This is Dave.
Dave is a scarecrow.
Scarecrows are supposed to scare animals away from growing food. This scarecrow may only scare Ms. Brown. It already happened. She tensed when she thought she was walking into an empty classroom and Dave was spotted out of the corner of her eye! We created Dave by voting on different options. The cowboy hat was chosen by nearly everyone. At one point, there were lots of giggles as the students voted to keep Dave from wearing pants. One student teased Dave by asking him why he had such messy hair. We decided the only thing Dave is missing is hands so we are going to see if we can find some gloves to be his hands.
For Thanksgiving, we listened to a story about things other people are thankful for having. Then, we brainstormed some of the things we were thankful for having. Together we wrote our first class book. Each student contributed a page of their own. Please keep in mind that "book writing" is not the expected form of writing for Kindergarten. We also made crafty turkeys to take home.
We went to the Pumpkin Patch for our first field trip. It was a gorgeous fall afternoon with a beautiful blue sky. The students had the opportunity to look at some farm animals, go down a slide, pretend to drive, and race rubber ducks using a water pump. They saw examples of ingredients that went into items like ketchup and cereal. A wide selection of squash and gourds were available to look at. Next up, everyone loaded up to go for a ride pulled by a tractor. Students got to pet some horses. The highlight for most students was to climb the playground made out of bales.