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October: Pumpkin Month

October has been a month of many pumpkin activities. The children used a variety of media, working together to create a hallway mural. They learned about the life cycle of pumpkins and wrote about it in their Pumpkin Journal. Real pumpkins were compared and contrasted by size, color, number of seeds, and weight. Pumpkin Day activities included making a book, pumpkin seed addition, playing with pumpkin play-dough, eating pumpkin muffins, and hunting for pumpkins on the playground. It was a “pumpkin-y” month of learning and fun.

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Hospital Month – Week 2

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This week we learned about bones. Mr. Bones is a skeleton in our classroom. We learned that adults have 206 bones but babies have about 300.

In our hospital centers we had a skeleton scavenger hunt, put together a skeleton puzzle and x-rays, and read an easy reader about our mascot, Curious George. We also painted a picture of a skeleton. During our math time, we have been practicing addition in our Hospital Math books. In Bible time, we heard about Ezekiel’s vision and the valley of the dry bones. We love the “Dem Bones” video and song! We even ate “Bones Breadsticks” for snack.
Dr. Pam Werdlow, D.D.S. came to talk to us about her job as a dentist. She taught about how to brush our teeth and what foods we should and should not eat to keep out teeth healthy. We learned that calcium helps our teeth and bones grow and be strong.
Mrs. Stiteler told us about an adventure that caused her trouble. She fell while walking her dog and broke her wrist. She made a picture book about her trips to the hospital, getting x-rays, and a cast. We are glad that her wrist is now completely healed.
This week we also did “triage” with our First Grade Buddies. We were the doctors and they were our patients. We listened to heartbeats, gave injections, bandaged, and had great fun as we learned!
On Friday, we use the taste buds on our tongues to taste foods that were either sweet, salty, bitter, or sour. We graphed our favorites! This was a fun week!

Zero the Hero – Day 100

The hundredth day of Kindergarten was an exciting day, complete with a human “Zero the Hero,” Day 100 crowns, 1-0-0 doughnuts for snack, and made- at- home 100th Day projects.  We’ve been waiting a long time for this special day and it was a great success!

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Candy Cane Day

The Kindergarten Candy Cane Kids had a great day!  We watched a video entitled “The Candy Maker’s Gift” and read a poem about how a candy cane can remind us of Jesus.  Moms came in to help with stations.  The children made several cute candy cane ornaments varying from stringing beads to make necklaces, gluing pieces together, and following a pattern to make a bead candy cane ornament.  Their special treat of brownies and peppermint ice cream was a hit with most! It was another fun, learning experience in Kindergarten!

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Gingerbread Day

From reading Gingerbread books to decorating and eating gingerbread cookies to making gingerbread ornaments to playing with gingerbread play dough, Gingerbread Day was enjoyed by all of the Gingerkids!

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Thanksgiving Feast

We had a great Thanksgiving month in Kindergarten.  The students learned about the first Thanksgiving feast and how the new settlers were helped by their Native American friends.  They completed and compiled a beautiful personalized Thanksgiving book to take home as a wonderful keepsake.  On feast day, they made Indian fry bread, homemade butter, turkey centerpieces and had fun throwing corn cob darts through a hoop. They sang, danced, and prayed before eating a delicious feast prepared by the parents.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Independent Stations – Reading Practice in Kindergarten

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, you will see Kindergarten students working with partners in Independent Stations.  In these activity centers, the students practice listening skills, word work, comprehension skills, writing, and an art activity which are related to the Reading Street unit for the week.  It is a fun way to practice our skills!

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Worms, Worms, Worms!

It was Worm Week in Kindergarten!  We started by gathering dead leaves outside.  Then we made worm homes by layering sand, soil, bits of newspaper, leaves, and coffee.  We then each added our own worm, after we had named him/her, of course!  Throughout the week, we took care of our worm by feeding and watering it.  We also did math, art, iPad, and writing activities about our worms.  On Friday, we took our worm friends outside and set them free in the flower beds outside our room.  We hope they can help the flowers grow!

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Spring Happenings

This spring, the Kinderkids have been busy.  They have planted sunflower and green bean seeds, worked in independent literacy stations, painted maps and umbrellas, learned about insects at Cranbrook Museum of Science, and enjoyed Kindergarten life as they practice being “almost First Graders.”  Spring has been slow to come, but the boys and girls have enjoyed their Spring activities.

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Hospital – Week 3

This week we had several community helpers visit in Kindergarten. Four fire fighter paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department came to our room.  They brought in a gurney which is the special bed they use for people in emergencies.  We liked seeing it go up and down.  They also showed us a lot of the equipment and how it worked.  We went outside and saw inside their ambulance and fire truck. We especially liked when the EMS truck got a real call and had to go to an emergency with the lights and siren sounding on their truck.
We learned about muscles this week.  Our bodies have over 600 of them.  They are attached to our bones and help us move.  Did you know that our hearts and tongues are muscles, too?  We must exercise  and eat healthy foods to keep our muscles strong.
*Mrs. Mentor, who is a speech pathologist, came to talk to us about her job.  She helps kids who need help talking and older people who have trouble swallowing.  She showed us an x-ray video showing what happens when food is swallowed. She gave each of a little flashlight so that we could look in each other’s mouths.  It was fun!
*We also learned about our hearts and lungs.  The heart is a muscle which pumps blood.  Our lungs take in air when we breathe. The oxygen rich blood is then pumped throughout all our body.  It is important to exercise and each healthy foods so that our heart stays healthy and strong.
*God is an amazing creator!

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