Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book Log - Quarterly Goals


At the end of each quarter, students are rewarded in some way for meeting the 25-book challenge. At the end of the first quarter, they played bingo with the principal. At the end of the second quarter, they taped the principal to the wall and now, they got to dress up and have their pictures taken in the photo booth. Each child has a wonderful keepsake (which will be given out at awards) to remember meeting this challenge. This was a hit with all of the children.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?


Whenever the children have special relatives that come to visit from out of town, they love to have them come to see their school. Alexa's aunt came in from California to spend time with her. While visiting the classroom, she asked if she could read a book to the class. Well of course - we love guest readers and the book she read was "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?" by Eric Carle. However, before she sat down to read it, there was a fire drill, Boosterthon visit, and intercom interruption. When she finally got to the book, it was a relief... thanks Wendy (see that's a show)!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Retelling with Props


Our Eric Carle Author Study is in full swing with the addition of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Books we have read and discussed are "Do You Want to Be My Friend", "Have You Seen My Cat", and "From Head to Toe". Although the children have liked those books, their favorite by far is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Today students used props to retell the story. They had the opportunity to feed that hungry caterpillar by giving it lots of fruit and other tasty treats. After it ate and ate it built its house and then emerged as a beautiful butterfly. In Writer's Workshop, students have just started to write a "Response to Literature" about this story and we can't wait to show you the results...stay hungry for more!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Boosterthon - Fundraising the Fun Way


For the past week our school has been on a Boosterthon EPIC Adventure. The students have been collecting pledges (per lap) from grandparents, relatives and friends for the school's first Boosterthon Fun Run. The Boosterthon was a very successful fundraiser for our school. It also brought us together as a community to not only help Chets Creek but also to help build playgrounds in other parts of the world. The word "EPIC" is an acronym with each letter representing an Adventure Action. Students learned four specific ways to be a great teammate:

E- Encourage – Team members build each other up with their words and never tear anyone down.

P- Play – It’s important for teams to exercise and play together outside, building friendships on the playground and in the neighborhood.

I- Invite –Sometimes people may be outsiders or feel excluded from the group. Great teams see others on the sidelines and invite them into the group.

C- Celebrate – Celebrating other’s victories is so important. Team members are not jealous of other’s successes; they celebrate with them and should applaud everyone’s accomplishments.

We are pleased to announce that our class came in second in pledges for the entire school...not bad for one kindergarten class! Thank you parents and friends for making this another memorable event for the children.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Egg Hunt & Activities

Egg Hunt and Crafts on PhotoPeach
We celebrated the season with our annual egg hunt. Each child brought in 12+ plastic eggs filled with a wrapped candy treat. Parents hid the eggs on the playground early this morning and the children had a great time finding the eggs. They averaged about 22 eggs each which made everyone happy. Afterward, the children created some Spring crafts. They made a bunny hat, weaved a colorful basket, and made a decorative bunny plate. We had wonderful parent and grandparent help -- another great kindergarten memory!