The Kindergarten All-Stars is changing up the way we do workshop for this coming school year. The new way will provide students with more choice and more flexibility to learn on their own pace.
Those three choices that each group gets are based on three categories:
- Main workstations tubs (5 tubs) or Computers
- Extension tubs – Write the Room materials, Phonics Games, sight word lessons & flash cards, book bags
- Room Activities – These are centers that rarely change but students can go to around the room. Examples: classroom library, magnetic letters, poetry journals, journal writing, and pocket chart area
Student can go back and forth between one of the three choices. When they finish with one thing they can go onto to the next choice. If they do something and finish it, they can go back and do it again later after they finish something else. The main tubs are based on students needs and abilities.
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!
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.
Our Title 1 team put on a pajama party and invited parents to come and read to our class. This also helped launch our class into our day & night science unit. We started out by enjoying cereal for snack and then for drop everything and read, students got to snuggle with their pillows and stuffed animals.
Finally our class built blanket forts, listened to a bedtime story on the SMART board and had our parents read to us at the forts.
Then starting this week we learned about what causes day & night. We read a non-fiction book about what makes day and night and watched a video on youtube about how the earth rotates and revolves around the sun.
As a class, we created a venn diagram that show things you can see in the sky during the day and during the night. Then the class filled out their own venn diagram in a cut and paste activity. At the science center students got to explore the concepts of day and night using a globe.
What a busy day it has been today for our Kindergarten All-Stars! We had many fun activities for our Halloween party. First we started with a pumpkin carving, students got to dig into the pumpkin with their hands and count seeds.
Then we worked on Halloween art centers. Along with the centers parents donated Halloween snacks and volunteered to help out in the classroom. The centers were, paper bag puppets, paper plate masks, hanging ghosts, and lollipop ghosts.
Finally we had a school-wide costume parade where all classes K-2 showcased their costumes both teachers and students.
The Kindergarten All-Stars are having fun with our fall theme. To support the skills we’ve been learning in class, we’ve been enjoying fall related literacy centers. We’ve been working on rhyming words, initial sounds, color words / sight words, and differentiating between letters and words.
We also read the story “The Falling Leaves” and enjoyed making leaf rubbings with completting a sentence starter with sight words we’ve neen working on so far in the past few weeks.
We started our new unit on friends and feelings and to start us off we created a circle map on friends. Students were given the opportunity to illustrate our ideas as we came up with them.
Then we read the story The Little Red Hen and discussed on how the characters were not good friends. We used Popsicle stick puppets to retell the story as a whole group and students created their own Popsicle stick puppets. Then during free choice centers they got to retell the centers with their friends.
The next day we used sequence cards to put the story back in the correct order. Then students worked on cutting and pasting their sequence cards onto construction paper.
Little Red Hen sequence cards and character printouts found here.
One part of my reading block through the past 4 years has been that of literacy workshop. It is a block of time for my students to work together in small groups to work on important literacy skills, work on social skills, and problem solving. This time allows for me to work closely with students that needs help on deficient skills and work with my students on guided reading.
Students are given a group and they follow a schedule that shows what center they are on. Each center has a card that matches the schedule. The students find the center based on the schedule and the clothespin shows the student what part of the schedule they are on. When the timer goes off students find the center that has the card that matches the next card.
For the first few weeks of school our focus will be on letter recognition. Students will work on matching letters at the pocket chart, playing with magnetic letters (building words if possible), putting together letter puzzles, and finally coloring a back to school book.