|Step Inside our Kindergarten World||
Congratulations to our four newest Wilbur Winners! Seen top left, then bottom left (Destiny Sisson, Yolanda Reyes, Alexis Overby, and Alex Osborne). These students inspire excellence in the classroom everyday by following our good listening rules, helping others, and having a great attitude for learning. They are always trying their hardest and making me proud. Destiny and Yolanda were also given a special award from the PTA - Yolanda nominated by me, and Destiny nominated by our principal, Mrs. Howell. All four students should be commended for their hard work. I couldn't be more proud to be their teacher!
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday, December 20th) is Pajama / Polar Express Day. Your child may come to school wearing their pajama's and sneakers (no slippers please) and bring a blanket, and/or pillow - but they must be able to fit inside their book bag. Looking forward to a fun last day before break with the world's best kindergarten students! :-)
Wilbur Kindergarten students enjoyed Gingerbread Night made possible by the hard working students at Delcastle High School! The nights festivities included listening to The Gingerbread Man, drinking deliciously rich hot chocolate, making gingerbread cookies, chef hats, and gingerbread houses. Not only was this night a great way for families to come together to enjoy the holiday season, but it was for a great cause as well! All students who attended were asked to bring one canned good to donate to the less fortunate. Here are some pictures of the students from B-1 and their families who were able to make it out last night!
Kindergarten Gets a Visit From Firefighter Bill!
I am SO proud of G-3's first technology assignment! They have done an amazing job! Here is their wonderful work that they typed all by themselves! :-)
The reasons that G-3 loves Spring:
1. I like spring because butterflies, ladybugs and bunnies come out.
2. I get to plant a garden with a lot of vegetables.
3. I pick flowers. They smell good.
4. I have fun playing outside.
1. l like spring because I get to ride my bike.
1. I like the sun, it makes me hot.
2. The breeze feels good.
3. The grass is greener.
4. I like the spring, the day is longer.
1. I like to watch the birds fly.
2. I like to watch the trees grow.
3. I like to play outside on my swing.
1. I like spring because I like the hot sun.
1. I like spring because Ms. Fetters teaches me math.
1. I like spring because the butterflies come out.
1. I like the sun in the spring because we can have fun.
1. I like the flowers because they are colorful.
2. I like spring because the days are warmer.
3. I like spring because the leaves grow on trees.
1. I like the plants to come out.
2. I like to go out to play.
3. I clean the backyard.
4. I like how it feels good in the spring.
On Friday, March 1st, G-3 was very excited to celebrate Read Across America Day! The children dressed up in their PJ's, brought in a pillow and blanket, as well as their favorite Dr. Seuss book, and participated in several different Dr. Seuss themed activities throughout the day! The students began their morning with a special Dr. Seuss breakfast of green eggs and ham in the cafeteria with their families! Next, we met up with a couple other Kindergarten classrooms to read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss stories! Together, we read Green Eggs and Ham, and afterwards the children were able to read and color their own books where they needed to identify the color words and practice writing the simple sentences . Next, we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and afterwards the children were able to sort their gold fish by color, and create a number sentence in their fishbowl using only the red and green goldfish that they had in their piles. The children really enjoyed being able to eat their goldfish when they were finished! One last activity that we did as a group was to read The Cat in the Hat. After the completion of the story, the children were able to create their own "Cat in the Hat" hat by writing "-at" family words in each stripe, and illustrating the word in the box next to it. We were even able to incorporate patterns into this activity by encouraging the children to color their hats in an AB pattern (red, white, red, white, etc.) The children looked adorable walking around with their hats on for the rest of the day! :-) Finally, in the afternoon, G-3 was fortunate enough to have a visit from Mrs. Marinucci's third grade class! The third graders read Dr. Seuss stories to the students, and afterwards, they assisted the students in making a Ten Apples Up on Top project. Here are some fun pictures of the third graders reading to the students yesterday!
G-3 was fortunate enough to have a visit from Bob Aellis from the Odessa Fire Company. Bob is the grandfather of our very own Isabella Sarro. Bob came in and talked to the students about the importance of working fire alarms, why firefighters wear the clothes that they do when fighting fires, and even that a fire helmet is actually called a "lid"! Bob also taught the children what to do if their clothes are ever on fire - "stop, drop, cover, and roll", and what to do if they hear a smoke alarm going off - scream and yell for everyone to wake up, and then get out! But most importantly, Bob was able to dress up and show the children what he looks like in his gear, so in case there is ever a fire in their house, they will not be afraid of a firefighter who is coming to rescue them.
Bob was even kind enough to pass around some of his gear, including his helmet (lid), hood, and mask. Pictured to the left is Isabella demonstrating how a firefighter would wear the mask on their face! Lastly, Firefighter Bob was kind enough to send the children home with a lot of great fire safety goodies. They learned so much from Firefighter Bob and we are looking forward to seeing him again in the Spring when he can bring his firetruck back for the children to look at! Please feel free to use this as an opportunity to discuss Fire Safety with your family - including checking the batteries in your fire alarms, creating a family safety plan for getting out of the house / a special meeting place to go outside in case of a fire, and for the children to practice learning the emergency number (9-1-1) and saying their full name and address.
Wilbur students had a blast participating in Wildcat Mathmania Day today! G-3 loved doing fun math activities that were hands-on, required higher level thinking, and allowed for tons of movement in the MPR! They were able to graph their favorite color of shoes for Pete the Cat, look at tens frames and race their box-car to the right number in the "parking lot", racing to create different combinations on giant tens-frames on the wall, playing a giant floor-sized game of "Racing Bears", and using bowling to learn about subtraction (number of pins - number knocked down = number still standing)! The children had an awesome time! Ask them what their favorite activity was, and why! :-)
My Kindergarten Students are 100 Days Smarter!!!
(Above: Our "Hundred Day Champs" Streamers)
(Right: Julia and Alaina coloring in a special "Happy 100th Day" coloring page)
On Tuesday, February 12th, G-3 celebrated the 100th day of Kindergarten! The children were extremely excited for all of the great activities that we had planned for the day. As the children entered the classroom, they got to walk through the silver streamers stating that they were "100 Day Champs", and were greeted by a large sign on the SMARTBoard that read "Happy 100th Day!!!" In the morning, the children were able to build structures with 100 cups and color in special 100th day coloring pages. Featured below are more pictures of the neat structures and games that the children came up with while using their 100 cups!
As we started with our morning, we added one more day to
our number of days we've been in school, and we were finally able to fill in the last box in our tenth ten-frame! The kids are now able to count to 100 by 1's, 5's, and 10's! They even learned about the hundreds place and why the number "100" is written "1-0-0" (ten full groups of ten - or one group of one hundred, and zero ones). After calendar was over, I issued the class a challenge - I challenged them to have such a fantastic day that they would all receive 100 points on our Class Dojo by the end of the day. Did they meet my challenge?? Stay tuned to the end of the post to find out!
The fun continued as the children completed a writing prompt about what they would buy if they had $100.00. The most popular answer - a limousine. :-) I am so impressed at how well the students are writing their popcorn words in their sentences, and sounding out their words independently! Such a difference from 100 days ago!!! Here are a few pictures of the children hard at work:
(Above: Evan, Cameron - sporting her 100 Day glasses, Matthew, and Alyssa)
(Above: Myracle, Julia, and Caitlyn)
(Above: Reece, Cayden, and Stefano)
(Above: Amina, Jasmine, Isabella, Nathan, and Kailynn)
(Above: Michael, Aaliyah, Efe, and Alaina)
Our day continued with the children creating neat "100" day glasses, as well as crowns where they needed to sequence their numbers by counting to 10 all the way up to 100. Every child was able to glue their buses correctly in order from 10 - 100. I was such a proud teacher!!! Below are some pictures of the children sporting their fancy new glasses!
(Above: Alaina and Matthew with their 100th Day crowns and glasses)
Another fun activity that the students took part in were meeting "Zero the Number Hero"! He is a super hero that only comes out every tenth day! The students made their own Zero the Number Hero on their hundreds chart and colored in every tenth day. Featured to the left is Amina proudly showing off her beautiful work. Lastly, the students in G-3 were asked to complete a couple of projects at home before the 100th day of Kindergarten. The first was to collect 100 items, and the second was to see if each of the twenty students could perform at least five good deeds before the 100th day of school - our 100 good deeds! I am proud to announce that G-3 was able to perform at least 100 by the 100th day of Kindergarten! This class truly is super sweet, and I can think of at least 100 good deeds that they consistently do on a weekly basis - just here in school alone! Pictured below is our hall display of our 100 good deeds!
One of the last math activities that we did for the 100th Day was sorting our 100 Day collections. The children were able to sort their collections by groups of 10. If they finished early, they were able to go back and sort them by groups of 5, since we have been learning how to count to 100 not only by 1's, but by 5's, and 10's as well! I was so impressed at how quickly the students have picked up these skills! Below are pictures of the students with their 100 Day collections. I love to see their proud little faces showing off their hard work! :-)
The best part of the day; however, had to be G-3's outstanding behavior!!! So... were they able to reach 100 points on Class Dojo by the end of the day?? They sure did!!! Way to go G-3!!! As I told you all at the end of the day - I have loved teaching you for 100 days and I look forward to teaching you for 100 more! I love you all! Happy 100th Day!!! XO
- Ms. Fetters