Two firefighters from the Brookline Fire Department came to visit Baker School today. They talked to the students about how to be safe in the case of fire. Students got to practice how to "stop, drop and roll," and also discussed the difference between tools and toys. Tools are for grown-ups (i.e. hammer, flashlight, smoke detector) and toys are for kids to play with.
I took away two major points that I wanted to share with parents.
1) Students should know their home address, just in case they had to call 911.
2) Every family should have a meeting spot outside their house that everyone will go to, after leaving safely because of a potential fire.
The kindergarten classes will celebrate Halloween in school on Friday, October 31st.
We will participate in Baker's Halloween costume parade on the big playground at 8:30am. If your child wants to dress in costume, please have them wear their costume to school, but send a change of clothing, as everyone will change out of costumes after the parade. Parents are welcome to come watch the parade.
At 12:30pm, students will be engaged in a variety of Halloween themed activities in our classroom. We appreciate any donations of materials, food, and/or parent time! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4aadaa238-halloween
Please send any non-perishable donations to school by Thursday, October 30th. Thank you for your support!
Everyday, I write a morning message to the class. We read it together during morning meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity to embed literacy instruction. Students may help me fill in missing letters, identify sight words, or write the date. Today, we wrote the morning message together, as an interactive writing activity. I was very impressed to see students writing known sight words correctly, and use inventive spelling for those they didn't know.
Today, we read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. In this book, Chrysanthemum is teased by her classmates because her name is SO long (13 letters) and is also the name of a flower. KG students had a wonderful discussion about how a person's name is a really special word, and nothing to be made fun of. Chrysanthemum's classmates were being "bucket dippers" by teasing her and making her feel sad. In the end, Chrysanthemum's classmates realized her name was beautiful, and wished that they too, were named after flowers.
After we read the book, students worked together to create a graph to show how many letters are in our names! It was close, but most students have six letters in their name!
In kindergarten, we are focusing on our counting skills during math. Students are practicing counting orally and accurately, counting each object only once (1:1 correspondence), identifying numbers and writing numbers. This week, students practiced counting skills by completing four different centers. Some students were even creating number stories using the various manipulatives!
Mr. Padula, Baker's Educational Technology Specialist, came to KG last Friday to teach us how to use Baker School's laptops. We practiced using the trackpad to move things around on the screen. Mr. P. showed us how to access www.starfall.com, and students practiced their letter/sound correspondence by completing a variety of activities on this fabulous website.
KG students listened to the book, The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree, by Gail Gibbons. As a group, we discussed the changes that occurred to the apple tree in each of the four seasons. Students discussed how the seasons repeat in a continuous pattern, and compared the cycle of the seasons to the life cycle of an apple tree. Each student then chose a particular season, and using watercolors, painted the apple tree as it would look in that given season. These masterpieces are now hanging up in the kindergarten lobby. Please take a look when you have a chance!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning (October 10th) at the Baker kindergarten curriculum presentation. Please drop your child off by 7:55am and proceed to the cafeteria for a brief presentation by the administrative staff. Shortly thereafter, please proceed to the KG classroom, as I will begin my presentation at 8:15am.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and sharing important information about your child's year ahead in kindergarten!
The Baker School kindergarten classes had a wonderful field trip to Honey Pot Hill Orchards. We completed a scavenger hunt on the bus (looking for landmarks out the windows), took a hayride, picked apples straight from the trees, checked out the farm animals, ate delicious cider donuts, picked pumpkins and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Thank you to the parents who chaperoned and helped make our day run so smoothly! Check out more pictures at https://bakerkg2014.shutterfly.com/pictures/127.