Friday, October 12, 2018

Spirit Week!

Twin Day
What an exciting and energetic week we had! Things kicked off on a SUPER note on Monday, with many of the kindergarteners sporting capes and funky socks. Tuesday was twin day, Wednesday was crazy hair day, and on Thursday, the kids rocked life with Stuffies and Onesies/Pajamas! It was so fun to see all the different outfits and costumes and crazy hair; what a fun way to show Creekside pride!

Tomato Soup Sampling
In the midst of Spirit Week enthusiasm, we still had plenty of other things going on. Kindergarteners had the opportunity to sample tomatoes in various forms through our Harvest of the Month program. One of our parents made delicious tomato soup, we tasted tomato wedges, and delicious caprese toothpicks with homegrown basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Thank you to our parents who stepped in to help with this for October!

We also experienced our first full Shirley Canyon hike with no rain (yay!). Our project this week was to create nature bracelets by collecting different leaves, rocks, moss, sticks, etc. and attaching those items to the sticky side of duct tape "bracelets". Our hike was perfect--cool weather, partly sunny skies, and fresh air, while the students' excited voices floated along the path. Our focus this week in Social Emotional Learning was to create an "Imagination Frame", which students definitely applied to our hike this week. I overheard students creating their own languages, zapping things with sticks attached to their bracelets (DNA detectors) to discover the DNA of the animals in our region ("We're looking for tigers in the area, Ms. Maryn!"), and creating nature bouquets and magic wands with sticks, leaves, flowers, and moss. The kinders' creativity blossoms on the trail, and I can easily foresee our Shirley Canyon expeditions as the highlight of the week for all of us. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who came along, helped with students along the trail, and took pictures! It was a fun and crazy week, and we look forward to more fun next week. Until then!

Friday, October 5, 2018


This week began with exploring water in one avenue--through artistic expression with watercolors--and ended with another--hiking through nature in the sprinkling rain. These kindergarteners are QUITE the artists! We read one of my favorite books by Philip Reynolds, The Dot, which talks about how children can take pride in doing their best on work and how that ownership and pride affects the beauty of what they create. Then we discovered how to use watercolors and painted our own dots on official watercolor paper. Watercolor paints are also a new option for students to use during Choice Time at the end of the day; many students chose to paint this week in the afternoons.

I love seeing how each piece turned out differently, and it was also encouraging to see how each child enjoyed exploring watercolors. One student discovered how to create new colors: "Look Ms. Maryn! If I mix blue and yellow, I got green!" Another child turned to me and said excitedly, "Look! The water turned brown!" When I asked why they thought the water turned brown, they replied, "Because! When you mix ALL the colors together, it just kinda turns to brown." I loved seeing how their questioning and curious natures emerged through a simple watercolor activity.

Another highlight from this week was the rain! On Thursday, the kids spent most of snack recess and all of lunch and lunch recess inside, so it was a relief when the precipitation tapered off enough for us to do a short, quick hike by Shirley Canyon. Hopefully the weather next week will allow for lengthened time outside, but the time we spent out in nature was beautiful. Kids were each given a paint swatch and were tasked with finding colors in nature that could match their samples.

They eagerly scampered along the trail, exclaiming, "LOOK! This pink matches the rock!" or "I found a leaf that matches the yellow! Now I need to find one to match THIS color!" A giant thank-you to all the parents who helped out with this. An idea to further extend this activity at home would be to have the kids create a picture or nature collage that places the grass, leaves, sticks, etc., next to the paint color swatches. I can't wait to see what next week brings! :)

Spirit Week!

Twin Day What an exciting and energetic week we had! Things kicked off on a SUPER note on Monday, with many of the kindergarteners sport...