Friday, October 18, 2013

Stone Soup

This past week, we read several versions of the story, Stone Soup. In the story, hungry travelers stop in a village looking for something to eat. The stingy villagers hide their food from the travelers. The travelers convince the villagers that they can make soup from a stone. As the stones and the waters heat up, the travelers suggest that the soup would be better if only they had some.... potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, peas, etc. The villagers contribute these items and the soup is delicious. The villagers and the travelers learn how important it is to share. 

 We made a large (paper) pot of Stone Soup to decorate our classroom. We snipped paper to add to our pot. We sang a stone soup song while we worked.

Each student made their own Stone Soup book. These two students are reading one of their books together.

Ms. Chapman-Renaud met us in the cafeteria and talked about the different types of vegetables that we could add to our soup. We learned about parts of the plants. We identified which vegetables grow underground and which are stems, leaves, fruit or flower. 

The soup was delicious. I was so busy helping Mrs. Kent ladle the soup the next day that I forgot to take pictures!  Kindergarten students had fun identifying the different vegetables in the soup as they were eating it! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gingerbread Activities

The first five weeks of school, the kindergarten social studies unit was Our Caring School.   We learned a variety or routines such as how we work at tables, how to take care of the materials in the classroom and how we we clean up when finished with projects. We learned about expected behaviors at story time, work time and during center time. All of this was through the many fun activities tied to the stories of the Gingerbread Man.  In our classroom, we read several different  versions of the Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl and even the Gingerbread Baby. Through the many reading, drawing, cutting and painting activities, kindergarten scholars learned about their responsibilities as students at Richmond Elementary School. Here are some of the pictures that I took showing children engaged in the many gingerbread related activities during the first several weeks of school. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mint Tea

                  This morning we walked to the school garden to gather mint for mint tea.

                                                  Harvesting/ picking leaves  
                                          Our harvest - a bag full of mint leaves
                                       Brewing. We poured hot water over the leaves.
                                                3 hours later - our tea is ready
                                                           MMMM.... minty!