This week Kindergarten students explored weight by comparing different objects in the classroom with the pan balance! The students shared with their classmates what they thought would occur when the items were placed on the scale, and were introduced to the terms heavier, lighter, balance, and level. During Exploration time, students were able to select different objects from the classroom and have a hands on experience comparing the weight of different manipulatives. Later in the week, the students were also introduced to capacity and made estimations on which containers in the classroom would hold less, hold more, or be equal to.
This week we honored Dr. Martin Luther King by reading books about his life. We shared his famous "I have a Dream Speech" with the children, which led to a discussion about inclusion and accepting differences. The students were inspired and motivated to write about what they learned. In Blue K children focused on how they can make a difference in the world they live in, and in Green K the children created a door entitled The Colors of Us.
Kindergarten mathematicians took on the challenge of ten frames this week. They were able to compose and decompose numbers in various ways on a ten frame. Ten frame fun is a way to informally explore addition and subtraction. This activity honed in on different disciplines, such as counting to tell the number of objects, understanding addition as putting together and adding to, and also subtraction and taking apart or taking from. The children enjoyed starting this fun activity in a whole group setting and then being paired up to challenge a friend. Kindergarten students continue to benefit from exploring numbers in different ways and relating the benchmark of 10.
A new year brings excitement in the Kindergarten classrooms. We posed the question…What does it mean to have New Year’s Resolutions. Just pronouncing the word resolution was a challenge in itself. After reading non-fiction and fictions books and watching videos, the children began to understand that a resolution is a promise or commitment to yourself to be better at something. The children detailed their commitments and promises in their writing pieces that now hang on our classroom bulletin boards.