Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 News

Hi everyone! Please take a look at our newsletter for the week! Although it has been a short week at school, we have been super busy!

Make sure you check out our class on Twitter! I post pictures there everyday! My handle is @ThePullenator! Go follow us so you can see the latest and greatest activities going on in our class!

We have lots of events happening soon so be sure to read those 'Dates to Remember'!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you back at school on Monday!!

~Mrs. Pullen

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 News

HELLO EVERYONE!! Take a look at our newsletter for the week! Although it's been a short week at school, we've been super busy! We've had lots of fun learning about coins, spending and saving, weather, fairy tales, fables, sequencing, and CVC words!

Remember that tomorrow is a school holiday and there is no school on Monday as well! I will be out Tuesday for my Resident Day! Mrs. Dreiling will be with the students. We've planned a normal Tuesday for them so all should go very smoothly while I'm gone! I'll be back with the class on Wednesday!

Kindergarten Cap and Gown pictures are on Thursday, April 20th. Please fill out the form and send it to school next week (by the 20th). There is no payment due on the 20th. LifeTouch will send proofs to all the students that are present that day. There will be no picture make-up day.

We do not have a Kindergarten Graduation. We have KINDERGARTEN CIRCUS instead!! Starting May 5th, we will practice for the big show! Circus will be on May 11th at 9:00 AM in the CES cafeteria. Please plan on attending! It is always such a cute performance. Following the Circus, we will have our Family Picnic. You can bring a lunch for you and your child! The picnic will be outside (weather permitting).

Well I think that's all the reminders for now! If you have any questions please contact me!

I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend and wish you all a very HAPPY EASTER!

~Mrs. Pullen

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017 News

Hi families!! We've had an awesome week at school! Take a look at our newsletter for the week.

Cap and Gown picture information will go home next week. From what I understand, LifeTouch will not be sending order forms for you to fill out in advance. They will come take Kindergarten Cap and Gown pictures on April 20th and then send proofs for every child that took pictures. Proofs usually arrive at school about 2 weeks after pictures are taken. With that said, they do not come back another day for retakes, so please make sure your child is here on this day! They always turn out so cute! I can't believe it's already time for them to do this! The school year has flown by!

We go to the Children's Museum next week (on Tuesday)! This a short field trip so your child will not need a sack lunch. We will leave around 12:00 and be back by 2:30! Just in time for snack! :)

The next two weeks are short weeks. We do not have school on Friday, April 14th or on Monday, April 17th. The 14th is a holiday and the 17th is a "Bad Weather Day". I am taking my Resident Day, a day given to me by TAMU-C for being a mentor teacher, on April 18th. Mrs. Dreiling will be with the children on this day. They will have a normal day planned. She's been with us since the fall so I am sure they will have a great day with her! If you have any questions about this please let me know!

**Just a note: I'll be at the City Park tomorrow for the Aglaia Easter Egg Hunt! We put this fun event on every year! Children in 2nd grade and below can come enjoy a fun hunt and prizes! The hunt starts at 11:00! Please come if you can! I would love to see all my friends there!**

Well that's all for now! I hope everyone has a great weekend! See you on Monday!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Creating with Puppet EDU

Hey all!! I'm excited to share all about the new app we used in class last week! My kindergarten kiddos loved using Puppet EDU to make their own slideshow! Puppet EDU allows students to easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as FIVE can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning! I remember learning about this app last year at TCEA and then again this year! It was time for my little scholars to use a different app to show their learning!

So let me tell you how we used this awesome app!

First, we went on a shape hunt to take pictures of 2-D and 3-D shapes around the school. My students are very familiar with using the camera on the iPads so this did not take us long. With the help of my student teacher, I took a small group of 4-5 students out of the classroom for about 15 minutes so we were finished taking pictures in one day.

The next day, I showed the students Puppet EDU and let them do some exploring in the app. We learned how to select pictures for the slideshow, add music, and annotate over the slides. There is also an adding text feature. We did not use this function for this project, but I plan to use it for future activities!

Once the children explored and were comfortable with the app (which doesn't take long for these 5 and 6 year olds) I had them each create their own 2-D/ 3-D shapes slideshow using the pictures they took the previous day! My goal was for them to name each shape as they went through their pictures. I did not require them to tell me if it was 2-D or 3-D and I did not have them specify the number of angles/corners. For this project we focused solely on shape identification.

Their finished products were great especially for our first time utilizing this app! Here are two slideshow examples:

I hope that you enjoyed hearing about how my students used this app to create their very own shape slideshow! I believe this is an app that can be easily and effectively used by students of all grade levels and would love to hear how you decide to use it with the children in your classroom!