Baby Birds!

We love to observe the world around us each day!

We’ve had an opportunity to make some pretty special observations over the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, Mrs. S told us that a bird had built a nest on her golf cart while she was at a softball game! Mrs. S took us to see the nest…

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Mrs. S left the golf cart in the same place for two weeks, hoping to see if there would be baby birds in the nest.
Then, last week, she had big new for us! Two baby birds had hatched! We went to see…

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We could just barely see two little beaks sticking out. We were very quiet and careful not to disturb the bird family.

Mrs. Whitman stopped by the nest again yesterday afternoon and the momma bird was away from the nest. Here is a rare snapshot of the two little baby birds by themselves…

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So sweet!!!!! We’ll keep watching and waiting to see how long it takes them to learn to fly on their own!

100 Days of Learning in Kindergarten!

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We had an amazing 100th Day of School celebration in Kindergarten this year! Thanks to everyone for getting into the spirit of the 100th day!

We had 100-year-old grandmas and grandpas filling the classroom…

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We went to 100 Day Centers in all of the Kindergarten Classrooms…

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We tried out our best 100-year-old walking techniques…

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We met ZERO THE HERO!!!!!!!!!!

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We ate 100 Cupcakes…

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We read 100 books…

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We organized our 100s collections…

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We visited other classrooms and looked at EVERYONE’S 100 collection…

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It was a fun day celebrating 100!!!!!

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Future Grandpas on the park bench…

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Our First Field Trip!

We had a fun trip to the lumberyard last week!

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Khun M took us on a tour and talked to us about the wood in the lumberyard…

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There were many different kinds of wood everywhere we looked…

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Khun M showed us some of the trees that the wood comes from. We loved seeing how the young teak leaves could change when you squish them in your fingers. A bright RED liquid comes out! This can be used to dye fabrics.

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We were able to watch people change the wood and bamboo with special tools…

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We recorded our observations in words and pictures…

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We also saw LOTS of bamboo at the lumberyard…

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You can bend bamboo to make chicken cages! How many KG students fit inside?

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How many teachers?!?!?

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At the end of the trip, Khun M gave us each a special “piggy bank”. It’s a section of bamboo with a slit at the top. You can put coins in, but you can’t take them out unless you REALLY want to…A good way to save! 🙂

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It was a fun morning…thanks to Khun M for taking time to give us a tour and thanks to all of the parents who came along! 🙂

Stone Soup

We had an amazing Stone Soup Celebration today!

Thanks to everyone for sending the yummy ingredients…

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We put the ingredients in the pot first thing in the morning and let them cook and cook…

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Just before lunch, we poured ALL the soup from ALL the Kindergarten classes together…

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THERE WAS A LOT OF SOUP!!!!!!

We all sat together in the Piazza and tasted our yummy soup…

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Some of us loved it…

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And some did NOT!

Here is what everyone in our class thought about the Stone Soup…

Arianna
I didn’t like it because it’s not the same how my mom makes it. My mom doesn’t put the same ingredients in it.
Branden
I liked it just a little bit because it is salty and I like salt.
Jack
It’s good because it’s not too hot and there’s lots of vegetables, but the thing I don’t like about it is the regular potatoes.
Jayden
I didn’t like the soup because it hurt my tummy.
Joris
I did not like it cause the celery was like hot and the carrots were hot and the onion was a little bit hot.
Lucas
I liked the soup because it had sweet potatoes and peas and corn and noodles!
Maya
I like it because it has yummy things!
Naiyana
I sort of don’t like soup because there’s so much in it.
Penn
I like it because it’s yummy but I like the broccoli, but I don’t like celery.
Proud
I did not like it because I don’t like tomato.
Scarlett
I never ever want to taste it because I don’t eat onions.
Sameer
I didn’t like it because there was too much carrots.
Tyler
I liked it because it had my favorite food in it…CORN!
Yhard
I like it so much because I like to eat vegetables and because it has a lot of vegetables!
Yifan
I liked the soup, but I didn’t like the vegetables.

At the end of lunch, we each got to try a dessert made by one of the Kindergarten classes…

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Our class made the brownies and the eggless banana cupcakes. So yummy!

Making Stone Soup was a wonderful way to celebrate our community.

When we all work together we can do amazing things!

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Hooray for STONE SOUP!!!!!!!

Questions to spark discussions…

* What happened when the class tried to make banana cupcakes? What did you do?
* What song did you all sing to celebrate the banana cupcake adventure?
* What was your favorite part of cooking this week?
* Can you sing one of the Stone Soup songs?
* What were some of the versions of Stone Soup you read this week?
* What was the same about them? Different? Which was your favorite version?
* Who were are visiting authors this week?
* What kind of books do they write?
* What did Matt talk to us about in the Piazza?
* What did Zero the Hero bring for the 70th Day of school?
* What kind of comic did you write?

Intercultural Week

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What a treat it was to celebrate our many home countries during Intercultural Week. Thanks to all of the parents who helped us learn more about the world!

Here’s a quick recap of our whirlwind learning trip around the globe…

Jayden’s mom and Yhard’s mom came to teach us about Loy Krathong and helped us make our own Krathongs!

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Joris’s mom taught us about the biking culture of The Netherlands. Then, we got to design our own bikes!

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Arianna’s mom taught us about the tradition of wearing red and white Martisor to welcome the spring in Romania.

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Naiyana’s mom came and taught us about Maori traditional designs in New Zealand. We colored our own headbands to wear…

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Then, Naiyana’s Dad came and taught us how to do the traditional Maori Haka.

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On Friday, we enjoyed an AMAZING intercultural day!

We went to our Intercultural Day Assembly…

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We visited Candada…

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Ireland…

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Australia…

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The United States…

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and Thailand…

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It was a wonderful journey!

We Are Mathematicians!

Kindergarten is an exciting year of growth for young mathematicians!

We are exploring numbers in many ways…

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We are learning how to count carefully and how to group numbers together.

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We share our thinking with others and learn how to justify our thinking by showing evidence.

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We are exploring shapes right now and we will talk about many other big mathematical ideas throughout the year.

We practice recording our mathematical thinking in a variety of ways. In short, we do a lot of important work as mathematicians every day!

“I think I’ve changed my mind!!!”

We use this phrase a lot! We’ve discovered that mathematicians often need to adjust their thinking when they are working on a problem. Sometimes we think we know the answer until we double-check and see that we’ve missed an important part of the problem!

How Can I Help At Home?

Simple things like having your child count the plates and glasses at the table before dinner to make sure there are enough for everyone or looking for numbers in the airport while you’re waiting for a flight help embed math into your daily routine. Math is all around us and it’s wonderful when you can point that out to your child on a daily basis!

AND–PLEASE model a positive attitude toward math! Sometimes parents catch themselves saying things like…”I was never good at math” or “Math is really hard”. We teach students at school to have a “growth mindset” and to approach math (and all areas of learning) with “I CAN DO IT!” thinking.

Thanks for supporting your growing mathematician!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

*Who did you write a happy message to this week?
*What happy messages did people send to you?
*What does “Stretchy Snake” help us to do?
*What did Zero the Hero bring us for the 50th day of school?
*How many stickers did everyone get when we divided them equally?
*What do we mean when we say, “Stories that are TRUE about YOU!”?
*What are some of the things we can write about?
*What can we wear to school every day next week?

Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

Throughout the year, Ms. Kate, our school counselor will come in to teach us strategies for working and learning together. This week Ms. Kate came into our class TWICE to help us learn about “Whole Body Listening” and “Skills for Learning”.

She brought two puppet friends with her…”Puppy” and “Snail”…

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Puppy is a bit impulsive and we are trying to teach him how to be a good listener so that he can learn! 🙂

Listening is a fundamental skill and “Whole Body Listening” helps children listen to their teachers and their classmates effectively. Whole Body Listening is more than just hearing with the ears! We learned in class that the four parts of “Whole Body Listening” are…

1) Eyes Watching
2) Ears Listening
3) Voice Quiet
4) Body Still

Ask your child to show you the actions paired with each of the 4 main listening rules. We played games to help us remember the parts of Whole Body Listening…

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When you talk about the concept of Whole Body Listening at home, be specific about which areas of listening you’d like your child to focus on, for example, “Sarah, I need you to listen and keep your body still.” Or, “David, please be sure to keep your eyes watching the person who is speaking.”

Your child brought home a drawing of their body with all the body parts needed for whole body listening. Ask your child to explain it to you! 🙂

After talking about “Whole Body Listening” Ms. Kate came in another time to teach us about four important “Skills for Learning”…

1. Focus Attention
2. Listen
3. Be Assertive
4. Use Self-Talk

She focused on the first two this week. She taught us to use “Attentascopes” to help us pay attention both to what is important in the classroom and to our peers when playing. Our “attentascopes” help us to ignore distractions. She also taught us a trick for listening with our brains…repeating what we just heard! Repeating information is a helpful strategy for children to build their memory skills.

During Ms. Kate’s lessons, we always have a chance to share our thinking and learn from each other…

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In her next visit, Ms. Kate will help us learn how to be assertive by asking for help when we need it and to use positive self-talk to let our brain know that we can do anything! Ms. Kate is a wonderful resource for our students and families at ISB!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

* Can you tell the drawing story about Tom and Sally?
* What are Owl Eyes? Lips the Fish?
* Who are Mr. and Mrs. Wishy Washy? What do they like to do?
* What are “Attentascopes”? How do you use them?
* What month did we start this week? Who has a birthday this month?
* What TRUE stories did write this week in Writers’ Workshop?
* What shapes did you find on your shape hunt around school?
* Can you find lots of shapes around the house?
* How was the new cafeteria system for you this week?
* Did you try to eat something new?

The Building Blocks of Peace

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Last week, we celebrated International Peace Day at ISB. It was a wonderful way for us to talk about the ways that we can work together to bring Peace to our world. Thanks to all of you for having conversations at home about what Peace looks like!

We visited the Peace Shelter and left our own messages of peace…

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We decorated building blocks to remind us of the many ways we can work together…

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We talked about what peace means to us…

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Then we paraded into the all-school assembly with our Peace Blocks…

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Hooray for our Kindergarten Peacemakers!!!

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Questions to Spark Conversations…

*What did Zero the Hero bring us for the 30th day of school?
*What are some things illustrators do to make their pictures fabulous?
*What three things did you put on the cover of your published book?
*What is a ten-frame? How does it help you to count?
*What number did you explore in class on Friday? How did you show that number?
*What are some great moves you learned from our Friday Dance Party in the Piazza??? 🙂

We Are Readers!

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We have been doing lots of reading in Kindergarten this year! There are many ways to read a book. We can…

*Look at the pictures

*Look at the words

*Tell the story

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We read many different kinds of books in Kindergarten. Some of the books we choose are pattern books that are filled with sight words that we are practicing in class. Some of the books are “Star” books that we have read together as a class several times and we can reread on our own. Some of the books are “Look” books that we choose because they just look interesting to us! We also each have our own song book filled with familiar poems and songs that we’ve seen many times.

During reading, sometimes we read independently…

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And sometimes we read with a partner…

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We’ve spent a lot of time learning how to read productively with a partner. We sit “Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee” with our books directly in between us so we can both see. We take turns reading pages. We talk about the book as we read and we ask each other questions.

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How can you help at home?

Read with your child every day!

Talk about books and Ask Questions as you are reading with your child. Does anything in the story remind you of something your family has done? Does the story make you sad/happy/angry? Why? How would you feel if you were one of the characters in the book? Does anything surprise you about the book? We’ll talk more about how to make connections to books as the year goes on!

Visit the HUB together before or after school to choose books for family reading together. You can also make a special point of visiting bookstores regularly and helping your child shop for a favorite book to add to his/her collection at home.

Find a place for your child to keep the “Words of the Week”

Word of the Week!

CLICK HERE to see what reading looks like in our classroom!

Questions to Spark Discussions this Week:

*Can you sing “Down By the Bay”? What rhymes did you make up this week for the song?
*Who are Elephant and Piggie?
*What did Zero the Hero do for the 20th day of school?
*Who is an illustrator? What are some things that illustrators do when they are working?
*What did you try as an illustrator this week in your writing?
*How can your abc chart help you as a writer?
*How many letters are in your name?
*How do you solve SMALL problems at school? What’s an example of a small problem?

We are Authors!

We completed our first writing unit and this week we “published” our first books! Hooray!

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We’ve been talking every day about what authors do when they write.

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We’ve been writing many, many books!

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This week, we chose one book to publish. Everyone made a cover with a Title, Picture, and the Author’s name.

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We shared our books with each other in partners.

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We gave each other positive feedback about our writing.

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We’re excited to share our writing with the world!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

*What does Knuffle Bunny like to ask us after lunch recess?
*How do you know if you have a BIG problem? What do you do when that happens?
*Where did we find numbers at school this week?
*What are some of the ways we use numbers every day?
*What is your “book box”? What do you keep inside it?
*Can you find “I” and “for” anywhere around your house?
*What did you post on “Seesaw” this week?