Friday, May 19, 2017

The picture on the blog cover is us on the first day of TK!  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!??  Such little punkins!  UGH!

This week we said goodbye to our favorite Monday helper, Mrs. Moen!

We made her thank you cards and gave her a hug or high five for helping us!

We worked on the letter A this week.  We started it last week with the a-a achoo sound like when we sneeze and this week we learned about ANTS!  We learned some fun facts about ants and also got to see ants as I brought in an ant farm.  It's a new fangled sort of ant farm with a gel of some kind.  The tunnels are super cool to see and we enjoyed watching them move around.

Friday, for our SCIENCE DAY, we learned about fossils, dinosaurs and PALEONTOLOGY!  Our go to science teacher, Mrs. Stai, has a bucket of petrified wood, cow bones and fossils (of mostly shells) that I borrowed and we got to pass them around, hold and examine them!

We had fun making our own fossils using some plastic creatures we have in our room in tubs using our Play Dough.

After a lively session of fossil making, we learned just a LITTLE about dinosaurs.  Mostly basics like meat eaters and plant eaters and their SIZE!  We had an example of a triceratops' footprint.
We guessed how many feet it would take for us to fill it.  We were off a bit.  Everyone traced their shoe, cut it out and placed it inside the triceratop's foot.  We were surprised that we couldn't fill it!

Our afternoon we transformed into paleontologists, and worked and worked (and worked) on freeing a bug from ice.  Paleontologists have to be very patient as they brush, scrub and pick at the bones and fossils they find.  We did the same.  Everyone got a block of ice with a bug in it, a toothbrush, a container of water and an eye dropper and we set off to discover what each of us had frozen in the ice!

It was really fun and the kids were super patient and so careful as they worked tediously to get their bug out of the ice!

MONDAY: ART  Snack: Lucy
WEDNESDAY: MUSIC  Snack: Mrs. T, Mrs. K and Mrs. Gerber
Wednesday will be the last day of TK.  NO TK ON FRIDAY, MAY 26

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This week we worked on the letter A a bit and will hit it again next week.  A makes the a-a-achoo sound like when we sneeze.  We really just began our practicing of it on Monday and then, as you know, WEDNESDAY was our FIELD TRIP DAY!  We ended up with a pretty remarkable afternoon considering how the radar looked all morning long.  Of course, in the morning we were inside at Dr. Tom's Vet Clinic, so it didn't really matter. Dr. Tom is always very entertaining and informative.  He showed us where the animals get groomed, where they are kenneled for extended stays, the x-ray room, the surgery room (be sure to ask your child about surgery) and the grand finale is the JARS OF WONDER room.  You'll have to ask your little about that, too.  It was a little cool at the park, but you would not know it if you looked at the kids playing in the park after lunch!

We met Miss Emily at Lake Pahoja a little after 12:00 and true to Miss Emily Style, she had us learning and looking and scooping and searching through muck, mud, sludge and weeds.  She is the best and always has amazing things for us to learn!

Now, let me tell you about your kids.  Your kids were AMAZING the whole day!  Not one whine, complaint or fit ALL DAY LONG!  They were troopers and I am so proud of them!  We had several parents/grandparents along for the day and I think they would all agree that every student was stellar!  Great kids and sincerely, awesome help from the adults!

We helped Brystol celebrate her birthday today!  She chose SCOOBY DOO for her birthday song add on that we sang to her before we left.  Brystol made some pretty cute butterflies of grapes and fish crackers for a snack that we ate out at the lake!

Happy Birthday, Brystol!


Next Week:
MONDAY: Snacks: Jameson ART
FRIDAY: Snacks: Kai  PE

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I missed a couple of STUDENT OF THE WEEK posts so here they are:
MARISSA:  Marissa has a 1 big brother, 3 big sisters and that makes her the baby of her family.  She has a dog named Ruby that is really smart.  When Marissa grows up she would like to be a nurse that takes care of dogs.  She likes to swim and she does not like SHARKS!! Her favorite color is dark blue!  
We loved learning more about you, Marissa!  Thank you for sharing!

MEMPHIS: Memphis and I go waaaaaay back to when his mom was in my Kindergarten class.  Sadly, this is not the first year this has happened to me!  :(  Memphis loves the color blue. He has one big sister and she is 8 years old.  Memphis does not like BEARS!  He likes to be with his family and he wants to be a tractor painter when he grows up!
Thank you, Memphis!  

TEAGEN: Teagen is our student of the week this week!  She loves the color pink and her family.  She does not like snakes.  When Teagen is older she would like to be a police officer.  Teagen has one little brother, Tucker.  
Thank you, Teagen for sharing your pictures with us!

We also celebrated 2 birthdays in the past two weeks!  Bodee turned 6 and chose CHA CHA CHA for his birthday song add on!
Happy Birthday, Bodee!

Memphis also turned 6 and chose SCOOBY DOO for his birthday song add on!
Happy Birthday to you too, Memphis!

We continue to work hard as our days are winding down.  TK will be finished for the year on Wednesday, May 24.


11:40 Dismissal (no lunch served- breakfast cannot be purchased with lunch card- cash only for "brain food" sponsored by WLEA)

Snack: Isabelle
WEDNESDAY: FIELD TRIP!  I have the following kids' parents as going along:
Allie, Bodee, Brystol, Cora, Elliss, Evie, Flyn, Isabelle, Jameson, Memphis and Teagen.  There is still time and room if you have not signed up yet.  Please just shoot me an email if it will work for you to go with us so we will know to look for you on Wednesday.  There will be a note with more information coming home HOPEFULLY on Wednesday afternoon (could be Friday :) )


Monday, April 17, 2017

Last Friday we started our day off with our GRAND FINALE for Reading Week!  This assembly included Mr. Snyder in a cow costume riding a miniature tractor across the gym,
followed by a presentation by Stensland's Family Farm (complete with cheese curds!),
every student TK-6th grade doing the Cotton Eyed Joe dance!
 I am sure you heard that the BEST thing that happened during that assembly was the kids earned the chance to duct tape Mr. Snyder to the gym wall!

It was very fun and he is a super good sport!!  (we let him down right away!)

Miss Emily came in and talked to us about bees.  She explained the different jobs and what each of them do for the good of the hive!
Miss Emily explaining the jobs of bees

guard bees keeping Miss Emily (the intruder) out of the hive while construction ants work on the hive

Queen Bee Gracelyn accepting the nectar from forager bee Brystol

Nurse bees taking care of the larvae 

In the afternoon we did a few "experiments" surrounding our topic of the week: SPIDERS!
We learned that spiders have a special oil on their legs that keeps them from sticking to the web.
To put this theory to work, we had a piece of tape on a plate- we pretended our fingers were bugs and they got stuck on the web.  Next we dipped our fingers in a little bit of oil and our fingers glided right across the tape!

Next we learned how spiders "liquify" their prey with a special venom they have.  To figure out what this means, we used a sugar cube, an eye dropper and water.  Dropping water onto the sugar cube made the sugar cube dissolve much like the "innerds" of a spider's prey.  Needless to say, we did several sugar cubes!!  :)

We also threw some "prey" (pom poms) at a spider web (hula hoop with tape sticky side out) to see if we could get them to stick.  This was pretty much just for fun but helped us use our large motor skills in throwing!! :)

And finished it off with an exact replica (well, sorta) of a spider!  8 legs, 8 eyes..... for a snack!

Lucy is our STUDENT OF THE WEEK  this week.  Lucy has 3 sisters!  2 big sisters and one little sister.  She loves the color red- does NOT like snakes and wants to be an artist when she grows up!  Lucy brought in several pictures for us to oooo and aaaaah over- our favorite being a cute close up picture of her eating watermelon!
Thank you for bringing in pictures and helping us learn just a little bit more about you sweet Lucy!

Wednesday we had fun doing several Spring/Easter activities including making bunny helicopters!  I told the kids that this was their one chance to STAND ON THEIR CHAIRS and not get in trouble.  The kids needed to adjust the ears on the rabbit to make it spin just right.  After a few minutes of trial and error, most of the kids had it figured out.

One of the kids figured out if you held it a certain way it almost always rotated!  Such little experimenters!!

Next week: (April 17)
Student of the week: Marissa
Snacks: Ella and Ellie

Week of April 24
Student of the week: Memphis
Snacks: Elliss and Evie

Please be sure to read the colored notes that were in your child's folder on Wednesday, April 12.  They are very important!

Field Trip information will be coming home the first part of May.  There is a note regarding an opportunity for you in your child's mail from Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


And as luck would have it, the letter S is what we are working on this week!

All 3 of our teacher led literacy centers were centered around seeds and plants.  Mrs. Gerber's group learned about stems and their importance to plants.  Mrs. Moen's group found pictures of plants and animals in magazines.  They sorted and talked about how plants and animals are similar and how they are different.  Mrs. T's group learned about seeds and how they have seed coats that fall off when they start taking on water.  We looked closely at lima beans that had been soaking overnight.  We found out that they were much easier to take apart and the seed coat slipped right off of them.  Once we got the soaked bean's seed coat off, we looked at the inside and found the seed food storage and the little plant - some of our beans even had the beginnings of leaves!  (and of course, we had a station of iPads!)( No pictures this week- sorry!  We were really into our lima bean seeds and I forgot to break away to snap some pics!)

We started a couple of experiments on Monday.  The first one was to "plant" some lima beans in a baggie with a wet paper towel in it.
We taped them to our window and were excited to see on Wednesday that some of the seed coats were coming off already!  Hopefully we will see some roots and stems growing by next week for sure!

The second experiment we did was relating to stems and how they move the water and nutrients up from the roots to the leaves and blossoms, so we took some celery and looked closely at the ends of it.  We could see the tubes that ran from the bottom of it.  We then put 6 different celery stalks in 6 different colored waters.
Pretty quickly we saw the celery in the red cup start turning red.  It was very exciting and on Wednesday, well... I know it is hard to see in the picture but in person, it was very impressive!!

We continued to work on seeds on Wednesday and learned how seeds spread (insects, birds, wind, and our favorite: the hitchhiker seed!  You can imagine the lively discussion that ensued after talking about hitchhikers... in relation to pets!!  :)  I tried explaining what a hitchhiker was in relation to people- happily that is a thing of the past it seems.  (I'm old.  So very old.)

We then worked our fine motor skills to the bone by tracing and cutting 8 handprints.  We actually did them on a folded piece of paper so we only traced and cut 4 times, but we worked really, really hard on a handprint flower.  Complete with roots, leaves, stem and blossom.  OH!  AND LABELS!!!
It was so amazing to see the kids show off their amazing writing skills!!  WOOP WOOP!

The end of the day found us down in the FFA room at a petting zoo for a special treat during READING WEEK!  We had SO MUCH FUN!  We saw a rabbit, dog, puppy, horse, bull, goats, chickens, fish, guinea pig, pigs... it was awesome!  (we even got to listen to the dog's heartbeat with a stethoscope!)  THANK YOU FFA!

TK ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7!  Blue and Gold day to support FFA!  PE and Brystol has snacks.

Kai is the STUDENT OF THE WEEK this week!  Kai likes the color blue, playing outside, his family and pets.  Kai is not a big fan of snakes and spiders.  He has a big brother and a little brother and when he grows up he wants to be a hair stylist.  He told me he would do my hair for me when he gets his own salon- he didn't say it would be for free, but I am thinking that is what that implies! :)

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Kai and for telling us a little bit more about you!

We did NOT do the "book in a baggie" this week.  (so don't panic!) We will get a new book next week.

Student of the Week: Lucy
MONDAY: LIBRARY  Art  Snack: Camrie
WEDNESDAY: Music  Snack: Cora

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Literacy centers were our focus on our Monday morning in TK.  Mrs. Moen's center focused on listening for the ENDING sounds in words.  Some groups were allowed to do the activity on their own with little help and some groups need a little more direction- which is all okay!!  :)
Mrs. Gerber's group worked on writing their name
Mrs. T's group worked on the "book in a baggie".
Nearly everyone remembered to bring the books back!  YAY!!  Keep up the good work!  Every group hinges on the other groups to remember to bring back their books, so please do your best to return them!

AAAAAAND of course, iPads!

Dotters helped us make caterpillars with a certain number of parts for their bodies.  Some of us got a little excited and carried away with the dotters and put in too many body parts, but we learned we could just "X" them off if that happened.

Wednesday we worked really hard on the letter G!  We read a funny story about a goat named Gregory.  He and his parents didn't exactly see eye to eye on what was a good breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We talked about how we don't always see why our own parents want us to eat healthy foods.  We did discuss that unhealthy food is okay if we don't eat it ALL of the time.

We practiced writing Capital G on Wednesday.  Capital G uses the "magic C" to start it as does the lower case c (which we also practiced).  This is a little tricky, and we will work on it again- but encourage your child to make that magic c to get G and g going in the right direction.

Jessa is our student of the week this week.  She has 2 big sisters and she brought several pictures for us to look at and tell us a bit about her!  She does not like snakes (high five on that one), she likes the color turquoise and she wants to be a farmer when she grows up!
NEXT WEEK IS READING WEEK!  We will have special dress up days (a paper was sent home on Monday explaining the different days.  There is also a list at the end of this post that explains the days AND it is on our Snack Calendar that is coming home on Wednesday afternoon.  (see the next paragraph)

Your child will have a snack calendar in their folder on Wednesday night for APRIL AND MAY!  (they are back to back on the purple sheet)  PLEASE keep track of it and when it is your child's turn to bring snack.

You will notice in May that our field trip is planned for May 10.  I will be sending out more information about this in the coming weeks, but if your schedule allows it, ONE adult may accompany each child on our field trip.  It will be a packed full day of fun and activities so if you can join us- please plan on it!  ONE adult (no younger siblings, please) per student only.  If you cannot go, please do not worry about it!  We stay all together as a group and there will be plenty of adult supervision- it's just an opportunity to tag along on a fun (exhausting) day with your TKer!  :)

Please remember to send back your child's "book in a baggie" by the following Monday.  The book should remain in the baggie and when your child returns the book, he/she will get a new book to bring home and dazzle you with.  I have limited numbers of these books so I really need you to be sure to send them back as the next group of kiddos will need all the copies I have to get their next book.  If one child doesn't bring the book back, I am short a book for the next group.

Student of the Week: Kai
MONDAY: Comfy/Cozy Dress Up Day - "book in a baggie" - LIBRARY  ART  Snack: Allie
WEDNESDAY:Tractor Day- (Wear color of your favorite tractor) MUSIC  Snack: Bodee
FRIDAY: Blue and Gold Day  PE  SNACK: Brystol