Where did the holiday season go?! We had a great time with some special people in our lives creating one-of-a-kind "gingerbread" houses (and sneaking a little or a lot of frosting and treats along the way). Check out our creations and enjoy seeing the fun that was had by all!
Many of you had an elf visiting you this holiday season. Mava's mom shared some photos with me and I got special permission from Mava and her mom to share these pictures with you. Her elf was constantly where he wasn't supposed to be, so she build him his own house using creativity and ingenuity! Enjoy!
I can't believe that the month of November came and went already! We are in the last few weeks of fall - although it feels like we're knee deep in winter already!
We had a fantastic presentation on Veteran's Day about veterans by Mr. Noll who was a career helicopter pilot. His wife, Diane Noll, our former administrative assistant, also came in to help. He explained to us what a veteran was, shared with us many types of helmets, vests, outfits, and more; plus he, showed us pictures, and let us try things on and ask questions. A special thanks to him and all of our veterans who keep us safe and have helped to make America great!
Then, we had a presentation from some jr. high students on how to use Bee Bots to do coding. It was so much fun and they'll be coming back soon to do part two!
Finally, thank you to everyone who sent in fleece and to our adult helpers: Diane Noll, April Wegleitner, Janelle Terhaar, and Monica Villanueva (a student teacher from St. Cloud Technical college who is with us three days a week through the 18th of December). Our Project Linus service project was very successful and we had a blast making blankets!
In addition, we've been practicing all of our math and literacy skills in creative ways with hands on materials, songs, poems, drawings, worksheets, ipads, and through art and writing projects. We also finished up our end of the Trimester assessments and prepped for Special Person's Day. It seems there is so much to do and so little time! Try to enjoy all the little holiday moments and stay warm!
October started off with a chill but a great day for walking outside for our Walkathon. We were wildly successful and reached our goal, which meant some of the teachers were in for a new hairdo as a reward to our student body!
We also went to the fire station (see slide show on previous post) and we also attended Alice and Wonderland at the Paramount in St. Cloud this month.
Our fabulously decorated pumpkins graced our hallway and paved the way for entrance into our room for our fantastic Halloween party! We went on a parade of the school in our costumes, decorated pumpkins, made mummies, jack-o-lanterns, and pumpkin bead crafts. Plus, everyone went home with a bag full of treats and toys.
Academically, we've been practicing our names Zaner Bloser style with one capital letter, writing the our numbers and ABC's, practicing counting from 0-10, working with 10 frames, enjoying Daily 5 activities, playing a variety of literacy games, creating art masterpieces, making patterns, clapping syllables in words, rhyming, learning poems and songs; plus, we've been practicing our color words, letters and sounds, and so much more! Additionally, we've been enjoying Math Bins and Sensory Bins. Next up: sight words, counting backwards from 20, counting forwards to 32, guided reading, more Daily 5 activities (including ipads), writing, and too many other concepts and skills to name. Plus, we will be working on our service project: Project Linus.
October flew by and I'm sure November will too! Thanks to our many volunteers this month: Kate, Erin, LeeAnn, Laurie, Janelle, Katie, Anika, Brianna, Gary, Mike, Ryan, Andrew, Kate, Josie, April, Addie, Courtney, Steph, and Julie. I apologize if I've forgotten anyone - I feel blessed to have so many caring, supportive, and involved parents!
And thank you, too, for all the wonderful donations! They are so appreciated and allow us to explore and create and imagine!
We had a fantastic time on our trip to the Albany Fire Department and learned a lot about how to stay safe. We may even have some future firefighters on our hands! Thanks to the Albany Fire Department and to all the parents who volunteered!
What a busy time we've been having in kindergarten. We've been slowly adding more concepts and activities as we get better at managing our time and completing things more quickly. There are so many things to do and so little time!! (That's probably the story for everyone's life these days!)
Concepts we're working on this month and next: rules and routines, doing our best, sharing, kindness, friendship, inside voices, first names (recognizing, identifying the letters in our first names, and printing them with one capital letter), counting to 10 and recognizing numbers 0-10, beginning shapes, AB, ABC, AAB, and ABB
patterns, sorting and grouping, rhyming, syllables, Nursery rhymes, apples, and too many more things to name!
Below you can enjoy a slideshow of one of our favorite activities to choose from when we've complete our morning work.
Can you believe it is already week 2 of school!??! We've been so busy chasing Pete the Cat, learning rules and routines, meeting new teachers, playing, practicing taking turns, doing projects, listening to stories, and learning that we haven't hardly had time to come up for air! Below you can see our class enjoying a game of "Dead Bug" in gym class. Gym class is only one of the many specials we have during the week. We also enjoy music, social/emotional learning, and library. Be sure to ask your child about some of their favorite activities in school and also see if they can tell you at least 5 of our school rules! Summer is fast coming to a close and Fall is quickly approaching; enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!
We had an impromptu visit this week from the Albany FFA and the Stearns County Dairy princesses. The kids got a chance to pet calves, rabbits, kittens, puppies, and more! Plus, check out the awesome display of tractors in the slideshow that they got to look at, too. As if that wasn't enough, the Dairy Princesses treated them to free stickers, pencils, coloring books, crayons, and a lip balm that smells like chocolate milk. What a great way to start the day!
What a wonderful time we had listening to the kids perform and then joining in to learn a dance! Watch for these talented kids to develop more as they grow up!
Due to weather woes, we had to reschedule our field trip to SJU to learn all about maple syrup but it was well worth it! Everyone remembered their snow attire and even though it was a bit windy, we beat the snowstorm to have some fun learning about how to identify and tap a maple tree, and then we all got to take a turn at collecting sap that will be made into delicious syrup! We even got to taste some! YUM! As one mom said, "This is liquid gold!!" Thank you to all our volunteers who made our trip such a success and so much fun!