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.
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!
Kindergarteners were eager and proud to participate in the Art Walk on Thursday. Students were thrilled to see and share art created by themselves and friends in their learning community. Their unique artist statements expressed how art makes them feel. Thank you parents and families for attending our Art Walk and supporting our creativity!
Clothing and Fabrics Come Alive In K!
Kindergarteners eagerly embarked upon an exciting new study of clothing and fabrics during Science and Social Studies this week. We explored students’ knowledge of clothing and fabrics and then shared wonders about this topic. Students are excited to explore the many purposes of clothing including: decoration, communication, modesty, and protection.
This week in Reading Workshop Kindergartners were introduced to their “Reading Mat folders”. These folders encourage scholars to stack books from easiest to hardest. Kindergarteners then read all the books in that order, and then reread their way back. Kindergartners used all of their reading powers such as snap word power, pointer power, rereading power and so many more. Ask your Kindergartner to show you some of their favorite powers they use for reading!
During our study of buildings, we explored many books about different kinds of buildings and occupations involved with buildings through class read alouds. Students enjoyed hands-on experiences with tools that builders use and examined tools architects use when designing buildings. On Tuesday, our Kindergarten building enthusiasts celebrated the end of their buildings unit by having a Buildings Museum. Kindergarteners got to share their blueprint designs, models, artwork, and all the wonderful things they created and explored during this unit. It was a great event!
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. Ask your Kindergartener what they have enjoyed the most about self-assessments so far!
This week, kind Kindergarteners were introduced to a TCS tradition. Every year for Valentine’s Day, TCS students write compliments to each friend in their class and then they are put together to create a beautiful loving book for them to keep forever. Kindergarteners learned what a compliment is and the difference between an okay compliment and a great compliment. This activity included a lot of hugs and filled buckets!
Kindergartners have been working very hard to finish constructing their buildings. Students took their final blueprints and made them come to life. They used several different items such as cardboard boxes, bottles, wood, paint, and more to make them perfect. We finally finished completing our buildings this week and are preparing for our buildings museum next week. Kindergartners are so eager to show you their buildings and drawings!
Math has been so fun and exciting this week. Kindergartners are continuing to learn how to identify and make a set of objects have one less or one more. We also have learned how to match and count to compare a number of objects. Kindergarteners have used several math manipulatives such as dice, pennies, and number cubes to compare groups. Ask your Kindergartner to sort out some objects at home and see if they can make them one less or one more.
We Are Independent!
This week scholars began looking at the many ways that we can be independent at school. Kindergarten friends discussed ways they can be independent in school, from packing their tote bags by themselves to putting on their coats and even climbing the rock wall without any help. These independent scholars know they can demonstrate independence in school by always trying first and then using our special words, “ask three, then me.” Ask your brave Kindergartener their favorite way to show independence at school!
As we returned from a restful break and entered 2019 we discussed choosing one word to show how we want to live, learn and play in the new year! Kindergarteners found such unique and fitting words to represent their focus as they entered the new year. Ask your Kindergartener what they chose as their “One Word” for 2019!
Kindergarten readers were thrilled to continue building their non-fiction reading skills during Reader’s Workshop this week. They practiced using the glossary to find out the meanings of unknown words, identifying interesting things with post-its, and sharing interesting parts with partners. Readers noticed that when looking at non-fiction books they found real pictures, diagrams with labels, bold words, and facts & information that are true.
This week in math Kindergartners have been learning about comparing. Kindergartners have been comparing sizes of objects and problems using terms such as fewer than, same as, and more than. Kindergartners used math cubes to build sticks to compare with their pinch partners to see which one was bigger and which one was smaller. We also learned how to relate “more” and “less” to length.
Students at The Cooper School participated in Whole School Morning Meetings this week to learn about how different winter holidays came to be! Scholars were delighted to make new discoveries about holidays celebrated around the world, as well as make connections amongst the variety of celebrations. This years theme was food. Scholars got to taste several different foods and learn different traditions.Ask your scholar which holiday they enjoyed learning about the most!
Building experts have been busy drafting their buildings for their building project. Your Kindergartener then took these designs, and added black pen tracing, and colored them in.This week Kindergarteners have been been using their supplies and tools to begin constructing their buildings. It has been so exciting to see them use their imagination to construct these masterpieces. Stay tuned for our Buildings Museum once we have completed them!
This week in math our Kindergarten mathematicians have been busy going deeper into volume. We continued using our special instruments such as vases, measuring cups, glass shakers and more. We poured rice in each instrument until they were filled to the top and compared the number of scoops it took depending on the different sizes. Kindergarteners were so excited to be able to pour into each of the objects. These hands-on activities were definitely the highlight of math this week!
Candy Cane Hunt
Our secret elves came and dropped off candy canes for all the kids at The Cooper School. Each scholar went on the hunt throughout the back yard to find their own personal candy cane. It was so much fun to watch the older scholars help kindergartens look for candy canes !
Holiday Choir Performance
On Tuesday, our school performed a holiday Choir Performance at the Circular Church downtown. Ms. Hazel led students through several songs and classics, filling the beautiful church with echoes of harmony and melodies of the season. Second Grade had their time in the spotlight, as well as three brave Kindergarteners performing solo parts throughout a song. It was definitely a highlight of the show for all in attendance.
Brave Authors and Illustrators Preparing to Publish their 2nd Piece
Our young authors have been busy writing small moments from their lives. Kindergartners wrote who, where, and what happened on each page. Our brave writers practiced telling a story across several pages, stretched out words to record all of their sounds, and made their characters talk by adding speech bubbles. Then, students learned to switch to the role of the illustrator as they practiced drawing pictures that matched the words on the page. Illustrators used real life colors to bring their stories to life.
This week our Kindergarten mathematicians have continued learning about measuring different weights and have started to learn about volume. We weighed cubes, pennies, and other small objects to see how many would equal the weight of a pencil. Kindergartners have been having so much fun using the balance scale and predicting what objects have the same weight. We are now studying the volume of various objects. We even poured rice into different cups, bowls and plastic containers to study their capacity.
Next week we’ll be collecting pajama donations for our annual Pajama Drive. All pajamas will be donated to the Pajama Program and distributed to children in need across the Lowcountry.
This week our Kindergarten builders continued studying what materials buildings are made of. We looked at different pictures of buildings from all around the world such as the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more. We then shared what buildings we would like to create for our buildings museum. Kindergarteners also spent time talking about what happens inside of buildings. Ask your Kindergartener what their favorite building has been so far!
Discovering More About Donald Crews
Kindergarten readers continued exploring their author study on Donald Crews. This week, Kindergarteners explored the many ways that good readers approach books. Readers practiced reading and then retelling the major events from the beginning, middle, and end of their books. Students learned that good readers use picture clues to read words and that sometimes books can teach us about numbers and math! It has been a lovely week exploring Donald Crews, experiencing the joys of reading, and learning about a collection of books.
This week our Kindergarten mathematicians have been comparing lengths and measuring weights. We compared different objects from our classroom to our 5 stick number cubes to see if they were longer or shorter. We learned different ways to get five, such as adding 4 and 1, and adding 3 and 2. Kindergartners compared numbers all the way from 1 to 10 using our cubes. We weighed classroom objects of all different sizes using a bucket balance to compare them. Kindergartners enjoyed weighing objects because they got to choose which object they thought would be heavier.
Francis Marion Square
Kindergartners were delighted to go downtown yesterday to decorate the the tree on Francis Marion Square.We were so happy that parents were able to join us on this special occasion.The oysters came out looking fantastic.Kindergarteners wrote what they wanted to be when they grow up and then dipped their on personal oyster into paint and sprinkled it with glitter and dust.This joyous activity was so fun and we really enjoyed seeing you all.
Meet Donald Crews
Kindergarten readers are exploring a new author study on Donald Crews. This week they learned that Donald Crews is not only an author, but also an illustrator! In fact, he is such a great illustrator that he has won a special award that is awarded annually, by the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Kindergarten students are enjoying discovering more about Donald Crews through his vast collection of books.
Special Guest Brenton Rueger
Kindergarten parent, Brenton Rueger, is an amazing contractor who stopped by Tuesday morning as our special guest expert. He came by for our buildings unit to discuss and explain all about his construction tools. Students enjoyed hands-on experiences with tools that builders use and examined tools designers use when designing buildings. Your Kindergartener got the opportunity to use the tools safely and to participate in various activities to help learn about the different types of tools and what they are used for. Ask your child what their favorite part was from this special visit!
Lunch Buddies & Finger Knitting
Kindergarteners were thrilled to the gills to be lunch buddies with Third Grade on Thursday. This builds a yearlong friendship and community across grade levels. Kindergarteners love spending time with these older friends, talking and playing together. Third Graders also stopped by our classroom to help Kindergarten finger knit decorations for the our tree in Marion Square. Kindergarten enjoyed this so much and can’t wait to show you how well they can finger knit.