Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snowflakes!

How are we like snowflakes?  This month has been very snowy and cold.  We have talked about snowflakes in our classroom and have seen many snowflakes falling outside our windows.  Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike?  We have spent time in our wonder center making snowflakes and they are all different from one another.  We used new vocabulary words to describe snowflakes:  Exclusive, Different, Unique, Exceptional, Special, Individual, Only, One-of-a-kind, and Extraordinary.  I asked the crickets to think about what makes them unique? 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Favorite Words

The crickets have started a new collection.  We are collecting our favorite words.  These words are either fun to say, have a special meaning to us, or are words we love to use in our writing.  Our collection jar is quite full!  We will play with and explore the words in our jar on Fridays.  Some of my favorite words are:  Bubble- because it's fun to say, it reminds me of the lazy days of summer, and when I write the word the b's remind me of bubbles.    Mischievous- because it's fun to say, and it reminds me of my children when they were little and the little grins they would get on their faces when they were up to some mischief.  I asked the crickets what one of their favorite words was and why?  Check out the new link on our home page for a word of the day site to expand your cricket's vocabulary!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

What a wintery week it has been so far!  I hope you have all been safe in the snow.
This week the crickets and I have been talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he made our country see some changes that need to happen. We have talked how in our country the rules have not always been fair or equal to all people.  We have read the book The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.  In this story two little girls who were not supposed to play together because of their skin color decide to be friends anyway.  This helps other children to overcome their fears.  We talked about how one person can make a difference.  I asked the crickets what they thought about how things used to be.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year!

It is the beginning of a brand new year!  Welcome 2011.  Let's see what the crickets are looking forward to or would like to learn in 2011.