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.