Our twenty-nine kindergarten students have spent the past trimester learning rituals and routines, building friendships, learning, exploring and having fun! I am grateful for all the special moments and love we have shared with one another. The pictures featured below are just a few of our classroom highlights from: everyday classroom experiences, to collaborative projects, class parties, and field trips, we have had a wonderful time exploring together. My heart is filled with gratitude and love for our amazing classroom!
Kindergarten students become scientists as they use their senses and tools to explore the world around them. Our activities included:
Kindergartners have developed special friendships. We have learned about treating each other with respect and appreciating our individual differences. Each student in our class drew illustrations and wrote about a friend in the class. The pieces were then tied together to create a friendship quilt.
We have also learned about different ways that we can move. Our amazing dance teacher, Julia Fegley, brought all four kindergarten classes together and taught them an Appalachian cultural dance. Students were able to collaborate to demonstrate their understanding of movement. Students also collaborated with peers to create movement sculptures. The students had to use motion words to describe their art and work together to make the sculptures. They did an outstanding job using their creativity, showing respect for one another's ideas, and making their sculptures. We will continue to collaborate throughout the year to demonstrate our learning.
Kindergarten students have learned that each one of them are unique and special. We have read, talked, wrote and illustrated about our unique families and about the qualities that make each of us special. We have celebrated our commonalities and our differences. We ended the week with our Spanish teacher giving us a mini Spanish lesson and shared the importance of appreciating other languages that are unique to other cultures.
Kindergarten students later on had the opportunity to demonstrate their own talents in front of their peers. Each student was proud to show the class what they could do and each student learned from one another. It is my desire that every kindergarten student in our class learns to love and accept one other. because together with everybody's talents we will do amazing things not just in kindergarten, but in life. As quoted from the Lego movie, "You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone."
Kindergarten students have started school. They are making friends, learning rituals and routines, and having a blast! Some of our highlights for the first couple of weeks include:
We look forward to starting week three of school. Kindergartners will continue to work on rituals and routines, making friendships, and exploring all that kindergarten has to offer.
In the past couple of weeks, kindergartners have been exploring what living things need to grow as well as looking at how things grow and change over time. We have done this by observing plants within our community and doing class investigations to make our own discoveries about plants. We have also been discussing, listening, observing, and writing how plants go through life cycles and how they are critical to other life cycles.
Our little Botanists are enjoying investigating plant life cycles and their importance in our ecosystem. We will continue discussing different life cycles as we celebrate Earth Day and learn about ways to help sustain the life cycles on our planet.
Kindergartners have continued learning through the "March Madness". They have been working hard on exploring:
We are all looking forward to our Spring Break! I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful break!
Kindergartners have concluded their weather unit and wrote spectacular opinion pieces about their favorite weather. They did an amazing job using details to support their opinion. We were very pleased with their final pieces.
Our aspiring teacher Ms. Aspen has began teaching her unit "Force and Motion". Ms. Aspen is doing a terrific job presenting essential questions and having the students explore to find the answers to these questions:
Students have been: listening to stories, engaging in conversations, doing experiments, writing their predictions and claims in their science journals, and creating STEAM projects to demonstrate their learning.
In addition, Ms. Aspen celebrated Dr. Seuss last week. The students enjoyed listening to Dr. Seuss books and creating their own rhyming "Cat in the Hat" hats. It is fun to be silly!
Looking forward, students will continue their investigations about "Force and Motion" until we conclude this unit right before Spring break. Then we will begin our unit on "Life Cycles". Our kindergartens will be experts in many areas of science by the time the year is through.
Kindergartners celebrated 100 days of learning this week. I am overjoyed by the enthusiasm and efforts that our kindergartners put into our classroom each and everyday. In our 100 days together, we have grown as: scientists, readers, writers, and mathematicians. We soar in our academic growth, but more importantly, we have grown socially and emotionally. We have learned how to talk through our problems, find solutions on our own, have a desire and stamina to have constant ongoing learning, and how to create and collaborate with our peers. We have created friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime.
While our kindergartners have made a lot of growth in the classroom, I must take a moment to thank our parents and community members for nourishing them along the way because without your support our students would not be nearly as successful. Thank you for all the volunteering, the organizing, and for your financials as well as personal contributions to the classroom. Our families are truly the best! Thank you for helping our 100 Days of learning be a true joy! I look forward to seeing what unfolds as we continue our journey together! I HEART PARK HILL!