Hopefully you have noticed that your children are coming home with an increased interest in independent reading. In school, KG students love to read their independent books to their classmates. We call this buddy reading. Many parents often ask what they can do at home to support emergent readers. The file below outlines some suggestions for reading with your kindergartner.
Students used pattern blocks and snap cubes to re-create the animals in The Carnival of the Animals.
In math, we have turned our focus to order of operations, or addition and subtraction. Students love engaging in various centers that encourage the development and mastery of these concepts and skills. Check out a few of these centers below!
As part of our science curriculum this year we are engaged in a unit on structures. Your children are developing a scientific approach to their investigation of structures as they focus on building tall structures and enclosures, trying out different building materials, and discovering which materials work best for different kinds of construction. In addition to exploring different building materials, children are creating drawings to represent what they built, learning about famous structures and sharing their ideas and thinking.
You can help our in class explorations by encouraging your children to build at home. Specific building materials are not necessary. Children enjoy building with household items such as Popsicle sticks and cardboard boxes. Lego and Duplo blocks are also popular, but children do not encounter the same challenges in terms of balance and gravity with these blocks. In addition, you might inquire about what your child built in school or help to encourage ideas for a future structure.
We can always use your expertise at school! If you are knowledgeable about construction, architecture, or anything else related to our study of structures, please let me know!
The 100th day of school finally arrived! Last Wednesday, we celebrated with all the kindergarten classes. Students chose from 16 different 100-themed activities to complete. Favorites included 100 Fruit Loop necklaces, Derdnuh (hundred spelled backwards!), 100 signatures, ball toss, bean bag toss, and hopscotch! We had a blast and are so grateful to all the parent volunteers who helped make this fun day such a success! Please check out our class Shutterfly site for all the 100th day pictures (my files were too big to upload to the blog!).