Monday, October 14, 2013

First week of October

We have had a busy FUN week! I added some things to our class calendar and made a change so take note! Tuesday, October 29th will be our Letter P Day (P is for Party). On this day students can come to school in their pajamas. Wednesday, October 30th will now be the kindergarten Fall Festival. It will be at 1:40-2:40, if you can attend and volunteer please let me know! Last year we did pumpkin activities, counted pumpkin seeds, painted pumpkins and had a sack race. 

This past week was fire prevention week and on Monday we had Mr. Bill come from the Delaware Fire Company to talk to the kids about fire safety. Each kid got to sit in a fire truck and see how it works. 

Once we got a tour of the fire truck Mr. Bill told us about when to call 911 and we talked about what an emergency is. Then Mr. Bill showed us a fire alarm and actually set it off! All the kids were surprised at that! Finally Mr. Bill put on his fire suit and told us were the good breathable air is during a fire and where the bad air was. The kids were a little scared of Mr. Bill in his suit at first but quickly were able to settle down.

After Mr. Bill was done he gave us our own plastic fire hats and a bag full of materials. It was a fun activity and all the kids learned a lot!

On Wednesday this week we did a science experiment! We combined orange paint, glue, and shaving cream to make a puffy foam paint! Then we painted paper plates that we could turn into pumpkins!

On Tursday we turned our orange paper plates into pumpkins and put a picture of ourselves inside the pumpkins! Right now they are decorating our classroom door and are too cute!

We also learned two new letters this week and three new words! This week we learned the words in, to, and here. That means that so far this year we have learned the words: a, I, the, of, and, in, to, and here. The letters we learned this week were letter H and letter J. For letter H we made H hotdogs and for J we made J jellyfish! (I will post the J jellyfish pictures next week)

For math we had Zero the Hero come for the 30th day of school!! 

As I said it has been one busy week! The kids were great through all the changes and activities and they learned a lot.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The SLANT box

This past month I was lucky enough to participate in a kind of teacher exchange program. For this program you get linked up with another teacher somewhere in the country and you send each other a box of themed 'goodies'. I have found that this program has allowed me to meet people that have the same passion for teaching that I do. They care for children and their future, it is a way to make connections, share ideas, and become a sort of community. These exchange boxes were created by Jameson over at Lessons With Coffee. She named this cute program SLANT box (Sending Love Across the Nation to Teachers). 

I am excited to write this because I got my first SLANT box last Thursday!!!! It came cutely packaged with pink polka dot tape! Thursday was the perfect day to get it, especially since we had P.I.E. night at school that evening. To come home to a surprise gift box.....let's just say I felt like a kid at Christmas!! I could barely wait to open it. Thank you to my partner Sarah over at Miss Whites Classroom!!!!!

Inside my box was the cutest note card! Sarah out did her self with this box, I kind of feel spoiled! There were notecards, post-its, pens, dry erase markers, labels, tissues, hand sanitizer, Sharpies, CANDY, and a mini first aid kit. Who ever remembers to bring band-aids outside to recess? I always have to run inside to grab some, now I will always be prepared! AWESOME! 

The candy/snacks will be perfect for all the late nights at school or for those days when you just need a sweet treat! I also got my first roll of Washi tape! I don't know how to use it but I am excited to find out!!! There was also a beautiful plaque that says "BE You tiful".

I know I usually only post "classroom stuff" on this blog but I was just too excited and HAD to share about my nice little surprise!