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Day 176 - THE LAST DAY
On Thursday June 25 2015 KBE finished their year of Kindergarten in style. Our parents joined us in class to watch our slideshow and then we headed over to Rye Rec for a fun party. It was a fitting end to a wonderful school year.
This was an AMAZING class. They were a true pleasure to teach and I am sad to see them go. I will remember them fondly and wish them nothing but good fortune. They'll always have somebody rooting for them back in KBE.
On Wednesday June 24 2015 KBE participated in Midland's Movie Day! The students had several choices of films to choose from - our class screened Air Bud: World Pup. A great time was had by all.
On Tuesday June 23 2015 KBE went to Gym for the last time in Kindergarten. We had several visitors come read to us, celebrated 2 birthdays, and played board games with our buddy class 3O. Mr. Boyum also began reading us Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride by Kate DiCamillo. It was a busy morning. We are so excited for Movie Day tomorrow!
On Monday June 22 2015 KBE visited Library for the last time as Kindergarteners. We had visitors from 1LM and 1H come by to read us books they'd written. We also read Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo. It was a fun and busy final Monday of the year.
Parents are invited to join us at 10:30 on Thursday in KBE for a screening of our end of year slideshow. It's fun to watch altogether. After the slideshow ends we will head out to the Rye Rec picnic area for our end of year party.
On Friday June 19 2015 KBE watched children from the older grades compete in the Midland Mile. It was a lot of fun cheering for the runners, especially when we saw our friends and siblings. When we returned to class we read some fun books about superheroes. Some friends from 1st grade came to visit to share books they had written and to answer our questions about their grade.
On Thursday June 18 2015 KBE had visitors from the Rye Free Reading Room. They told us all about the fun programs that are taking place there over the summer. We also learned about Ramadan (which starts tonight) and did a fun art activity. Be sure to check out our SLIDESHOW!
SLIDESHOW! SLIDESHOW! SLIDESHOW!!!!
On Wednesday June 17 2015 KBE participated in our second STEM Week activity: BEE-BOTS!!! We had so much fun. The BEE-BOT instructor was very handsome. We also had a Story Snack and wrote about our favorite memories from our year of Kindergarten.
On Tuesday June 16 2015 KBE participated in Midland's 1st ever STEM Week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. We worked with wooden dowels and rubber bands to build the tallest structures we could. It was a lot of fun! Thank you to all the parents who came in to help. We also celebrated a birthday!
On Monday June 15 2015 KBE participated in the last Midland Spirit Assembly of the year. It was very exciting to watch our outgoing 5th graders receive all sorts of honors and medals. Congratulations to them!
On Friday June 12 2015 KBE read Madeline and Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans. We also continued working on our Eric Carle crafts and writing letters to fellow Midland Students via the Midland Writes mail campaign. It was a fun day!
Reminder: TODAY WAS THE LAST LONG DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. KBE STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT NOON EVERY DAY FROM THIS POINT FORTH.
On Thursday June 11 2015 KBE took a walking trip to the Rye Post Office. We were joined by several parents and Mr. Boylan and met there by the Postmaster. He gave us a behind the scenes tour and we mailed the letters we wrote as part of our Special Olympics writing campaign. Good luck Special Olympics athletes! The trip, which was organized by Mrs. Rupp for the entire Kindergarten, was a lot of fun. When we returned to KBE the class had a morning meeting, received a Midland Writes delivery, and worked on our Eric Carle art projects.
On Wednesday June 10 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod Morning Meeting. Later in the morning we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss and made Oobleck! It was so fun... and SO messy!
On Tuesday June 9 2015 KBE explored our courtyard with Mary Gillick. She brought us a cockroach from the Rye Nature Center. It was huge! In class we labeled envelopes and attached postage to them in anticipation of our trip to the Post Office on Thursday. We also read the lengthy The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss. It was a fun morning.
On Monday June 8 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. We read Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle and continued working on our Eric Carle inspired artwork. Make sure you check out our new enormous photo album on our class Shutterfly page!
Day 162 - FIELD DAY!!!
On Friday June 5 2015 KBE participated in Midland's Field Day 2015. It was a lot of fun. We did the color green proud as members of the GREEN GATORS! Click HERE to see some of the closing ceremonies!
On Thursday June 4 2015 KBE participated in Midland's Field Day 2015 Opening Ceremony, sponsored by the makers of Excedrin Migraine. It was awesome! Be sure to wear GREEN tomorrow! GO GREEN GATORS!
On Tuesday June 2 2015 KBE celebrated a birthday! The Rye Arts Center sent a musician over to visit us and our buddies from 3O came by to share books they have created. It was a busy morning!
WE WILL BE MEETING AT THE BEACH TOMORROW MORNING. IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER PLEASE CHECK THIS SITE FOR A POSSIBLE POSTPONEMENT OF THE TRIP.
On Monday June 1 2015 KBE wrote and shared about our weekends. We continued our Eric Carle unit by reading Hello, Red Fox and "Slowly, Slowly" said the Sloth. KBE also continued learning about the Special Olympics as part of the writing campaign we are participating in in advance of our Post Office trip. We learned about and wrote letters to Chevi Peters, a Special Olympics athlete who was profiled on ESPN.com.
On Friday May 29 2015 KBE welcomed parents into our room to teach us about Eva Zeisel. The lesson was a part of the Rye Arts Center's Famous Artists program. We made a cool group art project in the spirit of Zeisel's work as well. Earlier in the day we continued our Eric Carle study by reading The Mixed-Up Chameleon and comparing story arcs among several of the books we had read. We noticed many similarities between the stories.
Reminder: Our beach trip is next Wednesday. We will be meeting at the beach first thing in the morning.
On Thursday May 28 2015 KBE continued our Eric Carle study. We read The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, The Very Busy Spider, and The Very Quiet Cricket. We learned about the process Mr. Carle uses to create his illustrations and then made colorful paper to use in making our own Eric Carle inspired artwork. KBE also put our first letters in the Midland Mailbox as part of the Midland Writes program. It was a busy morning!
On Wednesday May 27 2015 KBE returned from our long Memorial Day weekends and wrote and shared about what we had done. We attended an assembly and met Ted Sheu "The Poetry Guy". We also began an Eric Carle author study by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, and 10 Little Rubber Ducks.
On Thursday May 21 2015 KBE had a visit from Mr. Brad of High Touch High Tech. He led us through a program called Smarty Plants. We did a variety of plant related experiments and even got to see photosynthesis in action! We finished reading The Twits, learned about the awesome Midland Writes mail program, and heard the winner of the schoolwide song vote. Our last activity before our long Memorial Day weekend began was the ICE CREAM PARTY that we earned by selling the most raffle tickets prior to the Midland Fair. YAY!!!
On Wednesday May 20 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod Morning Meeting. We continued reading The Twits by Roald Dahl and also read a RAZ-Kids book called Memorial Day. During Math we talked about the difference between 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.
Day 152 - Vote!
On Tuesday May 19 2015 KBE participated in a schoolwide vote to decide which song will be played before dismissal on Thursday afternoon. The choices were Heroes, I Lived, and Shake It Off. In KBE's local class vote the winner was Heroes by a landslide. The results for the schoolwide vote have not yet been tallied. KBE also celebrated a birthday, read more of The Twits, and learned about Memorial Day.
On Friday May 15 2015 and Monday May 18 2015 KBE was busy. We spent time celebrating birthdays, finding parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives in text, reading non-fiction books about frogs, and so much more. We have been reading The Twits by Roald Dahl as a whole group and focusing on comprehension during our guided reading activities.
On Thursday May 14 2015 KBE worked on identifying nouns during our Reading Workshop. We celebrated a birthday and had a parent come in to read to us. Mr. Boyum began reading The Twits by Roald Dahl to us. In Math we found partners that combined to single digit numbers and worked on breaking apart teen numbers into a tens group and extra ones.
On Wednesday May 13 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We read the Midland book of the month, Name That Dog by Peggy Archer, and Hooray for Snail! by John Stadler. At the end of the day we did a shared reading of The Sky Is Falling and talked about different strategies to decode long words.
On Tuesday May 12 2015 KBE had a visitor from the Rye Arts Center. We played musical games with her. It was a lot of fun. KBE also continued to talk about frogs and their unique life cycle. We read A Tadpole Grows Up by Pam Zollman and watched The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent.
On Monday May 11 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. We had the winner of the Children's Chance Room Read to KBE prize come by as well. She read us two Elephant and Piggie books. At the end of the morning KBE compared our class tadpoles with frogs that were caught in our courtyard and read the book Life Cycle of a Frog by Angela Royston.
On Friday May 8 2015 KBE and the other Kindergarten classes hosted Midland's Spirit Assembly. Our theme was Honesty. Click here to see the Kindergarten perform an Honesty song in front of the whole school. Afterwards KBE visited 2T in the auditorium to see their awesome Bottle History projects. It was a fun, busy day.
Day 144 - CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE
CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE OUR PLAY!!!
On Thursday May 7 2015 KBE joined their Kindergarten colleagues and performed Chicken Soup With Rice in front of a packed Midland Auditorium. The audience response was so overwhelmingly positive that Mr. Boylan is considering taking the show to Broadway! Mr. Boyum is working on uploading a video of the play to a private Youtube channel so that you can watch it over and over again. Information will be sent home as soon as that is all set up. Click HERE to see what the stars of the show thought about their performance.
On Wednesday May 6 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We also used Nearpod to do a communal review lesson about the Sun. We also began working on a super secret project that will be revealed to the world this Sunday. Tomorrow is our big performance of Chicken Soup With Rice! Try to get here on time so that you can get yourself good seats in the auditorium!
On Tuesday May 5 2015 KBE performed Chicken Soup With Rice in front of a packed Midland Auditorium. The audience was made up of classes from the 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades. It was a terrific performance! Our next and final performance is at 9:00 on Thursday, May 7. You are invited to attend! Upon our return to class KBE read The Planets by Gail Gibbons and The Moon by Thomas K. Adamson.
On Monday May 4 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. The class read Earthdance by Lynn Reiser and learned about the planet Neptune. We are so excited about our performances of Chicken Soup With Rice this week!
On Friday May 1 2015 KBE rehearsed our Kindergarten play for the last time. Next week we will perform the play on Tuesday (for our school) and Thursday (for our families). We are so excited! In class we read Uranus by Thomas K. Adamson and wrote about the Ice Giant planet. During snack we read Previously by Allan Ahlberg.
On Thursday April 30 2015 KBE learned about Saturn. We were surprised to find out that the rings of Saturn are actually made up of lots of smaller objects. We observed our newts and drew them, labeling the different parts of them that we saw. Mr. Boyum read us My Teacher Is a Monster by Peter Brown. It was a very silly book.
On Wednesday April 29 2015 KBE learned about Jupiter and received our newts. We are very excited to meet the new members of our classroom!
On Tuesday April 28 2015 KBE took a field trip to the Rye Free Reading Room. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the walk and our time at the library. It is such a great place! Thank you to all the adults who joined us for the trip. When we returned to Midland we read There's NOTHING To Do On Mars by Chris Gall and watched a video about how the Mars Rovers landed on the red planet.
On Monday April 27 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. We read Mars by Thomas K. Adamson and learned about the planet as part of our Solar System unit. We also had a visit from a face painting storyteller. It was a very fun morning.
On Friday April 24 2015 KBE finished up Earth Week by reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. We visited our special Midland courtyard and saw the Truffula Trees and the Lorax statue. We also continued our study of the Solar System by visiting Venus, the hottest planet. Have a great weekend!
On Thursday April 23 2015 KBE had a Story Snack. We read the book Silence by Lemniscates and discussed Earth Day. Afterwards we watched some related videos on Brainpop Jr. KBE also continued our study of the Solar System by learning about Mercury. We read the book Mercury by Thomas K. Adamson and painted the planet using a sponge painting technique.
Day 133 - Earth Day
On Wednesday April 22 2015 KBE celebrated Earth Day in various ways. We read We Planted A Tree by Diane Muldrow and discussed various things we could do to help our environment. This continued the conversation we began over the last two afternoons when we read 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh and Earth Day - Hooray by Stuart J. Murphy. We then transitioned to our non-fiction study of the Solar System by reading Earth by Thomas K. Adamson and adding to our famed SOLAR SYSTEM WALL OF KNOWLEDGE!!!! Afterwards we made a fun Earth craft and wrote about what we had learned.
On Tuesday April 21 2015 KBE began learning about the Solar System. We read Sun by Steve Tomecek and talked how big objects in outer space can be. It is mind boggling. During snack we watched a video about Earth Day. At the end of the morning the entire Kindergarten participated in a rehearsal of our school play on stage.
On Monday April 20 2015 KBE read Curious George Gets A Medal by H.A. Rey. One of our favorite parts was when George becomes the first astronaut at the end of the story. We particularly liked that part because we are going to be starting our Solar System unit later this week. After the book we made Curious Georges and wrote about things that we are curious about.
KBE sold the most raffle tickets in the whole school!!! We won an ice cream party!!! Great job KBE!!!
On Friday April 17 2015 KBE rehearsed Chicken Soup With Rice with the other Kindergarten classes. We did it on the stage in the auditorium for the first time. It was very exciting! After Gym our buddies from 3O visited our class and we introduced them to our Bee Bots.
Tomorrow is the Midland Fair! Yay! Hope you can make it!
On Thursday April 16 2015 KBE read Curious George Rides A Bike and, like yesterday, identified key parts of the story. We also revisited how the Magic C can help us form many letters when writing. At the end of the day we got to visit the North Playground for the first time this year. It was exciting - there were three other Kindergarten classes out there with us!
On Wednesday April 15 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We took a close look at Curious George by H.A. Rey and worked to identify the main characters, setting, problem, and solution in the story. During Math we continued working with Tiny Tumblers and noticing the relationships between numbers in a number family. The morning ended with a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London.
On Tuesday April 14 2015 KBE's dinosaur unit came to an end. We read Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? by Bonnie Worth and put the finishing touches on our dinosaur books. During Math we learned the epic story of the Tiny Tumblers of Math Mountain. KBE also did an informal spelling assessment in the spirit of today's upper-grade ELA exam. We are great spellers!
On Friday April 10 2015 KBE attended Midland's April Spirit Assembly. First grade hosted the assembly and sang a song about Respect. After returning to class KBE worked on illustrating the solutions to subtraction problems and comparing groups using the terms greater and less than. We read Dinosaurs by Lila Prap and used our imaginations and schema to create our own dinosaurs! Some of them are very frightening!
On Wednesday April 8 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We had a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London during which we discussed how our bodies look when we feel certain feelings. We read Rawr by Todd H. Doodler and discussed what caused the dinosaurs to become extinct. In Math we created equations based on a scene in a grocery store.
On Tuesday April 7 2015 KBE attended an assembly about allergy awareness. It was fun and informative. Two of us even got to participate on stage! Back in class we continued working with the "oi" sound. We also read How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague and added to our dinosaur KWL chart.
On Monday April 6 2015 KBE returned from vacation. We wrote about and shared our experiences over the past week. We had Library and after snack were able to use the playground during outdoor recess for the first time in months! During our Fundations time we worked on recognizing and creating the "oi" sound in words and did a shared reading of a book called Bub and the Nut. Our new sight word for the week is does.
The Rye City School District experienced internet outages these days and for a while afterwards. Rest assured KBE did some pretty incredible stuff. One result of the outages is that Mr. Boyum now has a new email address:
On Wednesday March 25 2015 KBE exchanged books in our book bags. We talked about the reading strategies we have learned and how we would use them with our new books. We did some shared reading activities with big books and then read independently. During snack we read How Big Were The Dinosaurs by Bernard Most. We played outside and traced ourselves using chalk. At the end of the morning we had a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London.
On Tuesday March 24 2015 KBE got to see the 5th grade production of Guys and Dolls. It was truly memorable. Back in class we read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague and Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton.
On Monday March 23 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. In class we watched Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. We talked about what the world would have looked like at the time of the dinosaurs and created torn paper scenes based on our conversation. In Library we read Look Out, It's April Fool's Day by Frank Modell. During math we worked on splitting single digit numbers into all of their possible partner combinations.
We're famous! KBE's picture appeared in the Rye Record this weekend! Check us out!
Day 115 - Bee Bots!
On Friday March 20 2015 KBE worked in groups to write morning messages to each other and come up with equations to represent the number of the day. We read Tyrone the Double Dirty Rotten Cheater by Hans Wilhelm. KBE also got to use our new Bee Bots for the first time. They are a gift to our class from the PTO. Click on the photos above to see videos of them in action!
On Thursday March 19 2015 KBE continued our unit about dinosaurs. We read a non-fiction book called What Were Dinosaurs by Rebecca Rissman and a fiction book called Tyrone the Horrible by Hans Wilhelm. We used information from both to add to our class KWL chart. We also examined our large collection of dinosaur toys for clues about whether they were carnivores or herbivores. During Reading Workshop we worked on retelling by writing summaries of the beginning, middle, and ends of stories from our book bags.
On Wednesday March 18 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. During snack we discussed our recent Maker Bridge activity (in the afternoons) and Mr. Boyum modeled how he would make a bridge out of the given materials. During Fundations we used our dry erase boards and continued learning about the rules regarding the -ing suffix. We began a unit about dinosaurs by creating a Know Wonder Learned chart. Our morning ended with Reader's Workshop.
Day 112 - St. Patrick's Day
On Tuesday March 17 2015 KBE celebrated St. Patrick's Day. We read Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson and St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting and made leprechaun hats. During Reader's Workshop we worked on reading pictures to tell a story and sequencing them. It was fun sharing with our friends.
On Monday March 16 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. We visited Mrs. Andrews in the Library. Back in class we read How Full Is Your Bucket For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. We revisited the -ing suffix and talked about how it can be used in words that end with a silent e. At the end of the morning we completed our St. Patrick's Day writing activity from last week.
Day 110 - The Great Midland Read Aloud
On Friday March 13 2015 KBE experienced their 1st Great Midland Read Aloud. Thank you for reading us Dr. Seuss books, Mr. Moraitis! We had fun doing circus arts during Gym. In class we read Calm Down by Keith and Sarah Kortemartin and Hugs by Noy Saetia. They are both RAZ-Kids books. During Reading Workshop we worked on predicting what a book will be about based on what we can see on the cover.
On Thursday March 12 2015 KBE came up with many ways to represent the number of the day using coins. We explored concepts such as setting, character, and sequence with Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola. We talked about leprechauns and discussed what we would do if we caught one and got his pot of gold. We also played a St. Patrick's Day game on Starfall. At the end of the morning we had a fun Story Snack during which we heard The Jellybeans and the Big Dance by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, also by Laura Numeroff.
On Wednesday March 11 2015 KBE had visitors from Rye Middle School come to class to teach us American Sign Language. They did a Fundations lesson with us and then demonstrated all sorts of words and phrases. Thank you to our visitors! We also had a Nearpod morning meeting, played outside(!) for the first time in ages, focused on identifying main characters in our books during Reading Workshop, and had a session of Mindfulness. It was a busy day!
On Tuesday March 10 2015 KBE revisited the partners of 10 and played the Missing Partner game. We watched a short movie about the history of and traditions associated with St. Patrick's Day. During Reading Workshop we read Dolly's Drama Queen Day by Rus Buyok and focused on identifying the setting of a story.
On Monday March 9 2015 KBE focused on friendliness and Paying It Forward as a part of our Pennies for Patients drive. We read Friendliness by Cynthia Klingel and Friends to the End for Kids by Bradley Greive. We had a conversation about times that others had been kind to use without expecting anything in return. We also wrote about our weekends.
On Friday March 6 2015 KBE participated in Midland's March Spirit Assembly. We learned about Pennies For Patients. In class we wrote our own morning messages in teams, learned some rules about using the suffix -ing while writing, and explained our various methods of subtraction to each other. We also reread Have You Filled A Bucket Today and discussed the reasons that someone might say mean things to us and how we should respond.
On Wednesday March 4 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We learned about the suffix -ing and practiced using it in words with our magnet boards. At the end of the morning we read Lucky New Year by Mary Man-Kong and participated in Midland Kindergarten's last ever annual Chinese New Year Parade. It was memorable!
On Wednesday March 3 2015 KBE continued to learn about Chinese New Year. We read Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low and The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine. We also decorated Chinese Lanterns with related symbols and Chinese words. We did a shared reading about the holiday on the SMARTBoard and even used books about Chinese New Year during our independent reading time in Reader's Workshop. It was a busy morning!
On Monday March 2 2015 KBE had a delayed arrival due to snow. In our short time together we had a morning meeting and wrote and shared about our weekends. Our new sight word for the week is go.
On Friday February 27 2015 KBE learned about Chinese New Year. We watched Sam and the Lucky Money and talked about how we would celebrate the holiday in school. We did a group writing activity and discussed how to separate our long writing pieces into sentences. During reading workshop we continued to search for words that use the Magic E. Have a great weekend!
THE 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL
On Thursday February 26 2015 KBE celebrated the 100th day of school in style! We visited each Kindergarten classroom for a different 100th day activity and then returned to KBE to write about what we'll look like when we are 100 years old. We also read 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell. The fun didn't stop there! We had a birthday snack AND a story snack during which we learned about Africa's Big 5 animals and heard How Giraffe Became So Tall by Andrea Florens and Albert Le Blanc by Nick Butterworth. What a busy busy morning!
On Wednesday February 25 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Nearpod added a lot of new features and had a great time exploring them. Mr. Boyum read us Mrs. Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and we shared our 100 object collections. They were very creative! During reading workshop our new job is to locate words in our books that have Magic E's in them. Our morning ended with a session of Mindfulness. Tomorrow is the 100th day!
A new album of photographs has been added to our class Shutterfly site. Go check them out!
On Tuesday February 24 2015 KBE celebrated a birthday. The birthday boy read us a book about Spiderman! We also visited Brainpop Jr. to learn about the number 100 and read the book The 100th Day of School by Melissa Schiller in anticipation of the 100th day of school. Our class also viewed some new videos about the Magic E (here, here, and here) and practiced changing vowels from their short sounds to their long sounds.
On Monday February 23 2015 KBE returned from our President's Week break and wrote and shared about our time away from school. We also began thinking about the upcoming 100th day of school and read 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler. Our new sight word for the week is we.
On Friday February 13 2015 KBE celebrated Valentine's Day with a breakfast party in class. Thank you so much for the parents who orchestrated the party - it was perfect! After Gym the class read Valentine's Day by Gail Gibbons and wrote about our Valentine's Day plans. We also watched Red Riding Hood by James Marshall on Bookflix.
On Thursday February 12 2015 KBE participated in the Marshmallow Challenge with our buddies in 3O. It was a lot of fun! We also had a fun story snack during which we heard The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing.
On Wednesday February 11 2015 KBE worked in groups to write morning messages and come up with equations to equal the number of the day. We made Valentine's Day cards for our loved ones. During snack we read two Olivia books by Ian Falconer. The class then did a fun Maker activity with straws and clay, trying to see who could build the tallest tower. You can try it at home! During reading workshop we shared the post its we have been placing in our books with a partner. Our morning ended with a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London.
On Tuesday February 10 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their long weekends. We read Valentine's Day by David Marx and discussed our classroom rule of including everyone when giving out Valentines. We also acted as a test audience for children's performers who were auditioning for summer camps. The performances were great!
You can sign up for March Parent Teacher Conferences.
On Friday February 6 2015 KBE attended Midland's February Spirit Assembly. The character trait of the month is Gratitude. The Midland Bulldog dropped by to announce that next Friday, February 13, is CRAZY SOCK DAY! Back in class KBE continued learning about word families, this time coming up with words that are in the -at family. At the end of the morning KBE read Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins and watched Roberto the Insect Architect by Nina Laden. The two books sparked a conversation about being a "maker", after which KBE took a second crack at building structures out of construction paper and cardboard. Our new structures are much more impressive than our first tries!
On Thursday February 5 2015 KBE had an extremely busy morning! During our morning meeting we worked individually to make equations to equal our number of the day. When we shared with each other afterwards we counted that we had made 31 different equations! During snack we had a conversation about what we learned during our paper building Maker activity this week. If you don't know what that is, ask us about it! We did some shared reading and learned about the -ad & -an word families, which we then searched for in our books during independent reading time. We also had a visit from the Eat Well, Be Well program to learn about nutrition AND had a fun Story Snack during which we heard The Spiffiest Giant In Town by Julia Donaldson. Wow!
Please check your child's folder tonight for a notice about Cozy Books. Also, a reminder that our Valentine's Day Party will be in KBE on Friday, February 13 at 8:45 am.
On Wednesday February 4 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. During snack we continued reading Oliver Jeffers' Once Upon An Alphabet. In math we sorted a group of images by various attributes and discussed what other attributes we could sort them by. We searched for and put post-its on digraphs we know (ch, sh, ck) during our independent reading time and then shared what we found with our peers. The morning ended with a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London.
On Tuesday February 3 2015 KBE had a late arrival because of the weekend's weather. During our short time together we wrote and shared about our busy weekends. Our new sight words for the week are my & stop.
On Friday January 30 2015 KBE had a special visitor! Mrs. Napolitano read us The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola. We ate ice cream sandwiches and celebrated Mrs. Vanacore's birthday. We also learned about Groundhog Day, read Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather by Bruce Koscielniak, and predicted whether the groundhog will see his shadow on Monday.
On Thursday, January 29 2015 KBE split up into teams and wrote Morning Messages to the class. We read Max & Ruby's Treasure Hunt by Rosemary Wells and discussed nursery rhymes. In math we sorted shapes by size, color, and shape and then played a game called Attribute Train on the SMARTBoard. The morning ended with a fun Story Snack during which we heard Elmer and the Lost Teddy by David McKee.
On Wednesday January 28 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We had a fun story snack during which we heard 3 books, Mr. Silly by Roger Hargreaves, The Top Job by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, and Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. During Fundations time we reviewed the ch and sh digraphs and were introduced to the Magic E. The day's math lesson consisted of cutting out and sorting shapes based on various attributes. Lastly, we shared our awesome Snowman Family projects. We all did such great jobs!
On Monday January 26 2015 KBE wrote and shared about their weekends. We read Snowed In by Barbara M. Lucas and some poems from A Snowflake Fell compiled by Laura Whipple. The morning's Fundation lesson focused on the sh digraph. Be safe in the snow!
On Friday January 23 2015 KBE celebrated a birthday! We also told math stories based on an image of a park scene and practiced simple addition and subtraction.During snack Mr. Boyum read us The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith. At the end of the morning we continued working on our torn paper crafts. Have a great weekend!
On Thursday January 22 2015 KBE worked in teams to write morning messages to each other. Later we practiced making words with the ch digraph at the beginning and the end. During snack we read some of Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers and practiced getting in alphabetical order. During math we talked about representing numbers in five groups again, this time with larger numbers. At the end of the day we revisited our Leo Lionni project and made new torn paper scenes.
On Wednesday January 21 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod Morning Meeting. Today's Fundation lesson focused on the ch digraph. In math we talked about representing numbers using 5-groups. At the end of the morning we read The Dark by Lemony Snicket.
On Tuesday January 20 2015 KBE wrote about their long weekends. During snack we read The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Today's Fundations lesson focused on how to decide whether to us a c, k, or ck when writing a word with the /k/ sound. We practiced our single digit addition and subtraction and came up with several ways to represent the number 81. Our new sight words for the week are down & her.
On Friday January 16 2015 KBE attended the January Spirit Assembly. We found out that the theme of this year's Midland Fair is The Olympics! Back in class we continued learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and came up with our own I Have A Dream speeches. Have a great long weekend!
On Thursday January 15 2015 KBE read Midland's January book of the month, Otis by Loren Long. We were introduced to the last 5 capital letters and practiced writing the entire alphabet in upper and lowercase letters. We went to RAZ-Kids as a class to learn about the RAZ Robot Builder and the Rocket Room. While there we read the silly book The Ship of Shapes. At the end of the day we made torn paper scenes of Frederick by Leo Lionni.
Tomorrow is a Spirit Assembly! Wear your Midland Colors!
On Wednesday January 14 2015 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. As a class we came up with several ways to represent the number of the day as an equation. During snack we visited BrainPop Jr. to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Math we met the Tens Bug. He loves groups of ten! He helped us discover that all teen numbers start with the numeral 1, and that each is a group of 10 with an extra group of 1s. We were introduced to the capital letters P, Q, R, S, T and U.
On Tuesday January 13 2015 KBE learned about Martin Luther King Jr. We visited Bookflix and read a non-fiction book about him and Martin's Big Words by Dorreen Rappaport. We were introduced to the capital letters K,L,M,N & O.
On Monday January 12 2015 KBE had a shortened morning due to the weather. During our Morning Meeting we came up with equations that equaled 76 and then closely investigated our Morning Message. We also had time to write about our weekends. Our new sight word for this week is she.
New Afterschool Offering at Rye Arts Center
The Rye Arts Center is offering a Makerspace afterschool club that runs on Thursdays specifically for Kindergarteners. You can read about it here.
On Friday January 9 2015 KBE celebrated a birthday. We had a special visitor who read us The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman. During Morning Meeting we came up with several different ways to represent the number of the day (75). We also learned about Snowflake Bentley and completed our super secret snow craft projects. Enjoy the weekend!
KBE is collecting empty cereal boxes this month. Please send any cereal boxes that you finish in with your child!
On Thursday January 8 2014 KBE had a Story Snack. We heard Spoon by Amy Krause Rosenthal and D is for Dancing Dragon by Carol Crane and ate delicious rice krispie treats. In class afterwards we read Snow by Uri Shulevitz and began preparations for a special super secret snow craft. We also practiced writing the capital letters for the first 10 letters of the alphabet and set a new class record for alphabetizing our Fundations cards.
On Wednesday January 7 2014 KBE used iPads to have a Nearpod morning meeting. We visited Brainpop Jr. to learn about capital letters and practiced forming the first 5 capital letters in the alphabet. We re-read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean with a focus on ways to represent subtraction problems. We also had a session of Mindfulness and made silly snowflake portraits.
On Tuesday Jabuary 6 2015 KBE read The Mitten by Jan Brett. The class did an art project that focused on sequencing the events in the book.
Welcome back! On Monday January 5 2014 KBE wrote and shared about their long winter vacations. Our class did so many fun and interesting things during the break! Later in the morning we did Fundations, went to Library, and read the fun book Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio. Our new sight words for the week are his, was, and no.
On Friday December 19 2014 KBE read Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh.We thought it was very silly. We also visited Bookflix to learn about Chanukah and Christmas, learned about A-B-C order, and played Sight Word Bingo. It was a fun day.
Seasons Greetings to everyone!
Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
See you in 2015!
Day 69 - Multicultural Celebration
On Thursday December 18 2014 KBE celebrated the holiday season with a Multicultural Pot Luck meal. It was delicious! Thank you to all the adults for making it such a special and festive experience. If you'd like to make any of the dishes you tasted today you can find their recipes in KBE's Multicultural Cookbook. Earlier in the morning KBE had watched The Night Before Christmas and Max's Christmas during snack and learned about how different families in America celebrate Christmas. We had such a busy morning Mr. Boyum didn't even get a chance to share his favorite Christmas game!
On Wednesday December 17 2014 KBE used iPads to run a Nearpod Morning Meeting. We had a lot of fun. Afterwards we read Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser. We continued our December trip around the world by traveling to Ukraine. On our way home we visited Moscow, the Dead Sea, and the Statue of Liberty. Upon our return to Midland we made menorahs and played the dreidel game.
On Tuesday December 16 2014 KBE learned about Chanukah. We read the Rookie book about the holiday by David F. Marx and I Have A Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum. We traveled to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. On our way home we visited the Dome of the Rock, the Vatican, and Venice. KBE was also introduced to their final lowercase letters in Fundations, Qu/qu and Zz.
On Monday December 15 2014 KBE wrote about their weekends. We read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and used Google Earth to simulate the train's route to the North Pole. On the way we stopped at the Christmas Mountains in New Brunswick, Niagara Falls, and the CN Tower. When we returned from our travels we made a reindeer craft and talked about gifts we'd like to receive for the holidays. Our morning ended with a session of Mindfulness. Our new sight words are this & me.
On Friday December 12 2014 KBE celebrated National Poinsettia Day by visiting Mexico and learning about how Christmas is celebrated there. We read the non-fiction book Las Posadas by Jennifer Blizin Gillis and The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie de Paola. We also made poinsettias to decorate our classroom. During snack we read the Rookie book Christmas by David F. Marx and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as retold by Dennis R. Shealy. In Fundations we learned about the -ck sound and discussed how to decide which letter(s), c/k/ck, to use at the end of a word.
On Thursday December 11 2014 KBE read Snow by Cynthia Rylant and learned how to make snowflakes. We also visited Sweden to learn about Saint Lucia's Day. While there we visited the Icehotel and saw the Northern Lights. During snack we watched Merry Christmas, Space Case by James Marshall.
On Wednesday December 10 2014 KBE had our first Nearpod Morning Meeting. We used iPads to share our work with one another. It was a lot of fun! Afterwards we read Santa Claus - The World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee and discussed how Santa behaves differently in different countries. We traveled to Germany and found out that in that country he comes on the evening of December 5 on a white horse and leaves gifts in boots outside your door! While there we visited the Victory Column in Berlin and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, which was the basis for Walt Disney's design of Cinderella's castle. On our way home we visited the actual Cinderella's castle in Disney World and the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. It was a very busy morning!
On Monday December 8 2014 KBE wrote and shared stories about their weekends. During snack we read The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow and watched a Brainpop Jr. video about place value. We also read The Christmas Tree Ride by Mary Neville and made a Christmas tree craft to decorate our classroom. Our new sight words for the week are do, for, & like.
On Friday December 5 2014 KBE participated in a school-wide buddy activity. Our buddy class 3O came to visit and together we made a giant chain of thank you letters to members of our school community. The chain will be combined with the chains of other classes and used to decorate our school this month. KBE also continued our December trip around the world, visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa. We made mkekas, special Kwanzaa mats that we decorated with harvest fruits and vegetables. On our way back to Midland we stopped in Egypt to see the giant pyramids in Giza. We were impressed.
On Thursday December 4 2014 KBE began our trip around the world to learn about December holidays. We began by visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and learning about Kwanzaa. We read Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney and the Rookie book Kwanzaa by Trudi Strain Trueit. We enjoyed learning the Swahili words for the seven principles of Kwanzaa. On our way home we visited the Eiffel Tower. Back in class we used magnet boards and jigsaw puzzles during Fundations and sang Down By The Bay to practice our rhyming. The day ended with a delicious Story Snack. We heard The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer. It was a very busy morning!
On Wednesday December 3 2014 KBE prepared suitcases and passports for our upcoming Google Earth trip around the world. We also thought up and then illustrated math equations, sounded out four letter words using our magnet boards, and read the entertaining book Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper.
On Tuesday December 2 2014 KBE had a Games With Friends morning. Thank you to all the parents who came in to play with us! We also did some shared reading activities on the SMARTBoard, talked about how to represent addition equations pictorally, and went to Gym. Mr. Boyum read us Fortunately by Remy Charlip and the Elephant and Piggie Book Are You Ready To Play Outside by Mo Willems. We also used Google Earth to see where our school is on Earth (and to visit Mr. Boyum's house!). This was done in anticipation of our month-long trip (in-class) to learn how people all over the world celebrate December holidays differently.
On Monday December 1 2014 KBE returned from our Thanksgiving weekend. We wrote and drew about our experiences. Other things that happened this morning included Hearing & Vision screenings, a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London, magnet boards on the rug and the reading of two of Mr. Boyum's favorite new books during snack, Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett and The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak. Our new sight words for the week are did and said.
On Wednesday November 26 2014 KBE traveled back in time to learn about Thanksgiving. During snack we read T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone and Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. We practiced decoding nonsense words during Fundations before attending the Kindergarten Thanksgiving Pow wow. Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!
On Tuesday November 25 2014 KBE participated in an Evacuation Drill. We walked to Rye Rec calmly and quickly. When we returned to the classroom we read three Thanksgiving Books on Reading A-Z: Carlos's First Thanksgiving, Thank You Everyone, and Turkeys in the Trees. We were introduced to the Fundations letters Vv and Ww and the sight words cannot & of. At the end of the day we shared our family turkeys. They were so creative!
On Monday November 24 2014 KBE wrote and shared stories about their weekends. We read A Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli, visited BrainPop Jr. to learn about the holiday, and made Native American headdresses. We also used the SMARTBoard to do some shared reading and sounded out long words during Fundations time.
Day 52 - Pajama Day!
On Friday November 21 2014 KBE celebrated Pajama Day! It was the comfiest day of the year. To celebrate we watched How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen and A Good Night's Sleep by Sharon Gordon. In class we worked on clapping and tapping long words when writing and watched Vowel Bat. We also concluded our week's study of the senses by reading Touching (also by the prolific Sharon Gordon!) and doing some related SMARTBoard activities.
Click to hear KBE's holiday hit TURKEY DINNER!
On Thursday November 20 2014 KBE read Seeing by Sharon Gordon and visited Bookflix to read a non-fiction book about the five senses. The book was paired with the funny story That New Animal by Emily Jenkins. We had a Story Snack of yummy ices and the book There's An Ouch In My Pouch by Jeanne Willis. Don't forget that tomorrow is
On Wednesday November 19 2014 KBE continued learning about our senses. We had two visitors: Mrs. London taught us about Mindful Seeing and Mr. O from High Touch High Tech showed us a variety of experiments related to the five senses we are focusing on. During snack we read Tasting by Sharon Gordon.
On Tuesday November 18 2014 KBE welcomed visitors to our classroom during Midland's Open House. We continued learning about our senses, focusing today on the sense of smell. Mr. Boyum hid items from his kitchen in special dark canisters and we had to guess what they were using solely our noses. We read Rain by Manya Stojic, My Five Senses by Aliki, and Smelling by Sharon Gordon. At the end of the day we learned three new Fundations letters (Hh, Kk, & Ll) and finished decorating our feathers for the Great Midland Turkey of Thankfulness.
On Monday November 17 2014 KBE wrote about their weekends and celebrated a birthday! We also began learning about our senses and how they inform our brain about the world around us. We read a book called Hearing by Sharon Gordon and played a fun game with a blindfold where we tried to identify our friends using just our ears.
On Friday November 14 2014 KBE played a Fundations game with jigsaw puzzle pieces. We read The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger and compared it to other turkey books that we have read thus far like Run, Turkey, Run and Turkey Trouble. We used those other books to help us predict what would happen at the end of the story. During snack we watched Giving Thanks and made a large list of things that we are thankful for. We are going to use the list to decorate feathers for the great Midland Turkey of Thankfulness.
On Thursday November 13 2014 KBE read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr and made a turkey craft. We watched Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt during snack and learned about squirrels and how they prepare for winter. Our day ended with a delicious story snack where we read The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
On Wednesday November 12 2014 KBE returned from the long Veteran's Day weekend and wrote and drew about their adventures. In class we read Thanksgiving Is by Gail Gibbons and made a colorful corn craft. KBE was also introduced to the Fundations letters Pp and Jj and the sight words are and has. During snack we heard one of Mr. Boyum's favorite read alouds, More Bears by Kenn Nesbitt.
Day 44 - Spirit Assembly
On Friday November 7 2014 KBE attended a Spirit Assembly hosted by the 4th grade. The focus of the assembly was on the character trait Empathy. The Midland Bulldog came to visit and gave us a special surprise (that will occur on November 21st)! KBE also read Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano and received a fun related family project to do. At the end of the morning we learned about the significance of Veteran's Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
Day 43 - Famous Artist Program
On Thursday November 6 2014 KBE made paper owls inspired by the art we saw at the Nature Center yesterday. Thank you to the two moms (and grandma) who came in to teach us even more about Irving Harper and guide us through the craft. One of them was even celebrating her birthday! We also had a different mom come in for Story Snack. She read us Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. KBE's other activities this morning included Fundations, Reading Workshop, writing thank you cards to Mrs. London, and learning secret handshakes from GoNoodle. What a busy morning!
Day 42 - Rye Arts Center
On Wednesday November 5 2014 KBE visited the Rye Arts Center to see an exhibit of Irving Harper's artwork. The art was truly awesome. Thank you to all the adults who joined us for the trip. When we returned to Midland we read Map It! by Elspeth Leacock and worked on segmenting and tapping out words. Our morning ended with a session of Mindfulness. Mrs. London generously gave us a breathing ball... namaste Mrs. London!
On Tuesday November 4 2014 KBE had a Games With Friends morning. Thank you to the Moms who joined us. During snack we watched Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller on Bookflix. You can access Bookflix at home by using the username midlandes and the password bookflix. We also told Math stories about a playground scene, sounded out words during Fundations, and read wordless books to each other during Reader's Workshop.
Reminder: We are going to the Rye Arts Center tomorrow. Arrival and dismissal will be at Midland like every other day. If you would like to join us for the trip please meet us in Midland's front lobby at 9.
On Monday November 3 2014 KBE wrote and drew about our Halloween weekends. We practiced Clapping and Tapping (segmenting words into syllables while writing so that they are easier to sound out) and wrote some pretty long words together. We were introduced to Ee and Rr in Fundations and added the sight words run, set, and put to our rings. We also celebrated a birthday and read The Little Engine That Could.
Day 39 - Halloween
On Friday October 31 2014 KBE celebrated Halloween! In the morning we read Ghosts In The House by Kazuno Kohara and watched By The Light Of The Halloween Moon. We drew pictures of our costumes and had a special Halloween-themed Morning Meeting. After lunch we'll have a parade and party! Yay! Happy Halloween everybody!
On Thursday October 30 2014 KBE had a story snack. We heard Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian. During the rest of the morning KBE told math stories about our families and heard the very silly story The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey.
Halloween reminder: Tomorrow is Halloween. Students should not come to school in costume. Short day students will go home at noon as usual and are to return to KBE in costume by 1:20. Long day students should bring their costumes to school in a bag. There will be class parents in KBE to help change them into their costumes after lunch. The Midland Halloween Parade begins at 1:45. Get yourself a good spot in front of the school to view it and then join us in KBE for the Halloween Party immediately afterwards!
Day 37 - RNC
On Wednesday October 29 2014 KBE visited the Rye Nature Center for an informative fall walk. While we were there we made apple cider and learned about leaves and seeds and apples and bees and lots of other things. It was a fun trip. When we returned to Midland we read Moonlight by Cynthia Rylant and had a session of Mindfulness with Mrs. London.
On Tuesday October 28 2014 KBE enjoyed Space Case by Edward Marshall and A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee. We made a witch craft as well. Tomorrow is our trip to Rye Nature Center. Remember that we will be meeting there in the morning and not at Midland. See you then!
On Monday October 27 2014 KBE got a new student! We were all very excited to show our new friend around the class and demonstrate our classroom routines. In class we wrote about our weekends and read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. At the end of the morning we worked in groups to count the pumpkin seeds that we pulled out of our pumpkin on Thursday. We added the different numbers we counted to using number discs and discovered that our pumpkin had 343 seeds inside. Wow!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Rye Nature Center trip. Meet there between 8:40 and 8:50. Not at Midland!
Friday, October 31, 2014. Halloween Parade and Party at Midland. Short day kids return to Midland at 1:15 (in costume).
Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Rye Arts Center trip. Come to Midland as usual.
On Friday October 24 2014 KBE had a special visitor who taught us about Diwali. We got treats and gifts! During the morning KBE also celebrated a birthday and read two books, Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown and This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Have a great weekend!
On Thursday October 23 2014 KBE read How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara and carved a pumpkin of our own. We all made guesses about how many seeds were in our pumpkin. After our seeds dry we'll count them to see who was closest. We also read This Is The Pumpkin by Abby Levine. In math we worked on finding groups of five in numbers and used five sticks to represent numbers on our counting trays. We were also introduced to the letters Dd and Ss and had a fun Story Snack!
On Wednesday October 22 2014 KBE read Halloween Is by Gail Gibbons and Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin by Rick Walton. We looked for groups of 5 in numbers between 5 and 9 and represented them by tracing each others hands. We also spent circle time doing phonemic awareness activities and breathing mindfully.
On Tuesday October 21 2014 KBE started thinking about Halloween. We read a book called Spooky Riddles by Marc Brown, visited Brainpop Jr., brainstormed a list of Halloween symbols, and made eerie ghost pictures. We also read a book called Boo and Baa Have Company by Olaf Landstrom and worked together to identify the main characters, setting, and plot of the story.
On Monday October 20 2014 KBE had a busy day. We shared stories about our weekends, celebrated a birthday, created math stories, and read Oliver by Judith Rossell. We also explored RAZ-Kids, an exciting reading resource that can be used at home and at school. Information has been sent home about how to log in and explore the site. You can also access the site by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!
On Thursday October 16 2014 KBE was visited by teachers from Rye Presbyterian Nursery School. They came to watch us do our morning routines and stayed to listen to My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohman. When they left we read Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, tapped out words in Fundations, looked for groups of objects in a big picture, and did a shared reading on the SMARTBoard. Since we couldn't go outside to play we ran the Steeplechase at GoNoodle. At the end of the day we had a story snack where we heard the funny book Bear In Pink Underwear by Todd H. Doodler. It was a busy morning!
On Wednesday October 15 2014 KBE was introduced to the letters Aa and Gg. We read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and talked about the proper way to handle books. Our Math theme for the day was the concept of counting on from a number and our Language Arts focus was on alliteration. The morning ended with a fun session of Mindfulness.
On Tuesday October 14 2014 KBE wrote and drew about their weekends. We finished William Steig's suspenseful Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and talked about even and odd numbers. Our new sight words are from and with.
On Friday October 10 2014 KBE had our first Midland Picture Day! We can't wait to see how our photos look! In class we read The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and watched a short video about Christopher Columbus. Have a great long weekend!
On Thursday October 9 2014 KBE had our second Story Snack of the year. We read Pumpkin Soup and had pumpkin muffins. Yum!
On Wednesday October 8 2014 KBE had our first Games With Friends morning. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards we were introduced to two new Fundations letters, Oo & Cc. We read Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems and Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andrede. The morning ended with a session of Mindfulness. It was a busy morning!
In the afternoon we went to Starfall to learn All About Me and then drew and labeled pictures of ourselves.
On Tuesday October 7 2014 the Rye Fire Department visited Midland School and taught us about Fire Safety. We met Sparky the Fire Dog and were given an opportunity to practice our Stop, Drop, and Roll technique. Back in class we visited BrainPop Jr. to learn more about Fire Safety, made a fire engine craft, and had a timely fire drill. We also discussed capital and lowercase letters and looked for them in books during Reading Workshop.
On Monday October 6 2014 KBE wrote about our weekends. Many of us labeled words in our pictures and for the first time. We watched Dot the Fire Dog by Lisa Desimini and read A Very Busy Firehouse by Alyse Sweeney in anticipation of the Rye Fire Department's visit to Midland tomorrow. Two new sight words were introduced: the & is. At the end of the morning we did a shared reading of a book called My Neighborhood on the SMARTBoard and Mr. Boyum read us two of Lily's favorite books, My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson and Naked by Michael Ian Black.
On Friday October 3 2014 KBE attended their 2nd Midland Spirit Assembly. This Spirit Assembly was hosted by the 5th grade, which sang a song about Responsibility. We got to meet the Midland Bulldog! When we returned to our classroom we were visited by 3O, our buddy class. We got to know our buddies and showed them around the room. Afterwards we did a shared picture walk of A Color Of His Own by Leo Lionni and talked about the importance of 10s groups. Please remember to bring in your cups, folders, sight words, and Library books on Monday. Have a great weekend!
On Tnursday October 2 2014 KBE had our first Story Snack of the year! Thank you to the parent who came in to read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson to us - it was great! During class we watched Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems and then read Knuffle Bunny Too. We were introduced to the concepts of vowels and learned the letters Ii and Uu. During our Reading Workshop time we decorated large envelopes that will serve as our book bags for independent reading time.
On Wednesday October 1 2014 KBE discussed school communities. We read non-fiction books about the jobs of the principal, teacher, and secretary and then read Hooray For Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss. We talked about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. Later KBE worked on isolating final sounds in words, using manipulatives to make groups of 6 and 7, and added a new book to our Star Book collection: Baby Bear, Baby Bear by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. We also got new seats! The morning ended with another lesson of Mindfulness.
On Tuesday September 30 2014 KBE read I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and practiced inferring as a comprehension strategy. During morning meeting we used 10s frames to represent the number of the day for the first time. During snack we watched Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, played a short sequencing game on the SMARTBoard, and solved alphabet riddles. Before we left we used BrainPop Jr. to learn about rhyming words.
On Monday September 29 2014 KBE shared stories about their long weekend that was. In class we drew groups of objects, talked about the right way to handle books, and were introduced to three new sight words: I, on, and in. We read Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems and Have Fun Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell.
In the afternoon the students who stayed for a long day listened to poetry, learned about labeling objects in pictures (the first lesson in our Being A Writer writing program), and used shaving cream to form letters. It was a busy first afternoon! Our friends in the other long day group will do these same activities tomorrow.
On Wednesday September 24 2014 KBE had a special visitor: our principal Mr. Boylan! He read us A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. We hope he comes to visit again soon! Later on in the morning we had a Lockdown Drill and a session of Mindfulness. We also took a trip to the Cafeteria for a dry run of next week's lunch routine. Lastly, we were introduced to the concept of Star Books. Star Books are books that become familiar to us because we read them many times as a group. The first two books to be designated as Star Books for our class are Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and We Are In A Book by Mo Willems. Enjoy your long weekend and Shana Tova to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
On Monday September 22 2014 KBE read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh and learned about primary colors. We shared stories about our weekends and were introduced to the letters Mm and Nn. We are also bringing home two special things for the first time: our Library books and our Sight Word Rings. Both are meant to be shared with our grownups and returned next Monday.
On Friday September 19 2014 KBE read Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. Ask us about our invisible buckets and what being a bucket filler means! We also continued learning about colors and shapes by visiting Annie and Moby on BrainPop Jr. and talked about how to independently enjoy books during reading workshop, even if we can't read the words.
Reminders: the book fair is open until 5pm today and from 9-2 tomorrow. Also, cups are coming home today. Please wash them and return them to school on Monday.
On Thursday September 18 2014 KBE read Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and made our own predictable text books about shapes and colors. Our class also took a trip to the book fair and picked out some books we want our parents to get for us. Back in class we began working on word awareness using blue frames during our Fundations part of the day and ended the morning by reading an Elephant and Piggie book, kind of like the one Mr. Boyum read us when we visited in the spring!
December Parent Teacher Conference Signup
The link is here, and also in the Links for Parents section of our website.
On Wednesday September 17 2014 KBE read the books One by Kathryn Otoshi and Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. The books concerned different kinds of confidence (standing up to bullies and trusting your abilities). We also worked on making self portraits, used manipulatives to find partners of 2, 3, & 4, and heard a story about Echo the Owl. At the end of the day we had a special visitor who worked with us regarding the yoga principle of Mindfulness. It was a busy day!
On Tuesday September 16 2014 KBE experienced our first rainy day arrival of the year. When there is inclement weather a red flag will be placed in front of the main entrance to our school and our class will enter through the front door to congregate in the auditorium, just like we did today. In class KBE learned about colors and read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. We even made a colors book that we want to read to you when we get home! Before we left we used our magnet boards for the first time and watched a silly video about the alphabet.
On Monday September 15 2014 KBE told each other about their weekends. We watched Officer Buckle and Gloria and had a discussion about classroom rules. We also went to the Library, experienced our first fire drill, and made a word bank for the letter Bb. Note: our Picture Day has been changed to October 10, and our Long Days will now begin the week of September 29.
On Friday September 12 2014 KBE went to our first Spirit Assembly of the year. It was exciting!
Back in class we read The Show and Tell Lion by Barbara Abercrombie and discussed always being honest. We also made a word bank for the letter Ff and talked about the new job chart that we're going to begin using on Monday.
On Thursday September 11 2014 KBE was visited by the super speedy Gingerbread Man! We chased him all over the school but never caught him! Back in class we read Fireboat by Maira Kalman and discussed the character trait cooperation. We began working on self-portraits and were introduced to the letters Bb and Ff.
Tomorrow is our first Spirit Assembly of the year! Wear Midland red!
On Wednesday September 10 2014 KBE was introduced to several new morning routines on the SMARTBoard, including the numeral song. We read Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus and discussed the character trait acceptance. KBE used dry erase boards to write the letter Tt and drew groups of objects during math, just like the ones we were finding in Anno's Counting Book.
Some dates for you
Midland's first Spirit Assembly is this Friday, September 12. Wear red!
Back to school night is Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30.
Long day letters will be sent home Thursday, September 18.
Book Fair is Thursday, September 18 from 9-4, Friday, September 19 from 9-5, and Saturday, September 20 from 9-2.
Long days begin the week of September 29.
Picture day is Friday, October 10.
On Tuesday September 9 2014 KBE read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and discussed the character trait Empathy. We were introduced to the letter Tt in Fundations and made observations about groups of objects in Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno. We also went to Gym and the Button Factory and began learning Macarena Math.
On Monday September 8 2014 KBE began our character education program by reading Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and discussing the concept of respect. We also graphed the number of letters in our name, drew and wrote about our weekends, and visited the Library for the first time. It was a great start to our first full week of the year!
On Thursday September 4 2014 KBE began the school year! We read Welcome To Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell. In class we explored our room, learned some routines, and made a teacup for our parents. We also had recess outside with other classes and were introduced to Echo the Fundations owl. It's going to be a great year!
Welcome to Kindergarten!!!
KBE's home on the internet is up and running! I will use it as a way to keep you posted on what is taking place at school. Check in often! It will eventually look something like last year's KBE website!
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