Click here for New Berlin's Kindergarten Website
- View Upcoming Events
- Download Newsletters and Homework
- Print Poems
- Get Updated Sight Word Lists

Monday, January 23, 2012

Little Scientists

January is a big month for Science, both in our classroom and across the school. In kindergarten, the students begin to learn about the scientific process by taking part in a class science project. Our class decided to explore bones!

We began our experiment by observing six small chicken bones. The students concluded that these were just as hard as our own bones. We placed two of them in a container with vinegar, two of them in a container with water, and two of them in an empty container. For the next few days we carefully observed each of the bones and recorded what we saw taking place. The students didn’t notice much change and, by the third day, all of the students were predicting that bones will always be hard.

Our class was amazed when, on the fourth day, the bones in the vinegar had become bendable. We learned through research that bones contain a very important mineral called calcium, which helps to make them hard. Even though our initial predictions were off, we were able to conclude that bones can be made to bend if they do not have enough calcium in them to keep them strong and hard.

Your little scientists also learned about makeing ooblek and mixing colors during our Dr. Suess Science Day!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Party

The excitement was high as the students walked into class on Thursday, December 15. They had eagerly been awaiting our Christmas Party since the day they learned about our secret gift exchange. The presents were piled high around our little tree and the smiles were wide as our festivities began.
After a delicious pizza party, the students began the rotation of Christmas crafts. They decorated mini-gingerbread marshmallow men, made pattern bead candy canes, created a picture frame ornament, designed a paint swirl ornament, and even mixed up a delicious blend of ingredients for some reindeer food!
Once we had the room cleaned up we began our secret gift exchange. The students came up one at a time to get the gift they had chosen for their friend and call him or her up to open it in front of the class. What a joy to see the excitement on their faces as they learned first hand that it is better to give than to receive!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the family members who came out to help make our day a huge success!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!