Kindergarteners read the story “You Are Special” by Max Lucado with the Pre-Kindergarten Class last week and we discussed the message of the book. Then students made puppets that will be used in a puppet play that kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students will be performing for the younger preschool students. The kindergarteners have been doing a great job working independently in their Explode the Code phonics workbooks!
In Language Arts, students learned about the 5 senses. We’ve been working on a “Five Senses Book” for our portfolios. We took a nature walk and recorded things in nature that we could see, hear, smell, touch, and things we should not taste. We also did taste, smell, and sound tests. For example, we smelled various scents such as cinnamon and vanilla. Students made a hypothesis and recorded their initial guesses, and then afterwards recorded the actual scent. Some our favorite books last week were “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear” and “The Five Senses” by Margaret Miller.
In Writing, students practiced learning the correct formation for letter L, I, T, O, and A in our Zaner Bloser Kindergarten workbooks. Students are learning both the upper and lowercase letters.
In Writer’s Workshop, kindergarteners had their first Writer’s Workshop last week! First, students were asked to label parts of the picture, color it, and trace the three sentences. Last Thursday, they were asked to copy the three sentences. We talked about the first letter in the sentence being capitalized, using a finger space between our words, and writing a period at the end of the sentence. They did a great job! The class will have writer’s workshop every Tuesday and Thursday.
In Math, the class has been playing math games to reinforce the math concepts of fewer, more, and same as.
In Social Studies/Science, kindergarteners did a “Dancing Raisins Science Experiment” on Science Discovery Day last Friday. In this science experiment, students observed raisins in a clear cup of Sierra Mist. They recorded their observations and changes that occurred.
In conclusion of our study of the human body, the children created life-size drawings of themselves. These are displayed in our classroom. Please take a moment to stop by to see these creative drawings. We also measured our drawings from head to toe with non-standards units of measurement such as unifix cubes and teddy bears counters. We recorded our results and compared the differences.
In the Core Knowledge Centers, students are doing a great job learning to complete their jobs independently. Jobs last week included reading words around the room, reading books, and completing number puzzles. Reading around the room has become a favorite job. The students use a pointer to read known words around the classroom such as sight words, color words, and numbers. This has helped them with their sight word recognition and sounding out new words.
Last week in Movement and Coordination for the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Program, we also played a wacky game called Chicken Toss in JumpBunch! This game works beautifully to improve children’s throwing skills and eye/hand coordination. Everyone got a chance to toss a rubber chicken under, over, and through a hula-hoop. Then each child partnered with a classmate and they tossed the rubber chickens to each other. Variations were done such as one-handed and two-handed tosses. We also did a fun game called Chicken Coop Races and finished with an obstacle course and the closing huddle, followed by a cool stamp on the hand!
In Kodaly Music, students continued to learn about the concepts “stop and go”, “fast and slow”, “ high and low”, and “loud and soft”. Students learned how to use different musical instruments like shakers and rhythm sticks. They also listened to the read-aloud “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” by Traci N. Todd.