Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why Am I Thankful?

As the students came back today from Thanksgiving Break their hearts and minds were filled with so much to share. Here is just a little bit!

"I’m thankful for my grandpa for letting me help him putting the things on the window", said Carsen.

I’m thankful for playing with my brother and mom said Riven.

I’m thankful for my friend Ryder for skating with me on my porch with my shoes said Drezdyn.

I’m thankful for going to all these happy places. We went to Madison and Oregon because I got to see my grandma, grandpa and Aunt Sue and Uncle Marty said Christopher.

I’m thankful for going to my grandpa’s house because he played with me said Adaline.

I’m thankful for mommy because she played hide and seek with me said Serenity.

I’m thankful for Robert, Evelyn and my sister playing hide and seek with me said Gemma.

I’m thankful for my grandma because she finished my scarf last night said Billie.

I’m thankful for my family because they played outside with me and we build snow kitties said Pyxiana.

I’m thankful for my cousin, Hunter, because he played Candyland with me said Lena.

I’m thankful for my grandpa because I got to see him at his house for Thanksgiving said Claire.

I’m thankful for my daddy because with built a snowman said Jackson.

I’m thankful for my friends, Gavin and Dawson, because we had a sleepover said Henry.

I’m thankful for going to church because I got to go with my family said Noah.

I’m thankful for dad because we played together outside in the snow said Draysyn.

I’m thankful for Aunt Joan because she brought my favorite friend over who I haven’t seen for a very long time said Skye.

I’m thankful for my Aunt Tressa because she helped me build my igloo said Lanier.

I’m thankful for grandma who helped me build an igloo said Audrina.

I’m thankful for going to grandma’s house because we got to make a snowman said Emmitt.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Slice of our Kindergarten Life!

Welcome to our kindergarten classroom where you will find children who love sharing their ideas. The room is quiet and there is soft music playing as the students find somewhere in the room to visualize their thinking for writing today. Once they have their idea, the lights go on and upbeat music comes on. Students choose what to write about and where to write that feels comfortable to them. The room is no longer quiet as they begin with their illustration and then try their best to sound out words to write sentences.

Now I have the job of continuing to encourage and empower them to see themselves as readers and writers. We talk about the power of yet and build that mindset and self-esteem during our conferring.

Their excitement grows as they know the next step in the writing process is to use Seesaw to take a photo of their writing and express their thoughts and ideas about their writing. Their faces glow when they have published their writing digitally to share with all of you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Little Slice of Kindergarten!

So proud to announce that my kindergarten students published their first slice of life post today! They are growing every day into readers, writers, lifetime learners and compassionate citizens!

Take a look at their small narrative writings today

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Vowel Bats and Working with Words!

Has your child been singing "Vowel Bat" this week?
We are having fun learning more about the vowels

This week we are also reviewing rhyming and letter names.
Also students are sorting words with short vowels and enjoying listening to stories.
Finally we are learning about the a very interesting mammal, the bat! 
Students are identifying text features and interacting with stories on PebbleGo. 

We had a special visitor today "Bat Man" otherwise known as Joel Knudtson. 
Ask your child what else they have learned about bats? 

Here is hoping you have a beautiful three day weekend! See you all on Monday :) 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

All About Bats!

Today the students shared what they think they know about a bat and also came up with so many I wonders! Follow the QR code or Padlet link to read our prior knowledge and then read our 

Our I Wonder Statements ....

I wonder how bats can fly places?
 I wonder what a baby bat is called?
 I wonder what a bat looks like?
 I wonder if bats have fangs?
 I wonder how a bat hangs upside down?
 I wonder if a bat has claws?
  I wonder how bats can get into small places?
 I wonder how a bat keeps warm when it is cold?
 I wonder how a bat has babies?
 I wonder how a bat feels? 
 I wonder how a bat lives? 
 I wonder why a bat is nocturnal? 
 I wonder how they can sleep?
 I wonder how a bat grows?
I wonder how they can screech or how they echo?
 I wonder how they land?
 I wonder how bats can see in the dark?

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