Friday, January 30, 2015

Peace, Love, and Kindness....


We had a lot of fun participating in the Kindness Challenge this week. 
Next week....
  1. Monday is a Teacher Inservice Day.... No school for students
  2. Tuesday.... is the kick off to "I Love To Read" month and there will be an assembly in the gym at 9:00AM.  The Kindergarten students have been practicing something special with Ms. Rempel during music class, and will be performing at the assembly. All parents are invited to attend.
  3. Tuesday -- Early Dismissal Day
  4. Family Read-in night on Wednesday. All families invited to return to school after supper and read. There will be a special guest reader, too!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crazy for Kindness

We had a variety of animals in our classroom this morning....for "crazy for kindness" day.
We have been recording what we know about numbers. So far we have done numbers 1-4. Here is what we know about these numbers. 

Sharing time today...
FRIDAY ==  Peace, Love, and Kindness = Dress as a Hippie :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pajama Day--- dreaming about Kindness

Almost everyone in our class wore their pyjamas today as we dreamed about KINDNESS. What great school spirit!!  And our friends from Rooms 8 and 11 surprised us all by baking chocolate chip cookies yesterday to pass out to everyone... in a show of kindness!  
Thank you very much to them! Everyone certainly enjoyed the treat!
These girls made a path by putting the foot prints in numerical order.
This activity involved 3 different steps.
 First, each person rolled a single die and had to print the number for the corresponding number of dots. (When you can identify how many dots are on the die without actually counting every dot, we call this "subitizing". We want everyone in kindergarten to be able to subitize up to 6.)
Next, everyone found a partner and together they rolled a pair of dice. Then they added up the number of dots on both dice and printed that number. 
For the third challenge, some kids put themselves into groups of 3 people. They each rolled a die, and added up the dots on all three dice, then wrote down that number!!

  Sharing Time.....something that starts with   /s/

TOMORROW....we are WILD about KINDNESS..... dress as an animal!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Team Kindness

Kindness in sports.....
  this young fellow used the wooden blocks to spell..LOVE
  Sharing Time..... /S/ is for ... sweater

Tomorrow.... Dream of Kindness.... 
Wear your pajamas to school on Wednesday!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kindness Matters

This morning we had an assembly to remind everyone that KINDNESS MATTERS !
Our school is participating in Kids For Peace "The Great Kindness Challenge" (Click on the link for more information.) The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions.  Students are bringing home the checklist of suggested challenges from this site... and feel free to think of your own ideas about kindness.

        Crazy hair and/or crazy clothes for "Crazy for Kindness"

Tomorrow we are celebrating TEAM KINDNESS. Everyone is encourage to wear anything associated with a sport/being on a team! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

All the way to 100

   These 3 kids were putting their number sense to the test... when they sorted all these numbers and put them in order from 1 -100 on the math "Learning Carpet". They didn't go in order, though, as they were able to notice the patterns in the numbers! (ie.  all numbers with 60 something went in the same row, or all numbers that ended with a 4 went in the same column, etc. ) 
    They also noticed that when they lined themselves up on the floor, that they were longer than all the numbers!

  We used our detective tools to help us spot the letter /Tt/ all over our classroom!  I wonder if our little detectives can find any letters or words in their environment at home?

  Today we spent some time with our Buddies from Room 4.

  Sharing time..... W is for..
Our school has been talking about KINDNESS this month. Next week, there are some special activities planned. Everyone is invited to participate...  starting with Monday --- Crazy for Kindness day.  Wear crazy clothes or come to school with crazy hair... and, of course, don't forget being kind to others!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter clothes movie

What do you wear in the winter?  This is what kids from Room 7 had to say about that....

Today we read and discussed this story "Don't Laugh at Me" by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin. It has a very powerful lesson about being tolerant of others and treating others with respect... no matter how different they might be from you. Bullying others is not acceptable, and there is no need to laugh at others or call them names! 
A very good book for families to read together and discuss.
  We brainstormed what we know about Kind Kids.  We will add to it as we come up with new ideas.
Sharing time....W is for.... wheels, water bottle, Winnie the Pooh, walkie-talkie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What do you wear in the winter movie?

We are movie stars!  ........Yesterday we read a story about what to wear when you go outside to play, and the order of putting on our outdoor clothing. Today we made a movie about this. We used a green screen and the assistance of Mrs. Lowe to help put it all together for us. Our movie is currently in the production stage (thanks, Mrs. Lowe). Stay tuned to see our movie tomorrow!!!

Learning Carpet time.....  "What numbers are missing? What number goes where the green frog is?" .......  Those teen numbers can be tricky!

  Some structures with the wooden blocks....
Sharing time... W is for....
Today one of our classmates celebrated his 6th birthday. His mom brought in some cupcakes for him to share with the class. They were yummy!  Thank you to the birthday boy and his family for the treat!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What do you wear in the snow?

Today we read this story. We were able to spot some familiar sight words in the book.
We talked about the different kinds of clothing that we wear for recess, and how it compared to the child in the storybook. We did all agree that we need to wear clothing that will keep us WARM and DRY when we go out for recess. We also tried building sentences on the Smart Board, based on the book.

  Some boys were counting the popsicle sticks that we use to keep track of how many days we have been to school. Every day we add one popsicle stick to our container. Then every time we have 10 loose popsicle sticks, we bundle them up by putting an elastic around the group of 10. It makes it much easier to count so many when we can count by tens, and then add the ones that we need. Today was day #83!
 Yes, we have been in Kindergarten for 83 days of learning already!  
  Sharing something that starts with W.....  how about words on a keychain?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Star of the Week

Our "Star of the Week" did an excellent job explaining his "All About Me" poster. We enjoyed looking at his photos and learning a little more about him. What a star!!

 There are different ways to play the Mr. Snowman game. This version had the kids throwing a pom-pom, and if it landed on the number, they were able to collect that many winter erasers for their score keeping. We will also use it for comparing numbers (more/less), and adding numbers, and sequencing of numbers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Where's the King?

Today some of us learned a new card game... called "Beat the King". The object of this game is to put the cards in the correct suit in order from  1 (Ace) to 10 by turning over one card at a time and placing it in the correct spot of the sequence. If the Kings are revealed first, before all other cards are turned over, then the Kings win. It is a fun game!


...Enjoying a game of winter dominoes
            ....singing songs and reading poems during centre time...
          .......Sharing Time....something that starts with /c/ sound

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter stuff

"Do you want to build a snowman?"  (Anyone who is familiar with the "Frozen" movie will understand why I always want to sing this!) This is how our "puffy" snowman turned out.
Today we played with some "pretend" snow -- otherwise known as shaving cream. (It smelled great! and also helped clean our table!) We practiced printing our name and drawing numbers/letters/words/shapes.

Some of the winter activities in our classroom today....