Thursday, February 28, 2013

Appreciating The Work That Went Into Our Party!

What a beautiful party it was!  The students did such a thorough job of planning this Camping Friendship party.  I loved watching every minute of it!  Each activity was interesting and many students went to almost all of the them!  I will post photos soon, but for now, I wanted to share yesterday's reflections on how friends helped with the party.

Have a great night, Jennifer

February 27th, 2013

Party Appreciations

Kayla: I appreciate Natalie for helping us do the checkers rule game because she did not get into personal space.
Rachel: I appreciate Amelie for painting the bushes with us. She talked and she kepted her hands in her personal space.
Rowan: I appreciate Malaya for bringing the checkers game.
Brianna: I appreciate Jennifer for hanging up the moon and hanging up the stars.
Rachel Lee: I appreciate Mathis for giving me feedback of what I should change on my sign.
Alicen: I appreciate Lia for working hard on her sign.
Mathis: I appreciate Haden for giving feedback to me. He used a medium voice.
Katie: Who I appreciate, Preston, doing him hard work on the stars.
Malaya: I appreciate Lia for telling me what letters to write for the party, on the paper.
Demetri: I appreciate Amelie because she made the green paint, because we didn't have green for the bushes and she shared a little bit with me.
Ethan: I appreciate Kai because he have me feedback. He said, “Give more detail”.
Preston: I appreciate Katie because she showed me how to do a star.
Lukas: I appreciate Malaya and Demetri for bringing the logs for the campfire.
Haden: I appreciate Brianna for not chatting with me at work time.
Lia: I appreciate Rachel Lee for showing me how to make a star.
Amelie: I appreciate Rachel because she putted the hearts on what we painted.
Kai: I appreciate Mason. Yesterday he painted the bush with me without chatting.
Evelyn: I appreciate Mathis for giving me feedback on my tent.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Planning a Special Party

Hello Kindergarten Families!

To commemorate the fact that some students will be moving and we have gotten some new students, the class will be throwing a Friendship Camping Party!  The students have come up with the activities, the decorations and the food.  They are in the process of actualizing all their plans in committees of students.  This has given us more time to practice group work, in real time action!  This week has had it's ups and downs, with some days working better and other days, not.  Many groups are realizing the power of communication and are trying to practice delegating the work so that more gets done, with less group members waiting for others.  There is a lot of learning to be had with all of this.  And, as usual, this group has a lot of creative ideas! Here is a bit on their plan:

Games: Spot the difference, Checkers,  Find the Name
In the tent there will be storytelling
Around the "campfire" there will be joke telling
Card and illustration making for friends
For snack, the students want to have a quesadilla making station, where they chose their ingredients.

We could use a lot of help!  As always, the more the merrier.  All parents are welcome, the students would love you to read or tell stories, share your jokes, help them run the games and man the hot plate to melt the quesadillas.  If you will be able to come, email me or sign up!

 The map of our party

Another exciting thing that happened this week was the cooking we did.  We made two recipes and then compared and contrasted their ingredients, how the batter came out and what the loafs looked like.  These photos show a bit more about the process.  This also naturally brought up some great conversations about fractions.

What do you notice, just from these photos?

We have been using the words compare and contrast a lot lately.  One of our game day activities was to look at old photos and then to write about what they noticed is different about our society, now and then.  I find old photos very interesting and the students looked closely to find things to note.

Finally,  it was our 100th day of school last week and the students were excited to see what that looked like in our calendar pocket chart.  What a big bundle of ten ten-bundles!  Their number sense is growing each day!  The students have been looking at numbers and trying to identify what the place values mean, as far a a quantity.  Below you see some examples of how they are showing this!

Have a beautiful week!  Love, Jennifer

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We are curious about the world!

Hello Kindergarten Families!

I wanted to share a little more from last week.  For our morning share, on Friday, we had the topic of a place we would like to go.  See all of their amazing ideas?!  Then, the class also used color to coordinate the types of places.  The students are practicing identifying this abstract concept of city, vs country, vs continent. Some of them are getting the hang of it!  I want to go to all of these places, too!

We also had an interesting discussion brought on by one of our February Songs and Poems: Here Comes The Sun, by George Harrison and performed by the Beatles.  When I told them that the Beatles were a group that was together before I was born, they were wondering if they were born yet.  Again, time is a very abstract concept.  I drew a timeline to help them begin to understand the concepts in the past that we were looking at...  Then the students wanted to know if their parents were born when the Beattles were a band.  We will need to investigate timelines more.  Many of them might be wondering what year they were born in.  This is where that question is coming from!  (If you click on the image, that will make it larger)

We were also lucky to have Aurora, Demetri's mum, share about the country that she is from: Colombia.  She showed us emeralds, coffee, the flag and much more.  She also shared some Spanish and the friends practiced the names of the colors in this language.  It was very exciting to have a guest speaker come to share about their country.  We look forward to more parents coming to share places they have been and experiences they have had in these places outside of San Diego!

This is just a quick post, so that I can share these neat experiences with you. More soon!  There is always so much going on, it can be so neat each day!  Thank you, Jennifer

Parent's Night Out!

Hi!  The 8th graders have planned this for the school, please check this out and give your info to Donna if you want to take advantage of this!

Have a great night, Jennifer

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What is happening this week?

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Here are some of the many ideas that have been flowing around our classroom!  I hope you enjoy reading this with your child!  Love, Jennifer

Math: What is half?  What is double?

The students have been working on showing their understanding of these concepts and using them in action.  For example some students have been identifying the half of a quantity, while others are doing equations that double their original amount.  Still others, are finding real life examples or stories.  Please come in soon to check out this wall were work is going up daily!



 Mason 5 is half of 10 fingers

 Preston: Double Truck

 Rachel: Sometimes the moon is half.

 Rachel Lee


Social Studies:

We have been trying out different languages in our morning share.  Now we have a greeting in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, German and Hawaiian.  Rowan brought us some words in Russian that her grandmother shared.  What other languages do we have experience with?  Please email me or send in any info your family or child would like to share!

We are also going to begin investigating where Jennifer will be going in the Yucatan for Spring Break (Valledolid, Merida and Campeche)  and what these ruins are all about!


We have been inspired in art, in two new directions.  One is how color is used and how this can change the feel of the work.  Evelyn was inspired to make a non realistic piece that has really spoke to many of us.

Also, the three dimensional paper coiling has moved into the students making their own creations.  Mason's roller coaster got lots of students excited to use the coils to make their own creations.

My job is to observe, listen and identify what may deepen the work, and then to volley something else that might inspire.  Since the students are interested in color and collage, I printed out many pieces of art to investigate and discuss.  

We met in small groups to discuss some of these pieces and begin to delve deeper.  The discussion topics were:

Here is what they came up with so far:

I can't wait to see what they create next!

Language arts

Each day the students are noticing patterns in words, while reading and dissecting our morning message.  Wednesday the students were inspired to create an -ly list on the spot.  This is how many we got in about four minutes.  I know friends had more, but we had to head out to P.E.  Can you come up with more as a family?

We have also been continuing to explore the elements of stories.  After stories we have read recently, we have added the concepts of problem, solution and message. Here is an example of the class' collective share to complete this table.

Title: The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate The Wash Author: Trinka Hakes Noble Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
A little girl's home,
A farm
Pigs, chickens, the boa, the mom, the crying cow, Jenny, Jimmy, the little girl, Tommy, Marianne,the farmer, the teacher, the farmer's wife
A mom is asking a kid what she did on her field trip to the farm. Silly things happened at the farm because a student brought a boa constrictor.
Jimmy brought his pet boa to the farm.
The teacher made everyone get onto the bus and go back to school.

Talk to people before starting a throwing fight.
Don't take boa constrictors to the farm.