>Scientific Thinking…

February 23, 2011

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From Scientific Thinking

We have been reading and studying about scientists and what scientists do. We learned scientists draw and write about their thinking. Scientists also try experiments and continue to try new things. We also learned scientists use their senses to explore a topic. We worked with magnets this past week to explore our thinking and how they worked. We learned magnets did not stick to our tables, cabinents, and windows; however, we learned they stuck to the legs of the chair, the pencil sharpner, part of the scissors, and to the handle on the cabinents. It was great to listen to the children talking about what they discovered. We also came together to synthesize our information! It was such a fun time! We will continue to talk about scientists over the next few weeks.

>Valentine Fun…

February 20, 2011

>Here are some pictures of the children at the Valentine’s Day Party. We enjoyed a fantastic snack, created bags, exchanged valentine cards, and enjoyed some socializing! It was a blast. Thank you to everyone who sent in treats!

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>Calendar Fun…

February 16, 2011

> When you go into many classrooms, especially early childhood classrooms, you will find a time set aside to study the calendar. This time is spent in many various ways throughout the country. I spend my time working with the calendar in various ways. I like to call my time “Morning/Afternoon Meeting.” We spend the time figuring out what today, tomorrow, and yesterday is on the calendar and we identify the numbers. We also play mystery number, where I take a number off the calendar and the children have to figure out what the missing number. In the later part of the year we mix the calendar up and the children have to put it back together. This allows us to work on ordering numbers. Some teachers like to add a day each day to the calendar; however, I feel different about this. My view on this practice is: you never see a partial calendar, when you look at the calendar you always see the entire month. I want this practice to be in my room because it helps us plan and helps the children develop a sense of time. At the conclusion of this short time we sing the Days of the Week and the Months of the Year. Check out our You Tube channel and watch the children singing “Days of the Week,” I am sure you will recognize the tune…I am apologizing in advance if it gets stuck in your head!

>Dental Health…

February 12, 2011

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We had an awesome opportunity on Friday to have a visit from Dr. Dave Franz! He owns his own practice in northern Cincinnati. He came to talk to the class about the importance of dental health and visiting the dentist. Before Dr. Dave visited with the class we read various books about dental health and created charts about our learning. I was impressed how the children identified the important information from the reading. Dr. Dave also gave the children tooth paste and a toothbrush. I heard from the children saying what a great time they had and how much they enjoyed the visit. When I asked the children what they learned they were able to tell me all types of information!

>Conference Time…

February 10, 2011

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Thank you for everyone who attended conferences over the past two weeks. Parent-Teacher conferences are one of the most enjoyable times I have while working. It was wonderful to meet with you and discuss your child’s progress. I thoroughly enjoy the time we are able to meet and partner together. I have made notes about various information we discussed and if I mentioned I would send something home with your child, please look for it on Monday or Tuesday of next week (I will be out Thursday and Friday). I will say overall I have seen a huge growth in maturity in all the children socially, behaviorally, and academically. We will be raising the bar these last 3-4 months of school. I know the children can succeed and we want to end the year as strong as possible. Once again thank you for all of your support!

>Reading Fun…Music Fun…

February 4, 2011

>Over the past few weeks we have been working on our reading skills, but through the use of music. One of the reading components is “phonemic awareness.” Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear sounds in words. We have been using a lot of music to help with this skill. We sing a lot of various songs and then we change sounds to change the words. The songs turn into silly songs. You may have hear your child singing “Mr. Snowman,” Rainy Weather,” etc. These songs have helped us work through the idea of changing words without seeing them. For example, in the song “Mr. Snowman” (sang to the tune This Old Man) we sang Mr. Snowman only sings /y/ songs; therefore, he sings yick-yack-yaddy-yack. In addition, Mr. Snowman may only sing /v/ songs; therefore, he sings vick-vack-viddy-vack. Using music allows me to teach reading skills in an unique and fun way!

Lyrics to Mr. Snowman (to the tune of This Old Man)

Mr. Snowman

Sings /k/ songs

He sings /k/ songs all day long

With a kick-kack-kiddy-kack

Sing his silly song

He wants you to sing along!

>Science Fun…

January 29, 2011

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The afternoon class had an amazing opportunity on Friday to learn science first hand! Ethan’s grandmother, Karen, teaches Science to 2nd-3rd graders in their Science Lab. Karen was gracious enough to use one of her half day personal days to come and visit with our class. SHe brought all kinds of animals and taught the children about reptiles. The look on the children’s faces were priceless. It was wonderful to see the excitement in the children about learning science. Ethan and Karen even put together a science experiment for the children to take home with them to practice observations. I cannot wait until Monday to ask the children about the observations they made. I cannot thank Karen enough for taking time out of her schedule to come and spend the afternoon with us and her grandson! Check out some of our photos of the fantastic learning, which occurred!
Science Fun in the Afternoon!
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>Our Learning Channel…

January 27, 2011

>I wanted to announce we have a channel to view our videos. I love using the Flip Video as a means to tape the children learning and explaining their learning. We then as a class watch them and talk about what is happening. This allows the children a chance to see themselves in action and reflect about certain activities. We now have a channel on…You Tube…I do not always put the videos I take on the blog; however, they will be located on our channel. If you would like you can always check out some of the great learning occurring in Room 116!

http://www.youtube.com/user/mrstahlkindergarten

>2 Dice and Some Adding…

January 21, 2011

>Today we worked on rolling two dice and counting the numbers together. I thought it would be a lot of fun to tape a few students completing the activity. We watched the video in class and talked about what happened. The children noticed how each of the pairs sat next to each other and how they were helping each other counting and writing. I was amazed how the children double checked their work and how they were really thinking about the math they were doing. It was fantastic listening to the children talk about the activity afterward. I wish I had taped that part too!

Enjoy…

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>We Are Beginning to Add…

January 19, 2011

>This week we are beginning to explore how numbers can be joined together and create a new number. We are in the early stages of addition. We are not writing out number sentences yet, but we are playing various games where we are taking two numbers and counting them together. We have played a game “Top-It.” This game is like “War” where you turn over two cards and count the numbers together and who ever has the highest amount wins (you can always change the game and play who has the lowest amount wins). We also played a game where you roll two dice and record the number you get. This is a fun game where children work on number writing, adding numbers together, and analyzing the data. The children are doing a fantastic job in the early stages of math. Two students in the afternoon were able to discover why the recording sheet did not list the number one. They came to the conclusion since you were playing the game with 2 dice, you can not roll and record the number one. If you had two ones you would have to record the number 2. It was awesome thinking!