Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween From the Rider Family!

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We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween.
Check out our Monster Mash!

Mrs. Rider, Mr. Rider, Scott, Madilynn, and Molly

Halloween Party

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Check out some of the highlights from our Halloween Party. THANK YOU to all of the parents who made this party so much fun for the children. I truly appreciate your help!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Fun

The children have been counting down the days until Halloween. Only 1 week left!

Last week we read Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor.

his is a fun, quick read. The children really loved it!

Check out our own pumpkin heads:

I found a couple of FUN pumpkin sites that I think the children will love. Click on the links below to check them out.

What type of face will your jack-o-lantern have? Silly? Spooky?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Go Away Big Green Monster

Check out a few of our colorful monsters. They were inspired by Ed Emberly's book: Go Away Big Green Monster.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jeepers Creepers!

Monsters, Monsters, Everywhere! The students enjoyed these MONSTER BOOKS last week:

Please let me know which one is your favorite! Have we missed any fun monster books?

Check out some of our fun monster activities:

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Alphabet Under Construction

The students have been hard at work. We have our Alphabet Under Construction...

Alphabet Under Construction

just like the letters in Denise Fleming's book.

Please come back soon to see how our Alphabet turns out!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Letter Sounds

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The students have enjoyed practicing their letter sounds using
these motions. I can't wait to share this song with them!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Check out my amazing little scientists! They have begun studying PROPERTIES in Science. Each group of scientists had a container of objects that included a: marble, rubber band, feather, sponge, button, seashell, piece of cardboard, plastic spoon, candle, cork, and balloon. We spent the first part of our science time just checking out all of the items. The students touched, compared, sorted, stacked, and discussed all of the items. I just LOVED listening to the students as they shared their observations with one another.

The students know, from our science work with trees, that scientists record their thoughts and observations with pictures and words. The scientists went back to work- drawing the items and recording their properties.

Here are some of the properties they recorded: soft, flat, scratchy, black, hard, round, square, rough, brown, shiny, thin, little, long, red, and stretchy. We look forward to investigating the properties of more materials soon and using our Science Notebooks to record more drawings and descriptions.