Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yuck Soup

Today we read Yuck Soup by Joy Cowley(c) and made our own Yum, Yuck Soup.  I found the idea last year on Simply Kinder's TPT store. I had to order the book on Amazon and I saved it for this year. I retyped the parent letter to suit my needs.  I wanted everyone to bring in about 1 cup of an item for our soup in a zipper baggie.  I sent out the letter last week with my newsletter so that they had plenty of time to prepare.  We also read Stone Soup the week before. 
We gathered in a circle on the carpet and I had the student pages ready to go with their names written with a highlighter to save time.  We read Joy Cowley's story and discussed the story and pictures.  
We talked about how we could not eat Yuck Soup, but our Yuck Soup would be Yum, Yuck Soup.  

As students were called they had to say what they were adding to the bowl and we would repeat what they said and say "Cereal, Yum yuck soup." and I would write what they brought on their paper.  

I also had a class graph that I marked and X on for each person.   We monitored our graph as we added ingredients. 

I had the kiddos save their baggies.  When the soup was made I called them over and gave them a baggie full of our soup and their paper to take back to their seat to work on as they ate some snack.  
When I felt time was up.  We turned in our papers and zipped our baggies to take home the rest of our soup.  This was a fun activity.  I will read our class book tomorrow and send it home with the students. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Day

Thursday we had "Pumpkin Day" in our class.  I had 5 parents come in to help.  Each parent had 4 - 5 children in their group.  We began by reviewing what is in the Pumpkin Day book.  I told parents they could skip pages and come back  so that some people could be weighing pumpkins, while others were at the sink/bucket seeing if their pumpkin would sink or float, being sure to do the prediction pages before the find out page.   Each student received My Pumpkin Day book.
Then the parents guided them through the booklet.  Pumpkin Day takes about 1:15 minutes to complete in small groups.  If a group finished they were to go back and color pages or they could do pattern blocks.  Here are a few pages from the book.

Here are a few pictures of some of the activities going on. 

Pumpkin Day was a lot of fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Acorn Glyph

Here are the acorn nut glyphs we made yesterday.  


Just next door is this cute bat door decoration.  It looks like toilet paper tubes and black napkins.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


We used our senses and discovered many things about apples during the month of September and October.  Recently we did a few math lessons related to apples. We heard the story Ten Apples Up On Top.
I didn't have the book so I went on and found a few that I liked.  I especially liked the story sung  by Jason Mraz.  Then we made our own counting book based upon this story.  We used the pages found here:  (Ten Apples Up On Top )On some pages the students used ellison apples and on some pages they used apple stickers, which were smaller and fit better with the larger numbers.  We used our school picture stickers and drew bodies on them and then put the apples up on top!

Later in the week we did a math lesson on positional words.  This I See Apples booklet reviewed spatial vocabulary and concepts.  We use ellison mini apples again for this activity.

Here is our What Color Apple Do You Like To Eat graph.  We used the mini apples again:)

Our Trip To the Apple Orchard.  Thankfully the rain stopped before we arrived. 

What number do you see?
We are standing on the highest point in Medina County.


Apple Picking Fun.

Stopping for a group picture in front of  this wonderful display.
This is the apple sorting/washing room.

This is the cooler.  It smells sooooo good in here. 

Our applesauce was yummy,
on Apple Day!

Monday, October 13, 2014


My name is Kathy and I am an Ohio blogger who has been teaching for 13 years, all but one in kindergarten.  I love working with Kindergarten students and I am excited to try this new adventure in blogging.  My daughter, Kathleen (middlegradesmaven) got me started on TPT in February and I am having fun with it.  She thought of the name kindergarten couture for me.  I was worried because 
who can spell couture??? I was excited to hit the 100 followers mark a few weeks ago.  

I am married with three grown children and an 8 year old toy poodle named Nessa. 

I have also been the second mom to my daughter Laura's dog Teddy, a one year old lasapoo.  I think she is a 50/50 dog.  She comes to stay with me for months and then returns to N. Carolina for months. Laura better be careful or we might just keep her.