Swoop into Kindergarten

life in kindergarten at Laguna Blanca

A Crabby Kind of Day

Friday Fun was filled with crabs today! In the kitchen, students made Crabby Crabwiches. Yum!

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Students made crab hats. They loved walking like a crab in their new hats.

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Students also made Oceans in a Bottle. They added water, oil, food coloring, sparkles, and shells to a water bottle to make the illusion of ocean waves.

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It was a perfect day before a big break. Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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Those Tricky Leprechauns

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We had a visit from the leprechauns! Yesterday before students went home they carefully set up their leprechaun traps….and this morning, the traps were all tripped!!

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Little green feet covered the desks and a small gold nugget was discovered in each of the traps! Traps were tripped….but no leprechauns were trapped!

The students’ reactions were wonderful!

The traps were cleverly created, each with at least one moving part. I had students write about their plan to catch a leprechaun. Read on to see how the wheels were turning in kindergarten!

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Here are a few more traps.

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Trust

Is it ever ok to tell a lie? Have you told a lie? What happens when you tell the truth?  Oh….the stories we heard today! During our Swooper Citizens meeting this morning we revisited the character trait of trust. Our breakout question was, “Is it ever ok to tell a lie?” With wide eyes, the students answered with a resounding, “No!” Then we began to think about certain circumstances….like planning a surprise for someone or telling a lie to protect our safety, and we decided that sometimes, in rare occurrences, people may need to lie…..but telling the truth is usually the better option.

Then, the floodgates opened, and students begged to tell stories about times when they….or THEIR PARENTS (gasp!), had told a lie. I had to get in on the fun and shocked students with the time I threw a nerf Frisbee inside my house (totally against my mother’s rules) and broke a cherished picture frame. Instead of telling the truth, I blamed it on one of my dad’s employees….(who not a believable suspect at all, poor goy….) How the situation would have been different had I told the truth! (What shocked the students the most, though, wasn’t that I told a lie, but that my punishment was that I had to go to bed without dinner!)

Next, we showed a great video clip of a classic story, demonstrating why truth telling is so very important:

Students then listened to a book called Being Trustworthy, which gave many clear examples of trustworthy behaviors, including coming home when your parents tell you, returning extra change after a shopping trip, and following through on obligations.

Here are some of the journal entries the students created:

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Just so you know, parents, I did stick up for us and say that there are times when parents need to tell little “untruths” for the good of the family. 🙂

 

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2016 Science Fair

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The kindergarten class just returned from our field trip to the Hope Ranch Campus, where we explored the more than 90 science fair projects on display this year! What a range in topics there are!

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While there, each kindergartner had the opportunity to share about their project.

Many of the projects had display items in addition to the presentation board.

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How about this paper mache T-Rex?!

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Or a homemade fossil?!

I look forward to seeing you tonight! There is so much to learn!

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Engineering in Kindergarten?

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You bet! Not only does Laguna offer weekly Lego classes for students, but in the kindergarten classroom, students enjoy time building and exploring kits made by the company GoldieBlox. Here is the idea behind the toys:

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This morning students explored the Zip Line kit and the Dunk Tank kit.

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Here, a group of students work to build the zipline action figure while others found a place to hang the actual zipline. Not only do these kits offer students a time to engineer, but it also fosters teamwork. Just look at this:

And who says GoldieBlox is just for girls?!  The boys in kindergarten love them as well.

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This year we are lucky to have Sarah Pousho, a Laguna Blanca alum and employee of the GoldieBlox company, as our speaker at the Science Fair. I am excited to learn more about this company. To learn more about GoldieBlox, click on the link below.

http://www.goldieblox.com/pages/about

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