Saturday, October 31, 2009

Go Away Big Green Monster Party and the Week

This week we participated in a fun recycling/garbage clean up activity. We in extra room and saw that someone had left garbage and recycling all over the place! We picked it all up and sorted it into the garbage can and recycling bin.

The other exciting thing we did this week was go outside and find pumpkins! The pumpkin fairy left some pumpkins in the grass outside of the school. We each got to find a pumpkin and then bring it inside to decorate it.

Here is the slideshow of those two activities:

Also this week we had a Go Away Big Green Monster party on Friday. We rotated around the school participating in different activities. Our class moved around the station with Mr. Keating's friends. It was fun to meet other friends! We read a story and used the Go Away Big Green Monster puppet, we played "Pin the Nose on the Big Green Monster", we did a monster obstacle course, we made Go Away Big Green Monster faces, we decorated monster cookies and moved with some gross motor activities to the Monster Mash. It was a fun day filled with learning and movement as well!

Enjoy the slideshow!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Family of the Week Schedule

The new family of the week schedule for new students has been added on the right sidebar!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fun with Recycling

This week we did several activities with the pieces of recycling everyone brought in. First, we counted and sorted the recycling by type. Then we graphed how much of each type we had (plastic, paper, glass, and metal). We had the most pieces of plastic!

Another day we weighed the recycling to figure out which pieces were heavier than others. We dictated sentences to Miss Stephanie about what we found out.

Check out our slideshow!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Recycling and Fall

This week we participated in recycling activities and fall activities!

We have spent quite a bit of time discussing the difference between recycling and garbage. It is a great topic for home! When you are throwing something away, think outloud about whether it is recycling or garbage before you make your decision. This will help your child make the decision by himself/herself.

We also talked about reducing and reusing. The MWF/M-F classes learned that donut holes used to be just thrown away instead of sold and eaten! We learned about it by having leaves cut out of paper. We used the outside pieces as stencils to draw pictures of leaves and the inside leaf shapes to make patterns. Then we ate donut holes! We have been talking about using all parts of items and not wasting.

There are some videos included in the slideshow of the fun we have dancing at circle time. Please excuse the shakiness of the video....Miss Stephanie was dancing while recording!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Playing Go Fish and Recycling

This week we started our recycling unit by reading several books that taught us what we can recycle and why we should recycle. We are looking forward to getting involved in more taking care of the earth activities!

This week we also played Go Fish with letter cards in the M-F and MWF classes. It was a lot of fun and Miss Stephanie was very impressed with how well we did. This would be a great game to continue playing at home.

Don't forget to that we will be recycling ink cartridges, batteries, and Elmer's glue bottles and glue sticks at school. Please send them in your child's backpack!

Also, don't forget to go to Miss Erin's page and leave a comment on her 3-a-day post. You could win a $25 gift certificate!!!!

Miss Stephanie realized that she didn't take a lot of pictures this week, but here ya go!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

3-A-Day Dairy Giveaway

Miss Erin (one of the other teachers at our school) was given the opportunity to give away some free stuff on her classroom blog. She is opening it up to all of the classrooms with classroom blogs at our school!

Lucky us!

You can visit her website and read her post about nutrition for preschools students. There are directions at the end of the post to enter the giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment on the post. Make sure to include your child's name and my name as well!

Click here to visit the post directly!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Brown Bear Videos and Pumpkin Patch

This week we took turns reading our Brown Bear books that we made. We were VERY excited to have our very own books to bring home and read to our families. Also this week we visited Miss Stephanie's Pumpkin Patch! It was so exciting! We saw these great big green things that looked like huge watermelon! But Miss Stephanie told us that they are pumpkins. We didn't know pumpkins were green before they were orange. There are so many pumpkins and cute little gourds! We can't wait to go back at the end of October and pick some pumpkins for ouselves.

Here are some videos of us reading at school.


Here is our slideshow of the visit to the pumpkin patch (and birthday fun!).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

School Library

We are very excited to announce that our Independence School Library is almost up and running! We cannot wait to be able to head there for story time and to check out books. Right now, we are looking for parent volunteers to help with running the library. We are hoping to get volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Ideally, volunteers would need to be able to say for the entire 2.5 hour session. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out with the library on a regular basis!

Also, keep an eye out this weekend for a pictures post of our visit the pumpkin patch as well as some video of the classes reading Brown Bear!