During math workshop this week the talk was all about measurement. The children learned about different units of measurement and were able to put them to use around the classroom. Items such as paper clips and Unifix cubes were used to measure our Lego table, our dollhouse, and even some of our building blocks. The children had lots of fun working with partners and comparing their results. Afterwards, we took it a step further when we experimented with a pan balance and took turns weighing different objects. We used our estimation skills to compare items and make predictions. The snow days really made us ready to come back to kindergarten, curious and eager to learn!
Mrs. Glynn was captivating yesterday as she visited each Kindergarten classroom to give a follow up lesson about force. After brainstorming the different types of forces they can not see (for example, wind, gravity and magnetism), they learned about what materials are attracted to magnets. As a follow up to the discussion the students experimented with magnets at their tables with a group of friends. Finally, students used a rod and ring magnet to learn about magnetic force, observing how the magnets could push and pull. The magnets will remain in the Kindergarten classrooms until Mrs. Glynn's next visit. Look at how much fun we had with them during our center time!
This week the children engaged in discussions about Dr. Martin Luther King. For some, this was their first time learning about Dr. King, and others contributed to our discussions offering many things they know about him and the impact he had on the world. We read several texts about Dr. King and discussed how just one person can make a big difference. The children reflected and started to think of things they could do to help create a positive change. They came up with ideas that affected our environment, their friendships, and even their families. Each student used their own idea to make a project that they will take home. Our hope is that their project hangs in their home as a reminder to them that they too can make a difference.
Kindergarteners are back in the swing of things and are off to a busy start in 2015. After over seventy days in Kindergarten, first grade is in sight. The children are practicing our classroom expectations and making sure that they complete their jobs daily and get back to our routine. Reading workshop is in full swing as we continue to build our reading stamina and add reading skills to our toolbox. After a very successful first writing celebration, we will be launching a new writing unit which will be all about the art of persuasion. During math this week we practiced counting by twos, fives, and tens, and we experimented with “pocket problems,” which is a creative way to learn addition and subtraction through story telling. The children are ready for a busy winter and are up for a challenge!