Hatching Chicks, Catching Elvers, Big Buddy Friend Adventures and Kettle Cove Discoveries

Hello Kindergarten Families, 

It has been several weeks since our last blog.  Time goes by so fast!  The children have been hatching chicken eggs.  The four chicks we have in the classroom are named Toodles, Glitter, Stone and Flash. They have just starting to get some of their adult feathers and are attempting to fly out of their box. Some of the children enjoy catching them insects outside and bringing them into the classroom to watch with fascination while the chicks devour them.

Two weeks ago, we enjoyed splashing in the waterfall at the Fore River Sanctuary with our Big Buddy Friends.  Together we discovered lots of baby eels (elvers) making their way inland by climbing up the waterfall. Last week, when we realized that it was our last day for Big Buddies, we were all feeling a bit melancholy .  We spent our time together doing Investigations with them in the Kindergarten Classroom. For closure each child shared what they had enjoyed about the experience of the Big Buddy Friends. Lots of children shared that they enjoyed laughing and playing together in nature.

We have spent many of our morning Investigation times outside.  Tile work, boat making, water play, theater shows, dancing and singing performances, biking, writing signs, painting fences, climbing, watering flowers, recycling center play, construction work, imaginary play are just a few of the activities the children have been involved with.

Our Kettle Cove Field Trip was a great success.  The children were involved with digging in the river, searching for creatures in the tide pools, wading, writing words in the sand and checking out the creatures older students found which included a small octopus, a tiny lobster, a sea cucumber and other interesting creatures. Thank you so much to all the chaperones that helped on this trip.

In Tinkering Class the children have been building a large loom with Sari. They have been hammering, nailing, drilling and stringing to get the loom ready.  Last Friday they put it up in the play yard for all of the Breakwater Community to weave with natural materials.

Warmly,

Claire

Ask: What did you enjoy most about the time you spent with your Big Friends? What is your favorite part of Kindergarten?

Nuts and bolts:  We have just a few more days of school.  Please sign up for conferences if you have not already.  We have a fieldtrip to Crescent Beach on June 12 with the 1/2 Grades. We will travel there on a school bus. I will send home a letter with the full detail this week. If you would like to join us as a chaperone we would love to have you!  Also we willbe having a picnic on the last day of school.  Please return your child's order if your child wishes to order.

 

Mother's Day Workshop, bikes, kites, flower care and painting fences

Happy Belated Mother's Day!  Last week we spent a lot of time creating gifts for our Mothers to make their Mother's Day very special. Lots of time, imagination and creativity went into these unique creations.  They had a lot of fun with their creative wrappings, decorative bags and ribbon tying. One of our mathematical queries was; if we have fifty sheets of tissue paper and ten children, how many should each child get. I mentioned thinking in tens and one child quickly said, "Five!"

We had such fun on bikes.  Riding in areas of the playground we had not explored.  We filled and moved heavy watering cans on the back of our bikes in our connecting wagons.  We loved filling the containers from the hose.  We found the beautiful, recently planted flowers and watered until the water was all gone and then went back for more. Many of the children did this several times.

On Friday we learned about air, wind, flying kites and paper airplanes from Fitz.  After our lesson, we ran out into the field to fly kites with our Big Buddies.  We had large kites that needed some repair and small kites that were ready to assemble.  All the children, no matter what their age,  were fully engaged and their excitement was contagious! The Kindergartners were running as fast as they could to get their kites flying.  A couple of the Big Buddies tinkered with the large kites using sticks and duct tape and they got them flying higher that the school!

The children are excited as Charlotte our service volunteer has started to read Georges Marvelous Medicine.  The Kindergartners have decided that this story must be our best story yet. We learned what George plans to make for his Grandmother.

Today we got to paint some of the play yard white fences with beautiful colors and patterns.  Denny will help us put them up around the playground.

Ask: What is Georges Grandmother like?  Would you like to have a grandmother like her? Why?

Nuts and Bolts:  Please send in lots of rain clothes, dry clothes and boots for our fantastic water and mud explorations this week! On Thursday if the weather is warm we will engage in some water play at the river so please send in shorts and water shoes.  

Tuesdays we start the day at the Community Meeting in the Jesse.  If your child arrives late and we are already over there please help your child bring warm clothes, a water bottle and their bike helmet as we will go straight outside after the meeting to play and bike ride.

We have the Spring Concert on Thursday evening.  All children should arrive by 5:45 pm and stay with their teachers until they are collected by their teacher to perform. Please remember to let me know tomorrow how many seats you would like to reserve for your family.    The children will sit on the adults lap as they are up at the concert performing most of the time.

Warmly, Claire

 

April showers brought May flowers and so much more to the Kindergarteners

The beautiful assortment of spring flowers planted around the Breakwater Campus over the weekend greeted the children with splashes of color in and around their playground. They were often caught chatting with friends about a favorite flower, color or pointing proudly to a flower they had planted on the weekend.

The Kindergarteners got lots of bike time last week. They rode in damp weather and in sunny weather. They rode on all the black top areas and even attempted to ride in the field. They noticed and commented it was much harder to ride in the waterlogged field.  They rode bikes individually and in pairs. Some children used a carry behind cart to move all of the Kindergarten lunch boxes to the Toddler Playground for a picnic. 

We all spent lots of outdoor time last week at the Fore River Sanctuary. We went on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon with our Big Buddy Friends. The children made up and wrote about imaginary characters with unique characteristics and then designed and made homes for them. Together with their buddies they also wrote poetry or discriptive words and phrases about objects of interest in the woods. Kindergarten also went for a walk with the Toddlers on Friday to have a snack picnic, a story, some songs and a play in the woods.  They had lots of fun making fairy houses, bouncing on tree limps and looking down to the river below to see if they could spot the Mallard Ducks. We all enjoyed it so much we excitedly talked of more walks to come with Toddlers and Kindergarteners.

Since our interest was peaked with eggs when Olive found a duck egg in the flooded baseball field we decided to attempt to hatch our own. Sari brought in some eggs from her farm and we put them in the incubator we got from the Cooperative Extention through the  University of Maine. We have candled the eggs from our incubator with Sari's old family candling machine and have found that quite a few of our dozen have something happening inside them. We have written about them, read about them, shared them with the Toddlers and the Preschool and have gone down to the preschool to see their little incubator. Let's all cross our fingers that some of our eggs hatch!

Ask: What temperature do chicken eggs have to be incubated at?  What do you need to put in the incubator to make it humid? How many is in a dozen?

Nuts and Bolts: Remember we will be going out and getting muddy, dirty and wet with our wonderful imaginative, creative play! Please pack boots and lots of dry clothing for your child including socks, pants, shirts and underwear.

See you all Monday.

Warmly, Claire

 

 

 

Springtime in Kindergarten-a photo journal of our spring celebrations and fun.

Please enjoy the many photos of our springtime activities since our last blog.

Ask your child about any of the photos you are wondering or are curious about.

Nuts and bolts:  Please send in lots of dry clothes, boots and rain gear!  We will be going outside even if it is sprinkling so dress your child for all kinds of adventures! We love to play in the water and in the mud even if it is dry out!  The toddler's playground has a great river running when the hose is turned on.

Warmly,  Claire