We had so much fun celebrating Halloween in KG! We participated in the Baker Halloween parade, and then did lots of fun activities in class, including play doh, card and bookmark making, mask making, jewelry, pumpkin stained glass, and fall Bingo!
We are well into our second math unit; "Shapes All Around Us." In our last unit, we practiced counting groups of objects using a variety of math tools. We continue to practice counting, while also introducing students to concepts of geometry. We use two-dimensional shapes to help students develop concepts and language of geometry using shapes that are familiar.
Students began by exploring the concept of measurement through hands-on experience with familiar objects. We compared length, weight and capacity, using increasingly precise language.
We then began to focus on manipulating pattern blocks and building shapes out of line segments. Students are learning that shapes stay constant, regardless of their orientation.
Next, we will focus more on using correct shape names and positional words to describe shapes students work with. They will build shapes with different materials and identify real-world objects that look like shapes they know in their environment. Students will use concepts of length to compare and sort shapes.
We also listened to this song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMiReDGqs3Q
We have been busy learning, playing and building our community in KG!
- During Fundations (our word study program), students learned how to write lowercase t, f, and b. They learned a keyword for each letter and what sound it makes. We wrote the letters in the air, traced them in our student notebooks, wrote them on dry erase boards, and matched letter tiles on our magnetic letter boards!
- We practiced reading our poem of the week, "I Like School", and students practiced finding the word 'I." This is the first sight word we will add to our word wall.
- During math, we are practicing counting in the correct sequence and counting groups of objects accurately with 1:1 correspondence.
- During literacy, students began to write in their kindergarten journals. These hardcover books are a Baker kindergarten tradition. Thank you to the Baker PTO for funding the purchase of these books! It is so fun to see what the children choose to draw/write about. By the end of the year, your child will come home with a beautiful book that clearly shows the progression of his/her writing skills. Students also engaged in a variety of literacy centers to practice letter identification and letter/sound correspondence.
- We continued to work on building our community, with a focus on kindness and teamwork. We are working on being "bucket fillers." We also began Second Step lessons, which is a curriculum for social emotional learning. Ms. Cuff, the K-2 Baker counselor, came to visit our classroom to teach students about good listening skills. We learned that good listeners have their "eyes looking, ears listening, voices quiet and body still."
Our first full week together has come to an end! We had a fun, busy week getting to know each other, our classroom, and learning new routines.
- We read some of my favorite back to school books, including The Kissing Hand and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. Some students chose to make their own kissing hand during choice time to bring home!
- We practiced using our table materials - markers, pencils, crayons, colored pencils and more!
- Students listened to the story, The Big Orange Splot. In the beginning of this story, all of the houses on Mr. Plumbean's street are exactly the same. By the end of the story, each house is different, colorful and unique. We discussed how each child in KG is different and unique, and how Ms. Haywood and I will do everything we can to make sure each child gets exactly what they need in order to have the best year in kindergarten. After we read this story, we wrote and drew about our "hopes and dreams" for the year.
- We worked together to generate our KG classroom rules:
1. Be safe.
2. Listen and follow directions.
3. Be kind.
4. Take care of our classroom and others.
- We read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? We learned that everyone carries an imaginary bucket. “Bucket fillers” treat others with kindness and “bucket dippers” are unkind. If your bucket is full, you are happy, and if your bucket has been dipped into, you are sad. “Bucket fillers” fill their own bucket by being kind.
- During math, we played a game to practice number identification. We began exploring math tools, including connecting cubes and pattern blocks!
- Students spent lots of time playing together, both in the classroom and on the playground!
It's truly hard to believe that this school year is coming to a close. I have enjoyed this group of children immensely and know they will do great things in their lives. June flew by, but we sure did have fun!
- We observed and measured our plants! Students examined photos of each mystery seed and what it looks like at different stages of growth. They used this evidence to determine which mystery seed they initially planted!
- We learned all about maps, and how they are representations of real places. We also learned about map symbols and made our own maps of the classroom. The children all loved taking time to look at a variety of real maps! They were amazed to learn that paper maps were what my parents used when we took road trips, and wondered why we didn't use an iPhone! This sparked a wonderful discussion about life "long ago."
- Our final science unit was all about water! We explored ways to make water move and how/why something might float. This was such a fun unit to wrap up the school year!
- To kick off summer reading, we joined grades K-5 on the field for Beach Blanket Books!
It's really hard to believe we only have 15 school days left. We have accomplished so much this year!
The highlight of the past few weeks was definitely our trip to the Franklin Park Zoo! The kids loved exploring the zoo and spotting many of the animals they portrayed in the Carnival of the Animals.
- In math, we have continued to practice our addition and subtraction skills, as well as developing an understanding of place value, specifically in numbers 10-20.
- During Writer's Workshop, we have been busy working on persuasive writing. We started by identifying problems we see in our community, and writing about how to make a change. Students wrote lists, signs, letters, stories, songs, poems, and even created petitions! More recently, we have been focusing on persuasive letter writing. Some of these letters will make their way home next week!
- During literacy centers, we continue to practice our sight words, reading and spelling words and sentences, writing in our journals, buddy reading, and creating detailed observations of our plants in our science notebooks.
- When it isn't raining, we have been able to get outside for a second recess!
I hope you all had a wonderful vacation week! It's hard to believe we are down to the last 8 weeks of school! I love this time of year, as it is so fun to reflect upon all the progress your children have made. They are reading and writing up a storm!
- We celebrated Earth Day in a variety of ways. We read many books about the importance of taking care of our earth. Students brainstormed ideas for what they could do personally. Students worked with a partner to create "partner paintings" of the earth. We discussed pollution, why it is bad, and how we can reduce pollution. Students drew pictures of a "beautiful earth" and then "polluted it" by drawing pollution on a clear overlay. We also picked up trash on our playground.
- Before vacation, we had a pajama party to celebrate filling our class bucket.
- We began a new Writer's Workshop unit on persuasive writing. Students are working on identifying a problem, generating ideas for a solution, and then using writing to convince others that this change needs to happen. It's really fun to see what issues kindergartners care deeply about!
- In math, we continue to work on addition and subtraction. We have also been talking more in depth about teen numbers, and are beginning to develop an understanding of place value. Students are solving and writing their own word problems.
- We learned how to use our RAZ Kids account! The kids all love being able to listen to and read books on their independent levels. Thanks to the Baker PTO, we are able to use this wonderful subscription!
- It has been so lovely to get outside in the warmer weather!
Our performance of Carnival of the Animals was a success! The students and teachers have spent so much time these past few weeks preparing for our show. Students learned all about the symphony music with Ms. Moy, researched Carnival animals, wrote their own research books, created costumes, and more! We hope you all enjoyed the show!
Students painted their animals! Make sure you check out the paintings that are hanging right outside our classroom.
We finished our animal research books today, and Mr. Padula is working on turning them into digital flip books. Stay tuned!