Our kindergarten class had a great first week! We worked on establishing rituals and routines in our kindergarten community. We learned about stamina and how to maintain stamina in the classroom. First, we practiced our stamina by running around the track, and then we practiced having stamina in the classroom while reading. We practiced reading by describing the pictures and retelling the story. We were able to maintain five minutes reading stamina; so we celebrated with the “Tooty-Ta dance”.
We also discussed the importance of respect at our school, in our classroom, towards our friends, and towards ourselves. We celebrated our uniqueness and created self-portraits. We worked on teamwork by creating a mural about respect. Next, we worked on individual writing about what respect means in our classroom. Then, the first graders came into our room and read their classroom book about “Respect”. Our class was in awe of their older schoolmates. It was wonderful to see our Park Hill Elementary community coming together to share their ideas. The first graders were great role models for our classroom!
We ended the week with the story, "Blueberries for Sal". Then we made blueberry parfaits. The kids practiced estimation, measuring, and counting. They enjoyed making and eating their delicious and healthy treats.
Next week, we will continue to work on creating our classroom community of friendship, respect, and learning. We will continue building our stamina to prepare ourselves for the daily five and begin our math workshop. We look forward to another terrific week!