What's New with the Beach Buddies?

Updates from our classroom to you

January, 2013

Happy New Year, Kindergarten Families!

Razzle Dazzle Reading

I know those smart Beach Buddies have been reading over break. PLEASE remember to send in TWO Razzle Dazzle Reading sheets from our time away. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Kid Blog

In January we will begin using a site called Kid Blog in our classroom. After writing a story, the kindergartners will be able to type their stories onto their own blog. (Exciting stuff!) I will approve all posts and comments before they are "posted". Students can also write at home by going to http://kidblog.org/beachbuddies1213 then click on "log in" in the top right corner. Use the drop down menu to find your kindergartners' name. The password for each child is their first name. (Sara will choose Sara and type sara in her password box). Choose "new post" and type away! "Submit for review" when done. More info to come, but I know some kids are ready to dive into the world of blogging!

Donors Choose

Our class now has a project posted on the website Donors Choose. This site allows businesses, families, and friends to make a tax-deductible donation to support a classroom. We hope to gain 2 "Smart Pens" to help us bring technology to writers' workshop. Please spread the word if you know of someone who may want to give. Our project can be found at http://www.donorschoose.org/katiezuehlke Thanks for your help!

Family Reading Night

Thursday, Jan. 10th 2013 at 5-7pm

655 Park Street East

Annandale, MN

Celebrate learning with your whole family! Enjoy music, a scavenger hunt, book making, special snack, and more. This evening will be an "open house" format. Come when you can!

iPad Apps List

Many of you have asked about additional iPad app ideas. This link lists ALL of the apps I have tried out (some better than others!) It is a large list, but is a place to start if your iPad is new. Always let me know if you have further questions and I can direct you to specific apps according to your needs. KZ App List
Click on the link below to check out our blog. You will find a video with highlights from our December holiday fun. Later in the week we will be posting our learning from a MN author we have been studying- Nancy Carlson.

Kindergarten Beach Buddies' Blog

Apps to Share

Wonderopolis - this free app highlights a "wonder of the day".....I am certain many curious kindergartners will LOVE this! We will dive into this app more in our classroom in January as we do more wondering with nonfiction texts. Wonderopolis is also a website with even more features.

Teach Me Kindergarten and Teach Me First Grade - At first I was not sure about the "multiple choice" set up of this app, but there are some fantastic "hands-on" components to these apps - especially in the area of math. We tend to use this one more at home than school.