With the second week of school the Kindergarten All-Stars, we have been busy with learning procedures, the schedule, and basic skills such as letter / number recognition. Yesterday we read a story adapted from a song called Wheels on the Bus and we discussed the problem and solution of the story. At the end of the day we made school buses and made a new part of the song using students beginning letter of their name.
We have also been learning about the sight word “I” so we read a story called The Way I feel by Janan Cain. Then students made self portraits of themselves, paired up and shared how they felt. We talked as a whole class how feelings are important no matter what they are.
Well it’s a work in progress but I’m finally ready to announce the opening of my Kindergarten All-Stars TpT Store! Right now there is only two items on there; one freebie and one new phonological awareness pack. However new materials are in the works and will eventually be available.
My first item for sale is to celebrate back to school! It’s a no-prep phonological awareness pack that covers initial sound and ending sounds! There are several different activities like matching, cut and paste, letter writing, and picture matching.
This project has been a labor of love and will certainly help you in your classroom. These activities are perfect for morning seat work, literacy workshop, and extra activities for subs or downtime if students need something extra to do! Check out the Phonological Awareness Super Pack here!
As the first week of school wrapped up, we continued to learn about following rules / expectations and participated in getting to know each other activities. We read the story No David! by David Shannon. The students paired up and practiced looking for the rules that David was breaking as we read the story. After the story, students made David Popsicle stick puppets and retold the story using the puppets. You can find the No David! puppets here.
The next day we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Marin Jr. and talked about how letters make up words, and the most important word we know is our name! Students wrote their name in boxes, cut them up and put them back in the correct order. They counted the number of letters in their name and wrote the number.
Then we continued to get to know each other by sharing how many letters are in our name, and saying our favorite color. Then we graphed how many letters are in our name to as a little math extension!
Finally, one thing I’ve been really trying to teach my students this year is proper use of shared materials and not wasting. Students have been learning how to making good use of glue sticks and not wasting bottled glue. They have been taught the phrase “just a dot, not a lot”. I gave them a worksheet copied on card-stock where they glued on the dots of the worksheet, trying not to overuse the glue. To find out more about this idea go here.
Today was our second half day of school where we focused on kindness and learning how to get along together in the Kindergarten All-Stars classroom. We started by reading The Recess Queen and we talked about how Mean Jean wasn’t showing kindness, and Katie Sue showed kindness by asking Jean to play even though Jean was being a bully. Then we made a simple thinking map illustrating ideas on what we think kindness means. Finally we took what we learned about kindness and did our first time at free choice centers. Students practiced sharing, taking turns, and positively resolving conflict.
We also learned each others names by sitting in a circle and singing the song “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar” while students passed around behind their back a toy cookie. We tried to guess who had the cookie by saying each classmates name by singing the song. Then we created self portraits while I showed students how to add more details in our self portraits. For example I encouraged students to draw hair, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.
Today we began a new school year and we began the same way we did last year. We split the class into two groups and one group comes in the morning for a half day, and the second half comes in the afternoon with both groups together during lunch and for an hour before the first group goes home at 1. The first few weeks of school for kindergarten should focus on routines, procedures, getting to know each other, and getting over those first day of school jitters! For our first half day of school we started with exploring a few of our math tubs and making patterns.
We also sang songs on http://www.gonoodle.com using the YouTube channel; such as The Colors song by Patty Shukla and If You’re a Kid by Harry Kindergarten. These songs help them practice following directions and remembering their colors.
We also read stories Kindergarten Rocks and the story Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and made connections to the story. Then students mad first day of kindergarten hats and “How I feel about the first day” hanging banner.
In math we’ve been learning about sorting and positional words. We’ve also been learning how to read simple books using the projectable books on Reading A-Z, on the SMART board. This is done whole group first to introduce students on how guided reading is done. Since we’ve been working on the sight word ‘the’ this week; we read the story “The Classroom”.
As a class we main idea and details by talking about the school items found in the book. Then we sorted pictures into three categories; things in the classroom, clothes, and transportation.
In the past few days we started learning about reading skills and academic vocabulary. To fit along with our back to school theme, we read If You Take a Mouse to School. As a class we learned how things happen usually as an effect of something else happening. We created a t-chart to display some examples. Then together we worked on a cutting and gluing activity that illustrated those causes and effects.
Today we continued to work on learning about our names. First we read a sing along book called “The Wheels on the Bus” by Raffi and then sang along to the book after we learned that version of the song. Then we came up with our own silly verse of the wheels on the bus by using the first letter in our name to complete the verse. Instead of making the line, “The wheels on the bus go round and round”, we changed the line to “The wheels on Mr. Bowen’s bus go Bumpity Bumpity Bump.”
We read the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and talked about how letters and the alphabet help us read words and sentences. We talked about one of the most important words we should know, and that’s our name! We practiced writing our names and making them by cutting out the letters and gluing them back in order. We also counted the number of letters in our name.
In Kindergarten we are still at split groups until Monday and we have been spending lots of time learning procedures and how to act in school. Today we talked about how nervous we were at the first day of school and compared our feelings to the boys feelings in the book Kindergarten Rocks! We also talked about how at the end of the day, we were no longer scared just like Dexter in the story. We made our first self portraits and we will save them until the end of the year. Then we can go back and look and see how our writing and drawing has changed since the beginning of the year.
For morning centers we worked on using math manipulatives. Mr. Bowen All-Stars got to explore different ways to use the connecting cubes. Some students made patterns while others separated by color.