We have finished learning how to write numbers 0-10. We will continue to practice our number writing all year long! It is very normal for five and six year olds to reverse numbers, or to struggle with the proper formations, so please do not worry if you observe your child doing this! Today, we introduced math centers. We will be focusing on counting accurately, identifying numbers and quantities, and recording our thinking and work.
KG students began writing in their kindergarten journals this week. We began by brainstorming ideas for writing. Coming up with an appropriate, realistic topic/idea is often the hardest part of the writing process for many kindergartners. You can help by talking to your child about ideas for writing. Things you do together as a family often make for the best writing topics!
Yesterday, we read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. We learned that everyone carries an invisible 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” also fill their own bucket by being kind.
Today, we read One, by Kathryn Otoshi. In this book, Red is being mean to Blue, and the other colors don't stick up for him. Blue is feeling pretty "blue," until One comes along and stands up to Red. Red finally backs down and we learned than sometimes, it just takes "one" person to stop a bully and help a friend. KG students spent time discussing what we can do and say to be a good classmate. We also reviewed the Baker School Bullying Prevention Rules.
Today we read The Big Orange Splot. In this book, all of the houses on Mr. Plumbean's street are exactly the same. Slowly, each person on the street paints their house, making them all extremely colorful and unique. We discussed how each of the children in KG are different and unique. We all have different goals and need different things to help us succeed. Each student identified his/her goal (or "hope & dream") for kindergarten. Goals included learning to read, making new friends, getting better at counting, and learning new games in PE.
We have had a wonderful start to kindergarten in KG! Ms. Dobrotka (our classroom paraprofessional) and I are really enjoying getting to know all twenty KG students. We have been busy doing lots of fun activities and learning all about how to work together as a community in our classroom. Some highlights include:
- Ate lunch in the cafeteria
- Went to music, art and PE classes
- Met Profe Vergara and Chusco during Spanish
- Built with Legos
- Played with classmates in the dramatic play center
- Did birthday math
- Discussed science and scientists
- Learned about our classroom and how to take care of it
- Had morning meeting (every day!)
- Celebrated a birthday!
- Drew self-portraits
Parents, please be sure to mark your calendars for two important events.
Friday, September 23 - Kindergarten field trip to Honey Pot Hill Orchards!
We will be sending home a permission slip and more information about this trip next week. We love having lots of chaperones, so if you want to join us, please be sure you have a CORI form on file with the office.
Wednesday, September 28 - Back to School Parent Open House, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
I look forward to sharing more about Baker kindergarten and KG with you at this time!
Have a wonderful weekend!