Students in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes were greeted with lots of fun activities during the first week of school. In Reading, for example, students loved the story, “Mom It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!” by Hyewon Yum; “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten” by Ashley Wolff and Joseph Slate; and “The Night Before Kindergarten” by Natasha Wing (Library Book Picks).
In Buddy Reading, students were paired as reading buddies. One older student who can read picks a story to read to his or her younger buddy who is starting to read. Kindergarten students read to Pre-K students. Pre-K students read to Preschool students.
In Writer’s Workshop, students drew a “2-Dimensional Picture of a Person” that included a head, eyes, eyebrows, mouth, hair, neck, arms with hands. They talked about their physical traits and shared their drawings with a partner. In Pre-K Writing, students worked on writing their names correctly, while in Kindergarten Writing, students wrote a story about themselves with a sentence that begins with “I like…”
For Virtue of the Month, students learned about respect. To support the school theme this year of “Building a Caring Community through the Virtues of Respect, Integrity, and Responsibility”, we created classroom rules and expectations together as a “community.” It was important for the children to have a voice in forming their classroom environment. One lucky student gets to be picked as the “Top Dog” who becomes the student helper for the day and gets to sit on the comfy chair for the day. Students learn how to respect the “Top Dog” and patiently wait for their turn to be picked.
In Math, students practiced counting to 20 by 1’s and 5’s.
In Autonomy, Social Skills, and Work Habits, we started learning to make sure the classroom is neat and that students have everything ready prior to going home. This is something we will continue to work on throughout the year.
In Music and Movement from Early Preschool to Kindergarten, students learned about the different parts of their body: head, shoulders, knees and toes. We did simple exercises, focused on following directions and the importance of exercising.