Independent Thinking, Independent Learning

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Our project/purposeful play time is one of the most important parts of every day. Whether the students are motivated by teacher provocation (like a magnet tray for experimentation and observation, or a whiteboard that says “Snow, snow, snow”) or by … Continue reading

Celebrating Chanukah!

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Chanukah is a festive holiday, and we wanted to really bring that festivity into the classroom during early December. We read a variety of books about Chanukah! Some were very serious, describing the history of what happened so long ago … Continue reading

Autumn Outdoor Adventures

The kindergarten students have been spending lots of exploration time outside. Using the playground as an outdoor classroom has helped us to experience the seasons changing firsthand. We watched as Fall turned the leaves different colors, and then as they … Continue reading

When children are involved in determining the direction of their learning, they are internally motivated to succeed.

One of the best ways to celebrate the fall season is to adopt a pumpkin. With that in mind, last week, I brought a big pumpkin into the classroom and just left it where the students could see it. They … Continue reading

Zimmer Kindergarten 9/27/2020

Although the educational focus in kindergarten is on how everything is connected, that doesn’t mean specific skills aren’t being targeted. Here are some of the projects, lessons, and activities that the students have completed in the first three weeks! The … Continue reading

Zimmer Kindergarten, 9/18/2020

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It’s a new year at Zimmer School, and the kindergarten Pods are busy, happy, and engaged in learning. I wanted to start off this BLOG by giving you an overview of what each day is like. Check-in: The days start … Continue reading

We love Slugs!!

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                    We went Slugging! As soon as the weather got nice we ventured out to find signs of spring.  We found the sun shining, buds growing on trees, birds singing, a few … Continue reading

Author Unit

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Our Author Unit has really taken off and children are very excited to work on their books.  We began the unit by discussing some of our favorite authors.  After reading many of our favorite author’s’ books, it was clear that … Continue reading

Winter – Water Experiments – Weaving

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The concept of Symmetry seems to really resonate with the kindergarten class ever since we learned about it.  They look for Symmetry in objects in our class as well as outside in nature.  We try our best to draw symmetrical pictures and … Continue reading

Thanksgiving

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During our Thanksgiving Unit we focused a lot about how much America has changed since the first Pilgrims came.  We spoke about how hard the first year in America was for them. We learned about how much the Native Americans helped … Continue reading