Thursday, May 31, 2012

Making Memories

As we wrapped up the schoolyear, our emotions were bittersweet.  I am so proud of the students and their accomplishments, but truly did not want to give them up!  We spent our last days together working on a special memory book...

...and we also made the video below to highlight all of the smiles we have shared this year.  The students picked out the song, pictures, and the template and I think they did an amazing job!    

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

We're so 'Bubbly'!

Our Kindergartners worked so hard this year, and so we thought why not reward ourselves by 'blowing off' the afternoon- with bubbles, of course!  We have been soaking up every last minute of our time together and this seemed to be the perfect way to enjoy our friends before the summer.  The little ones were even more delighted when they realized they could take their bubbles home.

Kindergartners, Sight Words, and....SHAVING CREAM?!

If your child came home smelling like a barber shop last week, it is probably because of all of the 'lathering up' we did in our classroom!  As a special end of the year treat, we sprayed globs of shaving cream on the tables and used our fingers to write sight words into the sudsy concoctions.  The looks on the students' faces were priceless when they saw me start to spray the cream on their tables!  What they didn't know is that the 'messy' activity was simultaneously helping us to clean the furniture!  Naturally, we learned that the shaving cream had many other uses than for shaving and writing words, and we quickly discovered all of its other functions and places it could be used :)  I'm not sure if they had more fun exploring, or if I had more fun watching...



Monday, May 21, 2012

The Great Outdoors

Our study of plants and garden inhabitants has sparked some exciting individual research projects with our students. They have been diligently hunting for seeds in their fruits and vegetables in the cafeteria, as well as in the plants and flowers they have found outside at recess.  We have even had some students who carried out their investigations at home as well. 

Angelo showed off his pine cones, which we learned are the parts of the pine tree that carry the seeds.

Maribel brought in her watermelon seeds which we later added to the math counting sets station.

Stavros brought in a whole collection of seeds that he grouped into different categories and then wrote about.

Stavros's seed collection definitely proved that seeds can come in all different shapes, textures, colors, and sizes!

Breanna introduced us to a squirmy fellow she found in the soil.  She also found several snail shells!

Kailtyn showed us how plants can be used to inspire beautiful artistic masterpieces!  She shared with us that her grandmother is a florist, and she awed us with a lovely piece she made with petals from her grandma's shop.

Adan brought in a bright bouquet of dandelions.  He showed us where the roots had been and reminded us that the seeds are in the flowers.