Friday, September 7, 2012

Circular Stores

....or if you give a child a muffin, they will say, "Mmmmmmmm!"  Today, after finishing a week of learning about the letter M and reading books about monkeys, mice, and moose, the children and I made muffins.  (Well, I made them in the classroom quickly, because our activity was interrupted by a fire drill!)  It was almost unanimous - all but one of the children thought the blueberry muffins were mmmmm-mmmmm good!

The students learned that Laura Numeroff writes "circular" stories.  These stories come full circle and end the way they begin.  Yesterday's books by Laura Numeroff were also circular stories.



Important News on the Newsletter Today

Parents, please read the newsletter that went home today before Monday!  I would hate for any of you to take your child to the bus stop or to school, only to realize there is no school on Monday for the children!  It is a Professional Development Day for the teachers.

Also, please take a look at next week's Activity Schedule.  We are on a 4 day schedule now, and it just so happens that next week's schedule will be just like this week's schedule.  But the following week it won't be, as Day 1 will be on Monday and again on the following Friday.

The last real important event for you to read about is the Kindergarten Open House which will be on Thursday, September 13th, from 5-6 p.m.  You can come to the Open House and then go to the Book Fair in the Media Center!  I will do a short presentation, then you can look around the room, ask questions, and then go on a "trip" to have your Passport signed at the Activity teacher's classes.  I hope to see all of you on Thursday night!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Thursday, August 30th is PINK Day.  I

Friday, August 30th is Rainbow Day AND Picture Day, so basically, dress your child in whatever outfit you'd like him/her in for the photos.  Even if you do not want to purchase photos, your child's picture will be taken for use in the yearbook and for their student records in the office.  So please keep that in mind when your child dresses on Friday. I have signed us up for early in the morning so hopefully the children will stay "pretty" and their hair won't get messed up before their photos are taken.  If you'd like your child to change into a different outfit for the rest of the day, just send it in their backpack.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New Parents for 2012-13

Hello Parents,

I hope that some of you are reading this blog post.  If so, that means you have "discovered" our class's website, a place where I have the most up-to-the-minute news and photos from our Class Family.

Thank you for attending the Meet-'n-Greet on Friday.  As I mentioned, it was quite hectic because we didn't have our class lists until about one hour before the Meet-'n-Greet due to a necessity to add not 1, but 2 new kindergarten teachers!

If you did not attend, I have a Parent Information folder for you.  But I will tell you what I told the parents on Friday, and was in a letter to you in the folder:  I will not be at school for the first two days, as my son is going into the Air Force and his swearing-in ceremony and his send-off to Basic Training is on Monday and Tuesday in Tampa.  I have a very reliable Guest Teacher who will be in for me, and two parents who will be with her to help her, so your children will be in very capable hands.  I am leaving detailed plans for them to follow, so it will almost be as though I was right there.

The latest schedule put out Friday afternoon for our Activity classes is as follows (subject to change):

Monday: Computer Lab (Mrs. Frye)
Tuesday: Art (Mrs. DeLorey)
Wednesday: Music (Mrs. Turner, a substitute until a new teacher is hired)
Thursday: Media (Mrs. Bosley and her assistant, Mrs. McDede)
Friday: P.E. (Coach Lyons)
Monday: Computer Lab

We are currently on a SIX DAY ROTATION, which means that the children will not have the same class on Mondays or Tuesdays, etc.

Please be sure that your children have tennis shoes for the days we have P.E.  On the other days, it's important that your children follow the dress code - shoes with backs.  The kindergarten teachers prefer that the children wear tennis shoes daily, as they have recess everyday and it's much easier to run and play in tennis shoes.  They are safer for running in, also. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, preferably through email because it is the most "immediate" form of communication for me.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Calendar News for August

Check the following places for updates:

School website
District website
Local newspaper
Local TV news

Get a Grip!

....correct grip on the pencil, that is!  One of the most difficult tasks for me at the beginning of the year is trying to correct incorrect pencil grips some children have already established prior to kindergarten.  Here are some suggestions you can start using now before school starts that have been taken from the Handwriting Without Tears program.
Click on the picture to take  you to the video and directions.

Simplified Printable List for Parents

Here are some suggestions pulled from the article "71 Things..." posted earlier. It is in pdf form and printable. These are general suggestions for all kindergarten parents.
Click on the picture to take you to the list

Upcoming Kindergarten Parent News

Click on the picture to take you to the article.

Read and Tuck Away this Article for the Year

Click on the picture to take you to the article- GREAT article!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Some statistics:
  • All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
  • On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.
  • Only about 10 percent of students nationwide participate in summer school or attend schools with non-traditional calendars.
  • A majority of students (56 percent) want to be involved in a summer program that “helps kids keep up with schoolwork or prepare for the next grade”.
  • Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.

Some online resources:
(Click on each picture or link):

Links from ThinkFinity

Links from ThinkFinity

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A House for Hermit Crab

Our class read the story by Eric Carle, A House for Hermit Crab.   
Then we watched two videos: a claymation remake of the book, and a kindergarten or first grade play of the book.
 Afterwards, we started our House for Hermit Crab art project.  I am soooo happy with how they turned out!  Aren't the colors just beautiful!  The children enjoyed it tremendously!  It was a LOT of work and many steps:

  1.  Paint the handprints.
  2. Make the "shell" by making a small cut in the white paper plate.
  3. Draw the spiral on the "shell".
  4. Glue the shell to the white paper.  Let dry.
  5. Cut out the starfish, sea anemone, coral, fish, and sea urchin.
  6. Paint the sandy ocean bottom and the ocean water.
  7. Glue on the paper pieces.
It took us almost all day to make, but they are truly works of art!

Yo Ho Ho, we're so cool!

"Yo ho ho,
we're so cool.
We are pirates,
and we love school."

~from Pirates Go to School by Corrine Demas 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dr. Dino Visits Lewis Carroll

The children know a lot of these words by heart!

A T-Rex  Footprint

Paleontologist craft - underneath the clipart face is a photo printout of the child

Dinosaur Skeleton Craft - "Sockets" on face and head are painted

Chocolate Candy "dig"

Chocolate Chip "Dig"

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Calendar

This calendar is also on the Calendar page, but I put it on the homepage so you couldn't miss it!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Today while in the Kindergarten Music Program, "In My Backyard", in OUR own classroom two big, beautiful Monarch butterflies were emerging from their chrysalids!  We will release them this afternoon into our "Backyard"!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

International Space Station

When Mr. Beutel visited our classroom, he told us that periodically you could see the International Space Station go across the sky.  In all the years that it has been in space, I have never seen it....until last night!  I heard on the news that it would be visible at approximately 8:30 last night traveling from the Southwest to the Northeast.  I didn't know what to look for, but once I spotted it, there was no mistaking it!  It was moving along at quite a clip and was quite bright!  Below is an iPhone photo.  Next time I will use a better camera!