On December 12, we Cuddled Up With a Critter and a Story. Many parents  and one grandparent came to class to share a favorite Christmas story with us while we cuddled on the floor with a blanket and a stuffie from home. IMG_1712IMG_1728IMG_1720IMG_1709

Even Mrs. Baalman read us a story.


We had a lot of fun with our reading buddies this month. They helped us paint a beautiful nativity picture.

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They took us on a scavenger hunt to find our Christmas presents and then read them to us.IMG_1752IMG_1754



Our students did an amazing job at the Christmas program and they looked so nice in their holiday clothes!

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In January, we explored magnets at the STEAM table and did an art project with magnets.

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Hooray!! We’ve been learning in kindergarten for 100 days and we’re 100 days smarter. This called for a BIG celebration!

We popped 100 balloons (with our bottoms), found 100 hidden kisses, received 100 “dollars” and wore our fabulous 100 day hats.

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What a fun day!!

One of our favorite times of the day is language work stations.  Students listen to stories on tape, work on computer learning games, write, read and work with the teacher in small groups.







We colored place mats and made Native American headbands with math patterns on them for the Thanksgiving feast. We got to sit with our Eighth grade reading buddies too.

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We had a great time making butter for the feast too.

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Mrs. Gentelin shook a little too hard and we had a butter mishap. Poor Hattie!


In October, the students enjoyed sorting and counting buttons.

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Parents came in and helped us paint pumpkins. We loved it!!  We did such a good job too!

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We also really enjoyed our pumpkin observations.  We measured and weighed, floated and drew. We used math words and our 5 senses.

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The Halloween party was awesome and so were the costumes.IMG_1592








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We’ve been having so much fun and learning so much this year.

In September, we used our senses to explore a real coconut after reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  Then we opened it to see what was inside.


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We also tasted some sweetened coconut flakes.IMG_1531




Welcome to Kindergarten!

Hello! My name is Shelly Gentelin. I taught preschool at Evangelical for eleven years and was the kindergarten/ first grade assistant last year. I am so excited to be teaching kindergarten for the first time this year. I am enjoying getting to know each one of my wonderful students. I think we’re going to have a great year learning together.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me.