Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pence Pals Grants and a New Ipad too!!!

Thank you does not even cover how much our parent group means to us in Kindergarten. This week was an early Christmas. Thanks in part to all of the fund raising that our families have done, we were able to get 2 sets of nonfiction level 1 and sight word readers for our kids to use! Can you spot the readers? They are everywhere! Also we were able to receive an Ipad2 for our classroom use! This is exciting, the kids will work on learning responsibility and technology. This teacher will learn how to add more to the lessons and daily practice we do already! If you see a Pence Pal give them a big Thank you!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Mimio Teach comes to KS

Our classroom has had the privilege of recieving a mimio teach system. Our dry erase board is now an interactive whiteboard or a big computer screen! We have used it to graph our favorite colors this past week! We have also used it during math centers to play the Monster Squeeze game where each child has to guess the mystery number. It has been a great technology addition to our classroom and I am adding more and more technology to our daily learning each week. We have also added the weekly use of If you tried to use this over break, the password was not working, however the issues were taken care of! Please visit my class site in razkids, if you misplaced your password send me an email! The kids are able to access leveled readers to practice our strategies. We are moving right along into Quarter 2! Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Adventures in Kindergarten our day in pictures

Wednesday we went to Jefferson County Park! We had a great day and the weather was perfect! See our pictures!!! Upcoming dates: No school Wednesday November 21, teacher in-service No school Thursday or Friday November 22-23, Thanksgiving Holiday December 10 Winter Concert K-2 at the High School! Book orders Due today for both November and December! Enjoy the great weekend!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Apple Sauce and Apple Investigations

Last week Kindergarten at Pence learned about the history of apples through Johnny Appleseed. We investigated apples, and we used our 5 senses to explore and observe. We also made apple sauce in Ms. Rauenbuehler's room and we taste tested 3 kinds of apples in Mrs. Ryan's room. If you visit our school, notice our picture graph in the hallway, and enjoy the poem! Here are some pics from our classroom, Apple Investigations. More pics to come!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Busy Busy in Kindergarten Sandbothe!

Wow, time has gone so quickly, I have not updated as much as I need too! Reminders: Book Orders are due to me or online by Sept. 18. I usually send them off when I get a free minute at rest time. Thank you for all who ordered! I love getting new books for our classroom library! Also I get some puzzles and books on cd as well! It's like Christmas for me each month! What are work stations? Take a look at what we are working on in K! Rules and more routines! How do you get help? Readers Workshop and Writers Workshop! Math Stations! Computers and play-dough, (but not at the same time!)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Our First Full Week!

Wow, what a great Monday! Today parents in our classroom got to open their child's orange take home folder and our class schedule for specials was in there! We worked hard cutting and using our glue sticks to create our schedule on the bus to show parents when we have p.e, music, art, and library. Going home Tuesday will be your child's first poetry homework, due back by Friday. We are learning the ABC Rap! Remember late start Wednesday 10a.m.! Please work on your family scrap book page. If you did not get scrapbook paper from me at open house, let me know with an email. I will send it home this week! Star Student will start next week! Some of the books we are reading!
Book orders will go home next week and ordering online is easy! Each time you order we earn books for our classroom! Also please send snack, we had enough for the first week, but items are running out!! Please make sure if your child would like a milk card to please either stop in the office or send $6 for a milk card. Water bottles are always encouraged, it was really hot today! Have a great week and please call or email me if you need anything!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Order info

As we near the first day of school, I wanted to get up one of my favorite ways to get books for our classroom. I will be sending out monthly book order forms and for every dollar spent our classroom is able to earn books for our classroom library! Ordering online is super simple and here is the link to my page! Scholastic

Friday, July 6, 2012

">Giveaway! So what do teachers do in the summer, gear up for the next school year by blog hopping! I also have to add more space to my dropbox so I can add all my awesome ideas. Oh, and I finished my master's degree so now I have time for Pinterest too!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dandelion Dilemma

Most people think those beautiful yellow flowers are weeds, but the kids always seem to bring them to me as gifts anyway. Today we used our math tools to circle a part of the playground and count the number of dandelions in our circle. Then inside the kids had to figure out the number of leaves on each plant if their plant each had 3 leaves. The process is amazing, as some of them were trying to multiply and the details of their pictures really illustrated to me where the kids are at when we look at their number understanding. What a great day too, as the wind blew a little later they noticed the seeds were being carried away to another location just to spread out and grow more weeds!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What is in a name?

Our cool project for the week was our lesson in Everyday Math, the number name bracelets. Imagine you can find a collection of those colorful pony beads at a garage sale for a quarter and your class can turn them into the most beautiful thing ever! They were fun to make and aside from that our kids really started to think about all the groups that you can use to make a number. They choose either to make a set of 8, 9, 10, or 11. Then they added their beads and we helped to twist them into magnificent jewelry. Next we drew all the different number groups to show our number. This is where the name comes in. A number has many names, you can demonstrate it's value by using craft sticks, pictures, money, tens and ones, beads, tally marks and even number sentences. This was a great way to explore the name of a number by using groups. I was able to see that most of us are on our way to understanding how to break apart and put together a number. On the list next: addition and subtraction!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

3-D Shape Exploration

Kindergarten has been working on 3-D shapes, did you know they are fat no flat?
We have a great poem to go with our learning. To review this week we explored making our own shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks. We read a story Picture Pie by Ed Emberley and the kids want to add an art center next week where they use the ideas of taking shapes and cutting them and making new pictures from the shapes. We could really use some patterned paper if anyone has extra scrapbook paper at home!

See our cool 3-D shapes that we ate when we were done!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Time flies when you are busy and having fun!

Well, the end of quarter 3 is here. We are going to celebrate with a field trip to Jefferson County Park Tuesday March 20! Our first full day trip and we need to pack our lunch! It is the best day ever!!!

We have had some great activities lately in our math, time, money, and measuring are current themes.
Also another favorite, thank you Mrs. Ryan, was the survey lesson we did. I modeled how to ask a question with a yes or no answer. Do you like______? Then each child was able to ask their friends their question. We tallied the answers and graphed the responses! See pictures of our fun! My favorite question? Do you like school?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Parent Teacher Conferences

To sign up for next week's conferences please go to
You will see the school tab on the far right hand side. From there click parent teacher conferences and log in like you did in the fall.
If you have trouble you will be able to call the school office as well.

Mrs. Carr will be here only on Thursday as she is at the middle school on Tuesday. If you would like to see her if you child is in Title reading please schedule with her the same way, or call for help.

Early Out Tuesday Feb. 21 2:30
Early Out Thursday Feb. 23 2:30
NO School Friday Feb. 24!

Please contact me if you have questions. Thanks and see you next week!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

100 Days of School!

On Monday, Kindergarten students will be celebrating 100 days of school. We are planning a day of counting to 100!
Parents will be sending in a small snack to add to our 100's day snack mix and each child will have a chance to enjoy a great mix!

100 fruit loops will adorn our necks after we count the cereal into 10 piles of 10!

Fabulous crowns will adorn our heads and we will be writing about 100 things we would eat!

Stay tuned for pictures of our fun celebration!

Ms. Rauenbuehler has joined our class and is slowing taking over teaching periods in our day! She will be here through March 2 and so you will be able to meet her at conferences in Feb.

Just a few important reminders:
Are you putting your kids to bed so they get enough sleep?
Do you ask your child how many cubes they kept and what happens if they tell you they lost a cube?
These are the dreary days of winter and our behavior has been showing through. Talking to your child after school will also help them learn to make good choices at school!
Please contact us if you have any questions!

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Shapes in Action

This week in our classroom we worked on reviewing shapes and learning new ways to use them. The kids brainstormed different ways we can create shapes and then tried out several ways.
We used wiki sticks, paper and pencil, scissors, hands and our bodies. Our plans were put on paper and then we tried them out!

No School Monday Jan. 16th, I will be finishing up report cards, look for them to come home at the end of the week! I am very proud of the kids this quarter! We have made big gains!

Please keep checking your child's orange folder, poetry homework will be coming weekly as well as the School-Home link!

Ms. Rauenbuehler has enjoyed her first week here and looks forward to taking over a few more things next week! We are so excited to have a new face in our room!
Have a great weekend!