This week our class learned about liquids and solids. We experimented with making ice cream and asked the essential question "Is ice cream a liquid or a solid?". Unfortunately, our experiment never turned into ice cream, but we had a fun time trying, and discovered that ice cold vanilla milk is pretty tasty. Scientists learn as much from failed experiments as successful ones. We will try again in the future and change one of our ingredients to see if that makes a difference.
In math, we are working on number cardinality and collaborating to solve problems. Kindergartners are doing a great job working together!
We continue to celebrate everyone's unique traits. Kindergarteners are really enjoying getting to be the child of the day as well as listening to the special things each child of the day has to share. Every child has something unique that should be celebrated. This week our class joined Cate in singing "Let it Go" after she shared that she was good at singing, but was a little shy to do it on her own. It was really heartwarming to see and hear the class supporting their friend.
Kindergartners also got an extra trip to the computer lab last week. We will be going every Friday afternoon for thirty minutes. We will play educational games and learn the basics of computer technology.
This week we look forward to a learning about fall and a special trip to the Berry Patch farm. It should be lots of fun!
This week we launched our writing workshop! We talked about how we are all writers and how we each have something special to share in writing. We are all experts and can share ideas with our readers as written communication. We think about something that we know, and then use drawings and writing to put what we know on paper. Writing is not just for grown-ups, kindergartners can teach people things, too!
In math, we worked on number sense and learned to play "Zingo" during our math centers. We also sampled different vegetables and students surveyed one another to find out which one was their classmates' favorite vegetable.. We graphed our individual results and then took a class pole. Afterwards, we graphed the classroom results and answered questions with the data we collected. We discussed the terms least, most, and sum. It was fun to survey our friends!
We ended our week by reading the story "The Little Red House with No Windows, No Doors, and A Star Inside". The kids read along in chorus each time we reached the phrase "Do you know where I can find a little red house with no window, no door, and a star inside." The story ends with the house being an apple. We then became scientists and explored the inside of an apple. We discussed the inside parts of the apple and the kids then drew a picture of the inside of the apple. As a special treat, we ate cinnamon oatmeal with fresh apple slices. Eating healthy can be delicious!
Kindergartners listened to the story of "Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again". Then we received a visit from Humpty Dumpty in our classroom. We talked about the importance of using gentle hands and being careful in the classroom. We really enjoyed Humpty's visit! We are still working on using gentle hands with our classmates and the things in our classroom. Please remind your child to use their gentle hands at school.
We were also introduced to "Magic Phones". We use these phones during "Read to Self" so
that we can whisper read and still hear ourselves. The phone "magically" magnifies our
voices so that we can hear ourselves without interrupting anybody else who is reading.
We ended our week by talking about different kinds of bread and the active ingredients in
bread. We then used our scientist skills to make predictions about what happens to yeast
when it is mixed with water. We practiced using our senses to observe the experiment and
come up with our conclusions. We talked about the importance of wafting when smelling a
science experiment, and using all our senses to come up with a conclusion. We even used
our sense of taste because after the experiment we snacked on whole grain tortillas and
whole wheat bread. Yum!
Kindergarteners continue to build stamina in their ability to work independently. This week they were able to read to self for fifteen minutes. We are quite proud of this accomplishment! We were also able to introduce some word work and independent writing. The kids practiced making letters and words with Playdough. This week, will be introducing the listening station as well. We will try to do three stations continuous stations. Our hope is to be able to keep our stamina so that Mrs. Larson and I can start working with small groups. The kids are really enjoying learning how to work independently and have been figuring out what it looks, sounds, and feels like.
We continue to work on respect for ourselves and our classmates. We read the story, " Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies." Next, we discussed how to respect one another and appreciate our differences. We ended the lesson by having a "Wigglebottom" dance party. They each put in their own unique dance moves and had a great time! We have some fabulous little dancers!
As we continue to build our community, we are working on teamwork and getting along with others. We are really learning how to collaborate with one another and get along. We ended our week with the story of "Stone Soup" by Tony Ross. We had to create an ending to the story using a because statement. Then we collaborated to make our own "Stone Soup". The students loved the "Stone Soup"and many of them asked for refills.
This week we will continue to work on building our community. Mrs. Dorsey, our talented ECE teacher, has graciously arranged for Humpty Dumpty to visit our classroom and talk about using gentle hands. We will begin working on handwriting using "Handwriting Without Tears", and will also be incorporating all the parts of daily five, and continue to work on implementing our Math and Writing Workshops.
Our kindergarten class is working hard so please make sure they are getting plenty of sleep every night to have the stamina to keep up with our busy day. Also, please make sure to send your child with a water bottle so they can rehydrate often. Our little kindergartners need plenty of rest, food, liquids, and love so that they can continue to flourish! You will be amazed at how much they grow this year!