Saturday, December 19, 2015

Highlights from the First Half of Kindergarten 2015/2016

September through December
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In September, the children have opportunities during their day to explore and become acquainted with the equipment and materials that will be available to them throughout the year. They are encouraged to use building materials to  sharpen their creativity and spacial reasoning, use technology to improve literacy, reading and math skills, pretend play to strengthen their capacity for social interactions and team building, use our classroom library to share books quietly and gain an appreciation for a variety of literature and different authors. 
Building with Legos to create a town and train station.

Using natural materials and animals to build habitats.
In our classroom library, children have the opportunity to listen to books on tape and expose themselves to a variety of books written by different authors.
A child using dinosaurs and plants to build Jurassic Park.

Working together to  put together two wooden puzzles that depict the like cycles of a frog and butterfly. The children will put them back together in sequential order.
A child is using balancing techniques as he builds with natural wooden materials to create a structure.|~

Our Adopted Sugar Maple
The children stand proudly in front of their adopted tree. It is a large sugar maple that is located next to the front entrance of of our school.
The Foss/Trees and Seasons kit requires the class to adopt a tree to observe and investigate through the seasons. The children didn't have a hard time choosing. They were captivated by its amazing color. "It looks like it is on fire". We found many interesting things living on and around it. Stay tuned.

Godena Farm Scarecrow

As you may know, each fall the Conanicut Island Land Trust holds a special event inviting all community members to help celebrate open space. They have a special area set up to view scarecrows designed and created by the children of Melrose School. After given a theme, we start brainstorming with the children to generate a variety of ideas. Then, with the help of the teacher and parents we start the project. This year kindergarten classes were asked to design a scarecrow that depicts their teacher. K-1 thought... "Ms. Mitchell loves nature, birds, turquoise, Frida Kahlo, Monarch butterflies and wears lots of black clothes" (black camouflage all the spills, stains and splattered paint that one encounters in an actively creative classroom). 
May I present....Ms. Mitchell as a scarecrow. This is the result of their ideas, creativity, collaboration and insight. NOT TOO SHABBY!

After studying the life cycle of the monarch butterflies in September, the children had no problem designing and creating their own interpretation. We suspended each butterfly from wire to create the effect of them flying all around. One child insisted on creating a  Frida Kahlo necklace that is identical to the one I wear. We sculpted the cardinal together out of aluminum foil, masking tape and paper mache. They made turquoise jewelry out of aluminum foil and beads. 

 I cut out a wooden butterfly that we painted, attached a hanger and then attached it to a stake. We hung a basket that was filled with individuals packets of milkweed seed. Each small packet was assembled by the children so that families could take them home as a "treat" to plant in their yards. The children created all the signs to inform families about the packets and the importance of recycling. 
Thank you to Erika Holtermann for creating a monarch logo and helping the children assemble the packets filled with milkweed seeds.
 Thank you to Pam Gilpin, the "milkweed lady",  for supplying us with more milkweed seeds then we could imagine and helping to save the monarchs. Got milk"weed"?????  Yes, she does! Thank you to everyone for your assistance

The creators and artists!

As she appeared in the field at Godena Farm. All milkweed packets gone to good homes. YAY!
Nice job K-1. You are all so bright, creative and fun to be with everyday! 



Sunday, December 13, 2015