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Mrs Durocher hid 100 numbers all over the room.  We hunted for them and matched them to the same number on the hundreds chart...we found all but one!
We also wrote our name over and over on a blank hundreds chart and then colored them...it was cool to see all the different patterns our names made.  The best part was sharing our 100 bottles.  We filled them with 100 things and wrote clues.  Our classmates tried to guess what was in our bottles from the clues.  We had everything from paperclips to licorice.  We also had a snack of 100!
 
I recently added some slideshows of pictures from the Christmas Party, Polar Express Day, Making Gingerbread Houses and our Valentine's Party.  Check them out on the Class Movies page.
 
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We had a fabulous time at our Valentine's Day party on Friday!  Mrs. Van Dusen brought in a heart shaped potato to show us!  That was weird.  We graphed the letters on our candy hearts.  We also sorted them by colors and created a graph.  We estimated and counted how many candy hearts we could hold in one hand.  We passed out our valentines to our friends.  Each of us had made a box for our valentines that had a bunny, frog or a bear on it.  They turned out so cute!  We also had so many great Valentine treats (thanks to our parents) and enjoyed a fun time with our friends.
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Here are some pictures from our party...check out the kids' costumes on the Class Photos page, too!
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We have been learning all about fire safety in Kindergarten!  Today, Chief Chris from the Leoni Township Fire Department visited our classroom.  He told us how to be safe in a fire and many other things about fire safety.  We loved it when he put on all his equipment.  He showed us how he would search a room to make sure no one was trapped inside if a house was on fire.  We all got to sit up in the fire truck and he even turned on the siren and lights!
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We have also made some fun art projects about fire safety.  Today in our centers we worked on painting firemen.
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Students were asked to bring in apples last week.  We created this apple graph to discuss the different colors of apples.  We discovered that most of the apples brought in were mixed colors.  We had the least of red apples.  We also compared sizes of our apples.   Some of our apples were used to make applesauce and for some of the activities on Apple Day.  The rest we enjoyed for our snacks this week!
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Last Thursday, we celebrated Apple Day in Kindergarten.  Our students had so much fun learning about apples.  During our celebration, students rotated through 8 different stations where they measured, estimated, weighed, sorted and printed apples.  Students got to string necklaces with Apple Jacks and even did an apple food taste test.  We made homemade applesauce, and it smelled so delicious in our classroom!  Below are some pictures from our day.
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Today was red day.  We celebrated by wearing red and bring red things to school.  We added the word red to our word wall, learned how to spell and write the word red.  We drew pictures with red crayons and markers and we learned the RED song.  During our choice time we built towers with the red blocks, we stamped with red ink, we counted red lady bugs and sorted red bears.  Mrs Durocher read us a story of Clifford, the Big Red Dog.
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And today was Kasandra's birthday...she brought us yummy cupcakes with red frosting and cherry juice.  We had some pretty messy...but happy faces!
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Recently we had the Bucket Filling Team visit our school to present the concept of filling buckets to our students.  We have been working hard at being bucket fillers and not bucket dippers.  Every week I choose bucket fillers from our class and Mrs. Murphy presents them with a certificate.  I will also be highlighting 2 in our weekly class newsletter.
 
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What  a great first day we had in room 2!  It was so great to finally all be together.  We made new friends and learned new things about how share, how to work together and how to follow rules.  We spent a lot of time working on routines, which will continue throughout the next two weeks.  Today I read a story called The Kissing Hand.  Ask  your child to tell you the story about Chester.  It was a great surprise when Miss Cyndi (Mrs. Durocher's sister) arrived with a special kissing hand treat for every student in the class!  And just in time, because we had a lot of growling tummies. 
Later, Mrs. Murphy visited us and read us the Bucket Filler book.  We talked about ways to fill our classmates and teacher's buckets with nice words and helpful actions.  Later this month, our school will attend an assembly based on this great book.  We also practiced writing our names and drew a picture of ourselves on the first day of school.  We sang the ABC song and did our calendar activities together.
We have a wonderful group of kids that are eager to learn all kinds of things.  I think it's going to be a great year!