Hello Big K Families,
I hope your child came home from their first week back at school with a smile on their face! I noticed that the children were refreshed and extremely well behaved! They were able to earn "Fun Friday" very quickly. This week, we jumped back into our routine of practicing math facts, reading CVC words and identifying our trick words.
Kindergarten Academic Day:
This week in literacy, students completed independent tasks of writing out cvc words on whiteboards that Miss F said aloud. Students are continually reinforcing their abilities to recall letter names and sounds. It is extremely important that the children practice recalling their vowel sounds as they are tricky! We were able to jump back in to learning about 3 new sight words: are, to, is. The children name these trick words daily when they have to say the magic "password" to get into the classroom. During independent reading time, many of the children are beginning to identify sight words in stories they are reading.
Later in the week, the children were able to practice their sentence structure when writing a birthday book page to a classmate. Miss F is always looking for the students to start their sentences with a capital letter, have finger spaces in between words written and end with a punctuation mark. I have enjoyed watching children choose to free write during choice time a few times a week as well! Additionally, the children worked on writing out nonsense words with whiteboards at Miss F's table. This helps the children truly listen for correct sounds in a word. Nonsense words can also be called make believe words.
During math this week, the children reviewed shapes. They practiced identifying 2D shapes as well as drawing them independently. Towards the end of the week, we revisited these shapes and talked about what the difference of 2D and 3D shapes was. Students were able to notices similarities and differences amongst these shapes. Students were able to see examples of 3D shapes thanks to a kit Miss F had purchased. The children referred to a poster made by Miss M, to compare. In addition, the children completed a sort using 3D real world objects that were brought in. See pictures below!
Also, students worked on body height and length comparisons mid-week. On Tuesday, each child was measured using a string to compare class heights. We talked about who was the tallest and shortest and what evidence proved that (i.e. Sahas his the tallest because his string is longest compared to other students in the classroom). After comparing body heights, we compared heights of straws and other objects around the school.
During social studies this week, we focused on learning about the Bald Eagle in our American Symbols unit. On Monday, we did review the symbols we had previously gone over in class. Through research, we discovered that bald eagles are not born with a white head and bottom. Mature bald eagles grow into that look. We have been reading several books and watching short videos on this symbol. The children have found it interesting that a bald eagle can be a size of a three year old!
Here are some videos we have watched in class:
This week in micro, our Micro City society was shut down. Businesses are changing out exhibits, our pop up businesses are switching over and some ventures are changing out employees. For our class, the children were able to choose between keeping the exact job they had, switching job roles within our venture or totally switching out of our venture to a new business. For the children changing businesses and changing job roles, they needed to complete new job applications and resumes. By Friday, some students were reading to interview with the Little Kinder venture and first grade venture. Stay tuned to see where your child will be working!
On Monday we had a town hall meeting! Congrats to Ezra and Lucas who earned themselves an integrity award for their positive actions in the classroom! Way to go :)
Fun Friday = Longer Outdoor Recess: