning to collect rocks for a rock garden project that students will be doing in Art. If you could collect some rocks to donate to this project that would be great! We will have a basket in the room to collect them.
As many of you know, we lost one of our school nurses, Sue Barry, last week. When the kids came in on Monday we were very attune to their emotions and conversations and didn't hear anything in regards to Nurse Barry's passing. Because of this we chose not to have an explicit conversation with all of them regarding her passing. We have read a few books and opened some doors about loss and how that makes us feel but still no one mentioned it. We just wanted to let you know that we didn't talk about it directly in class but if something does come up in conversation we will address it. Let us know if you have any questions.
This afternoon Mrs. Beeli came for her first of three visits to talk about feelings and our bodies. You will have a notice from her in your child's Friday Folder tomorrow.
We've been busy this week! We've been talking a lot about kindness, singing, adding some kindness poems to our Song & Poem binders, reading, writing, finishing our Alphabet Books, working in our Math Journals and trying to enjoy the nicer weather!
We hope everyone had a great break! We wish it would start to feel a little more like Spring!
Today we were bust reading, writing and solving some word problems. We wrote about our vacation weeks, they seemed like a lot of fun and solved many problems in our Math Journals.
We began the week with an AMAZING trip to the Flynn to see A Sick Day for Amos McGee. It was a great show with a lot of fun songs. After the show the fun really began. We got a tour of the Flynn, got to meet the cast, see all their props and enjoy a snack in the Flynn Space. A big THANK YOU to Autumn's mom, Anna Marie, who made all of this possible!
Miss Sage and Miss Eden are wrapping up their leadership weeks. Ask you child about the cool art job that they did outside today!
Remember, there's NO SCHOOL next week, 4/22-4/26. We will see everyone back on Monday, 4/29. Have a great vacation and don't forget to read!
This morning, Tracy from the Flynn came to do a workshop with us in preparation for the Flynn show we will be seeing on Monday morning. Everyone got to hear some music from the show, talk about the characters they're going to see and understand that the show may be a little different than the book.
If you have not donated $10 towards our Flynn trip we are always gladly accepting money! Checks can be made out to Orchard School PTO.
This morning we added a new reading strategy, Chunky Monkey!
We have also been learning about and exploring different kinds of measurement.
Happy April! Hopefully spring weather is rapidly approaching and we can get outside a little more!
This week we have been busy reading, writing, illustrating and building words.
Our calendar this month is all about measurement. We are learning about length, weight, temperature and capacity.
Miss Sage and Miss Eden are beginning to take over more of the classroom instruction as they prepare to do their leadership weeks beginning next week. They will be in charge of planning and the direct instruction as Margo and I support them in the classroom.
We had a great day! This morning at Morning Meeting we sang two silly, interactive songs!
Everyone had a choice for brain break today, they could stay in and do a GoNoodle or go outside and run/walk some laps around the track.
We went to see our Book Buddies this afternoon and had a lot of fun exploring circuits with them.
We are also beginning to collect donation for a Flynn show we are going to on April 15th, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. You can use the link below to donate online or send in cash or a check (made out to Orchard PTO) with your child. The suggested donation is $10.
We're sorry for the lack of blog posts, sometimes there isn't enough time in the day. Spring can't come soon enough and we can't wait to get out and enjoy some milder weather. Here's what's been going on in the classroom.
We've had farm to school with Miss Meg and learned all about cocoa, this the plant chocolate comes from. We made hot chocolate (made from cocoa, not coco) with a touch of maple syrup.
Keywords has been going well! Thank you to all the volunteers that have been helping us on Wednesday mornings, we really appreciate it!
In literacy we've been reading, writing, building words and working on our lower case letter formation. We've added three digraphs, /th/, /ch/, and /sh/ along with the glued sound /ing/.
Math is still all about teen numbers!
We've had a busy week! Miss Coppock came in on Monday morning and played a group game with us, "Who Stole the Bone?"
Miss Lamphier came in and taught us a new doubles game on Monday afternoon.
This morning we learned about and practiced a new Literacy job that we will do every Wedensday morning, Keywords. Everyone has a word that they're workng on (their name) and practice writing/building their name many different ways. It was a success and everyone did a GREAT job on day 1.
Keywords is a time that we love to have parent volunteers in the classroom. We will need volunteers every Wednesday morning from 8-8:30. You're welcome to come every week, once a month, whatever works with your schedule!
This week we got out our double ten-frames and have been working on building teen numbers.
This morning we had Farm to School with Miss Meg and tea was on the docket. We made a peppermint tea with a touch of maple syrup. It was a hit with many of them!
This afternoon in math we worked on doubling and played "Let it Snow Doubles".
We hope everyone had a great vacation! Today we talked about 'Read to Self' and how we need to work on building our stamina as independent readers.
We made it! Vacation is almost here, some of us are healthier than others, but we've made it and we hope everyone has a wonderful break! We will see everyone again on Wednesday, March 6th!
This morning was our All School Math Morning and everyone in the building was busy playing math games! The four kindergarten classes rotated between each of the four rooms playing a different game at each location. Everyone also went to the gym for a rotation where we met up with our buddies and played BINGO! Ask your little mathematician which game was their favorite.
This morning, Miss Juli our bird expert came for her quarterly visit. We talked about how birds adapt to make it through the winter in Vermont and what they need to survive. We also went on a bird walk and saw many birds outside!
Book Drive for Africa
We are collecting gently used books to send to a preschool in Africa. They have minimal books and we want to help! The Orchard Kindergartens are collecting books until Friday, February 22. We talked to the kids about this today and it is your family’s decision. Please don’t feel obligated. We are just trying to talk about kindness and giving to others! Thank you!!
This morning at the All School Morning Meeting Mrs. Frostman invited our friends that wanted to, to come up from and sing a song she's taught them in music in honor of I Love to Read and Write Week! Check out the video: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1309328516
Miss Sage has been teaching about the artist Kandinsky and how he saw colors when he heard music. This morning everyone got the opportunity to make their own Kandinsky rendition.
Happy Valentine's Day!
We had a fantastic Valentines in Kindergarten! Everyone was very appreciative for their kind and thoughtful friends!
Happy 100th Day!
We had a GREAT 100th day of school!
We spent today prepping for the 100th day tomorrow. We wrote out many different things we love about Kindergarten and made crowns and shakers.
Friday - Take Home Books
This afternoon we got to play several different math games with our buddies!
Today your Kindergartner will come home with a "just right" book for them to read. It's in a ziplock bag along with a note for you and a recording sheet. Read over the paper and please let us know if you have any questions regarding the process. We hope that you can find a few minutes to read at home each night, reading these books will have a significant impact on your child's reading progress this year!
Today we had our last Bee Bots session with Mrs. Courcelle. We've had a lot of fun programming and making the Bee Bots travel all over the maps.
Can you believe January is coming to an end?
This morning also did a guided drawing in preparation for Groundhog Day, which is Saturday, 2/3!
We've been BUSY...
We apologize for the lack of blog posts recently. We have been super busy! Here are some of the things we've been working on:
We've been working on building words using our magnet boards:
We've added several song and poems to our Song & Poem Binders
We've been doing a lot of math on white boards. We've been solving/creating number bonds (part/part/whole), solving word problems (we always need a picture, number sentence and answer), writing number sentences and practicing our number formation (we ALWAYS start at the top). We've also been playing dice games and working on our doubles.
This morning Mrs. Courcelle came back to to do Bee Bots with us again. Our challenge was to spell words from our Word Wall.
We also illustrated our own Martin Luther King, Jr 8 page books today.
Miss Meg came this week for our monthly Farm to School lesson. The fruit of the month was spaghetti squash. We sauteed some garlic, added the spaghetti squash and put a few sprinkles of oregano on top. The kids were split. Half of them loved it and the other half said it wasn't for them, politely of course!
This week we have been spending a lot of time reading and learning about Martin Luther King, Jr and other very important African Americans (Rosa Parks and Rosie Bridges). We've been talking about the important things they've done to help make the world a better place.
Today we illustrated a Martin Luther King, Jr poem with a guided drawing of Dr. King.
In math our main focus for the past week and a half has been word problems. They're doing a great job and becoming more and more independent with them each day! You will see a few in their Friday Folders this week.
This morning, Mrs. Courcelle, came into our rooms with a new tool for us to learn about and use, BeeBots. They are robot bumble bees that kids program to make them do different things. Today we worked with a letter mat and programmed the BeeBots to get to different letters on the mat. It was a lot of fun and kids were very quick to catch on.
We also got outside a few minutes early to enjoy all the fun, new snow we got.
This morning our amazing Book Buddies set up their chrome books for us so while they were at specials we were able to go down and play with Dreambox.
We also learned about and used a new literacy tool this morning, magnet boards. These are boards that will help us practice building and tapping out words which will help us become better readers and writers.
Our new calendar pieces this month have to do with combinations using different colors of buttons on sweaters. For each combination we make a number bond and a number sentence.
Today we learned about Snowflake Bentley, did a guided snowflake drawing and cut snowflakes with our buddies!
Have a great weekend and don't forget next Friday is an early release day, students are dismissed at 12:30!
Today we talked about the New Year and things we were going to work on getting better at. They had some great ideas to put on the list!
We also started talking about some strategies good readers use. Our first strategy is "eagle eyes".
We also talked about punctuation.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We hope everyone had a great vacation and enjoyed the holidays.
Everyone was excited to be back and see all of their friends today.
This morning we made snowmen!
Today students reached their next apple goal and to celebrate some of the staff did various lip syncs. It was AWESOME!
Today is also the first day of winter and we wanted to make sure everyone was prepared! Everyone got a scarf to keep them warm with their name embroidered on it so it won't get lost! HAPPY WINTER!
We had a fantastic, but chilly, day at Shelburne Farms. Thank you to the adults that were able to join us. Your help was greatly appreciated!
We've patiently waited for today to come and everyone did an amazing job with their houses. The creativity was endless and the focus was incredible! Here's a glimpse into some of the incredible creations that were made this morning:
In order to get ready to make our gingerbread houses tomorrow we did a guided drawing this morning and included some of the different details we could add to our houses,
This week in math we've been exploring number bonds (part, part, whole). We've been completing them, creating our own and solving some tricky problems!
Gingerbread Baby Bridges
The last week we have been busy reading about and writing about the Gingerbread Baby. In all of the stories the Gingerbread needs to escape the fox at the end and it often has to do with crossing a river. Today the challenge was to build a bridge with a partner to get the gingerbread safely across the river, with a partner. These are the materials each pair was given: toothpicks, marshmallows, 2 gingerbread babies and a blue river.
It was a challenging task but every group persevered and got their gingerbread safely across the river.
We introduced two new letters this week and practiced writing them today, 'U' and 'L'. We also added another page to our Gingerbread Baby book.
We also started our December calendars which we will finish tomorrow. We are working hard on number formation and starting all of our numbers at the TOP! The months are flying by... hopefully the January calendar will be made before the new year!
Monday & Tuesday
We've been busy this week! Here are a few things we've been working on:
New letters: 'H' and 'K'. New sight words: 'to' and 'go'.
Our Gingerbread Baby book that we wrote together:
A new calendar:
Tally marks and dominoes:
This morning we did a gingerbread man guided drawing and practiced our new letters and numbers.
Today during math we had "choice" and everyone got to choose between several different activities and games we've been doing and playing in math.
We have been very busy this week working on new letters, sounds and letter formation. Along with our numbers as well.
In math we've been playing a new game "Beat you to Ten" which everyone has really enjoyed.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending in donations for the many projects we will be doing in December. We really appreciate it and couldn't do it without your help and support!
We were very efficient workers this morning and were able to get outside early and enjoy a few extra minutes in all the new snow!
Mrs. Walcott's class was also very excited to welcome a new friend this week. Krisha started yesterday and joined us from Shelburne. Everyone has been very helpful and we're very glad she's here!
This morning Miss Coppock came and did another social skills lesson with Mrs. Walcott's class.
We also had our monthly Farm to School lesson with Miss Meg where we made kale smoothies.
This morning we had a very special guest, Recycle Rhonda from CCSWD, come join us. She taught us all about where our trash, recycling and compost should go!
This week we have also been learning about Paul Cezanne and talking about perspective. This morning we got to draw our own still lifes.
Shelburne Farms - Field Trip
*We are hoping to get many more donations in order to go on our trip next Friday! If we aren’t able to gather enough donations, unfortunately we will have to cancel our trip*
When: Friday, November 16
leaving school at 9:00- returning to school at 2:00
Program at Shelburne Farms is 9:30-1:30
What: Farm Life and History
We will be at Shelburne Farms for most of the day, outside and inside. Please send your child with clothing and shoes/boots to be outside for any weather we may have that day! We will be at Shelburne Farms for lunch, so please send your child with a LUNCH and DRINK from home!
Parent volunteers are welcome to join us! You can ride the bus with us or meet us there at the Shelburne Farms Barn.
We will be collecting donations to cover the cost of the trip. The recommended amount is $10 per student. There is no charge for chaperones. You can pay online with a credit card at https://www.konstella.com/open/donations/5b8d550be4b0534742dfb9d5
Checks need to be made out to “Orchard School PTO”
Cash is also accepted. THANK YOU!!!!
The past few days...
Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days... sometimes the day is over before we know it! Here are some pictures from what's been going on in the classroom:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of our amazing parents and grandparents that came in to help us with our sewing project this morning. We REALLY appreciate it and couldn't have done it without you!
This morning Mr. T joined us for a brain break.
The sight word we've learned and are using in our new book this week is 'the'.
We also learned about some new tools today that are going to help us with our letter formation. We used little chalkboards to practice 'wet, dry, try' with the letters 'E' and 'F'.
Please make sure you return your Parent/Teacher Conference sign up sheets, ASAP. We would love to meet with all of our families!
This morning we made witches and wrote a little about them! Ask your child what their witches name is, where they live and what their favorite food is!
Today in math we looked at some 5 frames that looked a little different than the ones we've been using. We used them to talk about combinations of 5 and create number sentences to match.
We also hit the today and opened up our full choice time. We now have many different choices and everyone is practicing how we navigate the choice board and all the different choices in our room!
If you have not done so already please return your Parent/Teacher Conference sign up sheet, ASAP! We will send home conference times on Friday with those families that we have heard from.
This morning we continued our Fire Safety theme and did a guided drawing of a fire truck. They're all hanging in the hallway if you're ever in the building!
This afternoon we got to see our Book Buddies which is always the highlight of the week!
November is Fire Safety month and today Firefighter Brad came to teach us about fire safety.
Tuesday & Wednesday
Yesterday we were very excited to welcome a new friend to Mrs. Antonioli's class. Mason joined us from Arizona and we're very excited he's here!
This week we have also started our handwriting program (Handwriting Without Tears). We've been talking about and working on our pencil grip. Ask your kiddo to show you the grip and flip trick to get the perfect pencil grip.
We added a new poem to our song and poem binders.
We've been talking a lot about how letters are made, using big lines, little lines, big curves and little curves. Today everyone got to practice writing their name on a new practice sheet that we will use regularly in the classroom.
Don't forget... there's a few more days to place your book order. Orders will be submitted on 10/26. You can go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and our class code is L44WY
In math we have been working on building 10 frames and explaining what we saw in order to build it correctly (for example, did you see five and two more to make 7? did you see 9 as one empty space?). Talking about and explaining our math thinking is important. We have also been playing dice games and working on subatizing (automatically knowing how many are in a pattern without having to count them).
This morning we had our monthly Farm to School lesson and learned about bees. We also did a blindfolded taste test which was a lot of fun. They got so taste different apples without being able to see them and then guess which color they were. Ms. Meg also put some local honey on the apples which many kids enjoyed!
In math we made our November calendars which will come home on Friday. Can you believe Next week it's November!?!
It's also the time of year where kids are starting to get sick. Please make sure your child is getting plenty of rest!
This morning we finished up our circus books and they look great!
Don't forget, it's a short week and tomorrow is our last day of school! We will see everyone again on October 22!
Today we wrapped up our two weeks of circus fun! This morning we ended with a circus performance by Troy Wunderle. Here are a bunch of pictures from the students' performance last night and Troy's performance this morning.
Have a great weekend and remember there's no school next Thursday or Friday!
This morning we began making a circus book. We used our new word 'my' and our page today was the elephant page.
We think we have finally figured out this months pattern... we will if we are right today!
This Thursday, 10/11, Orchard School will be putting on a Circus! Our two classes are going to be animals. Here are the details:
Please have your child wear:
Please let us know if you have any questions or if your child will not be able to make it!
Please have your child wear:
HORSES LIONS TIGERS MONKEYS
Lily Henry Oliver Nakayah
Aubrey Houlda Lila Shelby
Liam Logan Nyal Nova
Naya Scarlet Aaqil
Dominic - DOES NOT NEED A COSTUME, TROY HAS ONE FOR HIM!
This morning we continued with our Circus theme. We did a guided drawing and drew clowns! Here's how we drew them, step by step...
We've also had a lot of fun practicing for our circus performance next Thursday! Ask your child which animal they are going to be in the circus!
Cooler weather is quickly approaching. We would really appreciate it and it would be extremely helpful if you could practice having your child ZIP their jackets. We have a lot of little ones to help and the more independent they can be, the better! THANKS!
Don't forget, tomorrow is a half day. Kids are dismissed at 12:30!
This morning we finished up our Fall Leaves book!
This afternoon we talked a lot about shapes and did some sorting by different characteristics.
Next Thursday, 10/11, is our circus performance. Students will need to be at Rice High School at 5:45 for a 6:00 performance. We hope everyone can make it!
This week we are working on a book that has to do with fall leaves and focuses on the word see.
This week we've also started our Word Wall. We are keeping track of all the words we know so we have a place to find them!
This afternoon in math we updated our Number Corner and played Spin and Count Shapes!
Today was also our first day of circus practice so ask your kiddo about what they did!
This morning at our All School Morning Meeting we had a school wide celebration and played "Who's Who?" Four teachers were called to the front of the gym and then a baby/childhood picture of them was displayed on the screen. Each class had to make their best guess of who the picture was of. It was a lot of fun!
This morning during Literacy we finished up our CARES book by adding the Self Control page.
We also finished building our backgrounds for our elephants and they look great!
The highlight of every Friday is always time with our Book Buddies. Today we did some different fall coloring jobs with them.
We are also sending home our first book order in this weeks folder. If you'd like to place an order please follow the directions on the back to do so online using the class code.
Have a great weekend!
This morning we finished reading Horton Hears a Who as our story to teach empathy. When we were done it was time to draw empathetic Horton. They did a GREAT job drawing!
We are still working on painting and creating the backgrounds for our elephants.
This afternoon we worked on our October calendars.
This morning a new friend, Miss Juli, came in to teach us about birds. Miss Juli will be working with us all year to teach us birds, their winter adaptations and migration. Today we had a quick discussion about birds and then went outside on a bird a walk. We were able to see and hear a few birds.
We also added the 'R' page to our CARES book and talked about what responsibility means.
Today during math we began our October calendars. You will see them on Friday!
Thank you to Autumn and her family who sent us another Power of Yet video.
This morning we snuck outside right after snack so we could run and play for a few minutes before it started to rain. We got a little wet but no one melted! We also did the second page in our CARES book, the 'A' page. A stands for assertion and we learned that assertion or being assertive means standing up for yourself by using your words, kind words. We read Amazing Grace and listened for when Grace was being assertive and standing up for herself. We also got our skinny and thick markers and used them to make covers for our Poem and Song Books.
In math we did some building with pattern blocks and recorded how many of each shape we had to use to make our design/structure.
This morning we started a new book. The first letter in our book is C which stands for cooperation. We read Swimmy and looked for examples of cooperation and brainstormed a list of what it means to cooperate. Each day we will add a new letter to the book until we've built the word CARES.
This afternoon after Number Corner everyone got to play Circles and Squares Race to Twenty with a partner.
Our cooperation theme carried into the afternoon and everyone made a paper plate fish. We are going to assemble the little fish in the hallway into one big fish just like Swimmy and his friends had to cooperate and do.
We also have the link from the assembly on Friday to share with you!
Let us know if the link doesn't work. It's also located on the front page of the Orchard website!
This morning at Morning Meeting all four kindergarten classes shared the song we've been working on all week, "The Power of Yet". They did a great job and were very proud of themselves! We did get it on video but need to get permission from a few families before we can share the video with everyone. Here's a couple pictures from the performance:
This morning we also added two new poems to our song and poem binders.
This afternoon we also got to spend some time with our Book Buddies and do some drawing activities with them!
This morning we made our "Power of Yet" posters and they look great!
Our giraffes are also up in the hallway!
This morning we talked more about the Power of Yet and everyone came up with something that they can't do, YET! We also read Giraffes Can't Dance and talked about how Gerald needed the power of yet. When we finished we did our first guided drawing of a giraffe. Mrs. Antonioli walked them through, step by step, and they did a GREAT job listening, watching and following directions. You will find our giraffes in the hallway when they are dry and ready to be hung up! We will put a finished picture of them up tomorrow!
This afternoon in math we did Number Corner and more with combinations of 5 and coloring them in on math hands.
This morning we wrote a thank you note to the Hackett family for our great trip yesterday.
This morning we also made our first self portraits. Every month in Kindergarten we will make a portrait and hang them in our classroom. Today's portraits came out great!
This week we have been talking about a magical 3 letter word... YET! Instead of saying "I can't do it" try saying "I can't do it yet!" We've been watching this video and learning the chorus of this song to reiterate the power of yet! The link is below:
Mrs. Walcott's class was also fortunate to receive a new student today. Her name is Daliyah and we are very excited that she's here to learn and play with us!
This morning we started our day with Farm to School. Each month, Ms. Meg, our Farm to School educator comes to our classroom and teaches us about the vegetable of the month. Today we learned about tomatoes, onions and garlic and made some homemade salsa.
This afternoon we got to spend the day at Hackett's and it was beautiful! Thank you to all of the parents that were able to join us. Here's a bunch of pictures from our fantastic day:
Fun Run Day!
Today was the Fun Run and everyone did a GREAT job and had a lot of fun! Here are a ton of pictures from the run...
We also got to see our Book Buddies and everyone got to meet their Book Buddy that they're going to be working with!
This morning we finished up our apple books and you will see them tomorrow in Friday Folders.
This afternoon everyone got to play Roll for 5 and record the number of red beans on their 5 frame.
Don't forget...tomorrow is the Fun Run! Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to be outside and running tomorrow!
This morning we had our pictures taken and I think you're going to LOVE them! They did a great job.
We also added two more pages to our apple book.
This afternoon in math we updated our Number Corner, played Circles and Squares Race to Twenty and did what the kids have named a "dicedala".
This morning we started making our first book. It's all about apples. Today we did the first two pages and will continue to add more this week.
We also added a new apple song to our Song and Poem binders.
Today in math everyone did some building with 5 frames and unifix cubes.
We've also figured out our calendar pattern and are very good at predicting which shape will come next.
DON'T FORGET, TOMORROW IS PICTURE DAY!
This morning Ms. Coppock came in and did her final Zones of Regulation lesson. She also gave us a calm down jar to keep at our Peace Center which everyone was very excited about!
We also added a Zones poem to our song and poem binders.
Today in math we played a new game Circles and Squares Race to Twenty. We played Mrs. Antonioli's class vs. Mrs. Walcott's class and had a lot of conversation beforehand about being ready to win AND being ready to lose. It was fun but Mrs. Walcott's class did squeak it out!
We also started talking about and exploring apples this afternoon!
This morning at our all school assembly Mrs. Frostman talked about our core values at Orchard and what they look like during assembly. We know that we have to take care of ourselves, our friends and our environment.
This week we've been talking about our "Hopes and Dreams" for kindergarten. This morning everyone drew what their hopes and dreams are for the year.
After lunch we got to meet our 4th grade Book Buddies. They came down and spent some time hanging out in our classroom with us. We got to draw and read books together. Everyone will soon have a buddy that they will work with every Friday when we meet.
This morning Ms. Coppock returned to read us a story about a girl named Katie and we moved her through the zones to match how she was feeling in the story.
This morning we learned and illustrated a new poem for our Song and Poem books.
And also did another Kissing Hand job.
In math we talked about dice and dice patterns. We learned and practiced how we are going to calmly and safely roll dice in kindergarten.
Ms. Lamphier also taught us a new dice game, Addition Yahtzee
This morning Ms. Coppock came back and we did more work with the Zones of Regulation.
We have been talking a lot about our names and the letters and number of letters in them. This morning we made our names using bright, ripped colored paper!
Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. This morning each class met with Ms. Coppock, our amazing kindergarten special educator, and talked about labeling feelings.
We also made people to go up our birthday wall. We introduced colored pencils today and everyone used them to turn a plain outline of a person into themselves.
This afternoon we also got our September calendar up and running! Here's what we have so far...
It's supposed to be HOT again tomorrow. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (shorts and a t-shirt) and has a water bottle!
Week one of Kindergarten... DONE, and it was a great one!
This morning we had our first All School Morning, which we have every Friday morning. All of our new students in grades 1-5 were introduced and all the Kindergartners received an Orchard bracelet from a fifth grader. We also learned about the Orchard Fun Run that will take place on September 14th. There is a manila envelope in your child's Friday Folder with information about fundraising for the event/school.
We also made our first class book about playground safety. We brainstormed a list of how we stay safe on the playground and then everyone chose what they wanted to illustrate an idea.
In math we learned about '5 frames' and practiced using our math hands to match the number on the 5 frame.
Every Friday you will find a black folder in your child's backpack. This is our Friday Folder and it's how we will send home papers and notices from the week. Please look through the folder, complete anything that needs to be completed and put it back in your child's backpack to return to school on Monday. You can put anything in it that needs to be returned to school.
Have a great long weekend and we will see everyone back at school on Tuesday, September 3!
Mother Nature was much kinder to us today! The cooler temps felt great and we definitely took advantage of them! This morning we made Chester the Raccoon after read the The Kissing Hand a few times.
We also started work on our birthday wall by making our Earths to go around the sun.
We also enjoyed some extra time outside and kids were excited to run around and play soccer in the field because it's been closed all week!
In math we looked at and dot patterns and identifying how many dots there are in various patterns. We worked on using our math hands to display the information and this is a skill we will continue to work on throughout the year.
Another great, hot day!
This morning we had everyone write their name on our Morning Message during meeting and everyone did a great job!
This morning we got outside before it got to hot and sticky to enjoy the playground. On our way out we got to see a fork lift delivering a new table for the cafeteria, what a hit that was!
Yesterday we read Listen Buddy and today everyone made their own "listening ears".
This afternoon we leaned about and explored with pattern blocks. We have an amazingly creative group of kids!
WE DID IT!
Day 1 is complete and it was a huge success! It was a hot and sweaty one but everyone did well and we had a lot of fun!
Here's a peek at what we did:
Made pictures for our Friday Folders...
We learned about and played on the playground...
We learned about and played with dominoes...
Took our first class pictures...
Went to Music and P.E. Made "listening ears" and read several books!
Please let us know if anything came up for your child today that we weren't aware of. We are happy to do whatever we can to make school and exciting and positive experience for everyone!
Thank you to families that have been returning paperwork! Please remember that if you are returning the volunteer paperwork you need TWO FORMS OF ID to go with it. You can copy it or the office is happy to do so, but please don't send it in unless you have the two forms of ID with it.
Thank you to families that have been returning paperwork! Please remember that if you are returning the volunteer paperwork you need TWO FORMS OF ID to go with it. You can copy it or the office is happy to do so, but please don't send it in unless you have the two forms of ID with it.