Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Apple Picking Pix

An Exciting Week!

Greetings Everyone!

This has been a busy week so far, we had our first K-1 field trip to Champlain Orchards on Tuesday and our annual health fair today. Students are doing an exceptional job trying new things, asking thoughtful questions, and making connections with their new experiences.

This week we are really focusing on appreciating all of the different jobs and people within our community that help to nourish us and keep us safe. Visiting the orchard was a fabulous way to connect with the delicious apples we get to enjoy here in Vermont and for students to understand all of the work that goes in to growing, sending and sharing this food!

Our health fair this morning did a wonderful job of bringing forth community members ranging from a fire chief to an orienteering expert and even a yoga instructor. Students learned about the functions of a fire truck and ambulance, for some this was their first time seeing these vehicles so it was a great way for them to learn and meet the people who work with them to keep us safe. Yoga helped us to relax and stretch our muscles while time with Mr. Olson showed us how to use a compass. Students took breaks to run the track in a "Challenge by Choice" where they could earn bracelets by jogging or walking the track. We also took time to talk a veteran bus driver who shared some of the jobs and rules that she has and how students can help!

We are looking forward to Four Winds on Friday, have a great week everyone!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Hi Everyone!

I have recently discovered this cool new app that allows the students and I to create videos and customize with music in order to share our learning. Enjoy!

Check out our class science video!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dot Day

Thank you to everyone who came to see K-1 present Dot Day to our school for the very first time! It was so wonderful to have so many students excited to share their mark!

We continued to read more Peter Reynolds stories, had a great discussion about why it is so important to be yourself, and how you can positively share that personality with the world to make it a better place. We also got to tune in to hear Peter Reynolds read his story as well as to discuss the inspiration behind his stories. He credits his past teachers with inspiring him to be himself and advocate for creativity across the world.

Here are some links to more about Peter Reynolds, his project and what others have done!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Worms! Caterpillars! Butterflies!

Whew! We have been busy here in K-1 studying all kinds of creepy crawlies from around Vermont. What began as a study of the Monarch Butterfly has now emerged into an examination of Tomato Worms, various moths, and other insects that students have been bringing in. Thank you so much to all of the families who have taken time out of their busy days to gather these specimens for our classroom! Students are really enjoying taking the time to compare and contrast the life cycles of different specimens, it has been really important for us to notice how long it takes these creatures to change and that they are not all the same!