Our Kindergarten students are looking to the future and are busy talking about first grade. What will it be like? Will I find my way around? Will I make new friends? These are just a few of the conversations we have had over the past week. The children will officially move up to first grade in our moving up ceremony on Thursday. They will tour all of the first grade classrooms and spend some time in each room. The children will then return to their Kindergarten classrooms for a fun filled final day. We are so proud of our students and have enjoyed watching them grow throughout the year. We will truly miss them. Please encourage reading and writing over the summer. Take a journal along on vacation or write us letters! We would love to hear from you. The K team wishes you all a restful and wonderful summer!
As our Kindergarten year comes to a close, we are reflecting on memories of our time together. As an end of year writing unit, we thought it would be fun to make a memory book about Kindergarten. The finished products will go home with the children so they can have them as a keepsake. The children reflected on how much they have grown throughout the year and noted a special memory from Kindergarten that was close to their heart. Some examples that they wrote about were the class play, learning how to read, making new friends, going to the aquarium, and of course…being the Cougar! The children are enjoying their final fun days in K together, and Field Day tomorrow is sure to be a great time!
As our Kindergarten year winds down, it is time for many celebrations. The children celebrated their final writing unit of the year when they shared their non-fiction books with family and friends this week. They not only researched and wrote their own material about an animal of their choice, but they also created a fun summary of the characteristics of their animal on the iPads during library class. We are so proud of all of our young authors. This research unit is the beginning foundation for all of the research that they will accomplish in the future during their academic careers. We are really enjoying our final days together in Kindergarten before our students take their next big step to first grade!!
Our budding authors are hard at work this week preparing for their second and final writing celebration in Kindergarten. The nonfiction writing unit is partnered with our nonfiction reading unit in the classroom. The children have grown so much as writers. They are incorporating the many sounds they hear in their words in their writing as well as spacing, and they are even dabbling with punctuation. They are so eager to share their nonfiction books with you next week! The children worked very hard with our librarian, Mrs. D'Urso, to research information for their books and to put together a special treat to share with you next week. We are so proud of our young authors!
Tally it up!! Wow, these kindergarten students are masters at gathering information. After a large group discussion about what a tally mark is, how it looks, and how it represents groups of five, the children started to compare things. For example, students took morning surveys about what they like better. One idea was ice cream versus cupcakes. Since we were on the subject of our sweet tooth, we then surveyed students to ask them if they prefer chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, or sugar cookies. The children looked very official conducting their surveys using their clipboards to record the results. We will continue to reinforce this topic in morning messages and daily events such as lunch count.
This week Mrs. Glynn visited both Kindergarten classrooms to teach the children more about rocks. After a large group discussion and learning some new information, the children split up into smaller groups to experiment. They discovered that when rocks mix with water, the water causes them to break down and leave sediment. They were able to examine conglomerate, granite, and sandstone, and it was interesting to learn that some rocks have more sediment than others. After her lesson, Mrs. Glynn left a rock set for us so that we can take a closer look at them during our center time. The children are already hard at work examining all of the different kinds.
This week the children were hard at work rehearsing for the Spring Concert; they will be singing a song called "I’m Just Happy That You’re Alive." As Mrs. Smith, who teaches Green K, knows the songwriter, this song is very special to all of us in kindergarten. When we were asked to pick something we would like to sing for this year's concert, the children all agreed that this song would be perfect. They will also be singing a song in French with the assistance of our French Teacher, Madame Roure. We hope you enjoy the special hats we will be wearing as we sing our song! We are looking forward to our final performance of the year and hoping for a fun filled Spring.
This week in Kindergarten the classes have started to dive into the concept of Fiction versus Non-Fiction. They compared and contrasted the difference between the two forms of literature and how the books look to the writing inside. They noticed that Fiction books have illustrations and Non-Fiction books have actual photographs, and that Fiction books are stories and Non-Fiction books are written in facts that they can learn from. They also started to take the challenge of writing a Non-fiction book at Writing Workshop. They had to pick a topic that they knew a lot about and write some facts that they can teach the class at a classroom discussion.
This week Kindergarten students traveled to Camden to the Adventure Aquarium where we attended a very entertaining and informative program! The children were able to hold and feel the skins of a seal and a snake! We figured out that the skin of the snake was the length of nineteen children! Afterwards we got to meet Morticia the owl and hold a turtle and a horseshoe crab! We went on our own tour after the program, which was a lot of fun. We were able to watch Hippopotamuses eating a snack of greens, and then we went through a shark tunnel; the sharks were so close we felt like we could almost touch them! This was perfect timing as we launch full speed ahead into our non-fiction unit. The children will be studying and writing about water animals so it was a great opportunity for them to see them up close.
This week kindergarten students were introduced to the calculator. The children immediately loved pressing the buttons and getting to know all about it. We started off in a large group discussing the different buttons we saw on the
digital tool and naming some of the familiar ones. Students took turns thinking of numbers to add together, and learned that by pressing the equal sign they could find the sum of those numbers. We used the calculator all week as a tool to help us solve addition problems by using the plus and equal signs. Later in the week we solved "calculator mysteries." These mysteries were addition problems that the children completed on their own calculators. Afterwards, we shared our answers. Each student also had the opportunity to make up his or her own calculator mystery.