Maddie's dad read to us and we celebrated a wonderful imagination graduation day with the ceremony and sprinkler party to follow. We enjoyed our last two birthday celebrations in Silent Meeting belonging to Annabel and Emily.
Emily's mom read to us. We visited Katy Wood's science room where Keely's mom and dad showed us what a scientist does. The children worked on their final self portraits and also made pretend bird's nests on the playground in honor of our visiting robins.
We enjoyed four career day talks for how to be a gymnast, artist, librarian and paleontologist. Annabel's made read Rooms For Rent. We planted a wild flower garden in our playground for service learning day and celebrated Maddie in Silent Meeting.
The children worked on their graduation caps and student ids, Keely's mom read to us and we made cookies.
We enjoyed a field trip to Minerva's Pizza where the children learned about the ingredients that go into dough and tomato sauce. They each made an individual pizza to enjoy. We also drew nature in the outdoor classroom with our fourth grade buddies.
We tasted cowboy caviar made with avocados, enjoyed popsicles in the sunshine and learned about nocturnal animals from the zoo.
We learned about fruits this week. We also celebrated with our grandparents and special friends.
We drew, categorized, tasted and experimented with vegetables.
The Ginkgo children learned two new math games this week, Sequence and the Honey Pot game. The children examined dogs in the veterinarian's office and we celebrated Violetta's 5th birthday in Silent Meeting.
The Ginkgo children shared their Hedgie books with their fourth grade buddies. There has been much excitement around changing the doctor's office into a veterinarians' office. We also found a house centipede in our classroom. Did you know that they have 15 pairs of legs?
Enjoy photos from the authors celebration, as well as other fun happenings in the Ginkgo Room. Bri Gallo and Lola shared a photo book from their family trip to Argentina. The children tried Dulce De Leche with wafers. What a delicious treat!
The children are working hard to publish their books and finish their hedgehogs. The disappearance of the hedgehog cookie has lead to searching the school and looking for clues.
The ginkgo children love to rock out to music. They continued illustrating their hedgehog books and had a great time parading on book character day. Keely's mom read Blueberries for Sal.
The children painted their hedgehogs and started adding feet and eyes. The Hedgehog adventure books are being illustrated. The children created patterns and matched upper case letters to lower case letters.
We made homemade ice cream using SNOW! What a way to use all of the snow left from the blizzard. The children celebrated Valentine's Day with a Valentine exchange and used book exchange. Thank you to those for sending in special treats.
We had Dr. Herzlinger visit our class and talk to the children about being a pediatrician. He donated exciting supplies for our pretend doctors office. The children are making paper machie hedgehogs and experimenting with shadows.
We made yummy waffles, mixed hot water and borax to make crystals and enjoyed hearing Bri Gallo read the Velveteen Rabbit. We also celebrated Lola birthday in our Silent Meeting.
The children have been enjoying the snow, adding to their self portrait masks, mixing colors with faux snow and looking at rock crystals under microscopes. Hedgie has been more social and the children were able to draw him and some are even writing Hedgie stories!
The children enjoyed a visit from their fourth grade buddies. The buddies shared stories they have written. We played color/shape bingo, played a counting game with dice, enjoyed a story read by Sophie's mom and celebrated Zahwa's birthday in Silent Meeting.
The children painted their self portrait masks and started to add hair, pretend has been changed into a grocery store and Hedgie is getting more comfortable in our classroom.
We made chocolate croissants, acted out nursery rhymes and introduced a weather station for our meterorologist.
We sat with our 4th grade buddies and celebrated Thanksgiving with the Lower School community. We made delicious pumpkin cake. See the news for the recipe. Welcome our new class pet, Hedgie the Hedgehog.
We decorated our tablecloth for the Thanksgiving feast, painted our weather station and met with our fourth grade buddies.
Sabrie Pearl's mom gave us a box for our weather station. We had fun exploring the box and cutting the door and space for the viewing screen. We also made delicious apple cake.
The children made orange and tasted things orange with the RIC students, we enjoyed many black and orange Halloween treats and we worked on our cheerio box vehicles.
We enjoyed Emily's dad as our guest reader, we're visited by the RIC students and built amazing structures in the block area.
We worked with Rhode Island College students, celebrated Nathanael's birthday and read and played with our big sisters.
We mixed colors with water in different size containers. Sabrie Pearl's mom came in to read Where The Wild Things Are. We also cut open a pumpkin and dug out the seeds, roasted the seeds and tried them, and roasted the pumpkin too!
We made apple crisp, discovered a spider and it's web on the play structure and read many fantastic books that will be at the book festival.
We had many guest readers this week including the children's favorite, Ms. Pine! We spent time with our big 4th grade sisters too.
We wrote in our journals, celebrated Keely's birthday in Silent meeting and had an up-close encounter with a Yellow Warbler.
We had an exciting first full week of school. We learned about jobs, drew our nature and photographed it and made lots of books.
The children are exploring the room and enjoying every moment! We counted in Spanish with Senora and the children shared items from their special boxes.
First Day 2012
We had a wonderful first day! The children got reacquainted and welcomed a new classmate. The next few weeks will be filled with exploring the classroom and learning routines while having fun.
We ended our last week with a fieldtrip to Patterson Park.
We went on a pretend camping adventure in the Wheeler gym.
We made cars to get to our camp out, continued with our story writing, celebrated Kelsey's birthday in silent meeting and listened to Mariel and Lena read stories.
The children have been preparing for our big "camp out" by making a canoe, fishing poles and binoculars. We delivered our pins of kindness to the community for the day of service. We also enjoyed a few more guest readers including Kelsey's grandmother.
We made breakfast for pajama day, turned pretend into a grocery store, kept an observant eye on our changing tadpoles and celebrated Mariel's birthday.
Sewing simple puppets, enjoying many guest readers and dancing and singing together.
We made brownies, experimented with colored ice cubes and shaving cream and continued our book making.
Planting and Grandparents/Special Friend Day
We attended the all school pancake breakfast, looked at tadpoles under a microscope and sent Fern off to live with Ms. Savage with words of love.
Duckilngs came to visit our classroom. We watched them play in the water table.
We made granola, added words to describe our rooms in a box, and celebrated Eleni's birthday.
We added finishing touches and words to our special boxes, made cheese flavored crackers and enjoyed yummy treats before the long weekend.
We made banana chocolate chip muffins, added people to our boxes, met Kofi's new baby sister Kristen and wrote about love.
We made blue playdough, celebrated Julianna's birthday and prepared for our upcoming vacation with the Spring Sing.
Our classroom vets office is a busy place. The children made self portraits with colored pencils, we worked on clay names, and enjoyed the kick off to the Spoken Word with poetry. Do you think these tubes will reach the ceiling?
Mrs. Crum brought back a special gift for the class to unwrap, we added cars to our roads, worked more on special rooms, and enjoyed Ms. Savage's son, Nate, as a guest reader.
We made chocolate croissants, started putting in the floors for our special rooms and celebrated Valentine's Day with a book exchange.
We made pancakes, drew a blue print of a special room in our house and made shoes for the book Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont. Ellie's Uncle Adam was our guest reader.
The children participated in a classroom pretend restaurant experience. Everyone had a turn being a cook, wait staff, table clearer, and customer. We started preparing drawings of a special room in each child's house for a continuation of our house project. The children connected our neighborhood with roads.
We made pigs in a blanket, wrote about Natalie the bunny and arranged our houses into a neighborhood.
We spent our week painting, making words and enjoying our first snow. The children brought in cookie ingredients to recreate a breakfast cookie recipe.
The children made Rocky Road Pudding, listened to three guest readers; Mariel's dad, Lena and Polly. Jalen's first tooth fell out during rest time. Eveyone was excited for her.
We practiced sit ups, added words to our Words We Know wall, made flubber and played many counting and turn taking games.
The children read the story of the Gingerbread Man and baked their own giant cookie. The Gingerbread Man disappeared from the oven and the children were left to solve the mystery of the missing Gingerbread Man.
We baked chocolate chip cookies, worked on secret gifts for our families, enjoyed two guest readers and celebrated Kofi's birthday meeting.
The children mixed paints to make new colors, enjoyed hearing Ellie's mimi read to them, worked on their street signs and celebrated Jayce's birthday.
We painted pictures of Fern, baked pumkin french toast, celebrated Ellie's birthday and listened to Kelsey's Aunt Tina read two books.
This week the children built a city for guinea pigs out of boxes, made fudge, acted out nursery rhymes and look for street signs.
We enjoyed Black and Orange day with treats from Eleni and Kofi. The children baked pumpkin bread with Senora and some build ramps and raced cars in blocks. We celebrated Caroline and Andrew's birthday.
Ms. Calenda's Farm
We had a wonderful visit to Ms. Calenda's farm on Saturday. We looked at the sheep, goats, alpacas and Ms. Calenda's two dogs. Mary, Ms. Calenda's mother, explained to the children how they care for the wool after shearing the sheep. It is washed and combed to be prepared to be spun into yarn. She even demonstated spinning the wool into yarn. It was an exciting visit for all. Thank you Ms. Calenda!
We roasted a sugar pumpkin and its seeds on Monday. Tuesday we baked pumpkin cake using the roasted pumpkin. We enjoyed listening to Maureen, our guest reader, celebrated Jalen's birthday, and acted out the Gruffalo.
We washed our babies, wore our tye dyes, and made apple fritters. We started drawing and painting what we think our houses look like too.
We made tye dye fabric, mixed primary colors and learned how to properly pick up and hold Fern.
We had an apple taste test and then baked apple crisp. We finished the volcano and had some volcanic eruptions. We also saw a lifesize blow up Fin Whale.
We baked delicious brownies, started building a model of a volcano to be erupted and learned about how to take care of Fern, the guinea pig.
We made homemade waffles and enjoyed them with maple syrup. The children explored their writting journals and investigated slugs.
We finished dog land, baked banana bread and picked potatoes in the edible garden.
Welcome to Ginkgo Room!
The children spent time exploring their new classroom and have already come up with some wonderful project ideas. Take a look and see.
We packed up the toys for Honduras, enjoyed listening to a Skye's grandma as a guest reader, celebrated Natasha and went to Patterson Park to enjoy our last moments together. Happy Summer!
We attended the 4th grade heritage celebration where we tried many delicious dishes, the 8th grade spanish class performed skits for us, we enjoyed hearing our guest reader and we explored the tree stump in our playground.
We created posters for the Honduras service project, watched a spider enjoy a meal, made chocolate biscotti and enjoyed the kindergartens performance of The Gruffalo.
Regardless of the weather, there is always a way to play hopscotch. We baked apricot and white chocolate chip scones,investigated sunflowers and worked on our bird heads and beaks.
Writing in shaving cream, tending our plants, painting sunflowers and celebrating Lucie's birthday.
Acting out Mary Had a Little Lamb, playing board games, making guacamole and enjoying Grandparents Day.
We learned about geometry, created with clay and enjoyed a visit from Skye's Auntie B and Uncle Cecil.
Whether we are making books, building bridges, playing math games or caring for Fern, the classroom guinea pig, we are enjoying our friends and community.
Creating collages with tissue paper, making and flying paper kites and building a sturdy bridge out of paper.
Welcome back! We shared treasures from far away places, welcomed Fern the guinea pig back to our classroom and made many creations.
We enjoyed the pancake breakfast, hung up our birdfeeders around campus, and listened to Ella's mom read two wonderful stories.
We made rice crispy treats, celebrated Ella's half birthday and enjoyed a marching band.
Happy Valentine's Day! We exchanged Valentine's, enjoyed our book swap, started new self-portraits, made buttermilk pudding cakes and explored lower case letters.
We drew sketches of our birds and painted them with watercolors, measured with one inch blocks, enjoyed two guest readers and pet sat Fern, the guinea pig.
We practiced with weighing items on a scale to find out which was heavier, we started talking about our favorite birds and a few of us witnessed a hawk catching it's food for the day.
We played face bingo, made french breakfast muffins and started making a book for Ms. Gil and her baby.
Many children were pretending with the baby dolls,we had an 8th grade reader, we colored snow and we learned about EVAPORATION.
Getting back into the swing of things for the new year.
Playing hotspot, collaborative painting and just enjoying our last days together before winter break.
We worked on our self portraits. Natasha's mom was our guest reader. The Gingerbread Man has returned, and all the way from France! Happy Holidays everyone!
The gingerbread man is still on the loose. We colored a gingerbread house to see if he would come back and live in our classroom.
The children finished watercolor painting their wooden pieces, cooked noodles in the touch table, performed Jack and Jill and had a gingerbread cookie mystery.
The children started painting their sanded wood pieces this week.
The children started sanding wood, made cheese quesadillas and enjoyed the story that Liesl's mom read.
The children enjoyed many special guests this week. Liesl's grandfather read to us and Liesl's special friend Beverly shared songs. Jane Linden joined us as a guest reader and veterinarian accompanied by her dogs, Raisin and Lilly.
The children acted out the story of the Three Little Pigs, created felt board pieces for nursery rhymes, and made fantastic structures using balance and symmetry.
The children enjoyed color experiments, making and eating pumpkin oatmeal and black and orange day.
We baked banana chocolate chip muffins and green playdough, enjoyed our guest reader and performed a puppet show about playing and friendship.
We made pancakes, cast votes for a book using 2 color patterns, worked in pairs for cooperative hand tracing and interviewing and enjoyed pajama day.
We experimented with cornstarch, water and food coloring in the touch table. We made granola, painted with a partner and enjoyed beading.
We introduced the new name matching game, washed babies, and baked brownie cookies.
We celebrated pinwheels for peace, cooked pumpkin cake with our sugar pumpkin and enjoyed the water table. Look who came to parent night...
We had a wonderful first full week. We investigated a pumpkin, enjoyed music with Ms. Taylor, wrote stories and built in the blocks. Wow!
We introduced weekend journals, made apple crisp and had great fun on the playground.
Welcome to Ginkgo Class of 2024
We had a wonderful first few days. Take a look and see how your children explored the classroom and spent their time.
Our last day together
Aria's birthday celebration and Mrs. Crum teaching the art of fencing.
June 4, 2010
The Ginkgo production of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and...Patterson Park.
May 21, 2010
Working on props and letter shirts for the play. Many guest readers including hearing Chaira's mom, Donetella, read in Italian. We were moving and grooving to the drumming sounds of Maraghini, a drummer from Jamaica.
May 14, 2010
Practicing for our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom play. Making our letters in the sand and out of sand. Visiting the edible garden.
May 7, 2010
Searching for faces in places. Finding worms in our soil. Watching the way colors drop into water.
April 30, 2010
Shaving cream, doughnuts, planting, and GRANDPARENTS DAY! Oh My!
April 23, 2010
We made French Breakfast muffins, met a baby chick, and found letters in our environment.
April 16, 2010
The imaginations are exploding in blocks...aquariums, farms, fire trucks. Counting items on a number line. making flubber. Cooking homemade Mac n' Cheese.
April 9, 2010
We made ham and cheese frittatas and everyone loved them. Painting with worms? Who would have thought. Discovering spring on our rock walk.
April 1, 2010
Welcoming Charlie the chinchilla, drawing under the table and building our milk container cave.
March 12, 2010
Working in groups to draw pictures with a certain beginning letter sound. Measuring our class from tallest to shortest. Celebrating Will and Emmett's birthdays.
March 4, 2010
We made pizza this week. Yummy! We made self portraits of our feet?
February 26, 2010
We made chocolate chip rice crispy treats. Horses are roaming in the block area. We celebrated Molly's birthday in Silent meeting.
February 19, 2010
The children enjoyed building with snow on the playground. On our rock walk, we collected treasures that were buried under the ice and snow. Lillia celebrates her half birthday.
February 11, 2010
We had an exciting week learning about volcanic rocks, making banana bread and celebrating Valentine's Day.
February 5, 2010
There has been increased interest with observing our hermit crabs. Madeline's mom was our guest reader this week. Chaira's mom came in to do some authentic Italian cooking with the children. Boy was it yummy.
January 29, 2010
See our little hands working with rocks and wire. More volcano eruptions. Making paper caves with Senora.
January 22, 2010
We worked with baking soda and vinegar to explode our homemade volcanoes. The children also worked with foil, rocks, wire to create interesting pieces.
January 15, 2010
We built a volcano and watched it explode. The children are enjoying the story center, putting on puppet shows and listening to stories on tape. We also went on our rock walk and discovered the melting ice and snow.
January 8, 2010
We have created a story center in pretend. They are loving the felt board and books on tape. The children have enjoyed playing in the snow. We went on our rock walk and explored the ice and snow.
We made potato pancakes for cooking and built a home for animals in the block area. Will's dad wa our special guest reader.
We made Kwanza truffles this week using the three colors of Kwanza...red, green and black. Many children are experimenting with writing at the writing center and in their journals. Wow! It is wonderful seeing families join us for Silent meeting on Friday.
We had a visit from Ms. Hstiotis to learn more about rocks. You will see children writing in their weekend journals, making fruit smoothies and measuring the paper white plant.
We played a new game outside called Hot Peas and Butter. It involved hiding our eyes, someone hiding the "hot peas and butter", and having the others find it. We have been talking a great deal about letters and finding letters in our environment.
We did a letter walk, explored our new dollhouse, and drew on rocks.
The children made marble paper to resemble the colors they see in marblized rocks. We celebrated Jacqui and Hannah in silent meeting. The children worked with the creative movement instructor during PE.
We enjoyed black and orange day. We searched for writing rocks on our rock walk.
The children learned a rock game which is played very much like checkers. They worked on individual rock sculptures and viewed rocks under a microscope. We experimented with colors and made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
We sorted animals, rocks, and people. We made chocolate chip cookies and playdough this week. We brought our rock journals out for our rock walk. The children drew rocks that were used or touched in some way by people. Geneva's mom was our special reader and we celebrated Eli's birthday.
We have been working more with rocks; building, counting, sorting, gluing. Emmett's grandmother was our guest reader. We explored pumpkins this week. We continue our work with safe play and being friendly to one another.
Ginkgo now has a beautiful old wooden box to store our classroom rocks. We played a game with the box called Who's in the Box. You will see more pictures from our 2nd rock walk and the children practicing safe playground play.
The children made fried tortillas with sugar and cinnamon this week. Max's Baba stopped by to be a guest reader and to help out with picture day along with Will's dad and Annalise's mom. We also went on our first Rock Walk.
We made guacamole with the avocado that Lauren brought in. We also had a special guest, Martha Douglas-Osmundson, a teacher from the middle school, share her river rocks with us.
First Silent Meeting
We celebrated Max's birthday in our first silent meeting. Some of our friends spent time with Pinky and Kyla discoved printing with paint at the Easel.
First Few Weeks 09
The Ginkgo friends have been explore every area of the classroom while getting reacquinted with old friends and bonding with new ones.
Hermit Crab Pictures
The children have been caring for and observing our classroom hermit crabs, Scooter and Sneaky. They are excited to discover where they are hiding in their habitat, holding them, and watching them crawl.
The children have come back from break and jumped right into the ocean. They have been snorkeling in the touch table, lounging in the beach chairs under the umbrella, and enjoying our new hermit crabs.
The children worked with clay and items collected from our "brown"walk to create early winter scenes.
Before our winter break, the Ginkgo class was inspired by the many different versions of the Gingerbread tales. From there, we made our own gingerbread cookies. A mystery ensued when we discovered our giant gingerbread was missing from the oven. The children investigated, interviewed suspects, and solved the case.
The new fallen snow has inspired the Ginkgo children to ask meaningful questions and to further investigate snow.
We started our school year with a journey through color. While exploring colors, we experimented with cornstarch. The children enjoyed the texture and watching the transformation from dry to wet. It was an exciting project that we revisited many times.