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!