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Valentine’s Day/Play Day

What a fun day doing Valentine activities and playing with our fifth grade buddies! We also had a Valentine’s Flower Shop in our Housekeeping Center this week, so we got to practice buying and selling flowers!  


Positive Thinking with Fifth Grade Buddies

Our fifth grade buddies in Mr. Skiba’s class invited us to help them with a positive thinking project. They wanted to create a bulletin board display of positive messages in the shape of a sun. The fifth graders helped the kindergarteners to write a message on each ray.


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!      


Boat Building

We talked about the story of Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean in a big ship called the Mayflower. Then we had an engineering challenge: working as a team, choose materials to build a boat that will float and not sink! To be successful, teams had to listen to each other, compromise, and work together. They tried different materials and put back things that didn’t work well for their design. It was fun to try putting people (math counters) in the boat!  


What Does Math Look Like?

We do a lot of hands-on activities in math! Here’s a look at some of the things we did in math this week. In the math center, we practiced writing numbers in shaving cream. The rectangular trays are just like the boxes we write in when we practice numbers on paper. The top left hand corner is called “the starting corner” and almost every number starts there! Although we don’t measure with units in kindergarten, we become familiar with the terms longer and shorter. We practiced describing the length of objects by comparing them to a paper clip. Is it

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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!  


Field Trip Fun!

We had fun at Smolak Farms! The playground was the highlight of the trip!


Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the poem “Five Little Pumpkins” to listen for rhyming words and find the sight word the.┬áThen 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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Dot Cards

In math, we have been counting dots and comparing quantities. Which has more? What does equal mean? We learned to play Match Up and Top It with dot cards. In Match Up, players had to find cards of equal quantities. In Top It, the player with the greater number of dots got to keep the cards. Math games are a great way to practice taking turns and being a good sport!  


Exploring Centers

We have been learning how to do centers in our classroom every afternoon. In small groups, children go to one center each day and rotate throughout the week. In their center, the children may have a project to complete or they may be able to choose what to do. In the math center, we have been exploring different materials. In the blocks center, we are working on sharing Legos and big blocks. At housekeeping (our dramatic play center), we are playing in our pretend kitchen and dollhouse or using puppets. At the art center, we have been exploring different materials

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