Welcome to Kindergarten

There is a wonderful sense of home when you walk through the front doors of Samsula Academy. We deeply believe that your child will find our school to be a warm and friendly place. We are very proud to be a part of the Samsula Academy School family. Once you have opened those doors you are a member of our family too.

We wish to welcome you to Kindergarten. Kindergarten is a new and exciting time for you and your child. It’s a time of change… new beginnings, new friends, new challenges and exciting discoveries! We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life during this precious time of growth and discovery!

This is our honor to welcome you and your child into Kindergarten and into… our life. We will do our best to make this year in Kindergarten enjoyable but also filled with academics. Our motto is: “The seeds we plant today will blossom into a flower tomorrow.” It will be our pleasure and privilege to watch your child’s personality and learning abilities blossom and unfold day by day.

We run a very effective classroom which is well structured but allows for fun and growth. We hold high expectations for all my students. Furthermore, we strongly believe in differentiated instruction. Research reveals that all students learn differently. Therefore, we plan my lessons to meet the needs of all students. It will be our honor to expand the growing minds of tomorrow and encourage them to become the great leaders of the new generation.

You will find very useful information on this blog. I will update it with events that are happening in our classroom, student work, and other related events. If you have any questions, you may contact us at cgibbs@readingedgeacademy.org or sbowden@readingedgeacademy.org

-Mr. Christopher Gibbs, M.Ed
-Mrs. Shannon Bowden

Friday, August 27, 2010

Did someone say Bubbles?

What a time of learning and fun we had in the second week of Kindergarten!!!

Our week consisted of learning the letters of the alphabet, and letter sounds.
How can learning letters not be fun when you get to read stories like Shiver Me Letters-A Pirate ABC andChicka Chicka Boom Boom ?!?

Some of our activities for the week were based off of our story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
We laced Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees. They weren't going to let lacing get the best of them. We had to try really hard and sometimes start over, but we all got it pretty down pat!

We also made our own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees. Some were made of toliet paper rolls and contruction paper....

Some were etible! Made from Peanut Butter,Celery and Alphabet Cereal. Very Chicka Chicka Yum Yum!! ;)

We also learned shapes. Do you know what a trapezoid and hexagon is? Well, your kindergartner does! We will be learning more about these and other shapes next week. They will be practicing them at home, so you might want to brush up on your shape skills!

Shapes came in handy this week for our science experiment for the week. What was the experiment about you ask? BUBBLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who doesn't just love bubbles?
Our kindergartners sure did.
They got the opportunity again this week to be scientist. The experiment was to determine what shape a bubble is. We wanted to see if bubbles could form any shape.

With the help of some different shaped pipe cleaners, a paper plate, and some liquid bubbles, our experiment was under way!
If you ask, your kindergartner may tell you that they determined that a bubble is typically a circle.

On Friday, It was our Zero the Hero Day. In honor of the 10th day of school, Zero the Hero taught us the importance of the number zero.

Looks like Mr. Gibbs got to be a Super Hero this week too. We had a little bit too much fun with the Me Box. The kids have just loved getting a chance to take the Me Box home.

We also got the privilege of our first week of volunteers in our classroom. We love our volunteers and thank you so very much for joining us this week( and those who did work from home!). We hope you had just as much fun as we did. Make sure you remember to log your hours in the volunteer book in both Mr. Gibbs and Mrs. Bowden's class. If you aren't sure what or where that is, just ask!

Another successful week of learning and fun.

Mr. Gibbs and Mrs. Bowden

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