Friday, June 26, 2015

Ending the Year

Congratulations to everyone for finishing their year in Kindergarten. It has been an amazing year and I am so proud of all the children! I hope you all have an amazing summer and I can't wait to see you around TALES! 

Last week, we had our Studio in the School exhibition! Big thanks to Ms. Monika for inspiring the students! 

Elephant by I.W
Dinosaur by L.Z
Ant by C.S
Dog by W.M
Artwork by A.C
by Q.D
Animal paintings
More animal paintings
P.T shares his art
If you ever need anything or want to just say hi, feel free to email me at esther.eng@gmail.com 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Experiencing New York City through Poetry

The last couple of days, our class has immersed itself in poetry! We have been reading lots of poems about cities especially our own city, New York City. We've read poems about the city during the seasons, the skyscrapers, the noises, the subway, etc. The poems have inspired our class to write their own poems. Together, we wrote the following poems about New York City--


We used our senses to think about New York City too--
This circle map helped the students get ideas for their own.

Students have also been writing their own individual poems about the city--

The boxes our class has been collecting were finally used today! In groups, the students worked together to create their own city! 

In the next couple of days as the students continue to read and write their own poems and finish their city by painting their buildings and adding details! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Career Day & Queens Botanical Garden

Our class went on our last trip of the year to the Queens Botanical Garden! It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to enjoy nature! We went on a little nature hike to look at different plants and insects. We passed by the bee hives and looked under rocks for different insects like centipedes. At the end of the walk, the children got to plant their own sunflower to take home!

This past Friday was our school's Career Day. People of different professions come and visit each classroom and talk about their jobs! We were lucky to have someone from real estate, astronomy, science and music to come and talk about what they do! We also had a firefighter come and talk about what firefighters do and how they can make sure they practice fire safety at home!
We learned about what astronomers do! 
Kevin, a real estate manager talks about how he renovates homes
He also shared some tools he uses
We learned about how the firefighter's suit works
Tina, a lab tech, shared a science experiment with dry ice
Elijah, a musician, played some tunes for our class
This month, we are working on poetry! We have been reading and writing poems especially about New York City. We will also be working on creating our cityscapes to go with our poems. Last week, we walked around the neighborhood to sketch what cities look like.

In math, we finished up our collecting and counting unit where students worked on different ways to group items to count them such as counting by fives or tens.

We recently finished our nonfiction books! So every student is making a diorama for their animal to go along with their writing. Both the books and dioramas will be on display following the stepping up ceremony next Monday!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Happy June!

We are in the final stretch!! With June under way, we have a lot of exciting things planned for the Kindergartners! First, a recap of May!

Last week, your children brought home a plant! We finished up our how to writing unit by writing about how to plant and each student was able to plant a seed and watch it grow!
In reading and writing, we started our nonfiction units, where students will be reading and writing nonfiction with a focus on animals! Last week, we went to the Queens Zoo to experience animals firsthand!
Our class had its last session with Ms. Monika for Studio in the School, Look for an invitation for an upcoming exhibition to view all the children's art work. On the last day, everyone painted their animal sculptures--