Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recess above 6,000 Ft.

Kids join forces on the sledding hill...not quite as BIG this year, as it was last year!
Skating too....clearing off some fresh snow for a little stick and puck
Getting a workout towing the sled
eating a KINDERgarten favorite.
hitchin a ride...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Looking ahead

The 100th day of school is coming up...
Monday, February 9th to be exact
Please help your child to collect and count 100 items and put in a ziplock bag to bring to school before or on that day. Some suggestions would be: 100 paper clips, 1oo chocolate chips, 100 marshmallows...REMEMBER to write down 2 or 3 clues about your item so that we can have fun guessing and sharing.

Monday, January 25, 2010

GRIFFIN gazette

This week in Kindergarten...
I heard a lot of this today: "Mrs. Griffin, I am skiing the deep powder", "Help, I am stuck....and I can't get up", "This is so fun...let's go get stuck in all the powder"...
Gotta love the WINTER ski program!!! Thanks to all our volunteers that have been out teaching and patrolling the mountain for little rippers!
We are reading: Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Our concept question is: What new things can you do as you grow and change?
Letter of the week: Rr
Snap words: me, with, she
See Family times for more!

During Writer's workshop we are beginning our "ALL about books" this week. WE have a guest WRITING teacher on Wednesday who knows a lot about teaching writing, so she will team teach with me. We are surrounding ourselves in NON-fiction, so listen for LOTS of facts over the next few weeks!
Mini lessons we are working on:
SPACEMAN: using a little spacer to practice our spaces between words
Printing properly on lines
Adding more
Fancying up our writing

Pocket problems
reviewing games and estimation
counting: up from any number, down from any number, by 2's, 5's, 10's
Does your child know there phone number and address?

We are learning more about animals everyday. We learned a lot about Pandas last week. Kindergarteners will be choosing an animal that they know a lot about to do their "ALL about" book on in Writer's workshop.

Rr this week

Field trips:
Senior Citizen center is scheduled for FEB. 12th.

Other news:
Our School is currently going through an ACCREDITATION process. FEBRUARY 4th and 5th you will see a team of teachers in and out of our classrooms. Click here to learn more!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Even 5 & 6 year olds know about Friday. We get so jazzed in Kindergarten because on Fun Friday we get our own "PRIVATE" recess in our gym. This class plays really well together. Half of the kids like to play "polar bears" and drag eachother around in the wagon..and the other half likes to challenge me in shooting some hoops. Here are a few pictures of our FUN Friday.

Wagon Wheel madness
This look says: "I got you Mrs. Griffin"
There they go...
nothing says learning to shoot like the "OLE" Granny shot
there they go again...
This FRIDAY was especially fun because we had our first PUBLISHing party complete with AIR-popped popcorn and juice boxes and a small audience to read too.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Griffin Gazette

Griffin Gazette

This week in Kindergarten…

We have our 2nd day of “Winter Sports” program. Last week went great. Come on out and join us for our free ski from 2:30-4:00! We are reading: Little Panda this week and our letters are /N/ and /B/ We will be learning how to compare and contrast. See FAMILY times for more information.

During Writer’s workshop we are wrapping up our first “small moment” story. We are aiming for a publishing party on Friday. Writers are working through the fixing and fancying up stage right now. I am excited about how much they have learned and where we are headed. Look to be invited to the NEXT P-party.

During Math we will be measuring, learning how to solve pocket problems (addition and subtraction), learning number card games, and discussing probability.

Trees are so fun to learn about in Kindergarten. Last Friday we read THE TREE (it’s a Native American song made into a book) with beautiful illustrations. We talked a lot about the importance of trees and played a little tree tag too. We also used our body to paint TREES. Look for them in the hallway soon.


Please help your child remember their classroom shoes so that our classroom stays dry after recess.

REMEMBER WEDNESDAY is our Library day. Let’s work really hard to return our books each Wednesday.

Martin Luther King day was on Monday. We read Martin’s Big words and discussed it. We are working on a journal about MLK and us. We are talking about how we are the same and how we are different. We are exploring friendships with people who are older, younger, big, little, brown, and white. We are planning a trip to the SENIOR citizen center to explore this more.

Sharing this week: N AND B