Wednesday, October 27, 2010

...and Apples grew upon it!

Here's a little apple ditty we learned during apple week.  It took some practice but we did it.  Internalizing the rhythm of a song and replacing words with a clap is one of our early musical skills.  About twenty practices and two video takes is the very funny finished product. They're such "hams" in front of the camera. Enjoy!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Great Pumpkin Patch Adventure

What a great trip to the pumpkin patch. We frolicked in the patch, watched a little "Pumpkin Theatre", enjoyed a pumpkin treat, and made a pumpkin craft.  Here are some pictures along with a few clips from Mr. Fines Roving Reporter. Good times!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Featured Writer

Here is the first of many writing pieces to be featured on our blog.  Our featured writer is Grey, one of many talented, up & coming authors and illustrators  in KF.  Be on the lookout for more amazing works in the weeks and months ahead. Congratulations Grey ~ and well done!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I Love Apples!

Welcome KF Dragons and fans!  Well, let's kick off this short week with a little video about what we'll be learning about in kindergarten...APPLES!  This is a great theme that lends itself to the different areas of learning in kindergarten.  We can do apple math, apple science, read apple books, write apple stories, make apple art, sing apple songs - and the list goes on.  While I have a handful of things planned in the coming weeks, I'll let our natural curiosity and inquisitiveness be our guide in some of our fun, hands-on learning.  Can't wait to share!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mr. Fines ~ Roving Reporter

I almost forgot.  I captured these up-close and personal interviews...from the Farm!

Down on the PEAS Farm

What a great trip to the PEAS Farm.  Personally, I've never been, so it was a new experience for me as well as for most of the kids.  What beautiful fall weather - a chill in the air, a scattering of clouds, and a touch of sunshine.  We learned about all the different kind of things that go on at the farm. We also learned that some of the food from the farm is given back to our community at the local food bank and produce markets.  We even sampled some pretty tasty vegetables.  For the record, I witnessed many of your children chowing down on raw broccoli, tomato, peppers, carrots, and don't say it can't be done. What a great day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Welcome to the KF Dragons Blog - we're not just kids, but little dragons too!

Ready or not, here we come.  Thanks to all for your patience.  Next to balancing a pretty crazy first-six-weeks of kindergarten, I've been up in the air about the right time to open up our blog. I suppose, now is a better time than ever.  

At the moment this blog is in its simplest form.  I chose this template in the hopes that in the same way we grow and change throughout the year, so will our blog. I'm hoping it will look "way cooler" than it does now.  While I've managed a few blogs of my own in the past, I've never created one for my classroom.  I welcome any suggestions for things to add to our blog, as well as gadgets and other cool things you'd like to see.  I hope we'll find a "blogging-expert" out there that will lend us a hand. I'm pretty excited to take our teaching and sharing to a different space.  What a great way to share with a larger audience of friends, family, and hopefully other kindergarten classrooms around the state, around the country, or even around the world. 

For those of you unfamiliar with a blog - its kind of like an online journal or diary.  Its a place for sharing thoughts, ideas, pictures, projects.  If you can name it, you can blog about it. You can also collaborate with others by having them post a comment about something they enjoyed reading, or seeing.  Consider our blog a window into our classroom.  My goal is to update our blog with pictures, video, and posts of things going on every few days.  We'll check it as a class to see if anyone has left us a comment. The language will be casual, the setting informal - although no TEXT-TALK allowed (Lol!).  If any of our kiddos end up posting a thought or two, we'll be using complete sentences.  :)

In the end, I hope we'll all be able to look back at what an incredible year of growth, laughter, learning, and fun it has been in KF.  I welcome you to join us on our journey. ~ Mr. Fines