Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Apple Glasses help us prepare for our apple picking field trip. We made a list of all the things we might see at the apple orchard and talked about specific apple vocabulary (core, seed, Macintosh). We explored the life cycle of an apple tree. We shared stories of apple trees in our yards or places we have seen them. Everyone was excited to visit a real apple orchard and pick apples.
Maine has ample apple trees and in our region we are lucky to have several pick your own apples orchards. It has always been a favorite field experience for kids and families alike. I always pick a giant basket for the class and when we return we sort, graph, explore, eat apples, and make apple prints until they are all gone! Some years we are lucky enough to press some apples and make apple cider too.
The corn maze is so much fun! We practice mapping skills, following directions, team work, and have a great time while building our vocabulary and knowledge about corn, pumpkins, and all things autumn that become part of our histories and traditions and encourages students to reflect upon the natural world and their local ecology when they think about traditions and seasons.
The tractor ride sure is a highlight too. next stop the pumpkin patch and everyone bringing home their own pumpkin from the patch. Such a wonderful time of year to be outside and enjoy the sun...now that it is half way through November, it is getting dark around 5pm so getting outside often is important to all of us!
|Doreen Cronin RULES!|
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Caution: Enter if you dare...books about zombies, magic potions, tricks and treats could always be found behind cobwebs in October at the school library. Decorating the library makes it fun for readers to settle in for an extended period of time and activate all their senses while reading an October read aloud pick. To be respectful to all students beliefs, you can always have a corner that is "theme-free" too.
Spooky roll the die, count, and match
|Halloween Stories bring out a new emerging writing energy|
|October Word Wall in Kindergarten fosters independence at writing time, while building literacy skills.|
|Word Card helps with Letter ID, spelling, vocabulary, writing, art, risk taking, editing|
|Black Cats took some real fine motor and following direction skills.|
Friday, October 11, 2013
|Read Aloud in the Science and Social Studies Classroom Presentation at the 2013 Island Teachers Conference, Belfast, Maine. Thank you to the Island Institute for putting on this special conference. During the conference I spoke with several really interesting and innovative island teachers. I find their commitment to island teaching to be really inspiring. It was a nice opportunity to encourage discourse around an important topic in education.|
|Representing Island Readers & Writers|