Last week, Pre-K and Kindergarten students listened to several read-aloud stories during Reading including “Manners Mash-Up” (A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior) by Bob Shea and Kevin Sherry, “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by David Catrow, “My New Friend is Fun” by Mo Willems, and “Be Positive” by Cheri Meiners.
In Writer’s Workshop, students learned the importance of washing hands correctly. Each student had to write a “reason” why it is important to wash hands and then draw a picture to support their reasoning. During this activity, they also learned the mechanics of using good word spacing. These are the Sight Words we worked on: at, red, yellow, blue, green, and orange. We also focused on helping students master a critical skill which is how to hold their writing instrument correctly (i.e., between the thumb and index finger, resting against the middle finger).
In Poetry, students read the poem “The Caterpillar” and identified the Letter Cc in the poem. They then pasted a copy of the poem in their poetry notebook.
In Nursery Rhymes, students sang the Core Knowledge rhymes “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” and did the motions together while pointing to the different parts of the body. They also listened to the read-aloud “Parts” by Tedd Arnold and discussed the different parts of the body.
In Science Discovery, students learned proper hand washing techniques. First, they “dirtied” their hands with cinnamon and cooking oil, which they then tried to wash off with just water with less-than-ideal results. They then used soap and realized that in order to really clean their hands properly they needed to use the soap. Discovery!
In Math, students named different shapes (i.e., circle, rectangle, square, diamond, hexagon, and trapezoid) and discussed the different attributes of each (e.g., naming the sides and corners) using Pattern Blocks (manipulatives). They used Saxon Math worksheets to place the correct shape on top of the right block image. They also worked on Math Patterns with their individual math pattern centers while sitting together as a group. Students also enjoyed working on 2 Math Journals: “Shape Robot Journal” and “Shapes, Shapes, Shapes Math Journal.” They also used “Teddy Bear Counters” to learn matching, colors, and putting together (i.e., concepts of addition up to 5 teddy bears).
In Virtue of the Month, the class talked about the Virtue of the Month “Respect.” We learned that we need to be positive in talking to each other and positivity as a proper attitude. They listened to the read-aloud “Be Positive” by Cheri Meiners to reinforce the virtue.