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Gingerbread Fun

We have had a ton of fun reading gingerbread stories and playing in our gingerbread house! At Quiet Time, we can read in the house. At Centers, we can act out the story. We can bake pretend cookies. We can retell the story. Or just have fun being in the house!      

Reading and Retelling with 3rd Grade

Mrs. Curcuru’s third graders invited us to the cafeteria to share what they’ve been working on in reading. The third graders each read a book to a kindergarten student, and the next day met with us again to retell the story using puppets they had made.  

Halloween Activities

We used number cards to count and add eyes to monsters. We made torn paper mosaics to display in our hallway. We played Tic-Tac-Toe with Halloween counters . We made words with candy corn letters and matched letters on a cauldron. We used Halloween stickers to inspire our writing. What a fun month!  

Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the poem “Five Little Pumpkins” to listen for rhyming words and find the sight word the. Then we had our first engineering challenge of the year: build a gate to hold five pumpkins. This project helped us to practice working together. We also learned the importance of trying and trying again when something doesn’t work the first time. Each team was given the same materials and set off the build a gate. Some teams chose to draw a plan of how their gate might look. They tried lots of different ways to use clothespins and craft sticks to construct

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Letters and Names

We have been exploring letters and names this week. We sorted letters by looking at their lines and curves. We spelled and read our names with name puzzles. We are noticing how many letters are in our names. Now we will work on recognizing and writing each other’s names!  

Happy 100th Day!

We worked together to write 100 CVC words as a class. Students shared their awesome collections of 100! Keep an eye out for our 100 things class book that will come home soon!

Snow Bears

This week, we read The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett. We noticed it was a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears! In the art center, we made polar bears out of old newspapers. What a great way to reuse materials!


We loved reading The Mitten by Jan Brett and have been doing a lot of mitten activities! We made our own mittens and chose an animal to put inside them. We put bears and dinosaurs into gloves and counted how many we could fit inside – this took teamwork! Can you believe that over 100 bears could fit into one glove?  

Gingerbread Man Challenge

After reading several Gingerbread Man stories, we knew that taking a ride from the fox to cross the river always ended badly for the cookie. We decided to build structures for the Gingerbread Man to use instead! We worked in teams, which required us to share ideas and compromise. Teams could choose from a variety of materials to use. Some teams drew a picture to help make a plan. Some teams had to abandon materials and try others to build their bridge. Finally, we tested each bridge and observed the results. Everyone had a different way to solve the problem and

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Fine Motor Skills

A lot of what we do doubles as fine motor practice! One of our recent morning activities was picking up pom poms with a clothespin and sorting them by color. Another favorite morning activity is putting stickers on paper – peeling the stickers is good work to strengthen little fingers!   We have lots of different kinds of beads to lace.   Our projects in the art center require a lot of careful work with our fingers! Check out our fall leaves with patterned borders!