In Kindergarten, kindness is something that we talk about often. However, we are starting to focus on it even more because it will be one of the themes of our upcoming Celebration of Learning night on May 4. Today in Kindergarten the morning class worked with the Loose Parts bins to create stories about acts of kindness. Both classes watched a 'kindness boomerang' video on youtube. We talked about how the person that had kindness done to them was the one who went and did something kind to others. One student asked if your heart glowed after you did something kind. Another student had the idea after watching the video that maybe we could make a video like that!
The PM class had a visit from Bill the Brontosauras and Tom the Pterodactyl today in math class. These dinosaurs were having trouble with their striped socks. Ask your child to tell you about the problem and how they solved it. These problems will be sent home either just before or just after spring break so that you have a marked sample of your child's work in math. Writing samples for the PM class went home today - please look for them in your child's backpacks!
Today in Kindergarten we continued our work on patterning. Both classes solved a pattern word problem. The morning class worked on solving "You are making a special necklace for your Mom. You arrange the beads in a pattern. So far you have green, yellow, blue, green, yellow, blue, green, yellow, blue, green, yellow. You have room for one more bead. What color do you need to keep the pattern the same? The afternoon class worked on solving "Mrs. Sims is having a party and wants to give her guests a gift bag to take home. She has 5 balloons and 6 chocolate bars. She wants each guest to get a balloon AND a chocolate bar. How many gift bags can she make for the party?" When we work on problem solving we emphasize communicating your reasoning and process over the accuracy of the answer.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Many Kindergarten students desperately searched their closest (or their siblings) to find green clothing to wear to school today to avoid being pinched by a Leprechaun. They had a lot of fun at school today and had an opportunity to make green attire during exploration time. They also participated in a "Snack Attack". We had veggies given to us from Freshi. We got to create art using our vegetables and then we got to eat them. We did this task with our grade 3/4 buddies.
Today we continued our work on patterning. We tackled a challenging word problem.
It is Mrs. Olver’s birthday. She is having a party and wants to give her guests a gift bag to take home. She has 5 balloons and 6 chocolate bars. She wants each guest to get a balloon AND a chocolate bar. How many gift bags can she make for the party?
We also continued to work on creating patterns. We were challenged to make as many patterns as we could using two colours. Here are some of our results.
Today the AM class worked on the following problem: if you have just 2 colors, how many patterns can you make? The PM class will work on this later - they can practice at home first if they would like!
The PM class went outside today. It is amazing how different the field looks when a lot of it is covered in water! The children mostly did a good job of following expectations and boundaries outside and most did not get much wetter than they were when they first came in this afternoon! After our outside center time, the PM class watched the Drama Club's presentation called "Pirates and Princesses". It was put on by students in grade 5 and 6, and written by one of the Grade 5/6 teachers, Mrs. Tennisco. After the play, we got to eat a special snack of vegetables with dip. Children were encouraged to make a creation with their veggies before they ate them. See if you can spot a cat, a dinosaur, and several faces in the pictures above.
Today in Kindergarten we continued our work on patterning. The afternoon class made patterns with stickers. The morning class learned a pattern game. Students worked in partners. Partner A would close their eyes. Partner B would create a pattern. Partner A would open their eyes and add on to the pattern that was created. Partner B would make sure their addition was correct. Then students would switch roles. See if you can play it with me at home.
This evening the Learning Conference booking system opens to parents. Please go online and book a time to meet with your child's teacher.
Today both classes practiced their rhyming skills. Since we worked so hard on our 10 rhyming word families for 100th Day last week, students now have had more experience listening to and creating rhymes. Now we are asking them to listen to a simple word and say a word that rhymes with it. If you would like to do this at home, you could say a word to your child (i.e. 'sun), have them tell you a word (real or nonsense) that rhymes with it. Then keep going, and see how many times you can go back and forth before you run out of rhymes! If your child cannot yet create a rhyme, see if they can tell you which 2 words rhyme if you give them a list of 3 words (i.e. sun, tree, fun). The following is a great song to practice rhyming skills:
As well, both classes read the book 'Extra Yarn' by Mac Barnett. This is a wonderful story that begins in reality and ends up as a fairytale. The children were spellbound as they listened to it! See if your child can tell you something about the story tonight!
Today in Kindergarten both classes continued their work on patterns. In Kindergarten our program of studies indicates students can demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns (two or three elements) by identifying, reproducing, extending and creating patterns using manipulatives, sounds and actions. Sometimes parents are unsure as to why making pretty patterns is an important skill for children to learn. Patterns are actually the foundation for skip counting, repeated addition, multiplication and division and algebraic reasoning.
Today in Kindergarten we practiced determining if a group of shapes was in a pattern or not. We also practiced creating our own pattern and identifying the core of the pattern. As an extension, several students were able to identify how many times their pattern repeats by circling each group.
Today in Kindergarten the PM class did a hand washing lesson with their buddies. First we read the book 'William, won't you wash your hands?' and then we passed around a ball that had some 'glow germ' (pretend germs) on it. We then washed our hands to get rid of the germs. Then our buddies shone a black light flashlight on our hands. If any white spots appeared, it meant that we hadn't washed thoroughly enough. So we had to go and wash again. Did you know that you are supposed to rub your soapy hands together for 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to slowly sing the alphabet song? The children enjoyed seeing their buddies today.
Earlier in the day, we also practiced making patterns with some food from our 100th Day snacks. First the children looked at a few AB color patterns that Mrs. Sims had made. One went like this: yellow block, red block, yellow block, red block, etc. The second one was black x, blue x, black x, blue x. Then we did some action patterns: touch your head, then your shoulders, your head, then your shoulders. The children had to figure out what was the same in all of these patterns. Then their job was to make a similar pattern with the three types of cereal that was at their table. Here is some of their work:
*Please note that next week, the K classes will participate in a whole school challenge about healthy eating. Each student can earn one point per day for their class by bringing a fruit or some vegetables for their snack. Let's see how many points we can earn!
Today the AM class began learning about patterns. Mrs. Olver put a pattern made of 2 different shapes on the board, and then students had to copy her pattern as many ways as they could, using some leftover snacks from our 100th day. In Kindergarten, students need to be able to identify, reproduce, extend, and create 2 and 3 part patterns. These patterns can be made using objects or drawings, or they can be made with sound or actions. When Mrs. Olver sings, "Do what I'm doing; follow, follow me" or Mrs. Sims sings "Oliver Twist, you can't do this..." and repeats two actions over and over, then children might not realize it, but they are practicing a pattern! The PM class will start their study of patterns tomorrow.
The PM class heard 3 more groups share about their 'Loose Parts' creations that they made yesterday. Both Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Olver were so impressed with how the children did making pictures and stories from their loose parts bins. Each child helped their group to create the finished picture and each student had a chance to speak in front of the whole class about their part in the picture and to tell about the story that they created together.
Today in Kindergarten the morning class worked on finishing their word family booklets. We finished the cover page for the books and sent them home. Working with word families is an excellent task for Kindergarten aged children. It allows them to easily participate in word play and rhyming. If your child is interested we recommend you slowly have them try to read the words on the page. You are focusing on them identifying the first sound and then blending it with the last sound. For example, if the word is pink, have you child identify /p/ and then you say /ink/ and then see if you child can blend the sounds together to say "pink". This game works really well if you use important names to your child. For example, read "dad" with your child and then say "what if we change the "d" sound at the start of dad to the "b" sound.. what do we get?". These games are excellent first steps on getting your child to read and can be played anytime like driving in the car or while eating dinner.
Today the PM class did the loose projects. Loose parts are excellent for young children. They can be adapted and manipulated in many ways and therefore encourage creativity and imagination.
March 23 - Learning Conferences 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (no school for students)
March 24th- PD Day
March 27-31- Spring Break
April 14th- Good Friday
April 17th- PD Day
May 4th - Kindergarten Celebration of Learning