Kindergartners are doers, singers, engineers, scientists, artists, and makers. These little makers used a variety of building and craft materials to create. They could use materials of their choice and make whatever the chose. We had beautiful paintings, buildings, rocket ships, whales, treasure boxes, jelly fish, towers and much more. It was so fun to watch the makers at work!
Reading: We practiced the name, sound, and formation of v, and w. We practiced the sight word can. The kids are getting good at noticing sight words in books we read. We worked on making connections this week and noticing what books remind us of.
Writing: We focused on doing our best personal narrative and completing our true story before starting on another one. When kids shared their work with the class, we gave them compliments and suggestions for how to improve their writing. We practiced saying words slowly and writing all the sounds we hear. We also learned to look at our student notebook (has all the letters and pictures we have learned) to help us when we are labeling.
Math: We compared numerals and length this week using a variety of games an activities. We also made shapes with strings and sticks. We continue to practice counting in various ways as well as using math in practical ways like the calendar or taking attendance.
Science/Social Studies: We learned about friendly tone of voice this week. We also learned about fall and what is happening in the world around us.
***Next week I will not do a Learning Lately post due to the short week. I will post on Monday and Tuesday about some special activities we are doing.
One way the kids show responsibility is by taking care of their own supplies like crayons, writing folders, and student notebooks. Their seat sacks make it easy for them to get out their own things and also put them away. Here are the kids cleaning out their seat sacks today, making sure their things were neat and tidy! How responsible!
Reading: We worked on the name, sound, and formation of l,h,and k this week as well as practicing letters from previous weeks. We continued our practice of the sight words and, in, we, and will. We read them in various books and spelled them aloud with actions like clapping or jumping. Our small groups focused on alphabet practice, predicting, and practicing beginning level books this week depending on student needs.
Writing: We created a personal narrative checklist to use to help us make sure we have completed our writing. We are working on putting our name and the date on each paper, thinking of a true story, drawing our story, adding details, adding labels, and coloring neatly.
Math: We continued practicing writing numbers this week. We also made little posters representing numbers in different ways like pictures, numerals, and tallies. We played a racing game as a fun way to practice identifying numbers as well.
Social Studies and Science: This week we learned about the Pledge of Allegiance and Veteran’s Day.
Today Mrs. Davidson continued teaching the children about feelings by introducing empathy. The kids learned that empathy means understands others feel. If we have empathy we can figure out how to help others.
Mrs. Davidson read a story that had characters who showed empathy. Then she gave the kids various scenarios to imagine how people might feel.
We are working so hard on reading. We are finding books we love, and building focus and stamina for reading. We are practicing letters and sight words to build early reading skills. We are using picture clues to make predictions and help us understand what we read. The kids have been practicing a book called At School. They brought it home today to read to you! They are so excited!
Last week was our turn to use the LEGO tub! Click here to see a video of the kids with their creations!
Reading: We worked on predicting what might happen in the story using the title and the cover for clues. We practiced predicting in a complete sentence by saying “I predict…”. We also practiced sight words like and, in, we, and will. We also worked on building our routines for reading groups. Now that the kids can work (semi) independently in stations, I will be meeting with the children regularly in a small group to build the specific reading skills they need.
Writing: We worked so hard preparing our Hero writing. It will be on display for parent teacher conferences and Heroes’ Day.
Math: We worked on number formation quite a bit this week. We also worked on comparing the length of objects and sorting them into groups of longer and shorter. We continued our work with counting as well.
Science and Social Studies: We worked on our hero’s project for social studies and discussed our heroes and how they are helpful in our lives.
Here are the little lovelies at work! Practicing letters…
Working during literacy stations…
Working on writing…
Today was an exciting end to our human body with Mrs. Fitch! We read the end of the story about the broken arm.
In the story the child got a cast. The kids then got to design their own case that was comfortable, strong, light, and water resistant. They brainstormed ideas and drew their designs.
Mrs. Fitch showed the kids the materials they would have to make the cast and they drew another idea. They shared their ideas with their table.
Working together is a little tricky so we practiced how to share ideas.
The groups got to work building their casts.
The kids shared their finished casts with the class.