The children learned about vowels during Reading Workshop this week and how they are the glue that holds words together. They had fun going on a hunt through their books for words with long vowels and short vowels and sounding out the long and short sounds; they had great success. Some children enjoyed reading the same book together aloud and pointing out the long and short sounds in words in the text. This activity was a great way to get the children excited about reading. As a follow up, we will revisit this lesson next week in reading partnerships and introduce some new concepts to add to their hunt. The students have a great mindset for Reading Workshop; they are motivated and determined and are having a lot of fun helping each other.
How To...read a book, get dressed, put on snow clothes, play a game in P.E, ride a bike. These were just a few of the ideas that our students came up with this week when we discussed our next writing unit, How To Books. This concept introduces the children to order and sequence in their writing and also helps them go back and reread what they wrote to make sure that the order makes sense. We also taught the children to use certain words, such as first, next, then, and last to help guide their way as they write their How To Books. Our Blue and Green K friends had so much fun acting out different scenarios. We cannot wait to begin our writing next week!
This week the children experimented with calculators. Through many discussions and hands on mathematical activities, the children learned about making numbers bigger through addition. Afterwards, we came up with some fun number stories to share with each other and solve. As an extension to our math lesson, we brought out our calculators to experiment with addition. We again created number stories, but this time we used our calculators to solve them, which really got the children excited about math. They could not wait to use the calculators again at choice time, and some of them even went home asking for one to use at home. We are budding mathematicians!
We welcomed back so many smiling faces to Blue and Green K this first week of a brand new year. A new year means new year's resolutions so we revisited our Hopes and Dreams board. We reflected on how much we have learned and grown since the start of the school year, and how much more we want to learn before the year is over. The children have high hopes for 2017; they are hoping to make more friends, get even better at reading, and learn more math! When talking about hopes for their home life, some said they would like to be more helpful at home, and some would like to help others to feel better. We had a great discussion followed by a writing response that we will post to help remind us of our goals throughout the coming months. Happy New Year everyone!