KG students are loving independent reading! Each student has a book bag with "just right" books for them. They have learned how to buddy read with a partner and love sharing their books with their classmates!
We are practicing a wide variety of literacy skills during literacy center time. Ms. Poutasse and I have been impressed with the focus and motivation of our students during this time! It's hard to believe this is only the 6th week of school!
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.
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.
We are 12 days into the 2014-15 school year, and getting into a nice groove here in KG. This week, we continued to engage in activities, read alouds, and class discussions that foster a sense of community, safety, and well-being in our classroom. Students were introduced to many new routines related to math, literacy, AND science! Highlights include: