Sunday, September 17, 2017

Some Woods pictures

Here are some pictures of the children out in the woods building fairy houses. They did a great job creating some really neat structures. The next time we went out, the kids found fairy dust! Video below.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Our paraeducator, Ms. King, brought in some monarch and swallowtail caterpillars on the first day of school. One of the monarchs transformed into a chrysalis by the second day. We've been reading several books to learn more about caterpillars and the transformation that they go through. Each day, I set up a mini "science station" with magnifying glasses for the children to use and make observations.

We have watched and waited for two weeks for the next transformation to happen and today was the day! The kids came in this morning and noticed that our chrysalis was no longer green. In fact, you could see the butterfly's wing inside the small case.

When we saw this, we knew it wouldn't be long until it started to wiggle. Ms. King hooked up our projector so that the children could keep an eye on the chrysalis throughout the morning on our big screen. During morning meeting, we suddenly noticed it was starting to wiggle! Here's what happened:

As you could probably tell, it was hard to focus on anything else this morning so I scrapped my lesson plans and we told this amazing story through pictures. Here were some of the children's stories.

"I was at circle and I saw the chrysalis move. He came out and he was little. Then he got bigger and bigger. That's it. -RL (labeled R for rose)

"It was a chrysalis. It was black,  orange, and white. Now it's a butterfly. -LW

"I saw the butterfly hatch." -LH

"The butterfly is eating nectar from the flower. I did every single stage: chrysalis, butterfly, bug, and caterpillar and I drew a purple egg. -EN

"The butterfly hatched today. It was a perfect day because it was sunny and it can go find flowers to get nectar out of." -RM (labeled S for stem, B for butterfly, and L for leaf)

"The butterfly climbed the flower." -WM

"The butterfly is getting ready to fly. It's drinking the nectar and that's it for my story." -LD

"The butterfly got out of the chrysalis and Ms. King put the butterfly on this stem. I put leaves on the stem and that's all."

"My story is the butterfly was flapping his wings and he flapped faster and faster and then he flew. -DP

So now, we will release our special new friend outside tomorrow and we'll just have to wait for the next caterpillar to change.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Self Portraits

We read "I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont and drew our first self portraits today. Here they are!

We will do two more self-portraits this year, one after winter break and one at the end of the year. It will be very cool to see the progress.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

First Week Down!

This week, we learned a lot of routines and got to explore a variety of math manipulatives. Here are some pictures.

Building with unifix cubes

Pattern Block puzzles

MW made a pattern!

Exploring shapes with geoboards

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ready for the New Year!

Dear Parents/Guardians,
It is with great excitement that I write to you about the coming school year! I look forward to meeting all of my new students as well as all of you.

I will start by letting you know a little about myself. My name is Meghann Dempsey and this will be my third year teaching Kindergarten at Eden. I grew up in Milton and graduated from The University of Vermont with a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and a concentration in Psychology and American Sign Language.  

I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was a young student myself. Currently, I am living in Cambridge with my fiance and my new two year old pup, Curby.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors: walking, hiking, swimming, skiing, or kayaking. I also love to read, write, and draw.

😊Miss Dempsey

Children’s book: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Color: Lavender
Animal: Panda Bear
Flower: Sunflower
Food: Baked Ziti
Dinosaur: Patagotitan
Super Hero: Spiderman
Subject: Math