Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gingerbread Crazy!

Just a few snapshots of our short week!
No late start Wednesday and there is an early out!
Also Caley and Hunter will be riding in the limo tomorrow for the fundraiser rewards!
 Counting by 10's and 5's with our reindeer ornaments made from our hands and feet!
 Frosting our milk cartons for the gingerbread houses!
 Carefully placing our gingerbread and candies!

 A little taste and it is good!

So proud!

Happy Holidays to all my families in our classroom. Safe travels and stay/get healthy! See you in 2012!!!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gingerbread Man, Baby, Girl... taking over KS!

Each December an exciting time arrives in Kindergarten. I get to take out my vast collection of gingerbread man books and activities and our class gets to learn a variety of skills using a fun story. Just see the pictures of the kids in action below!
 Rolling a number dice to add gingerbread marshmallows to our pan math mats!
 More fun! We get to eat them when we are done!
 Smile we are having a good time!
 A closer look!
 To add challenge we added a subtraction and addition dice!
 Venn Diagram to compare The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Boy!
 Shape roll the dice game to decorate our houses!
 Smell that yummy play dough! Sticky and lots of fun!
Gingerbread House Count!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Weather and Playground Rules

This week in kindergarten, we spent time outside practicing safe play on the playground.
Rules we reviewed:
Walk to our locker and quietly get our winter gear.
Zip our coats before we go outside, if we need help find it.
Walk outside.
Play in the safe areas following the rules.
When the recess rings, line up as soon as you can.
Wait in line in your own bubble until it's your class' turn to go in.

Speaking of winter gear!
Rules of the Pence Playground for when the snow flies:
All children must wear boots and snow pants to be able to play in the snow.
Often the blacktop is cleared so if you forget your gear you will be expected to stay on the blacktop.
If your child often wears boots to school now, you will still need to provide a second pair of inside shoes. For example I ofen wear my brown furry boots to school but if I have duty I change into snow boots so my feet stay warm and dry and our carpet stays clean and safe.

If you have questions please contact me at school!

Next week I will be blogging more about popcorn words aka sight words and how to help your child work on word families!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Sounds!

We have practiced all week and our performance is is ready to be shared! This is my first video blog attempt so hopefully it is a success!
The kids had to listen as the teacher read the Thanksgiving Story. Certain words had a motion or noise that they performed when they heard that word.

Hope you enjoy! We sure did!
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday and family time!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quarter 2 and some reminders!

It sure has been a quick week. Now that we have started quarter 2 here are some reminders and info for the up and coming weeks:
Book Orders go home Friday and are due Nov. 18.
No School Wednesday November 23, Thursday November 24, and Friday November 25. Staff will have meetings on Wednesday and we hope you all enjoy time with your families and friends on the break.
Keep working on letter naming and sounds.
Keep practicing numbers and counting.
Thank you for attending your child's conferences! I enjoyed chatting with you about your child!
Have a great fall weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

No School Friday

Just a reminder that there will not be school tomorrow! We have worked hard all week review our sight words/popcorn words, I, see, and my. Next week we will be working on like. I am pleased with all the progress we have made! It is so fun to see their eyes light up when they figure something new out.

Have a great, long weekend! We will be back refreshed for more fun and learning next week!

Don't forget to Fall Back with your clocks on Saturday Night!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A wild and fun week!

Sadly this week has gone too quickly! We have had a great week finishing up some new sight words and reviewing the color words. Report cards will be completed and ready for parent's eyes.
Please be sure to sign up for conferences! http://www.fairfieldsfuture.org/vparentteacher/

I will be calling around Monday afternoon and so far I have 12 parents signed up so there are lots of open times or spots. If these nights do not work, I can meet after school or another time!

Civic Center Field Trip:
Today we loaded the who Pence Elementary on buses and rode down to the Civic Center to see Mark Twain on stage! Mrs. Sandbothe even was able to go on stage and sing with the man himself! There will probably be pictures and video circulating soon! See the link for the show times tonight! http://www.fairfieldacc.com/
We also were able to celebrate Fall by decorating mini pumpkins that were grown on the Haverly Farm located in Goldfield Iowa, where I grew up. The kids seemed to enjoy this as a fun afternoon treat!

We also want to thank Miss Briana for visiting us and helping us first quarter. She was our high school school to work helper!

In the flurry of the week, please keep on reading! We are almost at week 4 of our fall reading incentive. So far our class has made the goal by one slip each week. It would be awesome if all of us could return our slips next Tuesday!

On a final note school will dismiss early Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 for conferences and there will not be school on Friday Nov. 4. I am looking forward to meeting with you and I will see you soon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Day At Jefferson County Park!

We spent the morning at Jefferson County Park today! We used our 5 senses as tools to explore nature and how the season has changed. Each child created a palate of leaves as we explored the trails. Children ran across the swinging bridge and collected nuts to sample!

As we started back to school the kids asked when lunch was and if it was time to rest! We really wore ourselves out and worked up an appetite with all that exploring! It was a great trip! 
Line up for an adventure of the 5 Senses!

Looking for nuts!

Collecting a leaf collage.

Listening intently!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Skills we are working on!

Two friends playing Spin the Number

We have settled into a great routine, just in time for the teachers to be thinking about report cards and conferences!
Here are some things we have been working on and things you could work on at home!

Numbers: We played Spinning Numbers, a game where partners spin a paperclip/pencil spinner and identify the number of spaces they move on the game board. This was a favorite game and we ended up playing it over and over for about 30 min. The idea is to get to the end first, however we try not to say winner or loser, just whoever gets to the end starts the new game next time!

Other things we have been working on: Naming all 26 alphabet letters, uppercase and lowercase. This is different than singing the ABC song, a child that can name and produce the sounds of all the letters is ready to start reading!
Guided Reading Groups have started, each day I work with 2 groups on a variety of pre-reading skills. Allie Alligator and Ollie Owl remind us of 2 important things! Ask your child to remember what they remind us of! Look for upcoming pictures of these characters and more!

Thank You to all parents who are trying out the homework at home! There will be a weekly poem activity usually sent home on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. There will also be a School-Home Link on golden paper. Plus keep reading for the school's reading incentive! We met our classroom goal so the prizes could be sent out on Wed. We earned cool notebooks and pencils that were out of this world!

Reminder: Field Trip next Friday Oct. 21. We will be going to Jefferson County Park for just the morning. Please dress your child in the appropriate clothing!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Numbers Numbers Everywhere!

As our Kindergarten classrooms have finished up a unit in math, we complete our unit end projects. For this unit we are practicing our phone numbers and addresses. Wednesday we went on a number walk to explore our neighborhoods and see where all the numbers are that help us in our lives! We all enjoyed using the clipboards and sharing with partners to write house numbers and phone numbers and license plates that we saw. We made our walk around the full block of Pence and it was a great learning experience for students and teacher alike. Mrs. Sandbothe realized that some of us are confusing numbers with letters still! The kids practiced writing numbers!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Apples Apples Apples!

The kindergarten classes at Pence Elementary spent this past week in a project centering on apples! Thank you to all parents who donated apples or time for us! We were able to make applesauce and talk about measuring ingredients.  We had a yummy snack and learned all about Johnny Appleseed!
Here are some of our pictures!

 Mrs. Sandbothe and Mrs. Sandbothe with the apple corer and peelers racing!
 More peeling!
 Mrs. Bachar's class visiting Mrs. Sandbothe's to make their applesauce!

Graphing which apples we like to taste the best!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Guided Drawing: Pete the Cat

Kindergarten recently read Pete the Cat, as seen on last week's blog! This week we brainstormed using concept maps to see what else Pete the Cat could step in to turn his shoes a different color!

 Concept Map to brainstorm ideas!

We also wanted to draw Pete so I used simple shapes to create a guided drawing of Pete the Cat. Especially at the beginning of the year I always hear, "but I can't draw that". I try to describe how to draw using shapes. For Pete's body we drew an oval, then a circle for a head. Next we used pointed mountains to make ears. We added rectangle legs, oval shoes, a long curly tail and the kids added eyes and a nose and a mouth! It was a success! 

Mrs. Sandbothe's Guided Drawing of Pete the Cat!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pete the Cat will visit Kindergarten!

Each year my coworkers and I look for new and exciting books to share with our classes! Last year we discovered Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. This summer we were excited to discover he had written another book entitled Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes. Both books have musical downloads and many video clips on youtube.com. Watch Pete Here!!!

Next week Pete will visit Kindergarten and we will begin working on color words! The book helps get the class excited to learn how to read words that are very common in their worlds!
Many of the take home books we have ready to use are perfect for reading and using to fill in those September reading calendars!

Please help our class by ordering books by Sept. 19 online!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Zero the Hero Pictures and Family Page Pictures!

 Mrs. Sandbothe's Scrapbook Page

Zero the Hero Puppet and snack!

Zero the Hero Visits on the 10th Day!

Zero the Hero is our mystery visitor each 10th day of school! He leaves a treat that is always shaped like a zero! Wednesday it was doughnuts!!! We also practiced writing 10 and talked about Zero holding the place in our place value chart!

Thank you parents that sent in family pictures. We will start our STAR Student next week! Each child will have the opportunity to showcase their family pictures and share special things about their family!

We have been in school 11 days and we have been learning all about each other!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Classroom Centers and New Arrangements!

Calendar and Morning Meeting Area!

 Tables and Supply Cubbies!

 Classroom Library!

 Housekeeping Center and Doll House!

Teacher's Table and Computer/Listening Center!

There are new things going in kindergarten. I took the time this summer to clean out and relocate some of my centers. The old arrangement just wasn't working. Now that we have almost completed our first full week together I think it is working!!! The kids are settling in to our routines and we are learning about each other.
We have also collected lots of family scrapbook pages and I will post more about those next week when we have them all up in our room. Star student will begin next Tuesday and I can't wait for the kids to share about their pages during sharing time. This was a new idea for me as a way to get to know the families in our classroom! So far I have loved looking at the pages... I will post some pictures next week!