The day counter counts down the final days of Kindergarten and the children begin to feel anxious and excited about the close to our school year. The children have spent some time over the last two weeks reflecting on aspects of kindergarten they loved, areas in which they have grown and goals they have for next year as first graders. During our final days the children have written downs words of wisdom for incoming kindergarten students that will be shared during "Moving Up Day".
“Oh No, it’s time to go!, said the Kindergarten students. Throughout the play process, Kindergarten students were learning about variations of dialogue and how to project their voice. Since the students were fresh off their performance last week, the students were introduced to quotation marks during Reading Workshop time! The students worked with a partner to find quotation marks in their Just Right, Look Books, and Big Books to further understand the concept of dialogue.
This week Blue and Green Kindergarten students performed their play, Oh No, Time to Go!, which was inspired by the book Oh No! Time to Go!: A Book of Goodbyes by Rebecca Doughty. The children began working diligently in April to learn their lines and songs for their performance. For many of them, this play was their very first experience performing on stage, and they did a wonderful job! We all took away many important messages from the play such as, “For every goodbye there is a chance for a new hello." We felt this message was particularly relevant at this time of year as the children have been talking about Mrs. Kriegel’s retirement and how much they will miss her. The Kindergarten team would like to thank Ms. Weaver, Mrs. Fine, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Paulson, Mrs. Kriegel, Mr. Nammack, and the Kindergarten families for all of their inspiration and guidance throughout the process!
Throughout the year, our list of snaps words in the classroom have grown. The children have been searching for snap words in their just right books, and have become increasingly motivated to write with them during Writing Workshop. As a result, we challenged them to see how many snap words they could identify on their own, they are very proud of how far they have come!
As a follow-up to our math lessons on estimation, the kindergarten students experimented with the stop watch app on the iPads. They made predictions about how long it would take them to do various activities. They then timed themselves and their partners. They assessed whether their careful guess was way too high, too low, or just about right. Then, they used what they learned to make predictions about the next activity.
This week, Kindergarten launched their new non-fiction writing unit! The unit is done in conjunction with the Library as the students researched an animal of interest and began writing about that animal during Writing Workshop. Their book’s will be composed of several pages with each page dedicated to a different fact about the animal they are researching. The children are learning to transfer their research from the Library to their work in the classroom!
Do you prefer summer or fall? Would you rather have vanilla or chocolate ice cream? These are just a few examples of questions the kindergarten students asked each other this week as we learned about tally marks and how they make it easier to keep track of numbers by placing them in groups of five. First, we revisited counting by fives, and then we asked the children to conduct their own surveys, which was a lot of fun! They surveyed the class and kept track of the students on a checklist. The children recorded their results and verified that they had twenty-one responses ensuring everyone was included in the survey. They were able to total their results easily now that they know how to use tally marks and enjoyed sharing their results with the class.
Kindergarten students put a lot of time and effort into the fabulous persuasive writing pieces they composed to share with you after the Spring Concert. It was so fantastic to be able to get together and share with loved ones. In addition to these specific pieces, students were able to share writing portfolios from the school year. It is amazing to see how much fantastic work and growth your children have made. We thank you for taking the time to come in, see a beautiful Spring Concert and spend some intimate time with your child afterwards.
Primary School Conference Day - Thursday May 17, 2018
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Our kindergarten students have learned that being an avid reader means connecting with the books we read. We can laugh and cry, get scared or feel sad when we connect with characters in stories. Most recently, we have connected with the characters of the Three Little Pigs and spent time acting out different versions of one of our favorite stories. We considered whether the wolf is really big and bad and why the pigs make the choices they make. Some of our own versions of the Three Little Pigs took turns of their own.
This week, Kindergarten students were introduced to the concept of being an Avid Reader! Avid Readers are independent readers who react to books and find ways to share those reactions with others! We are encouraging our Avid Readers to carry books with them wherever they go. They know that the more they practice the stronger their reading muscles will become!