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.
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.
Since our K-1 All-Stars are a majority of Kindergarteners this year, we’ve really been focusing on the basics. This is why we are the “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” K-1 All-Stars this year! This will be something we explore all year by learning our letter names, sounds, and decoding skills. Also one of the important skills many of our Kindergarteners face this year is name recognition.
K-1 students received coconut tree printouts where they got to stamp the letters of their name onto their tree as well as decorate the tree.
As part of our back to school celebration we read the story “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” (our classroom theme for this year) and practiced singing the ABC’s in various different ways. We sang it the traditional ways as well as the Phonics Song from Have Fun Teaching youtube!
Then we practiced writing the letters in our name, cutting them out and gluing them in order. Then we also counted how many letters were in our name and made a class graph of who had the most letters in their name and the least amount of letters.
Hello all of my Kindergarten Friends!
Today we welcomed in a brand new school year! With the new school year we’ve also moved on from the Dr. Seuss Theme and have changed to Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! Since my K-1 class this year is a majority of Kindergarteners we are really focusing on getting the basics down, like our letters / letter sounds, phonological awareness, numbers, and counting!
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom is an excellent book with fun rhymes and colorful letters. The kindergarteners learn about rhyming words and the order of the alphabet. So this year I decorated the room in cocoanut trees, and bright colors to match the book. Take a look at the layout and some of the different centers such as the writing center (3rd picture), Home Living Center (6th picture), Small Group & Listening Center (7th picture), blocks center (9th picture), and science center (11th picture).
With the new theme, I have decided to update the design and I will be regularly updating this website again! I can’t wait to show you all the fun things we’re going to do this year! Cya soon!