"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."
-- Socrates

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Aww...shucks, Chef Dave!

We had lots of fun today helping Chef Dave prepare for our lunch tomorrow! At 9:45 am we walked to the cafeteria and shucked LOTS of corn in preparation for our Farm to School Fest tomorrow. Thanks for letting us in on the fun, Chef Dave!

Enjoy the pics!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Johnny Appleseed

Can you believe it! Johnny Appleseed made another appearance at Lawrence Avenue on Friday afternoon...complete with his pot on his head! The applesauce we made on Thursday was a Yummy treat while we visited with Johnny on the playground basketball court.

We had lots of fun this week learning about apples, how they grow and all the foods we can make from them. We saw a silly video clip about Johnny Appleseed and started to learn a fun song entitled Peanut Butter and Applesauce. We will be perfecting the moves to this song this week!

Here are some pics of our visit with Johnny.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nursery Rhymes and Rosh Hashanah

It's been a busy week in Room 108! We have been learning Nursery Rhymes, including Old Woman in a Shoe, Humpty Dumpty and Hickory Dickory Dock. We will be revisiting these nursery rhymes and learning many others over the course of the school year as we learn more about our alphabet!

We were also fortunate enough to have Mrs. Sharon Williams (mom of Ezra) and her father came to our classroom to share some of the traditions surrounding the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The children enjoyed the book Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah. This book is about a spider named Sammy who witnesses a family's celebration of the holiday by getting cards, eating apples and honey and blowing the shofar (a ram's horn). Sammy is so excited by what he sees that he wants to celebrate too. The book also targeted the concepts of small, medium and large. After the story, Ezra and Mrs. Williams blew the shofar, demonstrating how the new year begins during this important holiday. Each student was also able to taste apples and honey, a traditional treat during Rosh Hashanah.

Thank you, Mrs. Williams and Ezra! We all enjoyed our time with you learning about your special holiday. I think many of us may have found a new favorite treat in apples and honey!

Below you will find pictures of our nursery rhyme days as well as those from Mrs. Williams' visit.


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

What a Wonderful Week!

The first week of school is behind us. The children in room 108 are well on their way! This week we met new friends and reacquainted ourselves with PreK friends. We read and discussed Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and made our very own "chicka trees" (aka. coconut trees). We also chatted about bus safety and made our own buses. Humpty Dumpty rounded out the week. We really enjoyed singing this traditional nursery rhyme. And Caroline brought in a beautiful rainbow cupcake cake to celebrate her 5th birthday!

Much of our time together also included learning new classroom and school routines (ex. "How to Use a Glue Stick", "What to Do Upon Arrival in the Morning", and "Everything I Need to Know to be Successful in the Cafeteria"). It was obvious to me (and the children) as the week went by, we were all feeling much more comfortable and confident about this new kindergarten adventure. Next week we will learn how to put up and take down our own chairs...safely ;o) !!

It was wonderful meeting many of you at our annual Meet the Teacher night on Thursday. The children were very excited to share their classroom with you. I know some of you were busy that night as well. That's okay. I understand. Please feel free to contact me to set up a time to come in and see the classroom with your child if you wish. Before or after school times work best.

Below I have included some pictures from the past few days as well as a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom song video I shared with the children.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...We Had Fun in Our Room!

Well, your child is officially a kindergartener! Wonderful for them...but if you are anything like me (my baby started PreK this morning), you are probably wondering where your little bundle has gone (along with the last 4 or so years)!

We had a very wonderful day today. The first few days are always a little hectic getting used to new expectations and routines...for the children as well as their teacher. Each new year brings a unique group of individuals together, thus a new adventure...even for the most veteran of teachers!

Your child did extremely well adjusting to kindergarten today. I am proud of each and every one of them. They all worked eagerly and cooperatively as they met their new friends and got reacquainted with old buddies!

Below you will find some pictures from today. Enjoy! And thank you for sharing your child with me! I know this is going to be a great year!

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