Friday, October 29, 2010


What a great Halloween it was in kindergarten today.

Room moms Sonja, Sherry, and Julie and their many helpers put on the most pleasant and enjoyable classroom party imaginable. The kids has a wonderful time and so did their teacher. One of my kindergarten teacher friends isn't allowed to spend more than 30 minutes on Halloween. What a shame! To deny five year old children the sort of fun we enjoyed today is difficult for me to understand.

Anyway, we had a fantastic time. I think I'll just show you 40 of the photos that were taken on my camera today to try to convey the fun:

Ryan's weighing his options here.

Dan, Dan, the Pasta man.

Room moms kibbitzing

Bailey's plane

Quinn's craft

Ivan's interceptor

Design and build your own imaginative flying machine

A rainbow fish?


Bluefin tuna

A ten-second lesson in the C-chord on ukulele

And we're making music!!

Sonja sewed these seat-backer trick-or-treat bags.

The Monster Mash!

First grade poetry recital

Scary snack

An apple with nuts stuck in his teeth

Halloween crafts

The parade happened after all...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

News/KIDS Club/Halloween

Samantha was the person of the day today. We finished this set of centers today and will begin a new set on Monday. We went into the garden and finished our art project for the PTO fundraiser.

Today was the fiftieth day of the school year. The class is all settled in now.

Tomorrow some of you will get a note about the "KIDS Club." KIDS Club stands for Kindergarten Increased Daily Schedule. It is our afternoon kindergarten intervention service designed to provide a bit of a boost academically for the students who need it. If you get the note, please sign and return it. If you have any questions, please talk to me early next week.

We'll begin this KIDS Club next week on the day after the Walk-a-Thon, Thursday, November 4.

We're edging ever closer to Halloween.

Tomorrow morning our room parents will be putting on a wonderful Halloween party. Dismissal, as usual, is at 11:45. Kindergarten students are invited to return in costume for the costume parade after lunch.

If you wish to do that, plan to return about 1:20 in costume, ready to go. The parade will begin at 1:30. (Please note that if it is raining the parade will be shortened a bit and travel only from classroom to classroom.)

How 'bout them Giants?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

School Spirit!

Our class tied with the sixth grade for having the most "school spirit" today as measured by the percentage of students wearing red today. Way to go!

One of the highlights today was making music with the person of the day, Sam. I showed him how to play the C chord on the ukulele and we played together. Then, because he's interested in drumming, I got down one of the djembes for him to play.

So good to make music with other people.

The only downside is I can't get action photos of me playing with my students, so I'll have to make do with this photo taken well after the fact.

 It shows the Kambala djembe and the Kala soprano uke Sam used today. I'm hoping Santa Claus is among my regular readers.....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday, October 26--Wear Red Tomorrow

Here's a brief post for those who read this blog regularly.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27, is a school spirit day. The student council has asked all students to wear something red--a shirt, shoes, socks, hat, whatever to show school spirit during "Red Ribbon Week."

We learned how to measure objects with non-standard units of measure, in this case the colorful plastic linking cubes that appear in the photograph above.

There was time at the end of the day for a little bit of plan-do-review. Look how carefully Justin put away the Hot Wheels cars!

Alexis brought in the pink guitar she got for her birthday.

Ryan brought in a yummy snack of muffins and the tried and true "Ants on a Log" recipe that I've loved my whole life. I didn't realize how good celery tastes all by itself until I was in my forties.

Off to catch my carpool!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rieley's Day

Here's a riddle to ask your child:

"What did the big tomato say to the little tomato as they were crossing the road?"

(Answered at the end of today's post)

Today was Rieley's day. He brought in his guitar which I tuned to an open G chord so we could play some tunes together. Then I got out a soprano ukulele that I've decided to keep around the classroom to teach students who want to make their first real music.

This is a soprano uke—the best size for kindergartners

I taught Rieley how to play a C chord and we sang a couple of two chord songs like London Bridge. He sounded so good! He made real music on a real instrument, nothing less.

He also brought in a book about Halloween which was today's story time selection.


We're studying snails. In spite of their unfortunate preference for dining on our favorite garden plants, snails are, actually quite gentle and appealing creatures in their own right. They won't bite you—gee, they don't even have teeth. They have to make do with a rough tongue.

They move very slowly. They'll give a slimy tickle if you let them walk on your hand.

Plus, if you have chickens in your garden, snails make a fantastic mid morning snack. Cool, crunchy, and high in calcium to help make good strong eggshells! Ask any happy chicken.


We're working our way through the "OA" book with words that feature that vowel digraph, OA, in each word. Hopefully you're collecting these and helping/having your child read them nightly. The idea is to teach how quickly recognize the sounds and to "blend" the sounds they see into words they can read.

 Rieley's snack was fantastic. Spiders, eyes, spooky sandwiches and apples.

Spiders for snack


Today we also sang the birthday song to Alexis as this is the day she turns 5! Happy Birthday, Alexis. She brought us cupcakes that we enjoyed at the end of snack time.

Answer to riddle:

"Hurry, little tomato, catch up."