Thursday, November 7, 2013

The busiest week of October

The last week of October was packed with activities, fun days, special moments, and a little bit of craziness. Tuesday started us out with letter P day which I mentioned in a previous post. Then Wednesday we had our kindergarten fall festival! We started our festival fun before anyone got to the multipurpose room. First we did a little photo booth activity the kids thought that this was one of the funniest things and I am glad they got a chance to just be silly kids.

Fall Festival Officially Begins

THANK YOU to all the parents who came to help out that day and to the parents that sent me the pictures you took. During the fall festival we made Popsicle stick scarecrows! They came out very cute and they stuck together pretty well with glue sticks! (This surprised me.) Another activity we did was paint mini pumpkins. Each kid got to pick out their own pumpkin and then they painted it.

Students did a grab and count activity on a ten frame with pumpkin seeds. The kids did AMAZING at this! No one ate the seeds, ate glue, or hid seeds in their pockets (this happened in previous years) it was actually a very smooth activity. Then we had the relay! This was one of my favorite activities this year. The kids had to balance a small white pumpkin on their head as they walked from one large pumpkin to another. Then they had to hand off the pumpkin to the next person in line. It was fun for all to see the kids try to balance a pumpkin on their heads! We ended the festival with a story on the projector about apples. Afterwards all the kids got to taste some apple cider, yum!

Grandparents Day

Thursday was the craziest day of the week it was grandparents day, Halloween, storybook character day, and rock star day! There was so much going on it was almost too much! To begin the day we spent some time with our grandparents. We worked with them to make our own pumpkins that were special and unique just like us!

For this day of fun we got to dress up as a storybook character or a rock star. Check out some of the kids costumes! They were very creative.

After making our pumpkins we went outside to recess. Which was a blast! Kids played soccer with some of the grandparents, they tried on my ears from my costume and just enjoyed themselves. 

I was dressed as Pete the Cat for the day. I wore my pink shoes and carried a sign that said 'I love my 
Pink shoes'. The cutest thing was when one kid asked me what I stepped in that turned my shoes pink! Too cute! As a class we decided I must have stepped in pink lemonade. In the picture you can see it but I did have a little blue tail. Also Mrs. Williams dressed as Pete the Cat too but from the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. 

In the afternoon before math we made our own Pete the Cats! The kids thought it was fun to pick out their own shoes and then to figure out what their Pete stepped in to turn his shoes the color of their choice. 

Overall it was one crazy busy week! Enjoy the photos and keep your eyes open for another post coming soon! There is just so much going on! I will also try to post these pictures to our password protected class photo site. I will let you know on Facebook when I am finished uploading them. 


October went out with a bang!

We got new white boards! Last week Mrs. Autman the reading coach at Wilbur Elementary delivered to our classroom 20 new white erase boards! The kids were so excited that they began writing right away!

Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins

Two weeks ago our weekly theme was about pumpkins. During this week we read the books Pumpkin Pumpkin, Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Town. We also watched a cool You Tube video on how to grow the kind of pumpkins that we eat.

We also tried weighing our class pumpkin. We first took turns picking it up and we compared the weight to a kid, a brick, a chair, a table, an apple, and other materials. Next we sorted pictures by things that weighed more and things that weighed less. 

That week we got to cut open a pumpkin to see its 'guts'. The kids were sooo excited about this. They got to scoop out the pulp and seeds. Then they separated the pulp from the seeds. Once they finished we put our seeds in the sun to dry.

Once the seeds were dry we made our own mini pumpkins. Each student then labeled the parts of the pumpkin that we talked about.


Last week we also had the JDRF walk Tuesday before our special time. The kids walked outside for a while then were brought back inside once they completed their laps. 

Anti-Bullying Assembly

A couple of Mondays ago we had an assembly on bullying. The speaker was GREAT! He really got on the kids level, involved them and made it fun. You may have seen them wearing special stickers that day when they had come home.

Here is an a video of our presenting doing the same presentation we saw but in Washington DC!

Finally we had a new Zero the Hero!!! Welcome the hero for the 40th day of school! Even though this happened 8days ago I still wanted to share the cute photo!

These past couple of weeks have gone by in a blur! It is hard to believe that we are already in November. Keep your eyes posted later this week because I will be posting about the fall festival, letter P day, grandparents day, and storybook character day. If you want to see what we have been up to in math head over to Mrs. Williams website at The Kinder Kids Website .