This week the children were counting the days until the 100th day of school! Thursday was an exciting and fun day full of counting and math activities. To commemorate the day, each child brought in 100 items to add to a 100-Day Museum in our classrooms. We displayed all of the items around the room and the children toured the museum. They sorted the items, grouped them in sets of fives and tens, and had a lot of fun working with friends to collect up to 100 pieces to take home with them. They are also busy getting ready for their very first play performance on stage next week. After completing 100 days in Kindergarten, the children are ready to make their debut!
Showing respect is an important aspect of learning to socialize and live in harmony with each other. When we are being kind to others, sharing and helping each other, we are showing respect. As a continuation of our kindness theme and in celebration of Valentine's Day, this week we discussed the link between showing respect and having friends. We played a game called “Thinking of Others” where the children listened to different scenarios and shared how they thought they should handle them. After we played the game, we talked about making sure to take time each day to show our friends that we respect and care about them. Having friends makes everyday better, especially when you know that your friends will be thoughtful and caring about you! Following this discussion, we read a book called Heartprints and then made a “heartprint” for a friend. The next day we exchanged heartprints with a hug. After this activity, the children started making heartprints on their own during Choice Time and performing acts of kindness all day long. Our hope is that they will remember this lesson of kindness and respect for each other always!
This week kindergarten students continued learning about consonant digraphs. Last week we focused on “th” and brainstormed some familiar words they know that either begin with th or have the th embedded in them. Our snap words for the week were this and that, so we included these words in the morning message and then searched for them in our Just Right books. The children then explored the “sh quiet sisters.” They had a lot of fun making up a list of sh words and realized that they know so many words! They then went hunting for more in our books. The children are excited about reading and are busy flagging all of the th and sh words they can find. We cannot wait to explore the "ch sisters" next week!
We had a great time this week learning math by playing some fun math games. In the first game, called "Guess My Number," the children had to figure out addition and subtraction equations based on clues and then write their answers on white boards. Later in the week, we played "What's My Rule," as they tried to figure out the math rule by "fishing" for the number of children in the classroom who were wearing the same color shirt or had the same color hair or some other similar physical characteristic. We will continue to play these math games with the children in preparation for their learning about the function machine, a tool that takes an input, applies a rule such as a set of operations, and delivers an answer as an output.