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.
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.”
As start to finish up with our back to school unit we learned “Wheels on the Bus” song. We discussed how we do not have school buses in Shaktoolik and we saw a video school buses to introduce our students to what a school bus is.
Then we created a graph illustrating how people from our classroom gets to school. The answers consisted of walking, four-wheeler, riding a bike, and by truck.
Students then got to make a construction paper school bus and rewrote the song to fit the initial sound that they hear in their name.
For children out here in the isolated villages of Alaska, going to school does not mean going to school on a bus. However as part of our back to school unit, we discussed how others get to school. Children explained how they got to school by walking, riding a 4-wheeler, or riding in their papa’s truck. I asked students if they had ever seen a school bus. Many students talked about visiting Anchorage and seeing them in Anchorage. As a class I explained how many students can ride on a bus at once to go to school. We sang “The Wheels on the Bus” song, as well as changed one of the lines in the song “The wheels on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump, bumpity bump.” To support children in understanding initial sounds, we did phoneme substitutions for that specific line. For example if a student chose the letter T, the line would be; “The wheels on the bus go tumpity tump, tumpity tump, tumpity tump.”