This week Kindergarten students traveled to Montclair State University to see a performance of Aesop’s Fables. The puppet show highlighted many of the fables and focused on the significance of each story by highlighting the moral at the end. We spend a few weeks each school year reading the fables to teach the children different life lessons. When they returned to school after the performance, the students were motivated to make their own puppets out of brown paper bags. We had a lot of fun putting them together and pretending to have our very own show!
Kindergarten students were challenged to name, describe and compare 3-dimensional shapes in every day objects. Students were able to go beyond the standard square, circle, triangle, rectangle and hexagon. After seeing some engaging learning clips on 3-dimensional shapes, we analyzed and created shape collages using cubes, cones, cylinders and spheres. Be on the lookout after Spring Break for an exciting new shape museum outside our classroom. Students were fascinated when we introduced the geometric use of "face" when describing attributes of 3-dimensional shapes.
Throughout the week, during writing workshop, reading workshop, morning meeting, shared reading, and even word study, the children have been introduced to the concepts of blends (tr, bl, sp) and digraphs (sh, th, ch). We teach them to be on the lookout for blends in environmental print and their books. Recognizing letter/sound relationships helps children decode unfamiliar words. The children have been using their noticing skills to discover blends and digraphs all around them.