Diana's Room (Kindergarten)
Curriculum Sharing: Thursday, March 9, 3:15-4:15 and 6:00-7:00.
This is an opportunity for the kindergartners to show family members some of their work. Also, look at their popcorn science project displayed on the bulletin board.
We enjoyed our Dr. Seuss celebration on March 2. The striped clothing added to our fun of reading his books.
The children have been having fun acting out the story “Benny’s Pennies.”
Recent Shape and Say stories: “Gertie the Greedy Goat,” and “The Up Umbrella.”
Songs and Rhymes: “Song of the Popcorn,” “It’s a Shamrock,” “His Name was Washington,” “Abraham Lincoln,” “You are My Dollar,” and “One Cent, Two Cents…”
Students are encouraged to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17. We are learning a bit about St. Patrick, Ireland, limericks and leprechauns.
Also, this week we have begun learning “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Children are taking turns reenacting the story of Francis Scott Key at the battle of Fort McHenry. The kindergartners will be singing our national anthem at PK Park on the evening of the last day of our school year, June 16. (More info to come).
We had our last dance class with Sue today. After winter break we will begin music classes.
Recent Shape and Say stories include “No Nose Pinching for Nancy” and “Felicia Flamingo and the Fan.”
Our current chapter book in Russell E. Erickson’s series is Warton and the King of the Skies.
We have been talking about the different kinds of life—plants, animals, fungi and microbes. We watched a Reading Rainbow video about germs and other microbes. And, each child made models of some bacteria and viruses that make us sick.
A few children have completed their world maps and we’ve begun Astronomy lessons on the solar system.
Each child is sewing a winter gift for their family. It is a surprise so I better not say more.
Jessica and I wish you all the happiest of holidays. See you in 2017.
The Mt. Pisgah fieldtrip is this Thursday morning, October 27. This trip is rain or shine so be prepared to send your child in clothing and footwear appropriate for cool, rainy weather. No umbrellas.
We have completed the first set (five) of Shape and Say stories covering the letters t, c, m, a and s and their sounds.
Our current CIK story is “Pick Me,” with the focus on recognizing the negative effects of whining.
We have completed our first chapter book, Wharton and Morton by Russell E. Erickson. It’s about two toad brothers. Very sweet.
Most of the children have finished sewing their pumpkin pillow. This required threading their own needle, using the running stitch and using the reinforcing stitch. These will be sent home on Friday.
Each child made sushi. The majority ate their creation!
The first simple machine lesson about the inclined plane was introduced.
Garden activities have included harvesting and eating the carrots that last year’s students planted. They tasted good.
We will continue our Tuesday afternoon routine of walking along the Rexius Trail across the street except during heavier rain and more extreme weather.
The children were excited to start homework. No homework for this coming short, three-day week. There will be homework the following four-day week.
It was good to see families at Curriculum Sharing. Hope to see you at conferences. Parents are welcome to bring their child (or not) to this brief check-in.
Photo retakes: Wednesday morning, October 26.
Recent Shape and Say stories: “The Time Tapping Tool” and “The Moaning Mountain”.CIK story: “Tattletale” with a focus on when and when not to tell.
We took our first class walk on the Rexius Trail this afternoon. The weather was perfect for our first time.
Each child enjoyed his/her reading buddy from Mary’s upper-elementary class. Our buddies will visit us the first and third Wednesday afternoon of the month.
Your child may have worn a bracelet home. Sewing has been popular. Each child threads his/her own needle and sews a button to a strip of felt. We are creating a bar graph that shows how many bracelets are sewn from each color.
The children will make applesauce tomorrow. Each student will crank an apple through a gadget that peels, cores and slices it. Half the apple can be eaten for snack and the other part will go into a slow cooker and made into applesauce and be served after lunch.
New materials: Senses sorting, binomial and trinomial cubes, rhyme matching, opposites matching and bubble making.
Songs: “Spin, Spider, Spin,” “Going to Kentucky,” “Magic Horse and Me” and “Polaris Jack.”
Missing: The dollar from our money exchange game.
October events: 19th-Curriculum Sharing, 21st-Listener Training 1:30-2:00 and the 27th-Mt. Pisgah.
If our start is any indication, we are in for a wonderful year. The students are quickly learning the multi-step routines for arrival, group time, work time, snack, recess, lunch and dismissal. Their movements around the classroom are purposeful. They are handling the materials carefully and walking steadily to and from the shelves. They are taking on the responsibilities of cleaning up after themselves. Tables are being sponged and food crumbs are swept up.
In addition to lessons on grace and courtesy and how to care for the environment, we have practiced pouring and using tongs and tweezers, laying out and rolling the rugs that define our individual work areas, putting different sized cylinders in sockets while blindfolded, puzzle layout, stringing beads and so many more foundational lessons that are gradually built upon in the process of promoting independence and an increasing sense of confidence. Also, you may have seen the results of the first tracing work, painting or heard a few new songs.
Families new to our kindergarten program are encouraged to attend the parent meeting next Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30-7:15. Examples and demonstrations are planned of our language arts activities that promote a love of language while simultaneously build a strong sense of community. Childcare is provided for free with an RSVP through the office.
Picture Day- Ridgeline’s annual picture day with Lifetouch is next Wednesday, September 21st. Picture package order forms will go home Thursday.
We had P.E. for the first time this week. We have a volunteer assistant for each class on Mondays and Wednesdays. The teacher has requested that the children wear close-toed shoes on these days.
The children are looking forward to giving their families a gift of song. They are practicing the songs that they will be singing at the Kindergarten Music Program on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30. They will wear the sashes that they designed and sewed just for this occasion. We hope you all can attend.
We are watching the chicks grow since their hatching in class last month. We are still waiting for the tadpoles to grow back legs. The radishes and peas are growing and the carrots have just sprouted up out of the soil.
The children enjoyed making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches last week.
Coping in Kindergarten story: “Pick Me.”
The color wheel art is a current activity. The primary colors are dropped onto a laminated design and mixed to create the secondary colors. Collage work is also popular as well as tracing. New stencils are on the shelf.
Our class is maintaining a Walk + Bike to School chart with tally marks for the different modes of transportation.
The kindergartners will sing the national anthem, down on the baseball field during the Eugene Emeralds game!
Order forms and money are due for tickets to the baseball game on Saturday, June 25.
Sunscreen and sun hats are recommended for recess on these hot, sunny days.
There is a lot of zoology happening in Room 2 including incubating chicken eggs and learning about their life cycle, watching frogs develop through their stages and the worms continue to eat food scraps and make soil.
The peas, carrots and radishes that the children planted are coming up.
The wheel and axle is the focus of our science groups.
Smoothies were a hit in cooking.
The children enjoyed experimenting to see which method of popping popcorn is more effective—air or oil.
We have had many lessons in preparation for the research projects—a lesson for each step including a drawing lesson.
Current rhymes: “Song of the Popcorn” and “The Chicks.”
It is time to apply sunscreen before school and sun hats would be helpful in protecting tender ears and faces.
Save the Date: Kindergarten Music Program, Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 in the school gym. The children will perform some of their favorite songs from class this year.
With Andrew’s assistance, the children prepared the soil in the raised beds behind the classrooms. They will be planting and learning about gardening.
This week each child prepared a bowl of oatmeal with Katherine’s assistance.
This month Merideth has taught about levers using many fun, engaging activities in the simple machines series.
On Wednesday, we said goodbye to our UO practicum student Zack Foote. A new university student will be joining us after spring break.
Limericks and leprechauns are on our minds as we look to St. Patrick’s Day. We are making shamrock necklaces and tracing shamrocks. Wear green next Thursday.
New songs and rhymes: “One Penny, Two Pennies,” “You are my Dollar,” “The Star Spangled Banner” and “It’s a Shamrock.”
The children are enjoying acting out the story “Benny’s Pennies.”
A volunteer or two is needed to cut fifteen cardboard tri-folds in half with a box cutter in preparation for our research projects.
Also, we are in need of listeners on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Our Valentine/Pajama Day was lots of fun. In addition to the card exchange we sang “Mail Myself to You,” “Heart of Paper” and “February is a Short Month.” Rhymes we recited include “Valentines, Valentines, Fifty-five or More” “Mom and Dad Have a Valentine,” “I Feel Flippy” and the favorite:
I love you, I love you,
I love you divine.
Please give me your bubblegum,
You’re sitting on mine!
This week we will be reading and singing about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. New tracing pages at the light table are of a dollar, a penny, the Lincoln memorial and the Washington monument.
Our Shape and Say story: “Oscar the Cat.”
Pasta Dinner – I hope to see you Friday evening at Ridgeline’s annual Pasta Dinner! The dinner menu will include penne pasta with marinara sauce and pesto, salad, and bread. Also featured this year is a student marketplace, classroom painted pasta bowls for auction, center piece paper flowers made by Emily’s class, and a performance by Ridgeline’s middle school ukulele group, T.R.U.E.! We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family. The Pasta Dinner is an RCO fundraiser supporting the general fund fundraising goal of $40,000 for this school year.
Hurray for the students who performed in the Ridgeline talent show last Friday evening. They were delightful.
We were able to take our Tuesday walk on the Rexius trail this week. It is always a fun time.
A recent highlight for students was cooking eggs and toast on the griddle.
In science, another simple machine—the screw—is being introduced. You may hear some excitement about the nutcracker and the Archimedes water screw.
Shape and Say stories: “Harry’s Helping Hands” and “Bobby’s Bubble Blower.”
Last Friday we all sang “I Think You’re Wonderful” as a way to say good-bye to our two high school interns, Bella and Melanie. UO education student Zack will continue to be in class on Wednesday mornings for seven more weeks.
Parent Education with Montessorian Robyn Breiman – February 10, 6-7:30pm. Details on back.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School wishes to express our deep gratitude to our board members for their dedicated leadership and commitment to public Montessori education. Each member of Ridgeline's seven-member board contributes countless hours to governing our school. Collectively, our board members have served Ridgeline with nearly 20 years of outstanding vision and leadership. Thank you Ridgeline Board of Directors!!!