Kindergarten sends a huge thank you to the Kuser family and the staff at Fernbrook Farm for an amazing day. The children got a first hand look at what a day at the farm looks like. They enjoyed a tractor ride with Mr. Kuser and saw the beautiful farm landscape. Afterwards, they learned how the farm makes their compost and dug through the dirt for worms. Some were apprehensive at first, but by the end everyone had muddy hands! Later on, the children walked out to the pigpen. On the way they stopped to pick greens beans and tasted them. Finally, they met “T-bone” the cow and all of the different animals that Fernbrook Farm takes care of. It was a fabulous first field trip for Kindergarten!
This week our Kindergarten students were busy at work. We had many discussions about different types of shapes and we examined their attributes. To further our exploration of shapes, we read texts such as The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy. As an extension, Green K created shape collages and Blue K created a patchwork shape quilt! Later in the week, the children reviewed sorting. We sorted shapes by shape, color, and size. During Writing Workshop we took a walk outside the school and located shapes that we found in the structure of our building. The children sketched the school and shared their architectural drawings with each other. We found out that shapes are all around us!
This week Kindergarten students spent some time thinking about what they would like to learn this year. After many Morning Meeting discussions and reflection on their past school experiences, we charted some great ideas! Each child used these ideas to make their classroom Hope and Dream for the school year. This discussion led to more talk about our learning environment and what we can do to make our rooms fun, friendly and safe. The children came up with their own Cougar Commitments. We sealed our commitment with our “signatures.” They will hang in our classrooms all year. Also this week, our students crafted their beautiful Self Portraits that will be revealed at Back to School Night with a surprise twist. We are so excited to share them!