We are making friends, practicing sharing and turn taking and even helping each other! Some friends were exploring math tools in our room and didn't realize what a mess dumping all the counters out would make. Other friends came to the rescue! THANK YOU! Then we shared some ideas about how to prevent that next time. (side note: I LOVE when natural opportunities like this arise as it allows us to collaborate and learn!)
Each year at the beginning of kindergarten we spend time creating our hopes and dreams. First we read books about school and have conversations about why we come to school. Here are some of the reasons classmates came up with about why we come to school:
- To play
- To make friends
- To learn new things
- So parents can go to work
- To eat in the lunchroom
- To sing songs
Next, we read and talked about what it means to hope. We shared our interests and each child came up with their hopes and dream for our year together:
- I hope to learn to write a book.
- I hope to ride the bus.
- I hope to make a friend.
- I hope to paint.
- I hope to read.
- I hope to count to 100
From there we decided that if we wanted to do all these ambitious things, we should have some rules so we can fit it all in! At first, we heard a lot of "Don't bite!" and "You shouldn't kick people!" Next, we changed it into what we could do instead of what not to do! Here is what we came up with for class rules:
1. Be safe (hands, feet, mouth, whole body)
2. Be nice (words and actions)
3. Try our best (it feels good!)
So, as you may have heard, our class has a feathered friend who likes to help us learn letters and sounds. We officially met Echo, the Owl! Echo is part of the FUNdations program we use to teach letters, sounds, handwriting, sentence structure, and reading and writing simple words. Oftentimes, you see her "flying" around the room helping and encouraging students in our class. I sent home a green folder with information about the FUNdations program and how you can help support your child at home if you choose. As we continue through the lessons, I will send home more information! The letters we have introduced so far are Tt top /t/, Bb bat /b/ and Ff fun /f/ ( the letters in / / mean the sound of the letter). Each card has the upper and lowercase letter, a key word picture and then we produce the sound. When practicing at home, please be mindful to produce the sound without an "uh" at the end. For example the sound b makes is /b/ but not "buh." This helps us when we read and spell words.
We also read a book called The Best Place to Read and searched around our room for great places to cozy up with a great book. Here is what we found:
- It is best to read in a place where you have some space.
- It is best to read in a place where you are comfortable.
- It is fun to look at books!
We are Mathematicians: We are practicing identifying, writing, showing and finding numbers 1-3 in a variety of ways! At the beginning of the year we introduce numbers 1-10 and create number collections. Did you know that there are different ways to represent numbers? We delve deep into this area as we build early number sense concepts as a base for strong mathematical understanding.
1. Who is Eagle Eye?
2. To sing the Days of the Week Song
3. To show you three fingers. To show you three fingers in a different way.
4. How do we know when to echo Echo?
5. To tell you the letter, key word and sound for T,B and F
6. About our secret passwords!