We had a fun-filled morning celebrating fall! We played bingo, made a pumpkin craft, decorated trees with play-doh leaves, ran pumpkin relays, played a pumpkin game, ate a popcorn snack, and watched a video! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out. I feel so lucky to have such supportive families in our classroom.
The computer lab is finally open after older grades completed their testing! The kindergartners impressed me with their patience and determination during this new activity. Using a mouse is new to many students, and several wanted to swipe the computer screen! We will be visiting the computer lab each week and working on a variety of skills. This week, we went to starfall.com. This is a great website that your children can access at home.
The Eagan Fire Department visiting Northview! We learned all about the fire truck, safety tools, and ways that we can be safe around fires. Thank you, Eagan Fire Fighters!
We had our first Managed Independent Learning time today! This independent work time is when I will eventually be pulling kids in small groups to work on reading skills. The students are working at a variety of stations around the classroom. Each student is in charge of managing his/her own learning and sharing what he/she did at the end of our workshop. Some of the stations activities include building play doh letters, drawing fall pictures, practicing letters/words on white boards, putting together name puzzles, and building our fine motor skills by using beads and tweezers. These activities will change throughout the year. They did amazing for their first day!
We have had lots of guest readers over the last days! One of my first grade friends came to read a funny story about Elephant and Piggy. Mrs. Tavernier (Instructional Assistant to Mrs. Town) read us The Most Magnificent Thing. Principal Town taught us about staying in the moment when she read us, What does it mean to be present? Thank you, readers!
Each day, we have a short rest time for about 10 minutes after lunch. I turn the lights off and play relaxing music on the smartboard. The kindergartners can relax, close their eyes, and recharge for the afternoon. They can also look at books quietly if they choose. This quiet time helps us get our afternoon off to a great start each day!