Well it has been a long journey fellow readers but the Bowen’s have moved from Kenai, Alaska back to their home state of Michigan. Of course I am still teaching kindergarten so the All-Stars legacy continues to live on!
I have moved to a school that has reopened after 3 years of being closed. It is an international baccalaureate elementary school. It is super exciting as we are learning how to be global citizens, inquirers, and all classes will have 30 minutes of Spanish instructions everyday. I only had a week and a half but I able to set up the new room on time!
The first day of school parents got to come at the end of the half day and join the students in a scavenger hunt looking for important places in the classroom.
For the second day of school students got to have their first experience at exploration centers. In exploration centers students get to move freely throughout the room and choose activities that they investigate different learning skills. In extension centers students can choose from the classroom library, art center, math manipulative tubs, block center, writing center, science center, community center, and computers.
For art center students work on first day of kindergarten headbands. Writing center had students tracing lines and drawing pictures on whiteboards with dry erase markers. In the science center students did a sorting science tools folder game. In the community center students sorted pictures into their correct beginning sound on a pocket chart. Finally at the blocks center, students put together puzzles foam letter puzzles and got to build with wooden blocks.
For a read aloud today we read the story, The Night Before Kindergarten and made It’s the First Day of School, I feel… art activity. This activity can be found here.
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.
It has been a fun and exciting summer moving myself to a brand new city and school! I am now teaching solely kindergarten this year and all kindergarten classes are split up into 2 groups. One part of the class goes to school in the morning and the other part of the class goes in the afternoon. This is to help get students used to coming to school if they have never been before. We spent a lot of time the first day on procedures and school expectations. However in Mr. Bowen’s class we do have some fun activities planned for this week. Students came in with all of their supplies and as a school policy we keep their supplies in the class and share them. We had the students and parents sort the supplies so they are all ready to be stored and accessed when needed.
When talking about rules and procedures we read the story “No David!” by David Shannon. We discussed rules that David broke at home and talked about they applied to the rules at school. Then we started on making David Popsicle stick puppets. When they are all finished we will use the puppets to retell the story. I got the David puppets from here!
Forgive the title, it is a call and response that we use in my classroom. Well it has happened my friends! The start of the new year has come. Currently our SFA theme is Welcome Back to School! Which we have been working on getting back into routines, how we get along at school, learning who is in our class, and talking about feelings. Not to mention we’ve been doing benchmark assessments to gauge where our Kinders and 1st Graders are at. Currently they’ve been assessed in Reading A-Z’s Guided Reading levels, and sight word fluency.
In Math we’re going over numbers and quantities up to 12. Our very first day we covered the number 1 and what the quantity is. Students are to cut out the individual pieces and glue them onto a web chart that represents the number.
Matching up with our theme of Welcome Back to School, we read Franklin Goes to school and created our own My First Day of School book. On each page students colored or drew pictures that described their first day of school and what their school is like. It works perfect for the first week or so of school. This is something that we didn’t complete in one day, we’ve been working on it for the past few days.
To download an electronic copy of the First Day of School click here.
As stated before for Literacy Workshop, student’s have been taking benchmark tests in Guided Reading and sight words. While certain students are being assessed, the remainder of the students got a taste of Literacy centers. Students reviewed initial sounds by matching pictures that go with the beginning letter sounds. At the magnetic whiteboard center, students got to explore with letters and forming simple words if they were able to.
As we continue with the next few days of school I will display more of our activities and our classroom work!