|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
|We began our study of family. We documented a special family memory using sharpies and water colors. |
Then we filled our houses with who lives in them using square papers to represent different family members. It was really interesting to find out all the different families that make up the Mighty K.
"My house: my sister, my brother, my mom, my dad and me." - Clyde
"I'm painting a picture of memory of my whole family. It was about when I got my first pet because I wasn't
alive when they got Boo and Theo, so I was painting my new pet. I was a baby when we got this and he was a bunny and his name was Lou." - Mae
"I'm making families. My family is looking outside at the beautiful sun." - Frederica
|Our beans really started to grow! We had to transplant them so they can continue to grow. We are excited to see what they grow into!|
"Mine didn't grow that much, it's like the size of a pebble maybe. It has roots." - William
"They're roots because if they don't have roots they won't be something to eat." - Billie
"I am planting a seed. It came from a wet paper towel and it is a red seed. I think it's going to grow into a
beautiful red flower." - Kate
Letter of the Week: M
|The letter of the week was M. Mae's mommy, Kathryn, came in to make marshmallow Rice Krispy treats with M&Ms. They were delicious!|
"Making Rice Krispies, which I'm eating right now. They're delicious." - Ruby
"I'm writing an M because it's letter of the week." - Julien
"At the button table, we were making button letters. An M because that's the letter of the week." - Eddie
"We made letters with the buttons because it was letter of the week and you could do patterns, you could do anything you want." - Neva
Time change, longer nights, and slightly cooler days...|
This week the Mighty K learned a bit about seasons, shadows during sunlight, the orbit of the earth and time change... and their contribution to our shorter days and longer
|Building with our new light table and magna-tiles. . .
What does your day look like now that the nights are longer?
Our shadows and shadow puppets. . .
"I'm making a puppet show." Paloma
"I was drawing a night time picture because now there is more night." Arabella
"I was building a cozy house on the light table." Lila
One bean stage one.... Will it sprout? Is it a plant?
What are your observations?
"I was drawing beans and I was looking at beans, beans, beans." William
"We were drawing the seeds and then put them in wet paper towels. And we put that in a bag so we can watch them grow." Julien
Our letter of the week was N...nnnnnnnn.....
What words start with N?
What is the motion for the letter N?
"I'm making N's, I think those are
N's. I really like making those N's." Ruby
The Mighty K had a fun filled week...
Kate's dad, Jeff, came to talk to the class about perspective and to help us write books for Writers Workshop.
"When he read the book he said we could think anyway we wanted. It was either a duck or a rabbit!"-Neva
Avery's father, Lloyd, carved pumpkins and the children painted pumpkins.
"Avery's dad carved a pumpkin with Jack Skelton and a minion. I carved a pumpkin at home with my dad."-Princeton
During explore time this week, we made Halloween decorations, used lacing boards, weaved fabric through looms and did some sewing!
"We were weaving with fabric."-Paloma
The letter of the week was "R". Avery and her mom made Halloween Rice Krispie Treats!
Thanks to all of the grown ups who helped make Halloween in the Mighty K so much fun!
Even with only 3 days of school, the Mighty K were busy...
Kindergarteners continued their study of patterns. Wow, there are so many fun ways to create patterns.
"Patterns. I'm doing patterns by using colored paper." - Ruby
"We're making patterns with paper, gluing them on to paper. It was fun." - Sofia
"You have to see who gets to the treasure box first. We never got to the treasure box." - Ollie
"Playing. We have to spin the spinner and then we have to get the bead and then we have to place it, place it,
On Wednesday, the buddies came down and ate lunch and played
"Me and Kanayo eating lunch. That's my stuffed animal: Jumpy. You know why? Because he always jumps on people's heads." -Obi
"I was eating with my buddy, Scarlett, and I had so much fun and I loved when we met because I just thought that would be my buddy and I got scared
It was only my buddy because no one else wanted her they wanted a different
"Well...it was really fun eating with our buddies and sitting down and talking."
The Rights of Everyone Everywhere
After many thoughtful discussions, kindergarteners came up with and
"We should tell everyone like the parents how we did the stuff we did: every right.
"We were really thinking and we thinked as hard as we could and then we came
"I'm drawing my name on a big sheet of paper that's the whole school rights."
Letter of the Week: B
This week's letter was B. Billie and Eddie's mom, Bea, came in and made banana muffins with us.
"I cracked eggs." - Clyde
"We baked banana bread muffins 'cause it's B day." - Eddie
"We're baking banana muffins 'cause it's the letter B. Momma was baking with us. It was fun." - Billie
"I'm building a circuit. What I was trying to do was make the music color make music." -True
"I was just making a squiggly thing." - William
"I was trying to make the thing music with Julien because I wanted to make the music." -Princeton
"We're putting snap circuits. You snap things together and you can make things light up and make music." -Julien
The week before the campout kept us busy here in the cottage, check out some of the highlights from our exciting week...
THE SIGN-IN CHART
Monday, kindergarteners were introduced to their own form of morning sign-in.
Now, along with their adults signing in,
students have the big responsibility of
signing in as well.
"I'm signing up so people can know I am
here. I'm here at school." -Christian
"I'm looking for my name because I'm
signing in for the new sign in for kids."
|CAMPOUT EXCITEMENT FILLS THE AIR|
The annual Oaks campout has given life to a whole new level of excitement in the cottage.
Many mighty kindergarteners have never been to an Oaks campout, so we enlisted the help of some sixth
grade buddies to give us the run down. Using that information, we collaborated to draw a night time
prediction of the campout and build mock camp sites.
"That's my buddy in the picture. They were telling us about all of the campout stuff that will be fun and I'm
excited for the scavenger hunt." -William
"On the campout drawing I drewed that white tent with a heart on it. And I drawed a little fairy house. And I
drewed a rain cloud with rain drops." -Billie
"I am making me and my buddy at the campout."- Sofia
"The buddies told us everything about the campout."-Alfie
"I'm making a party inside the campout tent!" -Ollie
There has been a recent surge in "bad guy" games in the cottage. But, since there are no bad guys in this class and because we strive to play games that keep our bodies and feelings safe, students decided to build their
own "bad guy" robot. It was a fun and creative collaboration that resulted in "bad guy" who hung out in the
big energy game zone.
"Well, I had an idea that we could have robot arms that worked that were totally like errrr errrr errrr errr. So,
we made him." -Blumes
"It took really long. I drew the face, I drew a line for the mouth and two circles for the eyes. And it took a long time to get the legs on."- Paloma
"He had to be made with boxes. He got over there to the energy area before he was broken."-True
Also, in preparation for an activity at the campout, students were introduced to an activity that many Oaks
students are familiar with. Antonio, one of our art teachers, made his way down to the cottage this week to
teach the Mighty K how to make their very own god's eyes.
"Well, we like kinda of like made an X and we keep making that X over and over again. Then you're done and
its a really beautiful god's eye. You can make all different kinds and it's a lot of fun." -Neva
"Oh, me and Paloma were seeing if ours looked the same or kind of the same." -Kate
|SEEDS, SEEDS, AND MORE SEEDS....|
Now that is finally cooling down, we can finally start to think about our winter garden. This week we explored the seed. Students were scientists and made observations about all different kinds of seeds before each
type of seed was revealed.
"We looked at the seeds to see which ones they were. Before we really knew." -Jack
"I hope we plan strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, potatoes, and lettuce!"-Mae
"I noticed a lot of the seeds are all different. It's because they grow different things."-Julien
"I cant wait till we make a garden!" -Princeton
|Letter of the Week: P!|
This week, Hudson's nanny, Karla, joined us in the cottage to make delicious pancakes! We topped them with maple syrup and bananas...YUM!
Some of the P words Kindergarten thought of:
and even poop!
"Well, we even put bananas on the pancakes. But you could eat them plain too."-Hudson
"Because the letter of the week was P, my mom made my whole lunch with P's. Like, peas, pretzels, and
"I loved the pancakes because I ate them. I didn't even want my peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And I
didn't ever tell my dad I wanted that sandwich in my lunch he just thought I did."-Arabella
"I was working on my book
Obi's mother, Sara, came in and worked with us during our Mindful Time.
She taught us about taking time to keep our bodies still and introduced her singing bowl.
During Morning Circle, students have been noticing patterns with our calendar and our number chart for counting the days we are in school. This week we started working with patterns using unifix cubes.
"We were using the blocks to make patterns and a long line of blocks."-Princeton
Some students even made a cube train that stretched the entire length of the class number line from 1-100!
Ollie's Grandfather is visiting from Chicago and stopped by the Kindergarten classroom to perform a few magic tricks with Ollie as his assistant!
"I was doing magic tricks with my Grandpa!" Ollie
Kindergarten had another visitor this week, Mae's bunny, Lou!
The students had fun feeding and petting Lou.
Sadly, our Savanna Monitor, Skittles passed away over the weekend.
The children wrote letters, said nice things about him, and then we buried Skittles on Hummingbird Hill.
Skittles will truly be missed.
"Skittles died and I made him a note with the letter "S" for his name and we buried him with it."-William
|"I was looking at my pupil with Vanessa. It got bigger!"-True|
Next, the students drew their eye including their pupil.
|" I was making it, so it looked like my eye. I noticed red tentacle things so I drawed the red." Obi|
We incorporated math skills into self concept by having students pair up with a partner and measure their feet, using unifix cubes. Next, we measured the length of our entire bodies with unifix cubes.
Using ink pads and magnify glasses, we studied our unique fingerprints. We learned even if you are a twin
you will not have the same fingerprint. We discussed the three main types of fingerprints: whirl, arch and
loop. We then made a graph of our class fingerprints based on our types of prints. Most of the children in our class have arch fingerprints.
|"I was looking at my finger for the fingerprint to see which one I had." Hudson|
|Letter of The Week: D|
This week we studied the letter D
and Alfie's mom came to make
"drop biscuits". YUM!
|"We were taking out the dough for the drop biscuits for the letter D." Blumes|
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