This week was all about Halloween… and more about Halloween as we decorated our room and looked forward to the big day! Throughout the excitement, the children learned about the term “reflection” and shared thoughts about new things they have learned over the past forty days or so in Kindergarten. Following several group discussions the children reflected upon a new skill they have developed in Kindergarten at this point in the year. As a result, we made a bulletin board outside in our hallway entitled “Harvesting New Skills.” Each child illustrated and wrote about his or her own personal achievement and paired it with an illustration. This activity lays the foundation for our new writing unit about memories that we will begin in early November.
We could not resist learning all about our pumpkins once they arrived on Monday morning. To kick off our pumpkin theme we charted what we already know about pumpkins. This was followed up with several fiction and non-fiction texts to support our learning. Later in the week the children went through a scientific exploration of the pumpkin as they created observational drawings of the pumpkin exterior. Chef Wallace helped us take a closer look inside the pumpkins when he came in to help us carve them open. Afterwards, we completed our second observational drawing. The children decided we should have a tasting party to make sure we tried several delicious pumpkin treats such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin seeds. After our tasting, we graphed our favorite pumpkin food as our math lesson. During our word study time, the children played games with the letter “p” and even created a class story during Writing Workshop about our pumpkins. We are pumpkin experts, and we are definitely ready for Halloween!
Kindergarten is in the fall spirit! This week the kindergarten class traveled to Bergen County to take a hike throughout the beautiful wooded area of Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. We had crystal clear skies above, so it was a perfect day to be outside. The children were led by the talented tour guides of Flat Rock. On their walk the children discovered how the seasonal change was affecting the area we live in. They saw turkeys, deer, a brook that was home to many living things, and even had the opportunity to call for birds. Some groups took a look at some endangered animals that have visited Flat Rock. There was so much to see! When the children arrived back at school they were eager to talk about everything they learned. We are so excited to see our youngest scientists exploring and discovering new information!
As the first leaves have fallen, it has sparked rich conversations this week in our classrooms. The children started to notice the seasonal changes…chilly mornings, leaves crunching under their feet, frost, and different colors around them. We took a closer look at autumn through vivid seasonal picture books. Green K went on an outdoor adventure connecting the texts to what they discovered outdoors. Blue K applied their expertise from the environment and texts to an art project. Blue K friends used watercolors and droppers to create a falling leaves scene in the classroom. We are in the fall spirit in Kindergarten...and of course, we are looking forward to one of our favorite fall holidays, Halloween!
Oh, No! The Kindergarten Cougars went missing! This week, the stuffed animal Cougars that live in each of the Kindergarten classrooms decided to take a tour of the Brookside campus. For many, this was their first introduction to our school mascot. The Cougar left clues behind with some of our school community helpers. On their way around the school, the children familiarized themselves with the building and the people who work in it. Mrs. Fiory, Chef Wallace, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Nammack, Mrs. Gonzalez, Nurse Zouein and Mrs. Kriegel were all part of the fun. The children visited each of their rooms for a new clue. Eventually the Cougar was found in Mrs. Kriegel’s office with some delicious blue and green cougar paw shaped cookies as the prize. The children will experience their first all school Gathering on Friday where there is sure to be a lot of school spirit! Maybe the Cougar will turn up there...you never know!