Thursday, December 16, 2010

Colorful Critters

The students really enjoyed studying colors. We focused on learning about primary colors, reading color words, mixing colors, and noticing the colors that illustrators choose to set the mood of a story. We read several fun color stories. The students' favorites were Mouse Paint and Pete the Cat.

The children also loved Little Blue Truck. I snuck this one in... it's main focus isn't color - but kindness. We have read it a few times as a class and it has quickly become a favorite choice during our Daily 5: Read to Self time.

After reading Mouse Paint the children used primary colored oil pastels to draw mice. It was fun to watch how each child approached the task and to observe their reactions as they mixed the colors to make new ones.

I love being greeted by these colorful critters as I walk to my classroom each morning.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kindergarten Afternoons... a special message from Hunter

This is my kindergarten friend, Hunter.

He wrote me this special message last week:

Hunter's message made me smile. :)
It made me think of all of the fun activities that we get to do together in the afternoon.

The students enjoy:

Daily 5- Read to Self, Read to a Friend, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing

Drawing Journals


Special Activity




Math and Science Notebooks



Read Alouds

Writing Celebrations

Nature Walks


Singing and Dancing

Free Choice

and so much more!

Check out some of our adventures:

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Leave me a message! What is your favorite part of our afternoons together? I can't wait to hear from you!

Mrs. Rider

Scrapbook Santas, Mrs. Claus, and Elves, Oh My!

One of my favorite bloggers, from First Grade Parade, posted her students' Scrapbook Santas last week. They are adorable!

I couldn't wait for my kindergarten friends to make these because I knew how much they enjoyed creating their Scrapbook Turkeys and I loved how unique each one turned out. I knew this activity would allow my students to be creative. Sure enough as I showed them the idea for Scrapbook Santas they immediately asked if they could make Mrs. Claus and/or the Elves too.

I love all of their creative ideas and I love my Growing Artists!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

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The children enjoyed building and eating Gingerbread Houses this week.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


It was such a delight to watch my kindergarten friends play outside during our first official snowfall today. The mulch on the playground was just covered a bit- but they all danced, ran, and laughed with the greatest excitement as the snow fell. It was a joy to watch!