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We had a Teddy Bear Picnic!

Today was the last Ready, Set, Kindergarten! for the spring. We’ll be back on July 7. In the next few weeks, we’ll be gearing up for our Summer Reading Game and visiting all the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade classes in the Ossining school district.

We had lots of fun celebrating at our Teddy Bear picnic. We read some books about Teddy bears, we had some fun trying to make letters with our bodies, and we played a stop & go game on our way to our own Teddy Bear picnic.

All the kids were treated to Teddy Grahams, and the all Teddy bears were too shy to have their pictures taken.

After the treats, the kids all made their own Teddy bears to take home.

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Battle of the Books is back!

BOB 2015 info mtg flyer jpeg

We had our Battle of the Books (BOB) information meeting today and are off to a great start. Five of last year’s team members have returned and we had a few new faces.

If you are interested in being on our BOB team, we still have a few spaces left. Let us know in the next week or two.

Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia competition for kids in grades 4-9 in September 2015. Our kids’ team is for kids currently in grades 3-5.

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How our gardens grow

Some of our books about gardens

Today in Ready, Set, Kindergarten! we had fun reading and talking about gardens. We read about a surprise garden, and we enjoyed reading and discussing what kinds of things to plant in an imaginary garden. The children all made garden pictures of their own. We had everything growing, from flowers to lightning! All the children also got to take home a zipper bag with cotton balls and corn kernels. Wet the cotton balls, tape the bag to a sunny window, and watch the corn sprout!

Growing a tiger, snow, lightning, the sun, and a leash and collar (for the tiger, of course)

A very busy (but more traditional) flower garden

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Getting Ready For Mother’s Day

We got a jump on Mother’s Day today during Ready, Set, Kindergarten! We read some fun books about animals and their mamas, and we learned what to definitely NOT get your mom for Mother’s Day (termites, mud, or sticks, for example). We also helped piglet find her mama and learned that yes, animals have mothers, too!

All the children made cards for their mom or someone special.

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Rhyming with Mother Goose

Books with Mother Goose rhymes

To celebrate Mother Goose Day, which is on Friday, May 1, we read nursery rhymes and a mixed-up version of The Old Woman in the Shoe, played a guessing game, and jumped over the candlestick.

All the kids got a small book of Mother Goose rhymes to color and take home.

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Earth Day STEAM!

Books about wind energy and supplies to make pinwheels

To celebrate Earth Day today, we learned about wind power during Full STEAM Ahead! We learned that wind is a renewable resource, and that currently about 4 percent of our electricity is generated by wind. Scientists hope that by the year 2050, one third of our electricity will be made by wind!

We also heard some pretty bad Earth Day jokes.

Electricity is made by wind using wind turbines. To get an idea of what the turbines do, we made pinwheels, and then tested them in front of a fan. They didn’t all work at first, but everyone had a working pinwheel before they left.

A finished pinwheel

What we started with

Using the fan to make the pinwheel turn

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Ducks!

Books about ducks

Today in Ready, Set, Kindergarten! we read books, sang songs, and had lots of fun with all things duck!

After the stories and songs, everyone got to decide for themselves if it’s a duck or a rabbit, or both.

Duck!

Rabbit!

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