Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our first week of school

Hi families! Welcome to my blog! Check here often to see updates about what we're doing in class. We had a really successful and warm first few days of school. The children are so bright and cheerful and so full of difference experiences! It's only been a few days but I'm so excited to see how much they grow this year! Just a reminder, back to school night is Monday, September 15th at 5:15pm. Please come and read about important reminders and what your child will be learning in kindergarten.
Playing the freeze game
The first month, we spend a lot of time on structure and routine and this sets a strong foundation for our learning environment. One important rule is to freeze when you hear the chime. This is also used school wide! We played the freeze game to get used to the chime. We moved in different ways around the room (like robots, dinosaurs, slow-motion, etc) and then when we hear the chime we FREEZE! The kids had a lot of fun while also learning the importance of the chime.
This year in kindergarten, your child will be learning to read so we started the year off learning about reading structures such as how to hold a book, how we can sit and read quietly and talk about pictures.
This year in kindergarten, your child will also write stories of all different kinds. This month, we will focus on how to use different writing tools (pens, pencils, crayons, etc) and writing workshop structures.
In math, we have been exploring different math manipulatives (pattern blocks, unifix cubes, dominoes, etc) that we will be using throughout the year to learn math strategies and ideas!

We will also be PLAYING (yay!!!!) in kindergarten! Play is an important part of learning and through it, children learn so much! We will have language through play almost every day and this month, we started off by learning about the different centers. So far, we've learned about art center and puzzle center.

In art center, students can use different art materials including beautiful junk (repurposed materials) to create any kind of art.

We also started learning about thinking maps. Thinking maps are ways we can organize our thinking. This week, we learned about circle maps, which we use to list and brainstorm! We created circle maps about ourselves and also ideas for stories.