Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Important Book: Jordan F.

The important thing about Jordan is her kindness and her big heart.

P.S. Tomorrow I will be involved in Kindergarten Screening for 2010 - 2011 and Mrs. Tunzi will be my substitute teacher. The class will be in good hands.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March 25

by Shel Silverstein

No one's hangin' stockings up,
No one's bakin' pie.
No one's lookin' up to see
A new star in the sky.
No one's talkin' brotherhood,
No one's givin' gifts.
And no one loves a Christmas tree
On March the twenty-fifth.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What's Going On....

The simplest of building materials can make some pretty interesting structures. Here you see a swooping Art Deco-like wall built by Savannah and her mom, who, some years ago, was a student of mine when I began teaching here. She, the mom, is a teacher and lead singer in a good local country/rock band.

Hunter and Katrina took some time out to play a guitar duet in the "quiet room" which probably ought to get a new name when used this way. I tune the guitars to play a tuneful open "G" chord, something similar to a banjo, so that their strumming sound harmonious. Guitars are very much in demand in the class.

Our Lego set is getting worked up into some pretty interesting vehicles. This is one Justin built today.

The class is really moving now. So many can read and spell and write. It's the most fun time of year. We're all having more fun than school's supposed to be, and what's more, we're learning like crazy. I see there are only 45 more days of kindergarten till summer, and I feel sad. Too soon summer will come.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

April Snack Calendar

Here's the snack calendar for April. A paper version will go home in the Friday folder....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Pasta Feed

The Pasta Feed was a wonderful time. Great food. Great entertainment. More than one person who didn't have a kid in the kindergarten said they thought our class was the best act. I don't know. I didn't see it. But from up there on stage, it seemed like they sounded pretty good.

Photo courtesy of Kerri Petersen. Thanks Kerri!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hug O' War

I will not play at tug o' war,
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

—Shel Silverstein

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Important Book: Madison F.

The important thing about Madison F. is that she loves her family and is full of life. Here is her page in the Important Book. Click for a closer view.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wear Green

I forgot to mention on last nights post....

Wednesday is

St. Patrick's Day

Remember to dress your child in something green.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Pasta Feed

Art Ibelto, The Pasta King

Hello Everyone!

I think you've gotten notes from the office, but just in case you're wondering....

Saturday afternoon/evening is the Pasta Feed.

I hope everyone is planning to attend.

Plan to arrive at the Petaluma Vet's Hall at 4:45. The show begins at 5:oo

Even if you can't afford to stay for the pasta or the auction or if you have other commitments for Saturday night, please plan to come to the Pasta Feed at the Petaluma Vets Auditorium Saturday afternoon. The performance is free. All classes, K through 6 will perform. Even the teachers and student teachers are putting on a little act. So, please, do plan to come.

Kindergartners will start off the show. We will perform two songs on stage, "I Am a Pizza" and "I Wanna Be a Dog."  We're almost ready.

Please dress boys in jeans and a white shirt (collar preferred) and girls in dresses.

Microscopes and Writing?

One of the best ways to get students interested in writing is to give them something interesting to write about. And, for my money, the most interesting part of the curriculum in school is science.

I got the micrsoscope out today, as I will for the next two weeks or so, so that we can have a close up look at things and then write about them in the writing center. Today Table 1 got to launch inaugurate this center. They were fascinated by what they saw. Here's a picture of their writing, too.

The Important Book: Mollie

The Important Thing about Mollie is that she loves her family and is full of life. Here's her page in the Important Book.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Home Made Music

Todd is a guy after my own heart. A home-made music maker. Hey everyone, follow this guy's example: shut off your radios, your CD players, and your iPods, and sing out loud!

It's good for you! Check him out.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Report Cards

I'm into the middle of preparing the report cards which will be sent home in Friday's folder. As a whole this class is really, really cooking! The vast majority have got the Soundabet under their belts and all 18 sight words in the kindergarten reading program under their belts and they're rarin' to leap into reading and writing.

I'm using the Math program's end-of-the-year Assessment forms to report to you how your child is doing in math. My overall feeling about using these forms is TMI: too much information. If you see a N/A marked, it only means that I haven't assessed your child on that particular skill as of yet. That's because it's an end-of-the-year form and we're about two-thirds of the way through the year.

When you get the report card, I'd be interested to learn if you'd prefer a simpler format; I'm considering going back to the old format which was easier to fill out and provided enough information.

So I welcome your thoughts when you see it.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Important Book: Patrick

The Important Thing about Patrick is... He loves his family.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What Teachers Make

I hadn't seen this before. I guess it's been around awhile. He expresses well the anger I can feel when someone patronizes teachers.

I found it on Teaching Kindergarten's blog. (With apologies if you've already seen it. You may know I'm a media hermit.)

Here, look:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Homework sent home March 3, 2010

Hi, here's a photo of tonight's homework for March 3, 2010. This photo shows the first three steps done. When completed, it should yield a message.

The object of this homework is to familiarize students with a "100's grid" and, hopefully, they'll see patterns in how the numbers appear on this chart. Neatly coloring in the squares yields a better result.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Important Book: Sam

Here's Sam's page in the Important Book. Sam likes lots of different things.

Monday, March 1, 2010

For Parents

Hi Kindergarten Parents,

This one's for you, parents and fellow kindergarten teachers.

Click over to Honorable Mention to see a 5 minute, 15 second YouTube video clip about the "Marshmallow Test." I think you will agree that it's worth the time you'll spend.


And, yes, give your child the gift of limits, boundaries, and deferred gratification.