Today we got to know the library and our wonderful Librarian/ Library Media Specialist, Mrs Fitch. It was so fun! Mrs. Fitch read a dinosaur story and taught us songs about dinosaurs as well. We also got a chance to read some library books! We had a great time and are excited to return to the library for book check out when kindergarten starts!
The kids had fun making a kangaroo puppet for the letter k! It was a lot of cutting but the kids did well with the challenge!
Today we had a great time painting! The kids were so quiet and focused. You could tell they were very into making their artwork. We used cotton balls, sponges, and feathers clipped into clothespins as our brushes. Here are the kids creating!
One very fun and very important part of our day is playtime! This very hands on time helps the children develop social skills like sharing and cooperation, fine motor skills, as well as pre literacy and math skills. Here are the kids enjoying playtime!
Today we learned about the letter b and also made a butterfly craft. These activities help the children become more familiar with each letter’s name and sound as well as provide opportunities to develop fine motor skills. Our crafts also help the children learn focus skills and build stamina to complete a task. Here are the kids working on their butterflies!
The summer school kindergarten team is excited to welcome you and your child to Beulah Ralph Elementary. This summer, we will help your child make the transition to kindergarten through play and learning activities. We are focused on giving your child a positive first experience at school.
Bring the Following…
A backpack without wheels (optional).
A water bottle that does not spill or leak.
A snack for a class of 25 one time during summer school. You can bring this in at your convenience. Snacks need to be non-perishable and require no silverware.
A beach towel for rest time. Your child may also bring a pillow, stuffed animal, or blanket. Anything your child brings will need to fit in his / her cubby.
An extra set of clothes.
While your child is not expected to go to sleep, every child is expected to lie peacefully and quietly during rest time. Calm music and a dark room provide a restful environment for your child.
During summer school, we do spend a lot of time outside. We encourage you to apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school to help prevent sunburn.
We encourage your child to wear closed-toed shoes each day. It is much easier to play on the playground when your shoes aren’t falling off and you aren’t worried about stubbing your toe on the equipment. Make sure outfits are comfortable and play-friendly.
If you need to change your child’s dismissal plans, you must call the office as soon as possible. For your child’s safety, we will not deviate from the dismissal plan unless the office was contacted before 3:00pm. Thank you!
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 8:00am-8:20am. If you would like your child to eat breakfast, please get them here as close to 8:00 am as you can so that they have plenty of time to eat.
Your child will have the opportunity to explore early literacy skills through songs, games, read aloud, poems, and hands on activities. We will introduce letter names, sounds, and formation. We will also practice recognizing and writing first names.
We will explore early math skills through read aloud, songs, games, and hands on activities. We will learn about shapes, counting, and numbers. Your child with also practice their student identification number. They will need to be able to type it in a keypad, on a keyboard, and say it aloud during the school year.
Science/ Social Studies
We will explore a variety of student chosen topics through read aloud, crafts, and journaling activities.
Fine Motor Skills
We will build fine motor skills through craft activities and hands on activities using a variety of materials such as crayons, markers, scissors, and glue. We will work on building hand strength and practice gripping a writing tool appropriately. We will also use journaling, singing songs with actions, and building with blocks to develop fine motor control.
We will focus on building skills for play and friendship, and handling disputes. We will work on using words to ask for what we want and invite others to play. We will also work on building social skills helpful for school success such as walking safely in a line, focusing on our work, and raising hands to speak.
We will have a wonderful summer together, filled with fun and learning!
We had a busy 2nd to last day. We cleaned out our book boxes and seat sacks. We also did some fun crafts based on one of our favorite book characters this year, Pigeon!
We also released the butterflies who had emerged from their chrysalis over the weekend.
As our kindergarten year comes to it’s end as all good things do, we are taking a little time to reflect on our year, what we learned, friends we made and those who helped us. We took some time this afternoon to make special thank you note to an adult at school who helped us this year like a specials teacher, classroom aides, custodians, and principals. The kids had fun making beautiful notes and then delivering them to the adult of choice!
Here is a video summing up our service learning project. Thank you to everyone for all their help and support to make this project possible! And thank you to the kindergarten students who gave up some recess time to help me record the video and audio clips!