- using reading strategies to figure out words on their own
- using different strategies to create numbers and explaining their thinking
- generating and writing their opinions about books
- exploring different types of precipitation
- classifying solids and liquids
- observing weather and performing scientific experiments
- recording their data in their science journals
- creating tools to measure their scientific explorations
- demonstrating their knowledge of weather through artistic creations
- "Tap the Magic Tree"..... Did our kindergartner's magic give us a snow day or was that nature? Ask your kindergartener about the story "Tap the Magic Tree" and see what they think.😉
Kindergartners demonstrate ongoing learning by:
Kindergartners have been hard at work digging deep into number sense. They have been having number talks, playing with tricky teens, and adding with manipulatives. The majority of kindergartners can now count to 100 and can add to five with fluency. We continue working on building fluency in addition, and will soon be learning subtraction. We look at numbers and how they apply to our everyday world.
In literacy, we have regrouped and are working on various strategies to make sure that we are always thinking about the meaning of our literature. Kindergartners are citing evidence, inferring, discussing key details and retelling the story. We continue working on knowing our high frequency words in a snap and applying them to our reading and writing. We add details to our conversations as well as our writing.
We have also begun our new Science unit on weather. Kindergartners are learning about temperature, seasons, and different types of weather. We are using our senses to describe the weather and comparing temperatures. We are recording our findings just like scientists do. We are extending our findings by using our creativity to create poems and using watercolor paintings to depict the seasons as well.
In addition, kindergarteners learned about social justice and how lucky we are to have our friends of all races learning, playing, and loving together everyday. We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. and shared stories of his courage, integrity, and peaceful efforts towards Civil Rights. Students joined together and reenacted a special moment that occurred here in our Park Hill community as we sang "We Shall Overcome" on the footsteps of Montview Blvd Church just as people did when MLK spoke there over fifty years ago. How fortunate we are to live in a community with so much history and to have a classroom that loves and respects our differences!
I just wanted to share some pictures of Disney on Ice that were taken on our field trip a couple of weeks ago. Kindergartners enjoyed the bus ride to downtown Denver where we gathered with our friends to watch the show at the Denver Pepsi Center.
We have also been working hard on writing and publishing our personal narratives. This Thursday our little authors will read their personal narratives. It is going to be a wonderful celebration! We hope you can be there.
I am a firm believer that children learn best through experiences. During the past two weeks, kindergarteners explored sounds around them and the places in their neighborhood. Our class had a wonderful time listening, sharing, and learning about both of these units. As we learned about sounds, we discussed the different pitches, rhythms, and volumes of sound. Students in kindergarten ended the week by going into the auditorium and listening to a guitar performance by our talented principal, Ken Burdette. They were then exposed to some Spanish opera which I sang for them. They concluded our sound unit by becoming the performers as Mr. Burdette and I taught them and led them in the performance of Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So from "The Sound of Music." It was wonderful to see all of our children excel and shine. There is something very powerful about the arts and what it inspires. Later, we created our own musical instruments which we had a blast shaking around the classroom.
The next week, we focused on the places in our community and once again took another spectacular excursion around Park Hill to the Cake Crumbs Bakery and Dardano's Gymnastics Studio. Kindergartners got to experience a behind the scenes tours of Cake Crumbs Bakery and taste their delicious cupcakes. They were also kind enough to reserve twenty-four seats so that our kindergartners could stay warm. We are so lucky to have them in our community.
Equally wonderful was our excursion to Dardano's. Students were led in many gymnastics experiences were we practiced following rules and using our listening skills. Students really enjoyed playing with all of the equipment and sharing this experience with all of their friends. They did a terrific job of showing off how Park Hill kindergartners R.O.A.R!!!
I am thrilled to be able to give our students a tour of Park Hill, and introduce them to the the many fabulous businesses that help make our community so special. I also feel so fortunate to be able to give our students the experiences in our community which many of our students have not had. These excursions leave an impactful positive experience for our children to hold on to and continue their love of learning.
Kindergarten students learned about how rules help us learn and keep us safe. We discussed rules for learning how to read, write, play math games, and play with one another. We concluded our week with the question "What is Science?" We read, listened, and discussed the aspects of science. Next, we created a collage in our science journals representing what science is to us. Then, we applied the rules we have been learning and engaged in our "Exploding Pumpkins" experiments. We used our five senses during our experiment to create our claims. We concluded by writing our claims and evidence in our science journals. The kindergartners were fascinated by their scientific discoveries!
This week kindergarten students used their senses to explore the world of music on their field trip to listen to a live organ performance. Students got to look closely to the organ and its' various parts. They listened to the magnitude of sounds the organ makes, and ended their visit by touching and playing the organ. We discussed how our senses can help evoke emotions and the power of music. I think we have some future musicians in our classroom. Everyone was thrilled to have a chance to see, listen, and play such a magnificent instrument.
We continued using our senses as we discovered the world of bugs. We listened, read stories, and wrote about bugs and insects. It was fun to compare and contrast the many bugs around us.
On Friday, we took a walking field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science where we took a closer look at bugs and got a back stage tour of the live beetles in the museum. We also checked out the human body exhibit, and took a closer look at how are senses are controlled by our bodies and mind. Kindergartners loved all the hands on activities that the museum had to offer.
We concluded Friday with our Halloween parade and classroom party. It was entertaining to see all the disguises. Kindergartners enjoyed walking around the neighborhood with their peers. A big thank you to all the parents who made our classroom party such a success. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful community of families and friends supporting the growth of our students. Thank you for all your support! We love you!!!
This week was a short, but nonetheless, busy week! Kindergartners listened, discussed, read, and explored shapes. We explored shapes in nature, at school, and in our world. We finished up the week by collaborating with peers and creating "Shape Haunted Houses " made out of recyclable materials. I think we have some future architects and designers in our classroom. Their houses were spooktacular!
Kindergartners use tools to help them learn and explore the world around them. This week in kindergarten we::
Kindergartners really enjoy collaborating and using STEM activities to demonstrating what they know. We had a wonderful time creating tools with our learning partners and sharing our creations!
Kindergarten students are learning about their five senses. This week kindergarten student highlights include:
A special thank you to Spinelli's Market for being so accommodating to our kindergarten classes. We had a terrific time using our senses as we explored the market and the coffee shop. The cheese and ice cream were delicious. What a great way to end our week!
This week in kindergarten we continue learning about "What can we learn when we try new things?" We focused on how we move and how trying new things helps us to learn. We listened and read the story of "The Tortoise and Hare." We discussed how each of us has unique qualities, and it is important for us to use them and work hard so that we can always have ongoing learning and success.
We explored movement and trying new things on our field trip to Berry Patch Farms. Kindergartens ventured through mazes, walked around live animals, enjoyed a bumpy hay ride, and learned about the pumpkin lifestyle. We enjoyed discovering a new place with our friends.
In math, we used our pumpkin and math skills to answer the question:"How can we measure our pumpkins?" Kindergartners counted unifix cubes and rulers to measure height. They also used measuring tapes for the circumference, and a scale to measure the weight. We compared our pumpkins to our friends' pumpkins. We also drew and labeled detailed pictures of our pumpkin and recorded our individual pumpkin's data.
We concluded the week with a special Appalachian Dance taught by our amazing dance teacher Mrs. Fegley. All the kindergarten classes joined together to learn new movements, try new things, and celebrate one another while learning a new dance. It was wonderful to have our Park Hill kindergarten students working together as a community. Most importantly, they had lots of FUN while doing it. At Park Hill Elementary, kindergarten students are ongoing learners!