Swoop into Kindergarten

life in kindergarten at Laguna Blanca

The end of the dinosaurs has come….

Our dinosaur unit ends today…and boy did it end with a bang! During Friday Fun, the students learned about volcanos from our resident parent-geologist.

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After learning about volcanoes, the students had some fun BUILDING volcanos in the sandbox!

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Then they made the volcano erupt!

What a great way to end this eight week unit!

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Friday Fun

There was more dinosaur fun today during Friday Fun centers! Students became paleontologists again and excavated blocks of hardened sand that had dinosaur bones inside.

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In the kitchen, students made dinosaur food. Here is a video of their reaction to the ingredients!

The treats actually tasted quite good!  Here is the recipe:

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Next week will be our last week of dinosaur activities.  We’ll be off to learn about oceans next!

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Dino-mite Dinosaur Presentations

This morning, we had a lively dinosaur presentation in the Kindergarten classroom. Parents came and saw the results of our amazing Dinosaur Unit, with activities from several of our specialist classes.

In technology class, students voice recorded themselves reading their dinosaur report. Then they created a Voki. Here are some examples:

After the Voki presentation, students shared their artwork.

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They also showed their parents their Dinosaur Notebooks and their dinosaur sculpture and diorama.  So much to see!

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Integrated curriculum really adds so much to a unit of study! I feel very fortunate to work with such innovative, creative, and hardworking teachers!

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100 Days Smarter!

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We are all officially 100 days smarter! It’s hard to believe we have had 100 days of school already! So much has been accomplished during these past 100 days. From building a caring classroom community, to learning how to read, write, and count to 100, these kids have risen to the occasion and accomplished it all! Today we took advantage of 100 days of learning to have some fun.

Students were encouraged to come to school dressed up like they might look when they are 100 years old. The results were hilarious!

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They made 100 tally marks.

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We did some writing as well.

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For math, students made trail mix….10 pieces of ten different items! Yummy!

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The day ended with a tour around the school to see all of the collections of 100 things and a 100 cupcakes!

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100 pennies.

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100 stickers.

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100 Lego pieces.

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The fourth graders read 100 books.

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The third graders came up with 100 synonyms for “said.”

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100 cupcakes!

Hooray for the 100th Day!!

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Long Vowels

Students were officially introduced to long vowels this week. Here are some great tools you can use to help your child remember how to decode words with long vowels.

 

Enjoy! They sure are catchy tunes!

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Science Discovery Afternoon

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Yesterday we had a wonderful event after school called Science Discovery, organized by our science instructor, Clara Svedlund. Eighteen community groups came to out Lower School campus to engage students in activities that included learning about navigation with a compass, matching skulls and pelts, racing the radar, viewing ‘sewer bugs’ through a
microscope, looking at the sun through a telescope, and learning about native trees and plants. It was an exciting afternoon filled with lots of hands on learning activities.

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SCIENCE IS GREAT!

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Dinosaur Babies

Today students made dinosaur eggs!

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Using a handful of shredded ivory soap and water, students molded an egg around a plastic dinosaur toy.

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The result is a perfectly delightful way for students to keep their hands clean!

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