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.
This Friday was our Valentine’s Day party and we had great time! We started out by handing out the rest of our Valentines for the end of the day and read Valentine’s Day books. We then colored and completed books called I Love…
For shared reading and writing we read the book Will You Be My Valentine and then made a list of Valentine’s Day words. We picked our favorite words and made Valentine’s Day mobiles.
For Math we enjoyed candy hearts math centers. We graphed with our hearts, sorted them by colors, and estimating the number of candy hearts that can fill a bigger heart. We also enjoyed Valentine’s Day snacks.
For science we used alca-zeltzer tabs and water to make candy hearts dance. Students learned how to make hypothesis on simple science experiments. They guessed what they believed would happened to the hearts.
Today we talked more about the differences between the day and night. We read the book “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear” and made easy read mini books called “Who is Sleeping?”
We watched a day and night educational video on youtube. Then we played some related games that show what happens when day turns into night and night turns into day. Finally students illustrated what they learned by coloring half of a house during the day, and half of a house during the night.
Last week had our unit on cold weather animals or winter animals. We read an interactive story called “Penguin, Penguin” and labeled main ideas and details on a thinking map. Finally students made penguin glyphs based on their preferences about winter.
We also read nonfiction books about winter animals and got into partner groups and practiced reading easy reader books about winter animals. Finally we practiced following directions and made TLC art walrus.
We continued on our mini unit on the book The Mitten. We made a text to self connection by writing about a time when we lost something. Then we painted mittens with water color and sprinkled them with salt. After the paint dried we brushed off the salt and it made the mittens look like they had snowflakes on them.
Yesterday was our last day before the holiday break and it was very enjoyable! We started out by reading Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Students partnered up and helped each other trace their hand prints and foot prints to make their own Rudolph construction paper cutouts.
Students also made Santa masks and retold the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by acting it out with reindeer cutouts and their masks.
Finally students finished wrapping their gifts to their parents (the ornaments) which they made at the beginning of the week. They also opened their presents given to them by Mr. Bowen. They got star reading sticks and books!