Pre-K and Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “An Amazing Snowman” by Barbara Jean Hicks; “Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather” by Bruce Koscielniak; “Snow White” by Charles Santore; “King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone” by Cari Meister; and “Cinderella” by Marcia Brown.
In Language Arts, the focus last week was reading from the Kindergarten Core Knowledge Language Arts Curriculum. The wonderful thing about the Core Knowledge Language Arts Curriculum is that it is a comprehensive language arts curriculum that has 2 main components: Skills Strand (which teaches letter sounds or phonics and writing skills); and the Listening and Speaking Strand (which teaches the classical stories, comprehension, fluency, and background knowledge on the classics).
Last week, we finished the whole unit on Kings and Queens by reading classic fairy tale stories that included The Princess and The Pea, Cinderella, and Snow White. At the end of reading each story, we talked about and discussed the moral of each story (e.g., be kind to others, treat others with respect, don’t be mean).
In addition, we also discussed the characters, setting, and plot for each story. For example, each student was given a series of picture cards of the classical fairytale “Snow White.” They were asked to paste the picture cards on construction paper and to use pictures from the story to sequence the events. Students also talked about what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of each story.
In Writing and Phonics, pre-k students worked on reading and writing the word “at.”Kindergartners, on the other hand, focused on beginning blended letters. They talked about how letters sound when read together. Kindergarten students worked on the following blends: Sk, Sm, Sl, Sp, Br, Cr.
We also worked on a Matching Blends worksheet where students needed to determine which pictures went with each beginning sound. They used scissors to cut the pictures and glue sticks to paste the pictures next to the correct blend. For example, a picture of a brother was pasted next to the blend, br.
In Science, students enjoyed doing a fun SNOW EXPERIMENT! First, students made a prediction on what they thought would happen when you mixed snow, baking soda, and vinegar and listed their predictions in a chart. Second, students watched as they saw the reaction the vinegar had on the baking soda and snow. Lastly, students discussed and listed what they saw. To help build sensory skills, students got to enjoy playing with the snow after the experiment was over!
In Math, students worked on counting and writing numbers 0 to 30. The focus last week was identifying numbers 11-30 and what number comes first when writing a two-digit number. Students also learned how to easily count objects by putting them in groups of ten. They were able to count “30 objects” with the help of grouping objects by 10!