We had a fantastic Apple Day! We made applesauce (yum!), did an apple art project, played apple math games, and learned apple poems!
We each have a Drawing and Writing Journal, where we tell our stories! At the end of Writer's Workshop, we always have Sharing. We get to share our stories with our friends!
We love story time! Sometimes, we stop during the story to "Turn and Talk." That means we turn to our neighbors and make predictions about what will happen in the story.
We began an exciting part of our day, Managed Independent Learning! We have a pocket chart that lists the different independent learning stations. The children all have a stick with their names on it, and they put it in a pocket to show which station they will be at. The centers this week focused on letter formation, names, looking at books, and small motor skills. The tennis balls were a favorite...they "feed" the tennis ball by squeezing its mouth open. This activity works on their hand strength, which is great for their fine motor and writing skills. As the year goes on, these centers will change to research stations, writing stations, reading stations, etc. The students will be in charge of moving to the next station when he/she finishes the activity. Hence, the name....Managed Independent Learning! It was so fun to see them in the first stages of managing their own learning...and doing a great job at it, too!
We started our Drawing and Writing Journals this week! We are all authors, with fun stories to tell! Each child decides what story he/she would like to write in his/her journal. Right now, we are just working on pictures, with LOTS of details. We will progress and start to add letters and words soon. It is so fun to hear them tell their stories and share their work! They will take these special journals home at the end of the year.
We have a short Power Rest time each day after Specialists. We lay down, close our eyes, and rest up for the rest of our day! We will eventually be phasing this rest time out, but all the kids seem to need this quick break in our day to recharge.
Our wonderful principal, Mrs. Town, visited our classroom! She read a story to our class called Flight School. We loved the story so much, it inspired us to make our own class book about it! Your child will bring the class book home soon to share with you!
Each day, we have a morning meeting to start our day. The components include greeting each other, sharing news, reading a message from the teacher, and enjoying a "special activity". Shadow Dancing is one of the kindergartners' favorite special activities so far! The leader stands by my rocking chair, and we all follow his/her dance moves! Mrs. Anderson can keep up...most of the time. :)
We are busy learning about many of our math tools. We go to math centers, called Workplaces, to explore with these tools. Our workplaces will change often, and they will include games that help us learn about counting, graphing, shapes, ordering, probability...and taking turns, of course!