We had an amazing first week of Kindergarten! Students left school on Friday wearing their one of a kind "super kid capes," which they wrote their name on and painted their handprints. It was just a little symbol to show them that they are real superheroes and will be using their "super powers" this year in Kindergarten.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
We began a new Skills Block activity this week called "Star names." Each child has their name in a cup and the child who was the "star student" the previous day gets to pull out a new name. The star student gets a special sticker and gets to sit in a special chair. I write the child's name on the board, modeling that each name begins with a capital letter and the rest of the letters are lowercase. I interview the "star student" and write their answers out, again modeling sounding out and writing from left to right! We talk about what we notice about the letters in the their name and also words that begin with the same sound. We put their name into a song and also make a puzzle with their name. We cut the letters apart and ask another student to put the letters back together in the correct order. This Skills Block activity allows students to practice many phonetic skills in a fun and interactive way! Students also go back to their seats and draw a picture of the "star student," trying to include some of the things that the "star student" shared in their interview. Students are encouraged to sound out the things that they drew. For example, if they drew a soccer ball, they could write /s/ to represent the first sound or /scr bol/ to phonetically sound out the words. Each student works at his/her individual writing ability.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We learned our new science song today. We read a book about our 5 senses. We did a little experiment using our sense of smell. Several students had to close their eyes and use their sense of smell to try to figure out what the hidden object in my hand was. Students were able to identify the "minty" smell of the peppermint candy in my hand. We talked about how you can use one of your senses or a combination of different senses at one time. Students thought it was fun to partner up and take a closer look at the tiny little dots (taste buds) on their tongue that they use for their sense of taste. We will learn more about this science topic a little later with a few more "in-depth" experiments.
Today, we practiced a few new activities for math. We begin our Math Workshop each day with Calendar skills, in which students practice days of the week, numbers, and place value. We sing a counting song and point to each number on the 100 chart. Students did an informal assessment today by trying their best to write their numbers 1-30. We will continue to work on this skill throughout the year. Students looked through various "Math Books." They also explored counting and making patterns with linking cubes.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The first day of Kindergarten is quickly approaching and I am so excited about this upcoming year! I can't wait to meet all of my new students and their parents. This upcoming week, I will be busy at school getting the classroom decorated and ready for them. It's going to be a SUPER year!! I'm looking forward to developing and discovering the superhero talents in each of my students.