Friday, September 21, 2018

Focused Movement Breaks Help Our Bodies & Our Brains, While Also Building Community! @resvt @jratey @EvolutionYogaVT @yoga4classrooms @HemmettHealth #VTED

Why move? As John Ratey discovered, movement brings us joy, gets our blood flowing, strengthens our bodies and brains, and makes us ready and able to learn!  We take movement breaks everyday, throughout the day.  

Two years ago, Hemmett Health generously donated sitting balls to my classroom so that every student could have the option of using a ball to help them sit up straight, move, focus and learn--all while building core strength.  Alli Bologna, from Hemmett Health, also designed exercise routines to get our heart rates up while also working on balance, two things that strengthen our bodies & brains.  

This year, our staff is being trained in how to utilize yoga in our classrooms.  We love how yoga makes us feel confident and strong and ready to learn!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Making Our Mark And Celebrating Our Creativity! Happy Dot Day! @darcierankin @kkidsinvt @ShaunLangevin @resvt @peterhreynolds @dotday @mmmusdcesu #CreateArt

"Just make a mark and see where it takes you!"
           -Peter H. Reynolds, The Dot

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We had so much fun singing and dancing to "The Dot Song" with Mrs. Davison's kindergarteners!

Our classroom door reminds us who we are and what we stand for.  When you enter our room, you are reminded of the fact that our community celebrates & encourages making mistakes, while also nurturing one another's creativity!  We can't wait to make our mark!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Expressing Ourselves: Learning How to Write Powerful Similes! @resvt #Writer'sCraft #Write #Create #VtEd

I am so deeply impressed by the growth students have already made as writers!!!  Their words are powerful and create images in your mind.  Their ability to take hold of newly learned crafts and make them their own is inspiring!
A writer's craft we have studied is similes.  We noticed how they add depth and meaning to an author's words.  We took time to go outside and write similes of our own.  Then, we created AMAZING poems!!!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Butterfly Is Born! Welcome to the World Bob! @resvt #Nature #ExperienceLife

This morning, Elle noticed that her butterfly was preparing to exit its chrysalis and enter the world.  She thoughtfully brought Bob into the classroom for all of us to enjoy!  Elle kept a lookout so we wouldn't miss this deeply magical moment!  When Bob's moment came, we gathered together to experience the magic! 

Setting Bob Free!

Exploring her chrysalis!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dot Day: Unleashing Our Creativity @darcierankin @peterhreynolds @resvt @amyjccuddy @kkidsinvt #DotDay #breakoutedu #DotDay18

Today, we kicked off our celebration of International Dot Day with an awesome "Breakout" with Mrs. Rankin!  Students worked together to find and solve clues that lead them to Peter H. Reynolds' book, The Dot!  We read his story together and discussed its important message.  We found connections between Amy Cuddy's message "Fake it 'til you BECOME it!" and Reynolds' powerful lesson.

For Fabulously Fun Friday, we will make our mark through art and "Google Hangout" with Sharon Davison's kindergarten class in Williston.  We will read aloud The Dot to her students, and share our art.

Happy Dot Day Everyone!!! 

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Is Your Life Too Plastic? How Can We Take Better Care Of Each Other & The World? @resvt @BagItMovie @kkidsinvt @TeachSDGs #Environment

We have been learning about the importance of recycling and taking care of ourselves and the environment.  Today we watched this video and discussed ways we can make small changes that have a big impact!  For example, asking for paper bags instead of plastic, or better yet, bringing our own bags when we shop!  We also loved the advice of getting our ice cream in a cone instead of a cup!  Talk with your child about changes you can make each day that help our earth, the animals and ourselves!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Launching Our Reader's & Writer's Workshops: Becoming Poets @resvt #Poetry #OutdoorClassroom #BuildingConfidentSkilledWriters

I always start the year with poetry because there is something very freeing about this genre.  Poetry also allows kids to play with writer's crafts, such as alliteration and similes, without the all the rules that come with other genres.  This freedom helps them take ownership of these crafts so they can later utilize them in future work.  It has been so incredible to watch these scholars growing as writers and becoming more and more passionate about their craft!  In our first poems, we have been playing with alliteration!

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