This week kindergarten students enjoyed learning about tally marks and how to use them. First, they acted out human tally marks on the classroom floor, and then they used straws and popsicle sticks to make tally marks during morning meeting. During morning share time, the children shared their opinions with the class about varied subjects. For example, we asked them if they prefer ice cream or cake and do they enjoy going to the beach or swimming in a pool. We tallied up all of our answers and realized that counting by fives using tally marks is a quick and easy way to track our results. The children are looking forward to taking their own surveys next week; they will have the opportunity to ask their classmates many different questions and then tally up their results.
Blue and Green K students are learning about the power of persuasion this week in Kindergarten. As we move into our new genre, persuasive writing, discussions revolved around things that we like and dislike which is how our opinions are formed. One of our favorite classroom books, The Day the Crayons Quit, lends itself well to our topic. The children related with each of the crayons that wanted to persuade Duncan, the protagonist in the story, that its crayon color was the best. They then thought about ideas they could use to enhance their persuasive skills at home. Since we love writing letters, the children wanted to write letters to you about something they would like. Some of the children's ideas for their letters are as simple as trying to persuade you to see a certain movie or have a play date with a special friend. However, we told them that every good persuasive writing piece needs at least three reasons to support their idea; they are now hard at work thinking of good reasons to persuade you to grant their requests! We may even mail our letters home to you. What fun!
This week Blue and Green Kindergarten students performed their play, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, which was inspired by the book Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James and Kimberley Dean. The children portrayed groups of animals who set out on a mission using these “cool blue magic sunglasses” to “make the blues go away.” They worked very hard practicing each day since the beginning of February, rehearsing lines and learning new songs and dances. For many of the children, this play was their very first experience performing on stage, and they did a wonderful job! We all took away many important messages from our play, such as having a positive outlook on life and working together. The Kindergarten team would like to thank Mrs. Smith, Ms. Weaver, Ms. Durant, Mr. Pyke, Madame Roure, and the Kindergarten families for all of their inspiration and guidance throughout the process!