Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wowza! What a Week!

This week has been so busy!
Monday we had a magician come from the electric company and talk about playing it safe around electricity. Do they still have commercials with the singing bee?

It was hard enough to find this pic on Google images, so I'm guessing he's not around. RIP Louie.
 Anyway... The kids had a blast and I have to admit, it was pretty fun.

Wednesday, we had the Coastal Carolina University Athletes come and visit our Kindergartens at NMBP, all 14 classes! Every year CCU partners with the United Way for the Caring for Kindergarteners Program. This year our class got to meet Mr. Jhamie, he is a defender on the CCU soccer team. He read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. After Mr. Jhamie read the story, the class asked him a few questions. They found out he was studying business at CCU and that he is from Jamaica. I think the boys and girls would have liked for him to stay all day. After the interrogation :) Mr. Jhamie passed out paper for the children to make cards for the elderly in assisted living centers. They seemed really excited and made some beautiful cards.
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The excitement continued on Thursday with the planting of our marigolds! Our reading unit right now is "Ready, Set, Grow!" and the children are totally into it. They have become quite the planting experts.

We have started a plant journal, so you will have to check back to see things are growing, the students AND the marigolds :)

So, as you can see, the students have had plenty to blog about this week. Read about all the happenings through the students' eyes at our blog. You will also find that they have a bunch to say about what is happening at home too. This has been a great way for me to stay connected and hear about what is going on at home. Morning meetings can run long if EVERYBODY has something to tell you. Also, often times they don't remember. It is just like when they go home and mom and dad say, "What did you do at school?" The students say, "Nothing," or "Recess." With the blog, I have to moderate every comment and post, so it just takes a few seconds to see what was written and use that to start up a conversation. I have also found that students are making connections to eachother too. Right now we have two students getting new pets. Wow, did they have great lunch and recess conversation!
In addition to social learning, I am seeing instructional benefits abound. In my sleep, I say, "Make sure you are using your finger spaces!" How much money or time have you spent on those cute little spacemen? blogacoupletimesandtheywillseehowimportanttheyare. The students are physically pushing the space bar each and everytime to create the fingerspace and it has transferred back to their paper and pencil writing. Score!

I have so much more to rave about with this blogging thing...I hope to spread the word. My partner in Kindergarten crime, Bess, and I hope to get some more people in on the blogging at our school. We are thinking of having a mini staff development one day after school. I also have to give a shout out to my tech buddy, Sean. He shared our blog on his twitter and forwarded me a link to Comments4Kids Blog. It's a community that brings blogging classrooms together. Thanks.

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