Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Kindergarten Information Night

Burlington Public Schools Kindergarten Information Night

The Burlington Public Schools will be holding an information night for parents of incoming kindergarten students. At this informational evening, you will learn about what a typical day in kindergarten looks like. We will review registration procedures, kindergarten screening, and overall kindergarten readiness. There will also be time allotted for Q & A. Please join us for this important evening.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
(snow date - January 18, 2018)
Burlington High School Auditorium 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Please note: this evening is for ​parents/guardians only​

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Singing for Administrative Council Today

Check out this link: Our class performed our Gingerbread Man Musical for the member of the administrative council today.  They were very excited to sing for the "big boss". (aka Dr. Conti)
https://www.instagram.com/burly_schools/

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Snow Unit Week 1 and 2 (January 2-5)(January 8-12)

Week 1
Books This Week:
Good Night Baby Bear
Stella: Queen of the Snow


Concepts This Week for Unit:
-Winter Homes/Habitats
-Winter Clothing
-Migration/Hibernation
-Winter Safety
-Signs of Winter (Seasonal Changes)


Small Groups For This Week:
Story Sequencing- After reading Good Night Baby Bear, we will recall the events in the story.
Then each child will cut and glue the pictures from the story in the correct order from the story.

Art- We will color a picture of Stella( the character from our book). Then we will use epson salt
on blue paper to look like snow.  When it is dry we will put Stella in the "snow storm".

Salt on Ice Experiment- We will predict what will happen to an ice cube if we put salt on top of it.
After we predict what will happen, we will put salt on top and watch.  Then we will draw a picture of
what happened and talk about why.

Snowflake Letter Game- We will be flipping snowflakes using spatulas in a uppercase/lowercase letter
identification game. We will be identifying snowflakes by either visuallly identifying or identifying by
the sound the letter makes.


Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are D, B, and P)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter.
We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  


Centers
Art Table: Snow Tissue Paper Window
Block Area:blocks with bears to create caves
Sensory Table: Ice Treasures (Trying to get toys out of blocks of ice)
Book Area: books about weather
Easel: colored ice to paint with
Writing Table: writing shopping lists for winter clothes
Dramatic Play: Igoo: A tent with a white sheet over it with a white tunnel to climb through
Puzzles and Manipulatives: matching different mittens


Songs, Word Play, and Language
-SNOWY (A version of Bingo) "There was a day when we were cold and snowy was the weather."
-Stella Ipad App

Week 2
Books This Week:
Stella: Queen of the Snow
The Mitten

Concepts for the Week:
-Winter Equipment
-Manners
-Melting(how do objects melt)
-Signs of Winter (Seasonal Changes)

Small Groups For This Week:
Sequencing 3 and 4 pictures to tell a story about a snowman. (ie. First building a snowman sequence, the sun came out, next the snowman melted sequence)

Sorting Animals- We have been discussing the concept of hibernation and migration.  We will sort these animals in our small groups.  

Math-Subitizing how many(this the concept of looking at a set of objects and knowing how many there are without counting)  We will have a race to see if 2 or 3 will win.  A teacher will show 2 or 3 objects quickly then the children will have to say 2 or 3 then record their results.

Snow Syllable Book- We will be tapping out unit words with sticks then writing how many sounds we ear in each word to create a book

Snowflake Letter Game- We will be throwing snowballs (white pom poms) to label letters in our small groups. We will try to get our “snowballs” in the right letter buckets based on the letter we need to find.  

Sorting Story Animals- We will be looking in our unit book The Mitten and sorting animals in the story and animals not in the story.  

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letters this week are B, and P)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates.
We will use crayons to hunt for them on our papers.  


Centers
Art Table: Ice water color painting
Block Area:blocks with bears to create caves
Sensory Table: Ping Pong Balls(We will be searching for top, middle, and bottom parts to make a snowman)
Book Area: books about snow
Easel: colored ice to paint with
Writing Table: writing shopping lists for winter clothes
Dramatic Play: Snowball Contest (points for throwing snowballs(paper balls) into buckets to get points)

Puzzles and Manipulatives: matching different mittens


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Our Gingerbread Man Musical Video

We performed our Gingerbread Man Musical for our families.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gingerbread Man Hunt Today(Reminder our Gingerbread Show is tomorrow)

Today our class visited the high school cafeteria where we were told they were baking a gingerbread man in their big ovens.  The cafeteria chef showed us the ovens and told us that she peeked in the oven and the gingerbread man hopped out of the oven and ran away.  We started our hunt to find the gingerbread man.  We used our walkie-talkies to talk to the office and Sandy told us she saw the gingerbread man run toward our classroom.  
On our way back to our classroom, we noticed a "fox" in one of the high school classrooms.  (One of the language teachers happened to be wearing a fox hat).  The fox told us that he tried to catch him but could catch him.  (Thanks to Mr. Stringer for playing along!!)
When we arrived back in our classroom, we found gingerbread men on our tables with materials to decorate them.  It was a fun adventure.   


Friday, December 1, 2017

Gingerbread Unit (December 4-8, 11-15,18-22)

December 4-8
Books This Week:

Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Girl

Concept For This Week:
-Patterns (Pattern in books and patterns in environment)
-Rhyming Pairs

Small Groups This Week:
-Rhyming Cookie Pairs- We will be labeling 2 cookies on a tray.  Then they will identify if the words rhyme or not rhyme.  We will then sort our cookie trays on our papers
-Secret Activity- We will be making something special for our winter celebration.
-Gingerbread Measuring- Using a gingerbread measuring stick, we will measure how long objects are using non-standard units of measure (ie. the block is 5 gingerbread long) A home activity will follow
-Gingerbread Turn Taking Game- We will take turns spinning a spinner and then record what the spinner lands on.  We will observe which colors the spinner landed on the most, least, or equal.
Pattern or Not a Pattern Sorting- We will look at pictures and identify if they are a pattern or not a pattern.  We will talk about what a pattern is. Then we will sort pictures.
Pattern Practice- We will be using unifix cubes to copy a pattern then extend the patterns using unifix cubes.  Then we will record the color patterns on our papers.

Handwriting Activities
(Letters this week are Gg and Ss)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates

Centers
Art Table: making gingerbread men in trays
Block Area: blocks with gingerbread man
Sensory Table: role play of how the gingerbread man tried to get across the river (water, gingerbread man, fox, and other animals to watch)
Book Area: books about gingerbread
Independent Table: Write the room
Dramatic Play: Gingerbread Bread Bakery
Puzzles and Manipulatives: gingerbread man ten frames


December 11-15
December 15 Family Show
Books This Week:
Gingerbread Baby
Gingerbread Friends

Concept For This Week:
-Social thinking -Thinking with our eyes- Looking at unit books to reinforce this concept
-How can we solve a problem (related to gingerbread story)

Small Groups This Week:
-Gingerbread House Letter Matching- In groups we will cut and then match letters onto our houses (matching uppercase to lowercase or lowercase to lowercase)
-Gingerbread House matching- We will be cutting pictures of rhyming picture pairs.  We will mix up our pictures.  Then we will place the rhyming pairs in the house.  We will put them in a baggie to take home.  Practice finding the rhyming pairs at home with your child.  
Gingerbread Shape House- We will color a blank house.  We will be using shapes to create a gingerbread house.  We will name a shape then roll a number cube.  Then we will find the shapes from a field and count the correct number on the cube.  We will use the shapes to decorate our houses. We will also stamp the number of each shape we used in our house.  
-Gingerbread Man Problem Solving-  We will be given objects to help the gingerbread man make a bridge to get over the river. (straws, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks) We will experiment using each material to build a bridge across a pail of water.  We will talk about which materials worked the best and why.  We will also talk about which material did not work well and why.  

Handwriting Activities
Handwriting Books (Letters this week are Gg and Ss)

Centers
Art Table-Brown finger painting on gingerbread
Block Area:blocks to build gingerbread houses
Sensory Table: gingerbread “moon sand”
Book Area: books about gingerbread
Easel:gingerbread painting
Independent Table: Gingerbread Sequencing activity
Dramatic Play:Gingerbread Bakery continued
Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads

December 18-22
Books This Week:
Gingerbread Cowboy
Pancake Boy (Norwegian Tale with similar story elements of Gingerbread books to compare)
Other versions of Gingerbread to compare

Concept For This Week:
Why do animals live in hot places and cold places(preview to our snow unit)
Similarities and Differences we see in books

Small Groups This Week:
Pattern Fences- We will build a pattern fence for our gingerbread men.  The patterns will be oriented vertically so we will be noticing the patterns in a different way.  
Measuring Homework- In small groups, we will shape to our friends what we measured at home.  We use language such as longer and shorter.  Then after we practiced presenting in a small group we will choose one of the things we measured to share with the whole group. Gingerbread Sequencing- We will color and cut pictures from our story.  Then we will place them in order and retell the story to our small group.  Ask your child to retell the story at home to you.  
Journals- We will be drawing and writing in our journals about our favorite gingerbread stories.  

Handwriting Activities
Letter / Handwriting Small Groups (Letter this week are Jj)
Letter Activity: We will learn what these uppercase and lowercase letters look like.  
We will sort magnetic letters into groups of uppercase and lowercase groups for each letter. We will hunt for them in our names and the names of our classmates

Centers
Art Table:Cactus painting
Block Area:blocks
Sensory Table: sand and desert animals from our story
Book Area: books about gingerbread
Writing Table: desert scenes
Dramatic Play: desert and cowboy role play

Puzzles and Manipulatives: Ipads

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Classroom News/Elf on Shelf

November Events:
No School November 30
(Parent/Teacher Conference Day)

December Events:
Elf On The Shelf
In the month of December, many families are visited by the Elf on the Shelf.  Our classroom was hoping to be visited by an elf as well.  Please let me know if you do not feel comfortable with this elf visiting our classroom.

Holiday Performance
Save the Date: Friday, December 15 at 10:45  

More information will follow with details of this event.