Erin Biddle enters her fourth year at The Cooper School as the Kindergarten teacher. Erin brings fifteen years of classroom experience in Connecticut, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Erin received her BA in Education at Mercyhurst University. She is a certified early childhood and elementary educator. Erin believes her mission is to instill the love of learning. She is thrilled to be a member of The Cooper School team! Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and daughter, Abigail exploring Charleston and going to the beach.
Young scientists have been busy learning all about chicks and chickens during Science this week! Kindergarteners discovered the structure of hen eggs. Our Kindergartners learned that hen eggs have 5 different compartments.They learned that the shell and shell membrane are located on the outside and the yolk and egg white are located on the inside. Kindergarteners learned about the air cell, chalaza and the embryo. Our scientists are becoming bigger chick enthusiasts everyday!
This week in Math our Kindergarten mathematicians have been learning how to decompose the numbers nine and ten. Our scholars have used our fabulous five group counting skills to take apart these numbers. Kindergartens also have been practicing decomposition with a subtraction equation. Our mathematicians are able to represent subtraction story problems by breaking off numbers, crossing out numbers and hiding parts of them. Ask your Kindergartener what was their favorite part of math this week!
This week in Writing Workshop Kindergartners continued with writing “how to” stories. Our scholars have written up to five books this week. Kindergarteners enjoyed working with their “strawberry and banana” partners during these Writing Workshops to get fresh and new topics to write about. Kindergartners love writing about things in which they are experts and explaining it to others. Ask your scholar to tell you about one of the many books they have written. Stay tuned for more of this great work!
Cheep, Chirp, Cheep!
Our young scientists were surprised and thrilled to discover baby chicks in our classroom this week. Kindergarteners marveled at the cute yellow fluffy feathers and their little bodies. They loved sharing their wonderful wonders. Over the next several weeks, students will investigate the parts of an egg, the chicken life cycle, and how to care for baby chicks! Stay tuned for more egg-cellent news!
During our Minds Up lessons this week, students discovered that sometimes when things feel challenging or scary, our brains might send A.N.T.s (automatic negative thoughts) to our minds. Kindergarteners shared times when they have experienced A.N.T.s. Students learned how to identify when they might be having A.N.T.s and discovered strategies for helping to “squash” those A.N.T.s. Once self-defeating talk is identified and eliminated, the hope is that students may overcome hurdles that are stopping them from moving forward and doing their very best!
This week in Reading Workshop our Kindergarten readers have been learning about becoming avid readers. If you’re an avid reader, it means you read as much as you can, whenever you can. Our scholars have been reading so much this week, it’s been hard to get to them to stop. Kindergartners are enjoying reading and going deeper into the books. Our scholars will become avid readers in no time!
Can You Haiku?
This week brave readers and writers explored haiku poetry through the reading and writing of these 3 lined expressions. Kindergarteners have been busy composing haikus about nature. They know these special poems are usually said in one breath and have a line to tell when, where and what the haiku is about. Kindergarteners were very excited to learn more about poetry! Ask your young poet what they learned about haikus this week!
Our brave swimmers completed their first swimming lesson today! Kindergarteners will gain confidence through these weekly swim lessons and the helpful swim coaches. Students set swimming goals and participated in their lesson with brave and happy hearts. We can’t wait to see what they can do by the end of the four weeks!
This week in Math our mathematicians have made it all the way to the number ten with number bonds. Our scholars have become experts at these number bonds. We used fingers, sets, and linking cubes to show the number ten. Then Kindergarteners made stories to ten with 5-group drawings. Scholars have also been working on addition and subtraction this week!
St. Patrick’s day
The Cooper School enjoyed a fun-filled Whole School Morning Meeting of St. Patrick’s Day this year. Students of all grade levels were greeted Monday morning with a very green mess left behind by some visiting leprechauns. Those leprechauns are so mischievous! Leprechauns visited us again, and this time they left presents in the backyard. Students partnered up and searched for their Irish limerick and St. Patrick’s Day necklace. Ask your child what surprised them most on St. Patrick’s Day!
Our young poets have been exploring their five senses to enhance their reading and writing of poetry during Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop this week. Mindful observers experimented with different sounds, a variety of smells, an assortment of tastes, diverse movements, and multiple textures to enrich their descriptive language. Students are sharpening their skills while writing poetry using repetition, rhythm, and rhyme. During Writer’s Workshop, students are finding inspiration through interesting items in the Poetry Museum and peering at the world through our poetry window.
Diving Into Our Tree Study
Our scientists have been busy observing our school’s backyard trees! Students walked around the backyard and found trees that are pointed and trees that are rounded. They have noticed that there are a wide variety of trees that come in different sizes, colors and shapes. Kindergarteners have been observing trees and illustrating their observations in their Tree Observation Journal. Ask your young scientist what they learned about trees this week!
Diving Into Our Tree Study
Our scientists have been busy observing our school’s trees! Students collaborated to measure and find the circumference of two different trees. They have noticed that there are a wide variety of trees. Students also observed that trees have different types of bark, leaves, and branches. We examined nuts, seeds, cones, flowers, and twigs! Young scientists compared deciduous trees to evergreen trees, noting that deciduous tree leaves turn vibrant colors in the fall while evergreen leaves stay green all year. Kindergarteners have been observing trees and illustrating their observations in our Tree Observation Journal. Ask your young scientist what they learned about trees this week!
Kindergarteners Help Choose a Charity
Cooper School students collaborated during Whole School Morning Meetings this week to study this year’s tribute for Pass it On. Students had the opportunity to vote on three organizations that they were inspired by and would like to support. The organizations were The South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Earthwatch, and The Giraffe Conservation Foundation. The foundation that was chosen will be announced during carpool today. Ask your scholar which one was chosen!
On Tuesday, Kindergarten scholars got to participate in tie dying their white t-shirts. Kindergartners were thrilled to the gills to make these specials t-shirts. Kindergartners were able to choose their very own designs for their t-shirts. They were able to pick a bullseye design, circles or just a random design. Kindergartners put their own rubber bands on the shirts and were able to select the colors they wanted to use. They even got to pour the color all by themselves. Our Kindergarten artists can’t wait to show you their fabulous T-shirts.
Wrapping Up Biomes in a Fashionable Way
Kindergarten “Biome Experts” were delighted to show off their knowledge of the four biomes we studied during our Biome Fashion Show. Students did an outstanding job preparing their individual biome uniforms and props to represent the rainforest, desert, polar and wetland biomes. Kindergarteners worked to read and record an interesting fact about their biome during Learning Centers. They then wrote their biome fact in their very best and neatest handwriting to prepare for the fashion show.
Student Led Conferences
This week, Kindergarteners invited parents into the classroom to guide them through discussions and activities about their growth and goals. At the Self-Assessment station, students shared their Self-Assessment Folder, a portfolio full of student reflection on everything from Science to Handwriting. At the math center, parents played a nice game of Top-It. At the reading and writing center, students showed parents a “just-right” book from the beginning of the year, and a book that is just-right now… and what a difference we saw! At the Science and Social Studies center, students showed parents the difference between modesty, communication, protection and decoration. It was a fantastic afternoon!
Our young readers are learning about poetry. This week students learned how to sort books to distinguish between poetry books and storybooks. Readers also learned that poems look different than other types of writing. Poems have white space, can be written like a tall building, or sometimes the words seem to float on the page! During Writer’s Workshop, students practiced writing poems about things that are important to them. Writers are discovering different ways to find inspiration!
Biomes & Fashion
This week Kindergartners have continued to learn more about our four biomes Polar, Rainforest, Desert and Wetlands. They have been so excited to share what accessories, clothing and stuffed animals they will be wearing for the fashion show. We have been practicing how students will be strutting down the runway and we are almost “runway status” ready! We can’t wait until the fashion show next week to share all the hard work the Kindergartners have been creating and practicing.
On Tuesday, our Kindergartners participated in Movement to get some exercise and energy out. We decided to link our Movement activity to our biomes project. Our Kindergartners decided to play Safari Run. This game involved our scholars pretending to be different animals from our biomes. Students pretended to be penguins and polar bears from the polar biome, camels and kangaroos from the desert biome, alligators and lizards from the wetlands and sloths and frogs from the rainforest biomes. Our Kindergartners enjoyed this Movement activity so much. Ask your child to act out some of these animals for you!
This week our Kindergartners talked about sewing to continue our clothing unit. We learned about different needles and types of fabrics. Students then got to participate in sewing their very own button onto a fabric square. We had the pleasure of having the Fifth Graders come into our classroom to help our scholars learn how to sew. Ask your Kindergartner to show you their sewn on button!
Kindergarteners returned to school eager to make discoveries and share information about a variety of biomes. These curious minds are in the process of learning about the climate, soil, plants, animals and people of the polar, desert, tropical rainforest and wetland biomes this week and next week. Ask your young scholar what they have learned so far about biomes this week!
Kindergarten Writers Explain “How-To” in Their Writing
Kindergarteners eagerly embarked upon an exciting new kind of writing during Writing Workshop this week. Students examined mentor texts to explore how authors write to teach. Students thought about topics they knew well, things they could teach others how to do. Kindergarten writers were quite busy sharing their knowledge on a variety of topics in which they are “experts”.
This week in math Kindergarteners have continued to dig deeper into number bonds. Students have moved to numbers six through eight and are using them for horizontal and vertical number bonds. We used number cubes to break apart six and eight. Our Kindergarteners have become experts in breaking apart number bonds.
Valentine’s Day Concert
Loving Kindergarteners spent this special day passing out Valentines, listening to special holiday books, and showing love and kindness to all. The day ended with a beautiful concert at The Circular Church. TCS students sounded angelic as they sang songs together for this delightful occasion. Kindergarteners showed that hard work and focus on performance can really wow a crowd! In front of parents, teachers and friends, students sang festive songs with poise and skill.
Move Up Day
Kindergarteners had so much fun visiting First grade on Friday. Kindergarteners had the opportunity to meet the classroom pet Fireball, they participated in multiple centers, got a tour of the classroom, and so much more!!! Ask your Kindergartener what their favorite part of Move-Up Day was?
Kindergarteners & Self-Assessments
Kindergarteners have been learning the art of evaluating their own learning in each subject area. They have worked hard to take an honest look at how they feel about their learning and rating their feelings in each area. These brave and proud scholars are ready to share all of their hard work with you. They have become 108 days smarter and have so many ways to show you!
100 Days Brighter
Kindergarteners were delighted to celebrate the100th day of School this week! Each child collected 100 items and displayed it in our 100 Museum! In math, they were busy collecting data on which projects were the tallest, smallest, and most unusual. They also participated in a parade around the school, did 100 exercises, and wrote about being 100 years old. Students had a blast investigating multiple ways to count, sort, and gain number sense of 100.
This week in math we have been working with number bonds. Number bonds help students see that numbers can be “broken” into pieces to make computation easier. Our Kindergarten mathematicians used their fingers and linking cube sticks to break apart numbers up to five. Our Kindergartners used story situations with drawings for numeric bonds and they were able to draw their very own number bonds. Ask your Kindergartner to show you how they can break apart numbers!
Fun with our 1st Grade Buddies
This week our Kindergarten class got to spend some quality time with our First Grade buddies. Our Kindergarten class was able to have lunch buddies with them, which was a blast. First Grade then joined us during Movement. We had a nice and exciting game of sharks and minnows, which happens to be an all time favorite of ours. First Grade also came and read several books from our reading bags with us. We had so much fun with our buddies this week!