During today's Writing Celebration, kindergarten students celebrated the growth they have experienced in their writing this year - they are very proud to present their amazing work to family and friends! Being that this is their first official book in kindergarten, they learned a little about the process of editing and publishing. Afterwards, students created beautiful front covers and really felt like official authors when they added a fun "About the Author" page. Kindergartners were also excited to present their "Memory Museum" - where to each child's item or picture is featured - to their loved ones. What a great way to end a wonderful celebratory holiday week! Blue and Green Kindergarten wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year - see you in 2020!
It's December, and look how far we have come! We are becoming more confident as readers, and we are practicing our skills each day. We now have so many super powers and strategies to help us achieve our goals! This week the children received another two super powers from Cougie, our stuffed Cougar. During our lessons, they learned that reading aloud to yourself and to others makes you want to bring your books to life. When you read aloud to others, you want them to listen, so the way you use your voice when you read is very important. You can either sound like a robot…that.is.very.boring, or you can read in a smooth voice….aaaaahhhhh, that sounds so lovely! Reading smoothly does not happen the first time you read something; you have to reread it to smooth out your voice. This new power is called REREAD POWER. The children also experimented with PUNCTUATION POWER. We read a book from our Wishy Washy series that helped us to recognize different types of punctuation. We discussed exclamation points, quotation marks, and periods and why and when they are used. The children are even beginning to use exclamation points and periods in their writing pieces. With the help of our super powers, all of the pieces are coming together, and we could not be more proud of our Cougars!
As we embark on our Memory Unit in Writing Workshop, students have come to understand that part of what makes us unique are the many memories we hold dear. In an effort to dive deeper into our "What Makes Me, Me" guiding question, Kindergarten students spent time reflecting on memories of their time at MKA as well as on special moments with family and friends. Looking at an old family photo or even the start of the school year can evoke different emotions. Unique memories celebrate each child's distinct presence in their family, our MKA community, and the world.