Week of April 17-21
The kinders had a BLAST learning about our environment and how to better take care of it! We learned about the 3 R's: recycling, reducing, and reusing. We read some great books like Michael Recycle, and Michael Recycle and Litterbug Doug, as well as a poem by Shel Silverstein about a little girl who refused to take the garbage out. We imagined THAT would not be pleasant!
In math, we worked on number combinations! We played a game called Toss the Chips using two sided counters. We learned that 4 chips could look like 4 red and 0 yellow, 3 red and 1 yellow, 2 red and 2 yellow, 1 red and 3 yellow, and 0 red and 4 yellow.
Our field trip to George Mason was fantastic! The children did a great job watching a real live stage show about Pete the Cat. They laughed and learned some valuable lessons from each one of the characters in the play. When we returned, we drew and wrote about our favorite part.
We are also preparing for 2 very special events: our preschool visit from Saint Matthew's as well as cheering our 5th grade buddies on for their SOL exams starting soon!
Week of April 24 - 28
What a great week we had!
The kinders were SO excited to explore fractions! We learned that fractions must be "fair" or "equal" as I tried to share a graham cracker with Miss Libby. We read a story called The Doorbell Rang and acted the story out with paper plates and cookies. Then, we took our shot at "fair sharing" a set by sharing Hershey kisses with a partner. Next, we explored what "half" meant by cutting a cookie in half and recording the results on paper. And...of course, we ate the cookie afterwards. Then, we moved on to exploring "fourths" by cutting a pizza in fourths, recording the results, and enjoying the fruits of our labor by eating the pizza as well.
We've been busy making cards and banners for our 5th grade buddies this week! They even stopped by for 15 minutes so we could get to know each other better. It was such a super sight to see them paired up reading books to each other! Now...they even wave to each other in the hall.
Our preschool visit was beyond amazing! How wonderful it was to see the preschoolers overcome their nerves and excitement to visit a kindergarten classroom! Their nerves were most certainly put to rest when they saw that kindergarten wasn't THAT much different than preschool. We sang a song together, read a story together, made a craft together, shared a snack together, went on a tour of Westridge together, and then played on the playground together. And, it was also amazing to see your kindergartener take a preschooler under their wing and "show them the ropes." :)
The Week of May 1 - 5
Wow! Can you believe it is May already! This year has flown by. It has been so wonderful to see the children grow and learn this year. A little bittersweet knowing that they will be moving on to new classrooms and teachers next year.
The kids had fun this week learning about their 5 senses! We read lots of great books about our senses and learned many interesting facts in the process. Like, did you know that when our eyes take a "picture" of what we are seeing, the picture is upside-down? That's right! Our brain turns the picture right-side up for us. And...did you know that our sense of smell is related to our sense of taste? Yup! That's why when you have a cold, it is harder for you to taste what you are eating!
In math, we have been working on ordinal numbers to 10. We lined up and practiced naming which friend was in which space in line. We learned the wording for ordinals (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, etc.), and practiced using ordinals to cut and paste things in a prescribed order.
PAL's testing has begun! Please be sure your child has been getting a good night's sleep as well as eating a healthy breakfast before they come to school. Letters will be sent home, like in the fall, letting you know the results.
Coming up: we will be learning about positional words and map skills next week! We are also starting a fun math unit called Number Tickets which will build on and extend our unit on number combinations. Stay tuned!
**A HUGE thank you to all of you for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Gifts last week! The flowers, cards, gift cards, mugs and cups, homemade bread, classroom supplies, and a flower arrangement made with the children's pictures, etc. were amazing! Mrs. Sindt and I are truly blessed to have each of your kinders this year. It has been a fantastic journey watching them grow and learn. Thank you again for sharing them with us!
Week of May 8-12
The week started off with sunshine, but ended on a wet note with lots of rain! Nonetheless, we kept busy this week. We read a funny story called Rosie's Walk. It is about a hen named Rosie who goes for a walk around the farmyard. Unbeknownst to her (or maybe she is more clever than we think), a fox is following her! The kids laughed at the antics of the fox and were glad to hear that Rosie made it home safely. We had fun creating a story retelling board to go along with the story. We drew pictures in a circle around a piece of paper, and labeled our pictures with the "positional word" that Rosie did from the story. Then, we used the pictures to retell the very simple story from beginning to end. Ask your child to retell the story to you using their story board. Other positional word activities included participating in an obstacle course in the gym, as well as taking pictures on the playground demonstrating positional words and then writing about them.
We also tied up some loose ends by finishing up some ordinal number activities, some 5 senses activities.
In math we have started a fun unit called "number tickets." We have learned how to make combinations of 4 (0 and 4, 1 and 3, 2 and 2) using unifix cubes, 2 sided counters, teddy bears, jewels, and writing story problems. Next week we will let the children "fly solo" and work at their own pace starting at 5's to as far as they can get before the unit ends. Be sure to ask your child about our exciting math activities.