Monthly Archives: September 2014

Week 4 Fun Pics

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The monkey bars have been a favorite at recess lately! I’m sure you have noticed the callouses and blisters on little hands!

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Last Friday, during Life Skills class, we learned how to set the table!

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Wednesday, the whole school celebrated Prayer at the Flag Pole Day.

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We took another walk this week to see how the trees are changing.

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A little more orange and red at the top!

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We collected some leaves for a leaf rubbing art project.

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From our classroom window, there were some men working on the propane tank line. When it was safe, we took a walk over ot check out where they cut the cement. SO COOL!

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On our search for leaves, we also found a wild onion. It was sure SMELLY!

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Leaf rubbing

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In preparation for fall, a couple of our students insisted on bringing in pumpkins to decorate our classroom. They are a nice addition!

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Other students who wanted to add to the class decoration came up with an idea to make some paper pumpkins.

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Pumpkins in progress…

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It’s done!! Our classroom will be contributed a children’s size picnic table to the Silent Auction! Each student picked out a unique color and placed their handprints on a seat. With that same color, we added polka dot finger prints. It turned out FABULOUS! A big THANK YOU to my dad, Jim Bickle, for making the table for us!

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Geoboard fun during centers!

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Take a picture of my cool design! It turned out perfectly symmetrical! Good job!

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We revisited leaf rubbing for a center today, since we liked it so much yesterday!

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Nice work!

K-1 is Getting into a Routine

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We took a nature walk early in the week to look for signs of fall.

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We discussed how evergreen trees stay green all winter and do not lose all their needles.

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We spied some leaves turning colors in the top of this tree!

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Chrysanthemums are a sure sign of fall!

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This burning bush is getting ready to change colors. The bush was also hiding a little green friend….

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This fat, green tree frog was just hanging out in the burning bush.

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We brought the frog in for the rest of the day, so he could hang out with us. He was put outside soon after the day was over!

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Penny stacking came back for another week with our centers. We are still working on small motor skills to improve our handwriting!

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Penny Stacking

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“Check out the monster truck I made with the pattern blocks!”

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Geoboards were new this week! Rubberbands were EVERYWHERE!

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Making patterns with the teddy bears

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Lacing patterns in the loft

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Our whole-school art project from the first week of school came together on an AWESOME bulletin board!

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In this center, the students were to roll a playdough rope and shape it into a number, then break off that many hunks of dough and fill in the ten frame.

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The moustache cups were a highlight for this dice rolling game! Roll a number and fill up your cup with that many cubes.

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We learned a song about fall leaves this week. “Leaves leaves, falling down, falling on the ground. Red and yellow, orange and brown. Leaves are falling down.” (to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”

 

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Keeping with our fall theme, we created some fall tree art! It is all hanging in our hallway! They turned out really neat!

Second Week of School Picture Highlights!

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During our Life Skills class on (last) Friday, our first lesson was folding washclothes, hand towels and bath towels. Each week we will work on another skill that is useful in everyday life! Next up will be shirt folding!

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One of our centers, using clips to build finger strength!

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Penny stacking is serious stuff!

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The clips were definitely a Friday highlight! They provided a bonus opportunity for dramatic play, along with their intended purpose of strengthening small motor skills!

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Clipping fun took over the class!

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“Take a picture of how TALL my penny stack is Ms. Schroeder!!”

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Towel folding was very interesting! Either they had it down pat OR they needed plenty of guidance. Keep working on these skills at home too!

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What a beautiful day for recess!

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Kindergarten math lessons this week utilized pattern blocks…aka…tanagrams.

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They had to make pictures with the pattern blocks and show each other.

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We also used the pattern blocks for 1 to 1 correspondence…but not before making the ever-popular rainbow. 🙂

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Hard at work on HANDWRITING! We focused on writing numbers this week.

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Using the wok in the loft was very exciting! Strengthening fingers is important for pencil control.

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One center was simply cutting apart numbers, identifying them, and sorting them. Easy to do, but incorporates and reinforces many skills!

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Penny stacking was harder than it looked!

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“Check out the clip on my collar!”

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Using alligator tweezers to pinch and sort animals

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“Look Ms. Schroeder, this clip is your favorite color AND and owl!” They know their teacher very well…2 favorites! 🙂

A Successful First Week

We all enjoyed a fun week in Kindergarten/1st Grade!  The class was filled with kids bubbling with excitement!  A few highlights of the week include: opening Chapel, plenty of read-aloud stories, a nature walk to look for things God created on Tuesday, a search for God’s creature (collected bugs), indoor recess on Thursday, and learning centers on Thursday and Friday.  Enjoy these pictures we snapped during the week!

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We created pictures of ourselves on the first day of school and also illustrated how we get to school.

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Music Class on the first day of school with Mrs. Cravotta!

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Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

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Students were ecouraged to shape numbers with and draw numbers into their playdough during math centers.

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At this math center, one student tells the other which number to look for on the stones. The stones are put into a dump truck and rolled to the partner.

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Students got reacquainted with the linking cubes. We used them to count earlier in the week.

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At this FAVORITE math center, kids wrote with q-tips on a bag filled with paint. The numbers and letters they wrote showed through to the table when the paint was displaced by the q-tip.

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Another favorite, the teddy bear counters were sorted and counted in the loft for another math center this week.

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We collected some bugs that God created!

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Check out the AWESOME grasshopper God created!!

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The giant grasshopper was definitely the highlight of the day!

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We captured several tiny moths, crickets, and ants as well. Disclaimer: None of God’s creatures were harmed during this lesson. They were all caught and released within a half hour. 🙂

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We take our math lessons seriously around here! Lots of concentration!

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Practicing writing the numbers 1, 4 and 5.

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Moving on to the next problem.

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Check out our bugs! They are so cool! We worked in pairs to get the job done.

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The first messy project of the year….perfect for the baby book!

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Ms. Schroeder and Miss Marianne’s class on the first day of school

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Posing for 1 more picture on the first day…in front of the AWESOME banner Pastor Nuttmann created!