This week the Kindergarten students familiarized themselves with the equal symbol. During large group discussions children had the opportunity to compare different quantities of manipulatives and visually demonstrate what it means to use equal amounts. Students utilized terms such as equal and equal to which helped them build on previously learned concepts about the same number.
This week we read the book Red is Best in which the little girl in the story tries to convince her mother that she should be able to wear red clothing everyday. This book, as well as Spoon, sparked the children’s interest and kicked off our new writing unit called persuasive writing. Students discussed the difference between the terms fact and opinion, and they learned it is acceptable to have different opinions about a topic or an issue. However, it is important to explain your opinion or why you feel a particular way with a supporting statement, which will help someone to understand your point of view. The children began by making lists of things they like and do not like and will use those lists to begin their persuasive writing process in the weeks ahead.
Kindergarten students have enjoyed exploring the world of vowels. They have been fascinated with dissecting long and short vowel sounds. Through interactive activities and table time challenges, we have explored learning vowels in creative ways. Each time a vowel was introduced, students had an itch for the next one! Certainly explore vowels at home with your children.
Our recent writing unit has the children thinking about things they can do on their own. In a continued effort to answer our guiding question, "What makes me, me?" we are taking the time to celebrate each child's special talents. We asked the children to choose something they are "experts" at, like ice-skating, throwing a football, being a friend and riding a scooter. We then had to think of the sequence of events that has to take place in order to perform that task well. This required the children to slow down and think in a logical and systematic way. The students have enjoyed sharing their how-to books with others and teaching each other new skills.