Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Making Lemonade

I love providing food experiences for kids in my classroom! I bake and cook A  LOT at home and I'm thrilled to be able to share my love of spending time in the kitchen with kids.  

Today, we made freshly squeezed lemonade.  The kids loved using the lemon press.  It's been sitting in our classroom all year and they finally figured out what it is and how to use it! 

This recipe is SUPER simple.  We squeezed 6 lemons and only got about 3/4 of a cup of juice, so I also brought in some store bought lemon juice to add to the mix.

Be sure to ask your kiddo about how we made it and how it tasted!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Break Stories

This is the kind of post I LOVE to write!  One of our classmates spent his Spring Break at his grandma's house in Spokane.  He took Pete the Cat and wrote a story about their adventures.  He brought his book in to share with the class today.  He was SO proud and the kids were very impressed with his story.

I love his descriptive sentences, colorful pictures, and use of speech bubbles!  He did a fantastic job!

His mom laminated the pages and tied it up.  The kids were SUPER impressed and, of course, they all want to make books just like this.  I told the kids that if they wanted to write books about their Spring Breaks, family vacations, or another fun activity, that I would be happy to laminate their pages and put them into books.  I just wanted to give you a heads up, because I'm sure all of our little authors will be looking for paper and markers tonight!  Please encourage quality work and remind kids to take their time!

Happy writing!

Water Table

The water table is open and the kids are thrilled!  We've been waiting all year for this!  We have different sizes of scoops, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.  We also have funnels and tubes to explore with.  Today kids had very short turns at the table, because we ALL wanted a turn.  In the coming weeks, they will have a few tasks to figure out and we will also add a few fun elements to our table.  We do have water shirts, in hopes of keeping a tad bit dry.  Wish us luck!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Rainbow Day

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, but BOY did we have fun!  Our morning started with finding the gold the leprechauns left for us in the classroom.  We found a handful of gold coins and they were actually chocolate!  What a treat!  Those leprechauns must have hidden them in our classroom during the night.

Then we moved on to Rainbow Roll and Write a Word.  Some kids chose to write their words in color too.  We rolled the dice and wrote the sight word that had the number we rolled.

As we were writing our rainbow sight words and had just finished finding our gold, one of the kids yelled, "There's a rainbow on the ceiling!"  I ignored it at first because I thought he was just playing around since we had just been talking about rainbows, pots of gold left by leprechauns, and rainbow writing.  Suddenly, the whole class was standing under the rainbow that was actually on the ceiling, jumping up and down, and shouting that the leprechauns must have left them a rainbow.   It happened again, later in the day, and we discovered that when the sun came in the window, at just the right spot, it hit our class jars and mirror and made a rainbow on our ceiling.  This is the first day that this has ever happened, so it was SUPER cool that it happened at the very moment we were working on rainbows, colors, and finding gold at the end of the rainbow!

We have been working on reading, writing, spelling, and singing about our color words this week.  We practiced writing each word and then used Fruit Loops to fill in the rainbow.

Overall, it was a great day in kindergarten!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


We had a special guest in our classroom yesterday.  Miss Lilly is back in our kindergarten class!  Miss Lilly is our school counselor and she was in at the beginning of the year to talk with the kids about making good choices when we are working to get along with our friends.  Now, she's back with lessons for the kids on being good members of our classroom LEARNING community.  She will be coming in on Monday mornings for the next few weeks to work with our kids.  I will also be in the room during this time, but she will be presenting the lessons.  

Miss Lilly is using a program called Wondergrove Learn.  It's a web-based program that has mini video clips to go right along with it.

We also have mini books that the kids are able to take home.

There was a story about this program on King 5. Here's the link. http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2016/03/08/former-rugrats-ceo-getting-kids-animated-learning/81501624/

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Writer's Notebooks in Kindergarten

We've been making writer's notebooks in kindergarten this week.  To begin with, these notebooks are places to hold memories that we hope to write about.  Writer's notebooks are MUCH more than that, and kids will be learning more about their purpose as the year goes on.  I wrote about the purpose of these notebooks on my literacy blog, if you are interested in reading more.

The kids were thrilled with all of the tape, stickers, and permanent markers that we used to personalize our notebooks.

Once they were personalized, we spent time gather ideas for stories.  I modeled what this looked like in my own Writer's Notebook.  

We spent time indoors reminding ourselves that there is so much to write about that happens in our classroom.  Then we went outside and gathered ideas about things we love to do outdoors and on our playground.  

***We need your help!  If your child does something fun in the evening, over the weekend, or even over the upcoming Spring Break, please have them save something to add to their Writer's Notebook.  It could be a movie ticket stub, a photo, a pressed flower, or really anything that would serve as a reminder of a fun event or time in their life. You can send these to school any time and kids can tape or glue them into their writer's notebooks.***

As I mentioned before, a writer's notebook is not just about memories.  It's also a place to try things out.  Kids will be trying out different ideas for story titles, writing down fun sound words (we call this onomatopoeia) that they might want to use in a story, or collecting feelings they have.  It's a great way to help kids become more mindful and appreciative for things around them!

Happy writing!

Friday, February 26, 2016

March is Reading Month!

Well, every month should be reading month, but March is our official Reading Promotion Month at Cascade View.  Here are some special things we have planned:

*Author, Annie Crawley, will be visiting on March 16th, with assembly presentations.

*Reading Logs are coming home in your child's book bags today.  Please keep these in your child's bookbag and keep track of their reading for the whole month.  You can count the minutes that your child reads to you OR the minutes that you read to your child! 

*There is a special Whale Board in the courtyard to keep track of the collective minutes our class reads.

*Dress-up days will be:  March 2nd - hat day and March 25th - book character dress up day.

*We will be making special bookmarks for our study buddies to promote friendship and reading.

*Mr. Stonich has agreed to do something silly if we meet our school wide goal of reading 241,231 minutes (last year's time).

Happy reading!