KGP students have been discussing how scientists use their five senses to learn about the world. Today, they used their sense of taste to learn more about apples. We read a nonfiction text about apples and learned that there are 7,500 different types of apples grown on earth! We tasted four :)
During literacy center time, students often engage in a variety of partner or group games. On Monday, KGP students got a chance to play some ABC games. These games reinforce upper and lowercase letter recognition, and identifying beginning sounds of words. They also offer a chance for students to practice skills such as turn-taking, collaboration, and promote oral language development.
Baker kindergarten students had an amazing time on our field trip to Honey Pot Hill Orchards. We rode a school bus, took a hayride into the orchards, picked and ate apples, enjoyed donuts and apple cider, picked pumpkins and had a picnic lunch. THANK YOU to all the parent chaperones who were able to join us. This trip would not run as smoothly as it does without your support. Stay tuned for more pictures!
On Monday, we attended Convocation. Convocation is Baker School's kickoff assembly. Mr. Howe encouraged students to be kind in both "easy" and "hard" ways. Being kind in a hard way is when it makes you a little uncomfortable, like approaching a classmate who you don't know at all. Dr. Brown encouraged us all to be bucket fillers this year.
After Convocation, KGP students discussed and illustrated Baker School's unofficial motto - Work hard, be kind, help others.
On Tuesday, we learned about the letters F and T and the corresponding sounds they make. We sorted pictures by beginning sound.
On Thursday, KGP students listened to a book about their five senses. We learned that scientists use their five senses to learn about the world around them. Each student picked an object to observe and draw in his/her science notebook.
KGP students were introduced to science this week. In kindergarten, much of our science curriculum focuses on exploring the natural world using our senses. Students listened to the book, What Is Science?. Afterwards, the class engaged in a discussion about science and what scientists do and look like. Each child has his/her own science notebook that will be used throughout the school year. Everyone drew a picture of a scientist, and then had the opportunity to share their picture and thinking with the group.
Today, we went outside to observe a tree outside our classroom. We will observe this tree periodically throughout the school year to watch for changes.
Today, KGP students listened to the book, The Big Orange Splot. We discussed how just like the houses are different and unique on Mr. Plumbean's street, so are we. Students engaged in a discussion about how each of us have different things we are working on and different goals for kindergarten. Each student determined their "hope" for their year in kindergarten.
KGP students were introduced to their kindergarten journals today. Journals are a long standing Baker tradition, and many former students often tell us about how they love to look through their own journal occasionally! Almost every morning, KGP students will begin their school day by drawing and writing in their journal. We encourage them to add letters, words, and eventually sentences to describe their drawings. All of the students were motivated to do their best work!
Kindergarten in KGP is off to a fabulous start! We welcomed half the class yesterday, and the other half today. Every single student came in with a smile and great attitude. We had our first morning meeting, ate snack, learned about the classroom rules, had a classroom tour, played with classmates during choice time, learned playground rules, played on the playground, ate lunch, listened to a story, and packed up for our first closing circle! I think we ALL left exhausted!
We are really looking forward to seeing the whole class together on Tuesday, September 8. The school doors open at 7:50 a.m. and we will open the classroom door at 7:55 so that everyone can be engaged in learning by 8:00. You can help your child carry out their morning routines! We really encourage independence in kindergarten, but your child may need some prompting, especially in the beginning of the year.
A few other reminders:
- If you have not returned the orange student information sheet, please do so ASAP.
- Please make sure all snacks are NUT-FREE. Lunches may contain nuts, as we have nut-free tables in the cafeteria for students with allergies.
- If your child should be sitting at the nut-free table, please let us know. We will assume that any child with a nut allergy will sit there, but let us know if this is not the case.
- Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in his/her cubby.
- Please follow us on Twitter!! @KG_BakerSchool. This is a great way to get a glimpse into the daily happenings in our classroom!
The PTO is also hosting a popsicle party on Tuesday afternoon on the kindergarten playground for those who can attend. Unfortunately, the teachers will not be there, as we have a faculty meeting.
If you have any questions, please be in touch!!!
Mrs. Galop & Ms. Poutasse