Monday, September 18, 2017


I'd like to introduce you to Peanut!  She is our classroom turtle.  She's a 30 year old box turtle and she came to school for the first time today.

The first day that peanut joined us, we spent some time touching her and feeling her shell.  After that, we washed our hands very well and agreed to let Peanut have her space and just look without touching.

The kids love to sit by Peanut and watch her move around.  She's much more active than I expected a turtle to be.

Her favorite spot is her water basin.  She loves to sit in the water and watch the kids or dunk her head under water for a little bath.

I was surprised to find out that a big Rubbermaid container was the ideal habitat for Box Turtles.  We have some coconut shavings at the bottom, a basin for water, and different lights to keep her warm.

This is only my second school year with Peanut and I'm learning that she is very picky.  She doesn't like vegetables, but love bananas.  She likes crunchy bugs, like rolly polly bugs and meal worms.  She'll eat garden worms only when they look really yummy.

We love having Peanut in the classroom and look forward to continuing our inquiry of turtles and their needs!

Happy learning! 

Getting to Know Materials

The beginning of kindergarten is such a magical time!  The kids are diving in and really getting to know their way around the classroom.  They are always so excited and curious to find out what they can explore.  At the beginning of the year, we are careful to add new activities slowly.  

Play time (also called Centers) is a great time to build cooperation skills, but we also encourage the story-telling aspect.

Playdough is great for building the important muscles in our fingers and is a staple in the kindergarten classroom!

We love art!  We've just started introducing  new types of paint.  Ask your child if they remember The Dot.  It was a book we read this week and we'll be painting lots of dots soon!

The kids LOVE building with Polydrons.  We have these in many classrooms and kids have opportunities to build 3D shapes.

We are learning to build and play with our math manipulatives.  Soon we will be using these for lots of math stations.

Our home center is one of the favorites.  Kids play house, coffee shop, and restaurant.  They make up their stories as they go along.

We are getting to know our materials in the classroom and we're showing that we know how to be respectful!

Happy learning!

Friday, September 8, 2017

These are some quotes that were gathered during our family connection meetings.  We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed hearing them and meeting the wonderful people who said them!

I'm very interested in the moon, but I'm not going to outer space.
I like Nutella, tuna, and South Lake Pizza.
Two fives are 10. Two threes are 6. Two tens are 20.
I have two dogs, Luna and Cinnamon.
I love dogs because I love to pick them up.
I can count to 10 in Spanish.
Look at my pattern!
Also, I like to play with my big set houses.
She lives in Minnesota.  There's tons of houses there.
We play I de-clare-war, and Slapjack.
Flag of America!
I really know how to do stuff.
Also, we have Full House.
10...11...12...Hey look I found a shark!
Be a worker.
What will help you when you feel frustrated? - Dancing

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Welcome to kindergarten!  We are so glad you're here! 

This is the place where we share things that are happening in our kindergarten classrooms.  We want parents to feel connected to Cascade View Elementary and we know that you can't be with us all the time.  We love taking pictures and this is a great place for us to share them.  We ask that you check the blog about once a week to see if we've added any new posts.  If there is something we are dying for you to see, we'll make sure to send the link in an email.  There is always excitement in kindergarten and we can't wait to get started!

Happy New School Year!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sad News

It was a sad day in kindergarten today.

Steve the stick bug has died.

To most people, Steve is just a bug.  To a group of five-year-olds, he is the best stick bug a kid could ever have!  There were tears today... lots and lots of tears.  I really didn't expect it to be such an emotional time for the kids, because he's just a bug.  When I realized that it was a really big deal to the kids, we made time to write about it and draw some pictures about Steve.

We took Steve out to the courtyard gardens and I told the kids I'd say something nice about Steve before we buried him.  A couple of kids asked if we could all say something, so I told the kids they could share if they wanted.  After we shared our feelings about Steve, we buried him and put a few flowers by him.  It was a very emotional time for the kids.  When we came back inside, we had a group hug and then moved on to some fun activities.

Today was a day full of emotional learning for our kids, but it was also a time to see our recent learning in real life.  We have been talking a lot about the life cycle because of our baby chicks and also because of our most recent addition (ask your kids about our new insects).  When one of our boys was crying about Steve, another student explained that it's all part of the life cycle.  Steve has laid eggs in the dirt and, with any luck, we will have more stick bugs.  We look forward to meeting Steve Jr.

Rest in peace, Steve.
You were the best stick bug this class has ever had.

Monday, May 22, 2017


I have to say, I think hatching chicks has been the highlight of my teaching career.  It has been the most amazing experience!  

When I came in on Sunday evening, I brought my entire family to check on the chicks.  It was Mother's Day, so I was hosting a celebration and the whole family wanted to come.  We noticed a few of the eggs had pips.  Pips are the first holes the chicks make in the eggs.

If you sit really still and the room is quiet, you can year peeps coming from the eggs.

By Monday morning, the chicks were really working hard!  One of the cracks had gotten much bigger.

Just as the kids were entering the room, on Monday morning, the first chick hatched!  The kids squealed, but then hushed to a whisper to watch the excitement.  The chick was wet and could barely stand.  

It took several hours for our first chick to dry off and fluff up.  We named her Primrose and she quickly became the most favorite class pet in the history of class pets!

The next day, we were in for another surprise!  Poppy arrived about 5 minutes before the end of the school day.

She was SO tired.  It's a lot of work hatching out of an egg!

She wasn't quite fluffy enough to come out of the incubator, so she had to stay in there over night.  Since we had one in our brooding box and one in the incubator, I went to Bridges Pets and bought a 3 day old Buff Orpington to snuggle with Primrose.  I took Primrose and Petunia (the two yellow chicks) home and they snuggled all night!

When we came in on Wednesday morning... surprise!

There were TWO chicks in the incubator!  Pansy was all fluffy and dry, so she must have hatched on Tuesday night.  Oh, my... four sweet, fluffy chicks!  Petunia (the one we bought) quickly showed them the ropes.  She would take a drink and then the other chicks would take a drink.  

On Thursday, the chicks went to their new home.  The kids were very sad to see the chicks go, but they have a wonderful chicken coop waiting for them!

What an amazing experience!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hatching Chicks in Kindergarten

I can't even begin to tell you how excited the kids are right now!  We will be hatching chicks in kindergarten and the eggs have arrived!

We order 2 Sussex, 2 Orpington, and 2 Wellsummer eggs.  

The eggs went into the incubator on Monday, April 24th.  They will be in there for 21 days and hopefully they will start hatching!

The little egg halves at the bottom of the picture will show us what the inside of the egg looks like every day.  It's amazing how fast they change!  We'll be checking our eggs many times each day and I'm sure parents will hear all of the updates at home.  Mrs. Perkins, our office manager, will be taking the chicks home once they are hatched. 

 Oh, the fun!!!