Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October is Already Over!

Here is a glimpse into what we have been up to in the classroom this month!

For our morning work we have been building our finger strength with play dough, building, pin poking, and coloring.

We have started literacy stations for four days each week.  There are four groups practicing various focus letters.  We write the letters, create the letters, and match them with the sounds that they make.  So far we are learning upper case letters.
When heading outside for recess, sometimes we like to have a little race to the playground...

It's getting pretty cold out there!  Some of us even found some ice on the playground.

Before our free play during choice time we often do a craft or activity related to whatever science or social studies subject that we are focusing on.  This month we conducted a pumpkin investigation where we looked carefully at the outside as well as the inside of the pumpkin.  We also did several fun crafts to learn about weather and to celebrate Halloween.

We were so lucky and got to go apple picking at Riverview Farm!  We learned about how apples grow and got to pick our own apples to bring home.  They were tasty.

Our second field trip of Kindergarten was to the Hopkins Center to watch a beautiful performance of The Rainbow Fish.  The puppets that they used in the show glowed and were very magical.  It was a "no shushing" show so many of us laughed and gasped as we watched.

Here we are making our very own rainbow fish after watching the beautiful performance on the stage.  Each of our fish had one glittering scale among the rainbow scales.  We loved that Rainbow Fish shared his pretty scales with his friends.  He was showing kindness.

On our bulletin board outside of our classroom you can see all of our fish swimming together!

Our forest learning has been fun and freeing!  We have learned how to be by ourselves in our sit spots, how to play safely with sticks, and how important it is to try something (like a snack) before we say we don't like it.
On Halloween we had a new guest teacher.  We had a fantastic day of learning and it was a great way to end the month of October!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Forest Friday, October 26th

The day that we cooked muffins!

"I hope to see bees."
"I hope to play."
"I hope to see a cabin."
"I hope to see an apple tree."

We worked hard in the morning to stretch out words to hear sounds.  We were excited to think about what we wanted to see or do in the forest.

Many of us found our rocks in our sit spots that we had painted last week.  We were able to sit and notice what was around us so that we could share out at the fire.  Some of us saw the beautiful leaves, some of us heard the breeze going through the trees, and some of us touched sticks around our sit spots.

Before going to play we were given a challenge.  Since we were focusing on uppercase letters with straight lines this week in the classroom, our challenge was to make one of our focus letters with sticks.  This picture shows some of the letters that we made.  We made X, W, Y, and V.

Our friends in KR made muffins to bring into the forest this week for snack!  We cut them in half and heated them up over the fire. They were warm and delicious.  It was also a treat for us to have hot chocolate for the first time in the forest.  It will probably be a good thing to have in the weeks to come as it gets colder.  We are excited to bake for the next time that we go into the forest.

Before lunch we did some counting.  Similarly to last week, we gathered and counted ten sticks and then practiced skip counting.  We had gathered eighty sticks!  We also stayed warm by playing "touch ten trees".

We won't be in the forest next week because of parent/teacher conferences but we are looking forward to seeing the changes in our forest classroom when it's time for us to return!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Forest Friday, October 19th

The day that we painted rocks.

"I hope to see a campfire."
"I hope to paint rocks."
"I hope to see trees."
"I hope to see a fox."

We start each forest day with a little journaling.  Our goal is to think about what we hope to see or do in the forest.  We are working on hearing sounds in words as we stretch them out and say them slowly.  We are also trying to remember that a sentence ends in a punctuation mark and so we have been practicing making a period to show that we have finished a thought.

Our craft for the day allowed us to paint rocks.  We used our creative energies to make our rocks colorful and then we placed them in our sit spots so that we may be able to find them more easily each week.

After a bit of play time we split into groups and worked on a math challenge.  We needed to each collect a group of ten sticks of the same size.  After we all checked to see if we had ten we skip counted by tens.

For snack we ate some cream of chicken soup that had been heated over the fire.  For a little added tastiness we got to put some croutons into our soup.  It was the perfect way to warm us up.

Before heading inside we did a little cleanup and moved more rotten and large logs to our stick pile.  
We were so lucky to have a sunny and cool day today.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Forest Friday, October 12th

The day that we cooked rocks!

Our playtime was fun and colorful!  We built big and little forts, moving sticks of all sizes.  We also moved around leaves and helped to make snack.

The big question was... were we going to eat rocks or something more edible?  Here are our faces as we watched rocks sitting over the fire.  Luckily we did NOT eat rocks.  We were just drying them over the fire so that we can soon paint them to mark our sit spots.  Instead we ate maple glazed carrots.  Here are our faces when we put our actual snack on the fire.

They carrots were warm and tasty.  So many of us liked them!  There were orange and even purple carrots.  Some of us even got to do a taste test.  The question was, do the different colored carrots taste differently?  We put on a blindfold and tried each color.  They tasted the same!

After lunch we did some work in the forest.  We cleared out more big logs.  It looked different and more clear when we were finished.  It was another beautiful day in the woods.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Forest Friday, October 5th

The day that...
we ate delicious snacks!

Before heading outside we began making applesauce.  The first step was to prep the apples.  We had to cut them and put them into the crock pot.  It took a lot of effort to cut some of them!

In our sit spots we sat quietly and noticed what was around us using our 5 senses.  We brought those ideas back to the fire so that we could share out to the whole group.  Some of us heard birds. Some of us saw leaves rustling in the breeze.  Some noticed the blue, blue sky.

During play time we enjoyed running around and climbing the steep, slippery rocks.  We also made a crafty fall crown with the colorful leaves.  We got to find the leaves and design what it looked like.

Here are some of us wearing our crowns!

For snack we helped prepare grilled cheese to cook over the fire.  It was cheesy, warm, and so tasty.

When we came inside we checked on the apples in the crock pot which had been cooking while we were in the forest.  Once they were mushy enough we squished them and and through tiny holes, applesauce emerged!

We snacked on the warm applesauce with a dash of cinnamon.  We had a delicious day!