May 2013 - Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten

Moms Day Tea + Our last writing Unit!

Friday was our little mom's day tea.  The kids have been WAITING for this day for what seems like forever! We've been cutting and pasting and gluing and planting and painting and singing....yes, all of that... to get ready for mom's big day.

I was able to snap a few "before" pics during the calm silence of special time :)
Our Mother's Day Books, sunflower plants (we grew these from seed during our plant unit, so they are extra special to the kids), and these adorable tissue paper flowers were waiting for mom's arrival! 
Then the fun began! Moms arrived, the kids read their favorite page from their Mother's Day book to the group, then we sang our special song just for mom. I think there were a few wet eyes yes, me included in the house after that.  We EVEN had a few awesome dads as our servers! 
All in all, a definite success!

Onto other news... We are starting our informational writing unit this week!  Our plant book we made during our last unit gave us a good warm we are ready to fully dive in!  I am super excited about this one. We started by immersing ourselves in non-fiction books, and brainstorming a list of informational text features. From there, the kids will be following their likes and interests-- and we will be using the website Pebble go to help us make our own informational books.
Stay tuned! :)
Have a great week.

More Plants + Writing Celebration

Nature is just the coolest thing. We started our sunflower sprouts about 2 weeks ago, in a nice warm & wet sandwich bag. This past week they were ready to be moved into some soil! The kids went nuts watching these little sprouts every day, and it was just the coolest thing to see everything we have been learning about plants click with the growth of our tiny seeds. When we took them out of their baggies we (with the help of our doc cam) got a super up close view of all the plant parts that we have been learning about.  
In other plant news, I have a bunch of parents that love ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs this year. I love it because with every order online we get a free book for our classroom!  I have been saving up my points all year and scored a bunch of non fiction readers to go with our plants unit, as well as our upcoming unit on butterflies. Here were some great ones I got about plants we eat:

and we used it to make this cool anchor chart to record all of the different ways that these plants grow.

In other news... we just finished our "How-To" Writing Unit and it was so special to me because in this unit our little kinders really become authors and illustrators. We ended with a writing celebration...the kids were amazing! How hard it is to be 5 years old and have to stand in front of 60 adults and read your book (in a microphone no less) with a smile! They did and they were fabulous!

I mean, can you see the pride gleaming from these adorable faces! I got teary a few times because my heart was just bursting with pride for these little sweeties!  They have all come such a LONG way!

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