It's Beginning to Look Like Fall

posted Oct 3, 2015, 12:13 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Oct 3, 2015, 12:15 PM ]

October is here, and we are starting to make our room look like fall! We broke out the magnifying glasses and used them to investigate a sunflower, seeds and all, that was ready to be harvested.  The kids found it truly fascinating how the seeds were all packed together on the flower.  We each got to pull out a few and take them home to plant.  There are still plenty more to harvest!

We painted Jack-o-lanterns to help get our room into the Halloween spirit! 

The kids had a great time painting!  I love how they each turned out so different!

Look for more fall fun- coming soon!

Welcome Back To School!

posted Sep 20, 2015, 3:41 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Sep 20, 2015, 3:56 PM ]

It's hard to believe that we are back for another school year!  We have been busy working and learning, and having fun for 22 days already! Here are some pictures of our classroom!

This is our reading group table and the rainbow carpet that we do whole group instruction. You can also see our word wall and calendar.

These are our work tables.  Our cubbies are to the left, and our mailboxes are right by the door. We are ready to learn!

We are working hard at learning how to write our names.

We are having a great time in Mr. Fluty's music class!

Check back soon for more fun activities!

Snowflakes and Painting, and Baskets, Oh My!

posted Jan 18, 2015, 4:14 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Jan 18, 2015, 4:16 PM ]

We are back at learning!  January is here, and so is the cold weather.  Once again, we had quite the busy week!  We added another component to our Daily 5 work time- Word Work!  The children are very excited to work at Word Work.  During a Word Work rotation, children get to choose from various different activities to work on letters and words.  Some of the activities are stamping, playdough, ipads, and whiteboards.  The kids did a great job!  Now our Daily 5 work time includes 3 rotations; Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Word Work.

We also did some painting this week.  We painted snowmen and snowflakes.  Painting is always such great fun.  We enjoy every minute of it!
In math, we got to work with geoboards!  That was very exciting.  We used the geoboards and rubber bands to create fun geometric designs.  The kids were especially proud of their designs, so I had to take lots of pictures!

We had a very special guest come to our class this week. Remy brought her grandmother, Mrs. Green to come and visit.  Mrs. Green is a Native American and a member of the Miwok tribe.  She has a special talent of making baskets.  She brought in lots of great baskets; some that have been in her family for generations. She told us about how the baskets are made and what they are used for.  We got to touch them.  It was pretty cool. 

Someday, when Remy is old enough, her grandmother will teach her how to make baskets of her own.  It is a tradition that is handed down from generation to generation. 
Thank you for visiting, Mrs. Green!


posted Jan 11, 2015, 12:42 PM by Candace Sauter

We had a great week before Christmas Break! 
The Winter Concert was a HUGE success! 

We made the CUTEST sock snowmen for presents for our families!

And we had a fabulous Christmas party!

Our Stockings were filled by Santa too!  We were very excited to check out all of the great stuff!

It was a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas is Coming!!!

posted Dec 14, 2014, 7:03 PM by Candace Sauter

I can hardly believe that it is December!  We have been very busy getting ready for Christmas by doing Christmas crafts, making Christmas presents, and practicing for our Winter Concert.  Whew!  That's a lot to do, but the Kinders are handling it in stride, as usual. 

Our little Christmas trees brighten up our classroom!

We also made the cutest little Gingerbread people!

We met Freddie the Falcon (our Arcohe mascot), made our very own version of Santa Claus, and sang, and sang, and sang our winter concert song!  Oh!  and we also got stockings with our names on them!  We are keeping our fingers crossed that Santa comes by and fills them for us!  Expect more Christmas craziness next week!

Painting and More Turkeys!

posted Nov 16, 2014, 12:23 PM by Candace Sauter

This week, we continued our fun with turkeys and all things Thanksgiving.  We learned about the 1st Thanksgiving and about how the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and how the Native Americans helped them settle in to their new home.  We started getting ready for our Friendship Feast, which will be next week.  We are going to be dressing up as Native Americans.  We painted our "deer skin" (paper bag) vests with pictures of things from nature.  They are truly works of art!  The kids did a beautiful job!

 Fall has most certainly arrived here at school, and the leaves are starting to cover the playground.  The kids have been having a great time collecting them and making leaf bouquets. I think many of them have been smuggled into their backpacks.  I bet many families have discovered this surprise when opening their child's backpack!

We had a special family homework project this week.  It was called, "Disguise a Turkey".  The turkeys were sent home with the children to be disguised so that they wouldn't be eaten for Thanksgiving.  We  received.many wonderful turkeys with excellent disguises that will keep them safe for sure!  Check them out!

Here is one more picture to sum up our week's activities!

Turkeys & Ii Week

posted Nov 9, 2014, 1:59 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 12:24 PM ]

This week we moved on from the Halloween festivities, and on to the Thanksgiving festivities!  We made the most adorable turkeys to decorate our classroom!  They are just so adorable!  They make me smile when I see them!

We decided we wanted to save the turkey, so we had to come up with another food to eat instead of turkey!  We had a lot of fun choices.

So how many of you will opt out of turkey for Thanksgiving this year, and have burritos instead? Ha ha!  This turkey is quite persuasive, being as cute as he is!

We had lots of fun at our math tubs this week.  We made shape pictures, designed with pattern blocks, and played with our flannel board.

We also added another component to our Daily 5 Literacy Block!  We added, Write to Self!  Now, not only are we readers, but writers as well!  Look out for some awesome writing examples in future blog posts!

Halloween & Red Ribbon Week

posted Nov 2, 2014, 8:28 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 12:25 PM ]

What a great week!  We had a lot going on this week!  We Red Ribbon Week this week, and we had lots of fun dressing up in the various themes we were given.  We had Hippie Day, Twin Day, Blue Day, Pajama Day and Red Day.  Our favorites were Blue Day and Pajama Day, and just about everyone participated in some way.  We focused our Red Ribbon Week on what to do to keep our bodies healthy.  The kids all had some great ideas!  We were treated to a Drums Not Drugs Assembly, where we learned about percussion, instruments and rhythms.  We were all rocking to the beat of the many percussion instruments he played!

We also finished out the week by celebrating Halloween!  We had a great party that was put on by MANY of our moms.  Thank you to everyone who helped!  We had a lot of fun and creative food- mummy dogs, cutie pumpkins, popcorn witch hands, and zombie snot (orange and green pop corn) to name a few!  I think the children all left with full tummies and full backpacks!

October 20-24, 2014

posted Oct 25, 2014, 3:33 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 12:26 PM ]

It was Parent Teacher Conference week this week, so we had to pack a bunch of fun and learning into 5 early release days!  Whew!  We were able to get everything accomplished, AND I was able to meet with the families of my students (a win-win situation in my opinion)!

It was a review week this week, so our focus was on letters Ss and Pp.  We also continued our fun with Halloween activities, such as writing and drawing what we were going to be for Halloween, as well as learning about bats and spiders.  We made several books about fall and spiders to go into our book baskets for the "Read to Self" portion of our Daily 5.  Speaking of "Read to Self"... we broke our record of minutes of how long we could read to ourselves without being distracted!  Our new record is a whopping 6 minutes!!!!  We are very proud of ourselves!  As soon as we get to 8 minutes, we will add another component to Daily 5; Writing!  The kids can't wait!

We also have a new favorite book!  It is called, Go Away Big Green Monster.  It is a fantastic book, which becomes a favorite every year.  The kids are having a great time taking turns reading it to themselves. 

It was a fantastic week!  Below is a little photo glimpse of the fun we had!

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip & Pp week!

posted Oct 19, 2014, 3:45 PM by Candace Sauter   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 12:27 PM ]

We had yet another busy week in room 14 this week.  Of course, a lot of learning went on, but the biggest excitement of the week was our field trip to the Herald Barn for the Pumpkin Patch!  We had a delightful time doing crafts, playing musical chairs, getting our face painted, and of course, picking out a pumpkin!  Thank you so much to the Arcohe Parent Teacher Club for putting this on for us every year!  The kids always have such a great time!

Our focus letter this week was Pp, so we did LOTS of activities involving letter Pp, including making LOTS of pumpkins!  We painted pumpkins on our easels, we read about pumpkins, and even did some letter activities involving pumpkins!  We had lots of fun.  We also made our very own candy corn men!  They turned out so cute!  Each one has its own personality!

In other big news, we each got our very own pencil box, complete with a set of 24 SKINNY crayons, a sharp pencil, scissors, and an eraser!  This was a cause of GREAT excitement!  We are responsible for our own supplies, and must take great care to make sure that everything is put back into our boxes for safe keeping.  We were so excited to finally prove to Mrs. Sauter that we could be responsible enough to get them, that when we did, we just sat and drew beautiful pictures!

It was a fantastic week!


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