Pike Road Schools

Mrs. Cobb's Kindergarten Community

October 9, 2015

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Community Helpers

This week we were honored to meet some of our wonderful community helpers. The members of the Pike Road fire department stopped by the school for a visit on Wednesday morning. The children prepared for their visit by thinking of questions for the firemen.

Bradley, "I wonder what the siren sounds like. Can I drive the truck?"

Lilly Grace, "How does the hose work?"

Isabella, "How high does the ladder go?"

Braylon D., "I've been on a fire truck before, but I don't think I can drive cars yet."

Ava, "Why do fire fighters use hoses?"

Aubrey, "Why do they use axes?"

Esther, "What is a fire truck and a fireman?"

Brayon B., "How do they work everything on the fire truck?"

Amy Kate, "My daddy works at the fire station, but he has to learn how to do the fire fighting."

Braylon D., "Fire trucks have a lot of wheels. I don't know how many."


We learned that the hose connects to the fire hydrant to get water. The fireman told us that they have many different sizes of hoses. The ladder on their truck reaches 75 feet unto the air. They use an axe to cut holes to gain entry into homes to save people. Our fire department does not have a fire dog, but they would like one. The firetruck has six huge wheels.

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A is for Apple

The change of seasons has put us in the spirit of our celebrating our favorite fall foods. This week we made baked apples in our croc pot. The children took turns using the apple-peeler-corer-slicer, measuring ingredients, and mixing them all together. They loved the result and asked me to share the recipe with you so you could make it at home.

Baked Apples:

Peal, core, and chop 7 large apples and place in croc pot

1 stick of butter

1 cup of water

Juice one fresh lemon

1/2 brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp all spice

Cook in croc pot on high for 4 hours, let cool before serving.

Identity Panels

A big thank you to a PRS parent, Stephanie Parsons, who photographed your sweet children during the first week of school. This was during our "All About Me" study." We have paired each child's 8X10 photograph with his/her self-portrait on our wall.

I believe that the classroom should be a learning home for your children. The children loved seeing their portraits and their photographs displayed on the wall. These treasure will be yours to keep at the end of the year!

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Literacy Development

Some of our favorite books this week included Curious George and the Firefighters, The Berenstain Bears Jobs Around Town, Show Me Community Helpers, and Jonny Appleseed. We are continuing to practice our sight words, segment (breaking words apart) to hear individual sounds, and play games involving rhyming words. These are all things you can practice at home as well. We have also discussed environmental print. The children came up with the idea of writing down the words they see on their cereal boxes at home or taking a notebook in the car to write down the names of their favorite stores. As always, we are working on developing learners with a love of literacy and fostering the dispositions to be readers.

Book Fair

The Scholastic book fair begins Tuesday and ends on Friday. Our class will visit the book fair at 8:30 Tuesday to view the items. Please send a note with a check (made out to Scholastic) or cash with a note if you have specific requests for their funds. The Family/Community night for the book fair will be Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. Our class will have a wish list that you may browse if you would like to donate a book to our class.

Pike Road Schools

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