Mardi Gras Celebration!
Tuesday was the start of Mardi Gras! Ollie's parents came in and shared a Mardi Gras story, passed out green, gold, and purple Mardi Gras beads, and made beignets!
"My Dad and I were passing out beads because it was Mardi Gras Day!!!"-Ollie
The Oaks' Post Office opened last week and The Mighty K jumped right in to letter writing.
We started by learning the basic structure of a letter . Then we wrote letters to our buddies.
"I was reading the board to get words to write a letter to my buddy" Princeton
ORANGE JUICE WITH ANTONIO
Antonio came to Mighty K to make fresh orange juice with oranges from his tree!
"I made orange juice from Toto's (Antonio) tree at home." Mae
The Kindergarten Class worked with Carole & Sherry for our 2nd Assembly.
We sang The Garden Song and did a folk dance called "Jump Jim Joe".
"We are singing and dancing to 'Jump Jim Joe'."-Christian
COOKING THE ALPHABET LETTER Z:
Kate's mom Stefanie came to make Zebra Stripe Cupcakes! Yum!
"I was cooking a Zebra Cupcake!"-Ruby
|Kindergarten had its first publishing party. |
Kindergarten students were both the author and illustrator in
creating their "I Like..." books.
When everyone had written and illustrated a book,
we read them to an audience.
Afterwards, we celebrated with delicious treats.
"I am watching Alfie reading his publishing party 'I Like' book." - True
"When it was my turn I was reading a book
and when it was other people's turn, I let them do it.
It was 'I Like' books and I got sweets." - Lila
"Ice Cream because it was the publishing party.
Marshmallows with whipped cream on it." - Blumes
| Tad Hills, author and illustrator of the popular |
Duck & Goose and Rocket books,
came to visit the Oaks. He read us a couple of his books,
showed us how to draw duck,
and showed us a picture of the real life Rocket.
"He showed us how to draw Duck with velcro and we just put them
together. I liked all of it." -William
"He drew Duck, then showed pictures of his dog that he put in the
story and also copied some pictures of his dog and Clyde learned how to make Duck." -Hudson
"We were knowing how to draw Duck from a story that we
read and he was showing us books that he made.
And he made the story of Duck." - Chloe
Painting a Mural
|Antonio stretched |
canvas and helped
us create a
of our garden study.
"We're painting a
I think to hang up in
the art room." - Neva
"I'm watching them
painting a garden."
Cooking in K
|Avery's mom, Susan, came in to cook the letter Y |
The children made Yogurt parfaits. Yummy!
"We made yogurt. I put fruit and granola and an umbrella in." - Sofia
"We put little candies in cups
and we put yogurt in the cups and granola
and fruit and it was so good." - Paloma
|Christian's grandma, Sameerah, is visiting from. Jackson, Mississippi! |
She taught us how to make flat bread. It's so fun when our relatives share special recipes.
"It was awesome! We cooked the bread.
Grandma cooked the bread with us." - Christian
"That was me cooking. She brought us aprons,gloves, and hats."
"Well we had to roll out the dough and
we had to make it into balls and we had to splat it down
and I got to eat it and it was really yum
and it was flat bread and that's all." - Kate
|Kindergarteners made folders to store the Valentine's treats their friends brought|
for them. Then we had a Valentine's Day celebration.
"We're putting our Valentine's in the folders." - Clyde
"Looking at the eraser. I felt pretty good." - Hudson
"Well, we're taking out our stuff from our
package from Valentine's." -True
|Physical Knowledge! |
This week during math, new physical knowledge games were introduced. Students were given materials for bowling, incline ramps, and straw/fuzzy ball blowing and they made up their own guidelines.
"I was bowling. We set up the pins and then we tried to knock down all 5 pins, then
Kamilah gave us the six pins. Then we started to play with them until clean up." Julien
"I was making a trap, a marble trap." True
|"We're building ramps." Avery|
"I was choosing the one that goes
the fastest. It was the pink one." Arabella
In the group you are sitting in, how can you split the snack at your table so everyone has
the same amount to eat? And, can you tell the class how your group solved this
"We did the same amount. We got the same apricots the same of the popcorn. Then we made sure they were all the same. And then we ate them. But I didn't eat the apricots. I
hate apricots." Alfie
This week we planted in our indoor grow lab. Students each picked out what they wanted
to grow for our spring garden. Using soil and
seeds, we planted them in their planter cups
and placed them in the warmth of the
|"I was digging to plant." Eddie|
"I am gonna grow a little flower." Kate
"Oh, that's when I put it under the light
to grow." Clyde
|Our new spring bulletin is making it's way up... |
We have been discussing the needs of a seed to grow and make a garden. This week students collaboratively painted pieces for the bulletin.
"That's when we painted to put that up in the class." Sofia
"I am painting raindrops cause it can infect the plants so they know how to grow." Lila
"I am painting the lady bug with Lila." Freddy
|Closing our week...|
Fridays in the cottage are always a lot of fun and really busy! Today, we had a
return visit from our seasoned Kindergarten letter of the week cook, Chloe's
mom, who returned to make x-tra cheesy macaroni and cheese for our
letter of the week...X! It was cheesy and deilcious!
We also gave Starburst her weekly bath in the warm sun. And others were
"We made macaroni and cheese. It was sooooo cheesy. It was like a party." Billie
"We are giving Starburst a bath that she liked." Paloma
"I drew beautiful butterflies. They were so
"I LIKE..." BOOKS!
This week the Kindergartners worked on making books about things they like to do.
Ideas ranged from video games, bunnies, and cooking with their parents!
"I'm working on my I like books. One page is about bunnies and another is about Buttercup."-Arabella
SINGING WITH CAROLE...
The Kindergartners are working on a song to sing for our upcoming Assembly on February 20th!
We can't wait for you to hear it!
FLOWERS, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE!
Some friends, painted flowers for classroom decorations.
Maybe some of these flowers will grow in our garden!
"I'm making flowers out of paint. I made a daisy."-Neva
STARBURST GETS A BATH!
"We are giving Starburst a bath. She just walked a little bit. She didn't really get into the water."-Sophia
COOKING THE ALPHABET: WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES WITH FRESH WHIPPED CREAM
Paloma and her parents helped us cook this week.
"We are making waffles with Daddy. They are whole wheat waffles."
|Kindergarten has a new member! The newest addition to the kindergarten family is female bearded dragon. A huge thank you to Chloe and Liz for making this possible.|
We had many great name suggestions and ultimately the children chose the name Starburst. In further
discussion the children mentioned that most people have a first, middle and last name, so her full name is
Starburst Spike Bunbunbe.
"My mommy picked her out. She was the biggest and she was cute. I don't know anything else." - Chloe
"So, well we got to pet her and then we got to like well she would come back to us and like scream." - Neva
"We voted for her name and it is Starburst." - Julien
How Do Seeds Travel?
We read that seeds travel by flying, floating, and sticking to animals. We decided to test this new knowledge out...
"I was holding the tiger because he's so funny. We are sticking seeds to the tiger because seeds get stuck to
"We're dropping the seeds 'cause we're testing if they're floating or sinking." - Avery
"I'm holding the seed and making it wind. It didn't fly, it flew a little bit." - True
"Seeds travel by wind because the wind can blow them somewhere. The wind can blow them into a hole,
and then blow some dirt over it and then some water will come." - Clyde
Parts of a Plant
|We investigated the different parts of a plant. Did you know that you can eat |
different parts of plants? Science can be delicious!
"We were counting the fruit by eating it on the end and second graders came."
"It's parts of a flower, but we eat them." - Sofia
"I'm making my flower and I was gluing them on and I had to use lots of glue
because it was falling off and then I finally got it. Flowers have petals, and a stem, and some roots and a leaf." - Kate
Cooking with K
|The letter of the week this week was V. Jenny and Tom, Ollie's parents, made |
vanilla cake dip with us. Yummy!
"He's (Ollie) cool, he's nice. He loves peanuts. He loves to suck on peanut shells. It (cooking with his parents) was very fun." - Ollie
"I loved it. It was so good." - Paloma
|We started hockey this week in P.E.|
"Hockey. We're hitting the pucks." - Christian
"We were playing keep away. We wear helmets. The helmets were black and
white." - Obi
"I'm in the PE. I'm playing hockey!" - Alfie
"We were playing hockey. Whoever gets the puck
first, like you do this kind of
face off thing, whoever gets it, you have to keep the partner from getting the
Then once the partner gets it, you try to get it back." - Hudson
We're back from break and we hit the ground running...movin' and groovin' in 2015!
"That's my new journal and I really liked it." -Princeton
"I'm making a ladybug in my journal, it's sitting on a leaf." -Ollie
New year means....new journals!
2014 was very busy and many of our journals were
filled to the brim with ideas and creativity....Thus, a new year
required a new place for all of our wonders.
|Problem of the day|
Here's a challenge for you... If Tom the turtle's twin came to visit, how many legs would there be all together?
How can you figure it out? And further, show how
you figured it out.
"I was writing what's the answer to Tom the turtle's sister coming to
our class." -Ruby
"We were wondering about math work." -True
We were busy in the class as well as in specialist classes.
This week in PE we played Keepers of the Castle, in library we
had to figure out how many letters are in our names, in drama
we're engaged in Courduroy, in art we decorated our school
portraits (check them out on the way to the office, sometime
soon) and in music we learned the chicken dance!
"I was putting all my friends names on that calendar and my mom was helping me."
"I'm walking on a balance and I'm being like a circus person being on a balance beam."
"Oh, thats me at PE, I think we were playing four corner capture
that day." -Obi
"Right there I was spinning in a circle in music class because we
were learning a dance and like singing a song. It was really
Letter of the week...
Our letter of the week this week was the letter U... and Chloe's mom came
in for her second round of cooking with us and made umbrella
smoothies... we were big fans!
"I made berry smoothies with my mom named Liz." -Chloe
"Im drinking a smoothie!" -William
Enjoy your Winter Break. We appreciate all of your support this semester and your generous gifts!
Vanessa, Sarah, & Kamilah
|We started our family books this week. Families brought in pictures and the kinders assembled books that will live in kindergarten. We |
can share them with our friends to learn about each other's families and we can use them when we're missing our grown-ups. A special thank you to all of the grown-ups who helped with this project!
"I'm making my family book. I glued my pictures on a piece of paper. We write what the picture is." - Ruby
"I'm working on my family book by drawing. I liked it because we get tp glue it on. When I showed Vanessa, the PE teacher, my baby
picture she said it was so cute." -Arabella
|We investigated how bees pollinate flowers. Kinders became bees and passed pollen from one flower to |
"Pollination is good because it makes new flowers." - Obi
"Pollination makes more honey." - Hudson
"The more flowers, the more pollen." - Alfie
"It makes more honey. The more bees that pollinate make more honey." - Clyde
"They (bees) get into the middle of the flowers and dig into the inside and suck it up." - Kate
"How bees make honey is they swish it around in their mouth." - Julien
|Author and illustrator John Rocco came to visit the Oaks. We've been |
reading some of the books he wrote and/or illustrated. Some of our
favorites were BLIZZARD (which is a true story), BLACK
OUT, and SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM.
"He taught us about making books. You
have to work and you have to do it over
and over and over again."
"He taught us a lot about making books and
we were listening and we really learned about
|We studied the holiday Kwanzaa. During the seven days of Kwanzaa (which begins on 12/26) we celebrate |
the importance of family, friends, and community.
"This is me making bracelets for Kwanzaa. We're going to give them to our friends." - Mae
"Making a kinara. It's a little thing that you hold candles in." - Sofia
"We're making mats for the feast at this school. For Kwanzaa. Because Kwanzaa has red and green and
that's some colors of a kinara." - Kate
"Cooking cornbread with Frederica and Arabella's mommy for Kwanzaa." - Ruby
|A special bus came equipped with individual woodworking |
stations. Children had the choice of making a boat, plane or cat.
"Well we made stuff like cats and boats. We used drills, like with saws, and pencils." - Jack
"I'm showing my kitty. I got wood and I nailed it and I sawed it." - Billie
"We were drilling wood. We were making holes and hammering nails in my boat." - Christian
"I was building my plane. I was wearing glasses so the dust don't come in my eyes." - Alfie
Children worked together to add ideas to existing clay designs. In a group discussion the children shared their
interpretation of the existing set up. They followed by each adding their individual ideas to a larger group
idea to create a whole new clay scene.
|" I was making clay, we were a santa sleigh. It was Chloe, me, Jack and Julien and Blumes. We all did it |
together. I think it was a good idea." -Avery
"I was making clay and playing with it. I was building with your friends. From Chloe and all my friends."
"We also made a bunny robot and people added a Santa to it." -Jack
|The rain didn't stop us...|
This week we were lucky enough to have a special guest visitor, Neva's grandma. She
came into kindergarten to lead us through building our very own worm box for our
"We were making a worm box with Neva's grandma. I put dirt in it. I think half of the class made it." -Sofia
Math and letter of the week...
This week we learned a new game, called animal rumy. We could only have seven cards at a time and we
worked to find sets of 3.
"We were, well one person would go and you
pick a card and try to get a match of three and every time you pick one card you have to pick what card
you are going to have to put back. But you have to try to get all the matches." -Neva
Also, our letter of the week was the letter K, it can be a tricky letter because it makes same sound as the letter C. Some of the words that we know start with K...kindergarten, kitty, kite, kids...
"That was the letter K, and I know that because my name actually starts with a K."
We spent some time studying Hanukkah this week. And we commenced the week with a very special visitor, Hudson's grandma and her friend. We were fortunate enough to have them come into our classroom and tell us the story of Hannukah, dance the horah, and play dreidel. To top it all off, we were treated with latkes and applesauce, YUM!
"We had latkes and applesauce. I had one but I actually ate two then I got full. I did like them a lot. It was my
first day to eat them, but they were good." -Princeton
"We played dreidel, and it was fun. Oh, and we get gelt. They are chocolate coins, they are chocolate shaped
like coins and have designs like coins but they have golden wrappings on them, so, you can eat them."
"They taste like hashbrowns that my mom gives me." -Avery
"I was playing Pick Up sticks with my friends. First you drop the whole pile of sticks and try to move one without moving the others"-Sofia
Clay, Compost, & Soil Exploration:
In small groups we explored why compost and soil are important to plants and our future garden.
"Compost, worms, paper and apples goes into the compost can. Peaches and grass too."-Arabella
"I'm digging and looking in the soil. I found roots, and an interesting piece of wood and spider webs." - Paloma
We also were introduced to playing with clay.
"We were making it into a camel"-Billie
We drew pictures of our feelings for our families coming from our hearts.
We also drew the people in our family.
"I was working on making my family"-Julien
Letter of the week was "H".
William's parents made hot chocolate with us!
"We were drinking hot chocolate because it was 'H' day!"-William
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