Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Exploration

Hi everyone! My apologies for not posting this past week. I've been in the midst of marathon training and going through the first week of school. This week we've been learning a lot about each other and the classroom. The first month of kindergarten focuses on establishing a strong foundation of routines. This Thursday is our Back to school night. We will be reviewing kindergarten expectations and curriculum.

In kindergarten, we will be learning to read which includes learning new words, talking about the stories we read, analyzing the stories we read, etc. This month, we will be working on establishing our independent reading routines. Every day so far we have been doing independent reading, which is when the students read on their on. Some routines we have been practicing are turning our chairs back to back (to create an individual space to read), choosing books, looking at the pictures and thinking about the story.
J.C and K.L independently reading
G.Y reading Caps for Sale
J.J points to the words as he reads
In math workshop, we have been exploring different math manipulatives. We will be using these materials for a variety of math games and to supplement the math concepts we will be learning. We have learned about pattern blocks, dominoes, foam shapes and pattern block templates. This week we have started talking about sorting! Every day, we also do a count around in a circle to find out how many children are in school each day.
F.L and S.K explore pattern blocks
N.R plays with the dominoes
B.W lines up the dominoes
M.P works with the foam shapes

R.D created this with the foam shapes
In writing workshop, we have explored a variety of writing tools including pencils, erasers, pens, crayons, markers and color pencils. The children will be using these tools to write this year.
K.L draws a building
F.L draws with the pencil
G.Y colors in his monster with the color pencil
B.W uses markers
C.G makes sure to put the cap of the marker on the top while using it
Each child also received a folder to keep the writing they'll be doing throughout the year. This week, we worked on personalizing them.
K.Z decorates his folder
We have also been slowly opening language through play centers.
In art center, students learned to use scissors and glue sticks and a variety of paper.
Q.Z cuts the construction paper
He created a boat
We also learned about circle maps this week. Circle maps is one kind of thinking map. Thinking maps are used throughout our school to help organize our thinking. The students created circle maps to list things they like.
Hope to see everyone this Thursday for back to school night!