Welcome to my Kindergarten...where we are growing and learning and blooming everyday!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Garden Update ~ Growing a Pumpkin!

In March we planted our classroom garden. You can see that post and photos from 3/21/12. We took one more look at the garden before leaving for the summer. To our surprise, we have a beautiful and healthy pumpkin vine ~ complete with fancy flowers! We also have red ripe strawberries and our summer squash is also blossoming.

Due to some construction on our campus, we had not visited the garden in the past few weeks...nor had we watered. So, you can imagine how excited we were to see the vine.

All of this we will now leave to the weather and the chipmunks. We have crossed our fingers that we will return in August to find little pumpkins.

End of the Year

It's hard to believe that it is that time to say "good-bye" to each other. All my students learned so much and we all grew up so much. Yes, we all bloomed in different ways and at different times!

As part of the many End of the Year activities, we reflected on the year together. We created our last Bulletin Board with "Advice" for the next class. These drawings and memories are so cute and heartfelt.

Here is one of my favorites. It is advice to "raise your hand" in Kindergarten. Such good advice!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I know it is a week early but we celebrated Mother's Day in the classroom ~ May is so busy! It is a time honored tradition in Kindergarten to have Mommies come to the room for a special snack and to give our gifts of love.

This year we created little flower sticks for each cupcake. I liked this idea because it personalized a cupcake that were all alike. I had intended that we watercolor the flowers but time didn't allow us this week. What I do like is that it is obviously kid created. I didn't hear any Mommies complaining!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Zoo Animal Reports

On April 20th we took a fun Field Trip to the Zoo. I used that impending trip to begin our unit on non-fiction writing. Using the Zoo website as a resource for the report, parents were able to read the information and help their child create a simple report. The main goal of a project like this was to hope the student would become a sort of "expert" of their animal plus learn how to organize information.

Prior to the assignment I had to teach them how to "label". We used our kid friendly science books to see how to label. We labeled the parts of a flower. We labeled our class pet ~ Swimmy, the turtle.

I also used a form from a teacher blog on Pinterest ~ firstgradeowls.blogspot.com ~ I love this form! Students were able to organize their information and parents were able to "know what to do" and how to help.

Today all the reports were due and I was so pleased with the results and the wonderful displays. My students were so proud of their posters!

When my students have a presentation using a visual, I like for the other students to offer compliments and to ask questions. The compliments really help to foster community and help the student feel good about their work. Peer compliments are a " good thing"!