Category: Green Room

Green room: Oct 16- Nov 3, 2017

The Green Room

October 16-20, 23-27 and 30-Nov3, 2017

Hello and welcome to the Green Room!  We’ve been exploring different aspects of fall both inside and out.  The walnut tree keeps us busy on the playground, the chickens have been great fun to feed, and we’ve been enchanted with the kittens and their antics.

  • Our second share day will be on Friday, October 20th.
  • Fall conferences will be held November 15th from 8-12 and 4-7. We will start scheduling conferences Oct. 30th and stop on Nov. 10th at 3pm.  Please call (do not email) to schedule a time, conferences will last approximately 20 minutes.  We request that your children stay home during your appointment.
  • Halloween parades will be Mon., Oct 30th and Tues., Oct 31th. Please join us for the parade the final 30 minutes of your child’s day.  Parades start promptly at 11 and 3 o’clock.  Students may either wear their costume or bring it to school.  All parts of the costume must be labeled with your child’s name.  Weapons, broom sticks, etc. need to be left at home.
  • Parents please remember that due to liability reasons the Kinderfarm property and animals are closed to families unless they have a teacher with them. This includes the times before 8:45 and after 3:30.
  • November book orders go out Nov 1st & 2nd and are due back on the 8th.

 

October 16-20:  It’s Fall Y’all!

Mon (10/16): What do squirrels eat?  Acorns and acorns are what we’ll be using to paint with today!  We’ll partner up to create original art.  Co-operation and team work will be need by both partners.  In the afternoon, Ms Casey, a children’s librarian from the Iowa City Public Library will come to read to the children.

Tues (10/17): We’ll be out hunting for leaves around the farm.        Once we’ve collected them, we’ll take them inside to see where our imagination will take us as we make some leaf creatures.

Wed (10/18):  Squirrels like to run and using our motor planning skills, the students will help their squirrel get through its maze to its waiting acorn.

Thurs(10/19):   We’ll be out collecting leaves again to create more leaf art.  We’ll be painting leaf reliefs in the classroom.  I can’t wait to see my student’s reactions to the finished product!

Fri (10/20): Share Day.  Please send in something that your child can share with the class and answer questions about.  If your child is here full day, please send in two things to share.

 

October 23-27:  Halloween Fun

Mon (10/23):  Everyone loves candy corn and that’s what we’ll be making today using pom poms!  Please send your children with their listening ears on!

 Tues (10/24):  I love my mummy!  We’ll get tied up creating mummies.  Can we do it?  Yes, we can!  Fine motor skills and patience will be needed today.

Wed (10/25):  In the morning, Ms Casey from the Iowa City Public Library will read the children stories.  In the afternoon, ghosts will be floating about inside the classroom and maybe even the barn!  Hopefully, our animal friends won’t be too frightened by them.

Thurs (10/26) & Fri (10/27):  We will be working on shape identification and visual awareness the next two days with a couple of fun Halloween inspired coloring sheets.  I think my green roomers are up for this challenge!

Oct 30-Nov 3:   Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

Mon (10/30) & Tues (10/31):  We start our week with Halloween mayhem!  We’ll see you at the parade!

 Wed (11/1):  We’ll be experimenting with vanilla pudding and pumpkin today.  Can we create something tasty with 2 totally different food  groups?  We’ll find out!

Thurs(11/2):  Every farm needs a pumpkin patch and green room will be working on creating ours with the help of our fists and thumbs!

Fri (11/3):  We’ll end our week with a game of pumpkin hide and go seek.  Ask your green roomer if they were able to find their pumpkin!

The rain has finally come and the cooler evening temperatures along with it.  I’m hoping that will bring some color to our leaves.  Halloween is just around the corner and the children are talk, talk, talking about their costumes.  I’m looking forward to seeing what costumes everyone will be wearing.  Now, I just have to figure out mine!

Take time to enjoy this weather.

 

 

 

The Green Room

October 16-20, 23-27 and 30-Nov3, 2017

Hello and welcome to the Green Room!  We’ve been exploring different aspects of fall both inside and out.  The walnut tree keeps us busy on the playground, the chickens have been great fun to feed, and we’ve been enchanted with the kittens and their antics.

  • Our second share day will be on Friday, October 20th.
  • Fall conferences will be held November 15th from 8-12 and 4-7. We will start scheduling conferences Oct. 30th and stop on Nov. 10th at 3pm.  Please call (do not email) to schedule a time, conferences will last approximately 20 minutes.  We request that your children stay home during your appointment.
  • Halloween parades will be Mon., Oct 30th and Tues., Oct 31th. Please join us for the parade the final 30 minutes of your child’s day.  Parades start promptly at 11 and 3 o’clock.  Students may either wear their costume or bring it to school.  All parts of the costume must be labeled with your child’s name.  Weapons, broom sticks, etc. need to be left at home.
  • Parents please remember that due to liability reasons the Kinderfarm property and animals are closed to families unless they have a teacher with them. This includes the times before 8:45 and after 3:30.
  • November book orders go out Nov 1st & 2nd and are due back on the 8th.

 

October 16-20:  It’s Fall Y’all!

Mon (10/16): What do squirrels eat?  Acorns and acorns are what we’ll be using to paint with today!  We’ll partner up to create original art.  Co-operation and team work will be need by both partners.  In the afternoon, Ms Casey, a children’s librarian from the Iowa City Public Library will come to read to the children.

Tues (10/17): We’ll be out hunting for leaves around the farm.        Once we’ve collected them, we’ll take them inside to see where our imagination will take us as we make some leaf creatures.

Wed (10/18):  Squirrels like to run and using our motor planning skills, the students will help their squirrel get through its maze to its waiting acorn.

Thurs(10/19):   We’ll be out collecting leaves again to create more leaf art.  We’ll be painting leaf reliefs in the classroom.  I can’t wait to see my student’s reactions to the finished product!

Fri (10/20): Share Day.  Please send in something that your child can share with the class and answer questions about.  If your child is here full day, please send in two things to share.

 

October 23-27:  Halloween Fun

Mon (10/23):  Everyone loves candy corn and that’s what we’ll be making today using pom poms!  Please send your children with their listening ears on!

 Tues (10/24):  I love my mummy!  We’ll get tied up creating mummies.  Can we do it?  Yes, we can!  Fine motor skills and patience will be needed today.

Wed (10/25):  In the morning, Ms Casey from the Iowa City Public Library will read the children stories.  In the afternoon, ghosts will be floating about inside the classroom and maybe even the barn!  Hopefully, our animal friends won’t be too frightened by them.

Thurs (10/26) & Fri (10/27):  We will be working on shape identification and visual awareness the next two days with a couple of fun Halloween inspired coloring sheets.  I think my green roomers are up for this challenge!

Oct 30-Nov 3:   Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

Mon (10/30) & Tues (10/31):  We start our week with Halloween mayhem!  We’ll see you at the parade!

 Wed (11/1):  We’ll be experimenting with vanilla pudding and pumpkin today.  Can we create something tasty with 2 totally different food  groups?  We’ll find out!

Thurs(11/2):  Every farm needs a pumpkin patch and green room will be working on creating ours with the help of our fists and thumbs!

Fri (11/3):  We’ll end our week with a game of pumpkin hide and go seek.  Ask your green roomer if they were able to find their pumpkin!

The rain has finally come and the cooler evening temperatures along with it.  I’m hoping that will bring some color to our leaves.  Halloween is just around the corner and the children are talk, talk, talking about their costumes.  I’m looking forward to seeing what costumes everyone will be wearing.  Now, I just have to figure out mine!

Take time to enjoy this weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Room: October 2-6 & 9-13, 2017

The Green Room

October 2-6 and October 9-13, 2017

Hello and welcome to the Green Room!  We’ve finally made it to autumn and the weather has more than co-operated with us.  Now we just need the leaves to start changing!  Thanks to all our parents that have dressed the children warmly with coats, hats and even a pair of gloves or two.  Your child is much happier and able to learn when they are comfortably dressed for the weather.

  • Be sure to check the Kinderfarm website each week. In addition to the classroom newsletters which outline the happenings in the classroom, the notes and reminders section keeps parents informed of important information.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at (319)351-3438.

 

  • With the cooler weather approaching, I’d like to remind you that Kinderfarm is 10 to 15 degrees cooler and windier than in town. Please dress your child warmly for the mornings.  They will greatly appreciate it!

 

  • Scholastic Book orders will go out the first 2 days of the month and are due back on Wednesday, October 11th.

 

October 2-5:  Handwashing and hygiene

We’ve noticed that many of our Kinderfarmers do not know how to independently wash their hands.  This week, we will talk about why we wash and practice, practice, practice getting our hands clean before cold season is upon us.

Mon (10/2) and Tues (10/3):    Our introduction begins with a discussion.  On Friday, we began an experiment with bread.  What does happen to a slice of bread that is handled with dirty hands vs clean hands?  We’ll checking it daily and hope to find out by the end of the week.  We’ll also be experimenting with lotion, glitter and handshaking one day and flour on another day.  One more thing we’ll do is introduce the “vampire technique” of catching our coughs in our elbows.  When your child comes home talking about vampires, you’ll know what they’re talking about!

Wed (10/4):  We’ll get inspired today when looking at photos of germs and bacteriaLater, Kinderfarmers will put their creativity to the test coloring a germ paper and giving them a more concrete idea of what and where germs can be found.  Attending to and staying within the lines of the coloring sheet will be our focus.

Thurs (10/5): Covering our sneezes is an important concept and one that will be more fun to learn when we make it into an art project!  Listening and following direction skills will be needed today to complete our project.

 Fri ( 10/6):  How far does a “sneeze” travel?  We’ll be experimenting with spray bottles, colored water and mural sized paper.

 

October 9-13:  Self dressing skills and Squirrels

Now that the weather is cooling off and mornings are extra crisp, we find that the children are struggling with their coats.  We will focus on independently correcting sleeves that are inside out, putting coats on (hood between your toes, hands inside the holes), asking for help, and zipping up their zippers.  We will also be working on staying on task, following directions, and being patient.  Oh, and we’ll also begin working on Halloween songs.

Mon(10/9):    We’ll be coloring and cutting out a squirrel today to make a puppet.  Attending to task and coloring the entire squirrel will be our goal.

Tues(10/10):  Cutting skills will be practiced today after we color a squirrel and nut cutting sheet.

Wed(10/11):  In the afternoon, we’ll be completing our squirrel puppets today.  Listening ears will need to be turned on in order to following the directions.

Thurs(10/12):  Share Day!  Your child is invited to bring a small item to talk about with their classmates.  The item must fit in their backpack.  Please do not send a picture frame with glass in it.  I don’t want someone to get accidentally hurt from glass that was broken when a backpack was dropped on the floor.  If your child comes all day, they may bring 2 items:  one for the am class and one for the pm class.

Fri(10/13):  Squirrels love acorns and that’s exactly what we’re making for snack today!  Ask your “squirrel” if they loved their “acorn”!

 

 

Teaching independent dressing skills is an important step in a young child’s life.  Not only does it strengthen their self esteem, but it allows them ownership of their clothing.  Please keep this in mind when purchasing clothing and dressing them for the day.

Cheers,

Mrs. S. Waldron

Green Room August 7-11 and 14-18

Our last two weeks of summer session 2 will be filled with ocean excitement. First experiencing and discussing the beach itself and then learning more about creatures you may find on the beach or in the ocean. It has been a great summer at Kinderfarm!

+ Kinderfarm will be closed August 21-September 1.

+ The ice-cream social will take place August 31, from 6-7pm for those coming in the fall.

 

August 7-11

Monday and Tuesday: Spending time over at the Kinderfarm beach will get us started these mornings. What better way to learn and to really dig in!!

Wednesday: The children will start a project today by painting the beach onto a piece of blue paper (the water).

Thursday: Soapy seafoam will allow for some fun sensory play this morning.

Friday: Adding footprints to our picture will complete the art project from Wednesday.

 

August 14-18

Monday: The green roomers will create an edible ocean scene this morning. Ask your child what they had for snack.

Tuesday: Starfish decorating will encourage the children to think about how many points a star has.

Wednesday: Has your child ever done the crab walk? He/she will get to try today… we may also get out sidewalk chalk to draw fish, crabs, and other sea creatures.

Thursday: A seahorse has always drawn interest to me. We will read Eric Carle’s “Mister Seahorse” this morning. We have not had a chance to get on Dallas (the horse) this session, so we will try to do so this morning.

Friday: Water fun will end our summer fun together.

 

Best,

Mrs. Rogers

Green Room — July 17-August 4

Welcome to Summer Session #2 in the green room! My name is Katie Rogers and I will be teaching in the mornings. The first week will be spent getting to know each other and talking about buoyancy… fun with water makes this a great topic for summer. Our next focus will be BUGS, followed by DinoSAURS. Looking forward to five wonderful weeks at Kinderfarm.

 

Reminders:

  • Be sure to include a change of clothes, swimsuit, towel, and inside shoes or slippers.
  • Also, please be sure to sunscreen your child in the morning before school.
  • If your child will be absent, please be sure to CALL Kinderfarm to let us know.

July 17-21

Monday and Tuesday: We will spend most of our time learning names of our new friends and helping them learn our daily routines. The kids will also be experimenting with balloons… with and without water. If time and weather permit, we will get out sidewalk chalk!

Wednesday: Water table play will get the kids thinking about items that may sink OR float. A cup may float if it is empty, but what if it is filled with water? This will keep them busy and interested!

Thursday: We will be experimenting with a variety of items to see whether they sink or float. Ask your child if any result surprised them.

Friday: Boats, boats, boats… we will attempt to make our own to float and also get some out to take outside to experiment with.

July 24-28

Monday: A search for bugs around the Kinderfarm campus will take place, after reading “The Ants Go Marching.”

Tuesday: After our science experiment (with seltzer water and raisins) we will head to the pond to see real water bugs dancing.

Wednesday: We’ve been having to stay up a little late, but WOW it’s worth seeing the fireflies light up the yard. We will start working on a firefly suncatcher today.

Thursday: The Itsy Bitsy Spider will be on our minds this morning. Our snack will be our project, as we count our eight legs to attach to the spider’s body (a cookie).

Friday: Our firefly suncatchers will get finished today and hung in the window to enjoy.

July 31-August 4

Monday: “The Good Dinosaur” books will start our week and we will get out the toy dinosaurs. Is your child most interested in a certain dinosaur?

Tuesday: We will use our footprints to paint a Tyrannosaurus Rex footprint… how many will it take to fill it up?

Wednesday: Dino chow will be made in the kitchen this morning. Hopefully we won’t turn into dinosaurs.

Thursday: We will play bingo this morning. Wonder what the kids will use for their markers?

Friday: Creating a dinosaur skeleton as a whole group will complete our week. Individual skeleton projects will be available to create during free play!

 

Ready for some fun,

Mrs. Rogers