Monday, October 13, 2014

Who Has A Green Thumb?


Friday, October 10, 2014

Jamestown School Greenhouse

Using Eric Carle's Technique

A wonderful lesson in experimenting with color, different types of tools and adding texture to a painting. Each child used a variety of colors to paint paper and then used different tools to create textures in his/her artwork. This is the technique Eric Carle uses to create his wonderful illustrations. Each child glued his/her name with cut out letters from the same type of paper. Magnificent and colorful results!!!  What amazing artists!

K1 Weekly Newsletter----October 10, 2014

Dear Families,                                                                                      October 10, 2014
          Guten tag!  This week we discussed living in Jamestown and all the farms and animals that we can see when we drive down North Road and at Fort Getty.  The literature we read this week involved farm and farm animals, The Best Moo-ther Ever,  Clancy, the Courageous Cow, a story about a Belted Galloway cow, similar to the black and white cows at Windswept Farm on North Road, Cock-a Doodle HOOOOO and The Little Red Hen (a hilarious version). The all time favorite was Mrs. Wishy Washy. We will make masks next week to use when we act out the story.  
          We continue to practice discussing, sharing with partners and generating our own writing ideas after reading a story. This week we focused on a story called When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer. It was fun to hear what children wanted to do when they get bigger. This program really helps to build confidence about sharing with one another and reinforces respect for each other.  
During writer’s workshop the children have been generating ideas to write about. The children are doing a wonderful job. We have a class full of creative writers and artists. In math, we played an oral counting game, introduced ‘strokes’  to practice number writing and played a game to recognize shapes.  We have also been focusing on 2-D and 3-D shapes,   
                   This week in Centers:
Art: The children created artwork using Eric Carle’s technique and spelled their names with the same type of paper. Check it out on our classroom blog.
Science: The children observed our land snails and documented it in their science notebooks.
Math: The children played a game called the Snail’s Pace Race.
Literacy/Computer: The children played games involving rhyming, letter and sound recognition.
Listening: The children listened to Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and drew their favorite part.
ABC’s: The children sorted magnetic letters into designated containers.
Our walking field trip to the Jamestown Fire Department will be on Friday, October 24th. We will be sending home a permission slip next week,  please sign and send back as soon as possible. We are in need of volunteers so if you would like to join us, please let me know in the blue book.  Thank you!
PTO will be collecting box tops soon so please be sure to send them in. Remember there is no school on Monday, October 13th, due to Columbus Day. Please have your child look for fall items to bring in for our nature shelf.                                                        Have a nice long weekend!  Ms. Mitchell

Monday, October 6, 2014

K-1 Weekly Newsletter---October 3, 2014

Dear Families,                                                                                        October 3, 2014
          Guten tag! (Good day in German.) It has been another very busy week!  All grades have participated in a couple of fire drills since the beginning of school. The children have learned to assemble together and leave the classroom quietly and safely. They have been doing a good job!  
Children often wonder why we have fire drills.  In the month of October we will discuss the importance of school and home fire alarm systems, how we can detect a fire though our senses. We will practice stop, drop and roll and read literature involving firefighters, living or volunteering (as in Jamestown) at a firehouse and being a firefighter in the forest or in a big city.  A visit to the Jamestown Fire Department will occur in the second or third week of October. The next newsletter will have the date of the field trip.  If you would like to volunteer to walk with us please let me know in the blue book.
We are learning how to discuss, share with partners and generate writing ideas after reading a story. This week we focused on a story called Titch by Pat Hutchins. Each week we will focus on a piece of literature and continue learning how to listen well, take turns talking and listening, draw and write freely and share and build a community that supports and respects one another. Ask your child about “Turn to Your Partner”.  
In writer’s workshop the children are feeling more comfortable each day, taking risks by drawing with greater detail, labeling and sounding out letters and words by themselves.  I continue to encourage them to take risks and do their best.  I am very proud of their efforts. During Circle/Calendar time we do a lot of counting.  We are counting the numbers of days we are in school on our number line, counting the days of the month in English and German (October), learning the days of the week, chanting the letters in our friend’s names, and helping Ms. Mitchell sound out the letters to the words of the days of the week, month and our special for our morning message. Wow!
In math we played number Bingo, a shape guessing game and sorted/graphed using geo blocks. We went outside to collect more snails for science. We have observed them and are gathering information for further investigation. Please allow your child to look for snails at home and bring them in Monday. We need as many as we can find to add to our collection. Thank you!
Centers this week:
Listening:The children listened to Walter the Baker by Eric Carle and drew about their favorite part.
ABC’s: The children played a game that involved matching the beginning letter sound.
Computer: The children played literacy games using Lexia.
Math: The children completed a worksheet involving 3-D shapes—cylinder and sphere.
Science: The children continue to observe our collection of land snails.
Next week, we will read and act out an all time kindergarten favorite, Mrs. Wishy-Washy.  This is a really fun book for all. We will act out this story after we become familiar with the text. We are hoping that each child will create a mask that he/she can wear when acting out the story. We will also be learning about the farms in Jamestown and the different types of cows and animals that live on them. 
            It is very important to read books with your child each day or evening. I cannot stress this enough. Building a love and enthusiasm toward reading using a variety of wonderful literature is a gift your children will benefit from for the rest of their lives. So visit the town library weekly, read the books your child brings home for school or read old favorites. Mother Goose nursery rhymes are also a fun and wonderful way to practice rhyming.  It is a wonderful way to unwind and connect.
Remember to keep looking for migrating Monarch butterflies and birds at Beavertail. There are lots of migrating birds right now. If you do take a hike, please have the children collect leaves and/or fall items (horse chestnuts, acorns, etc.) to share and put on our nature cabinet.Take a trip to a local farm for a hike to look for signs of fall and different farm animals, especially cows, (Watson Farm---Red Devon cows and Windmist Farm to pick up some apple cider and check out the---Belted Galloway (Oreo cookie cows). 
Wish list: Disinfectant wipes and healthy snacks. Thanks!
Have a great weekend! Ms. Mitchell

"I am Super Princess", during free choice time.