In writing, kindergartners are learning that every word must have a vowel. We are really learning how to hear the sound and write it down. We are continuing to write what we are experts about. Next week, we will begin our personal narratives. Make sure to send in some pictures of your child's special moments so that they can have lots of ideas about what to write about.
During the daily five kindergartners continue to work on reading strategies. We are learning how to: build new words, write our snap words with rainbow colors, and read word families. We are also using the computers during listening center time to build words and listen to stories.
Our calendar time consists of counting to 100 in many different ways. We sing to 110. We use our operator voice to count by 5's, we clap to count by 10's, and we count backwards from 20 to 0, and then blast off to our math stations. Our small group instruction is currently focused on the different ways to make numbers with an emphasis on five and ten.
In addition, Kindergartners are learning the meaning of science. Kindergartners listened to the story: "What is Science?". We discussed what science meant to us and used magazines to begin decorating our science journals with images that depict science. This week we will begin to create a Table of Contents for our journals, and write our first entry about what science is. We will continue to use our journals throughout the year to write about our scientific discoveries.
Finally, kindergartners are making friendships and building socio-emotional skills that will be important for the rest of their lives. Kindergartners are learning to respect one another, take turns, be kind, and problem solve. It is my hope that this year helps set the foundation needed for them to become productive and valuable citizens in our society.
Our little writers have quickly learned that, "When you think you are done, you have only just begun." Kindergartners know that they can add details to their illustrations, label more words, write more sentences, or start on another piece. We also love to read and share our writing with our friends.
During our daily five reading stations, we have become very independent. We are able to read, do word work, listen to stories, and write for fifteen minutes while our friends work with the teachers. We are working on using our illustrations to tell the details of a story, getting our mouth ready to make the sounds, pointing to each word, reading sight words in a snap, and making connections to the text. We are also working on retelling the story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Kindergartners are using their senses to discover the answers to their questions and claims. We discussed fall and how we knew it was fall. We went on a short walk around the neighborhood and collected evidence to demonstrate that fall is here. We had a blast looking for evidence in nature as well as evidence from the fall decor that many houses in Park Hill are decorated with.
When we returned back to school, we selected our five favorite leaves. We then compared and contrasted them with our friends. We discussed the many different ways to count them, and then counted by ones, fives, and tens. We also did some graphing by color and discussed our results. We also used our artistic abilities to paint leaves with watercolors. The class definitely enjoyed our little fall adventure. We look forward to more fall activities in the future.
This week our kindergarten class learned how to use their sound chart during writing. "If you hear a sound, you have to write it down." We worked in pairs and discussed our topics, participated in a shared writing, and then did some independent writing. Kindergartners are learning how to illustrate pictures with details, use five colors to come alive, and label our pictures while drawing. Some students are beginning to write in complete sentences. We are on our way to becoming amazing writers!
We are still working on our rituals and routines. We are doing much better at walking quietly in the hallway with bubbles in our mouth and hands to ourselves either at our sides or as self hugs. We use the chant:
Standing in line is easy to do
When you take care of only you.
Feet are forward,
Hands to the side,
Lips are closed.
We walk with pride.
Our biggest event this week was our trip to Berry Patch Farm. We had a marvelous time going on a hay ride, going through the corn maze, watching a movie about farm life, making gourd necklaces, and picking out pumpkins.
On Friday, we reenacted the poem, "Five Little Pumpkins" and added it to our poem books. We looked for and highlighted the sight words that we know in a snap. We practiced reading our poems using one to one correspondence while pointing our finger to the words, and we illustrated our poems. We also used our pumpkins to practice counting and measurement. We used snap cubes and measuring tapes to compare and decide which pumpkin was the largest as well as the smallest. We also made pumpkin finger puppets which we will use to work on adding to make a five and to make a ten. We really enjoyed using our pumpkins and applying our math skills!
On a final note, as an educator I am so often touched by the things that students say or do. On our field trip, we were sitting on the bus and one of our classmates was sad because she wasn't able to sit next to her best friend. Her friend quickly said, "Don't worry even though we are not next to each other. We are still here for one another." This reminds me of what I have told all the students during our home visits. Our community is built on a lifetime of learning, love, and support for one another. It is my hope that every child leaves our room knowing that even if we aren't next to one another, we will always remain here for one another.