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.