Friday, October 19, 2012

Number Walk

     Recently, we trekked around the neighborhood with one mission:  to find numbers!  Armed with our pencils and clipboards, we journeyed out one beautiful fall morning to record what we could find.  I loved observing as the children would squeal with excitement when they found another number.  It was a wonderful realization for them to understand that numbers are EVERYWHERE!

    It was also quite funny when they noticed that they were also WEARING numbers.  And, of course, they all wanted me to take their pictures.  I have about 15 pictures of shirt tags.  :)

     I also wanted to share one more photograph today.  This one was from a math lesson where we were comparing lengths.  The children had to decide if their object was taller than them, or shorter than them.  We love activities that encourage us to move around and make observations!

      Finally, if you have not yet signed up for parent-teacher conferences, please find the note in your child's folder for further instructions.  I'd love to see you!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Apple Investigation Day!

     Last Friday, September 28th, was an exciting day in the kindergarten wing at Pence!  We spent the morning using our five senses to explore apples.  All three classes rotated classrooms to experience a different type of activity in each room. 
     We began in our classroom with a taste test.  The students sampled a red, yellow, and green apple and recorded their impressions of the different tastes.  It was unanimous that the green apple was a bit tart!  We then voted for our favorite type of apple and hung it in the hallway for everyone to see.  The results were quite was almost a three-way tie!

     After the taste test, the kindergartners moved to Ms. Rauenbuehler's room to make applesauce!  Each child helped to peel and core an apple to place in a crock pot.  As the apples cooked all day, our room smelled SOOOO good!  At the end of the day, we tasted our homemade applesauce.  Yummy!

    The morning ended in Mrs. Sandbothe's room with further observations.  The kids noted what their apples looked like and smelled like.  They were thrilled when the apples were cut open to reveal a star pattern in the seeds. 

     This day could not have been possible without the generous donations of many kindergarten parents.  I can't thank you enough for helping to provide your children with hands-on, "real-world" experiences.  Many, many thanks!  :)

     Stay tuned for upcoming photos of fun kindergarten experiences!


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