Room 205 News

Come learn about what we are exploring in our classroom.

Fairy Tale Study

For the past week, we have been enjoying reading about fairy tales. These traditional tales allow the children to learn story elements and to develop their critical thinking skills. We have read many versions of the fairy tale Red Riding Hood. The children shared their thoughts on similarities and differences. We talked about setting and characters. We made predictions on what may or may not happen in a new version based upon our knowledge of the story. In addition, one day's Question of the Day was "Who would you rather be: Little Red Riding Hood or the Wolf?" The children had to defend their choice and drew a photo of their thoughts. We will continue to read different fairy tales. We hope to act out one or two of them in the near future. Some children have already made paper bag puppets of their favorite characters and have been seen playing Little Red Riding Hood during explore time.

Valentines Day is Coming!

Our class Valentine's Day party will be held on Thursday, February 11, beginning at 1:45. We are asking for a $3 donation from each child to cover the cost of materials for the party. The children will be making Valentine boxes in class so they will not need to make them at home. As for Valentines, we have 21 children and 3 teachers in our room. If you are adding candy (which is not necessary), I would appreciate no nuts. The children do not need to address each Valentine to specific children. One of our activities during our party will be to pass out the Valentines. We are also hoping to incorporate service learning into our party by making valentine's for either Children's Hospital or a local nursing home. Let me know if you would like to help.

Kindergarten Registration and Orientations

You DO NOT need to re-register your child for Kindergarten in Clarkston. Your child is already a Clarkston Community Schools student. We do ask you to bring your child to visit his/her home school during Kindergarten Orientation in April. This is an important time for children to visit the school and meet future teachers. For parents, it is a time to find out specific information about the school and kindergarten in Clarkston. Please see the following list for your child's specific date. You should receive a letter from your child's home school with more specific information.

Orientation dates in Clarkston:

  • Andersonville Elementary: April 25
  • Bailey Lake Elementary: April 19
  • Clarkston Elementary: April 22
  • Independence Elementary: April 21
  • North Sashabaw Elementary: April 29
  • Pine Knob Elementary: April 27
  • Springfield Plains Elementary: April 26

Global School Day of Play

Next Wednesday, February 3, is the Global School Day of Play. We are planning on offering some fun and different ways to play on this day. First of all, each child is invited to bring in a favorite toy from home. Please make sure it is labeled and school appropriate. Sarah Wilson has offered to come in an lead a movement activity. We will also be making playdoh and have a few special areas to play for the day. If you would like to come in and play with us, just let me know. Play is such an important vehicle for learning among our five year olds and we want to celebrate it. Also if you want to send in a special toy (like a light table), let me know.

Donations Needed

  • Valentine Stickers and Foam Stickers for our Art Center
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Cereal Boxes (empty and cleaned out....please no nut or sesame cereals)
  • Blue Painters Tape
  • If you are getting rid of toys your child no longer plays with, we are happy to take them. If we do not use them we may share with another classroom in need.

Room 205 Kindercubs

  • Sandi Larkins, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Lisa Smith, Instructional Aide
  • Donna Bassett, Instructional Aide