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Hooray! Hooray! It is the 100th Day!!

Can you believe that we have been in Kindergarten for 100 days? We have been counting each day we have been in school since day #1. Today we tied the 10 groups of 10 paper clips together and celebrated our 100th day of school!

The children entered the classroom under a banner "It's the 100th day!" As they entered the classroom, there were 100 balloons waiting for them. They were so excited! We read 100 day books, made 100th day hats, counted to 100, and even had a 100th day snack.

In the afternoon, we hid 100 Hershey Kisses that were numbered to 1-100 - then hid them in the classroom. When a child found the "kiss", it was put on the 100's chart matching the number that was found. Children decorated hats with 100 stars and they wore shirts with 100 items on them. They wrote what they would buy with $100. One child wrote that she was buying and electric guitar and a diamond ring with her $100! They also drew a picture of what they look like now and what the…

Our Tenth Birthday Remembered

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Happy Birthday to Us - Our Tenth Year

Our Kindergarten students will always remember the 10th birthday of our school. This past week has been full of activities, parties, and fun. The kick-off started last week at our flag raising. The time capsule that was buried 10 years ago was unearthed. Pictures, books, and classroom treasures from 1998 were displayed in the lobby together with items from each of the ten years past themes. Students and alumni faculty who were in the inaugural class and throughout the last ten years came back to take part in various celebrations throughout the week. This included reading some of their favorite books to our class.

Each year our school has a theme that students, teachers and community rally around. The themes have included Hollywood, Puzzle Paradise, Construction, Sports, Western, well, we have been To Infinity and Beyond... On Thursday, students were invited to wear a costume that represented one of our past themes. In the afternoon, we had a party complete with dancing, cupcakes, an…

Let Me Tell You A Story...

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This board is a standards-based "reading" board "Getting the Meaning". It states:
We expect kindergarten students to read "emergently" - that is "reread" a favorite story, re-creating the words of the text with fluent intonation and phrasing and showing through verbal statements or occasional pointing that they understand that the print on the the page controls what is said."

After hearing the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears several times, three children at different emergent reading levels were invited to retell the story during a reading conference. The children retold the story into a tape player and it was transcribed. The bulletin board features the same part of the story retold three different ways by these three children.

How does it start? After children have heard a story several times, they are tested on what is called a "Sulzby Level." This Sulzby Level can range from a score from one to eleven. When a child reaches a…

Celebrar Y Español El Idioma

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Hola! amigos -- The title of this post is "Celebrate the Spanish Language." We are very excited to announce that we are having Spanish lessons once a week in Room 104. One of our classroom parents has volunteered to come in and teach Spanish to our Kindergarten students. Today was the first lesson. Students were shown a map all of the countries that speak Spanish in the world. Then the children were asked (in Spanish), "What is your name?" Next, the children enjoyed learning the words for red, green, yellow, orange, pink, black, white, purple and gray. Ms. Ana brought in a CD with a Spanish/English color word song on it and taught it to the class. After introducing the color words, students who were wearing the various color clothes, were invited to the front of the room to hold that color word card. The students repeated the color in Spanish and English for each word a few times. Then Ms. Ana read a big book in Spanish and the children followed along no…

Wake Up to a Good Morning Skills Block!

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The Skills Block is my favorite time of the day. It is the time when students learn the majority of the "nuts and bolts" of reading and writing skills. We start at 8:55 a.m. with what I call "morning work." It can range from writing the next letter in the alphabet in a composition book including labeling pictures, to color word songs, to circling letters/blends in a poem book. I use this time as a warm up. Children are called to the floor via the "Good Morning Song" by Greg and Steve. Then we start our charts: 1st is the blend chart, then the letter combination chart. The follow up is the "Morning Message." This is where the children get to apply what they have chanted in the charts. They start to notice blends which they can circle and/or fill in the blank. This is a great place to introduce and practice new skills such as writing the days of the week, punctuation, capitalization, vocabulary words, synonyms, and word family words. The heart of …

Is There Room in "The Mitten" For All of Us?

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How wonderful it was to see the children come back to school on Wednesday morning all bundled up and full of excitement. They couldn't wait to share their stories and treasures with the class after a few weeks of being away.
I couldn't wait to get started with one of my favorite January read alouds, "The Mitten", a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett. A boy named Nicki doesn't realize that he dropped his white mitten in the snow. One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl inside. First a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger, an owl, fox and others. Finally, a big brown bear snuggles in and is followed by a tiny brown mouse - no bigger than an acorn. The bear's nose gets tickled, he sneezes and all of the animals come shooting out of the mitten. Eventually, Nicki finds the mitten but its huge size is most puzzling.
Yesterday, our activity was for the students to construct a glyph. A glyph is a non standard way of graphing a variety of…