Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Authors, Illustrators and Bookmakers!....and Readers!

The newest book created by your child will be coming home soon. 
The students are very proud of their new Number Rumba Book!  
Our Kindergarten students are bookmakers, authors, illustrators
and readers! 

You may be wondering what to do with all the books your 
son/daughter have brought home this year.  Here are some 

First - Keep them handy.  K students worked hard at producing
these projects and they are quite proud of themselves.  Encourage
them to read and re-read their books.  The rereading will help 
them build fluency!

Second - Encourage them to hunt for specific words in the books,
to read them to others and to add details to them!

Finally - Find a special place to keep them.  You and your child
will enjoy them for many years.  Mrs. Parnell’s eldest is a 
freshman in high school, but the books made in Kindergarten
are special keepsakes.  We look through both my daughters
rubbermaid totes about once a year. My girls enjoy looking back
at these books and they plan on keeping them forever!  
A large rubber tote container works great to help store everything!

With 3 months left in our school year there are many more

publications to come!  


High school students from BHS visited Pine Glen yesterday to present a snippet of the high school production of Mary Poppins that will open this Friday and run for the next two weekends.

Students in room 101 very much enjoyed the taste of the show!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Our Reward Day was Great!

Today we had a wonderful reward day! The students in Room 101 filled their popcorn incentive jar for the second time. The class voted for bring your stuffed animal/short movie/dance party day! We watched the movie Rechenka's Eggs on Reading Rainbow. We had read Patricia Polacco's book earlier this week. We learned about how Patricia made her beautiful eggs and then we attempted to create our own beautiful eggs with white crayons, sharpie markers and dye. The students loved this! They were so excited to decorate and dye their own spring egg.

We also brought out stuffed friends to school. We took pictures with them and wrote about them. Our stuffed friends also joined us in the gym for our dance party.

We played Freeze Dance and Four Corners with our stuffed friends. Then we played Musical Discs and we had a plastic egg relay race! It was difficult to balance the egg on the spoon! We had to practice walking and balancing the egg before the race. The green team won the race! The relay race was new to the Kindergartners and we will practice this teamwork skill again.

We ended our day by feeding our visiting animals in Beatrix Potter's Nursery. The frogs and toad needed to eat before the long weekend. The students were very excited to watch the frogs and the toad eat their cricket lunch!

We hope all of our families have a wonderful long weekend. Happy Spring!

Spring Math & Writing

This week we continued to work on decomposing numbers and number fact families. We used a spring egg activity on the white board.

We also colored a spring basket of eggs and wrote about our pictures.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Last Week was a Busy Week!

Liam the leprechaun visited our classroom and left us treasures! We read our positional words leprechaun book and decomposed numbers and worked on fact families for 4,5, 6 and 7 in math.

We made leprechauns on the iPad's then we wrote about them.

We read and highlighted our leprechaun books.

We worked on fact families in math.

We also made bats to display when Brian Lies visits for our author assembly.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

We went to the Aquarium

We had a great time at the Aquarium today.  We touched rays, sharks, flounders, sea stars, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, scallops and mussels. We saw many sea creatures and a few animals from other animal families on our trip. We had lunch in the aquarium cafeteria.