Thursday, August 10, 2017

Call me Tree

"Some sing songs, Some sing along, All trees have roots, All trees belong"

With no gender specific pronouns, this beautiful book about connecting to nature, allows for all readers access to a child who is not about socially created stereotypes. It also just might nudge a conversation about gender conceptions. This book is part of a trilogy, and I have read them to kids as young as kindergarten (who quickly started unraveling their social understandings about gender).

Monday, July 3, 2017

K-2 Summer Reads

Kate & Chris nailed it with their Mercy Watson series, and now old fans, and new fans alike, will fall in love with their Deckawoo Drive series. Read it it to, or with your child, or let the budding chapter book reader in your life- read it to you. 

So many different Phonics Comics titles to chose from. Graphic Novels are a popular genre with young readers and its so great to have the perfect choices for our K-2 readers.


Read this one to your child, because you deserve a good laugh and to be engaged while you are teaching empathy, vocabulary, text structure, love for reading, all while defeated summer slide.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Insectarium & Writer's Workshop

Collecting insects for our Insectarium (they were hiding all over the playground). Learning to label collections for further study.
Kindergarten science writers chose one of their insects to write about. The illustrations were made with homemade Eric Carle paper and inspired by his work we learned about during one of our illustrator's workshops.

Our book shelf presents Kindergarten science writer's published books.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Units of Study & Science

Lucy Calkins Units of Study, How To Genre woven into our Science content. Learning about vernal pools. Mentor Text, The Secret Pool by Kim Ridley & Rebekah Raye. Writers and Illustrator Workshops and Units of Study in Kindergarten. How To Find a Vernal Pool. Inspiration.
Things you will need: Spotted Salamanders, Wood Frogs, Leaves, and Fairy Shrimp.
First you wait for the first April rain!