Monday, October 16, 2017

Lucy's Boot - A favorite retelling

In Reader's Workshop, we have been enjoying acting out some of the books we are reading. One of our favorites is Lucy's Boot by Janie Spaht Gill.  Lucy needed help getting her boot off so her father tried to help her, then her mother, sister, brother, and dog all pulled to try to get the boot off.. "I't's stuck," she said. "It won't come off." "I don't know what to do!"  Then Lucy tells everyone to "Wait" and she unbuckles the boot. Lucy's Boot is a small book with a big impact for our young readers.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Building with Cubes 1 to 10 and 10 to 1

In Math, students have been working with numbers one to ten.  Using math manipulatives is a great way for children to see that by adding one more cube their towers grow. After they have built their towers to ten, they then went from ten to one to see how by removing one cube their numbers decreased and towers grew smaller. Verbally counting numbers and really understanding what these numbers mean and look like are important mathematical foundation skills for our young learners.

Literary Pumpkin Time - Kindergarten

This year we decided to make Nursery Rhymes our theme for our pumpkin display in the school lobby.  These rhymes are such an integral part of Kindergarten - developing rhyme and rhythm helps so much with beginning reading skills.
Students had lot of fun painting Humpty Dumpty Dickory Dock, and Jack and Jill.
The finished product was awesome!  Thank you room moms for helping the children decorate some of their favorite nursery rhymes.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mrs. Wishy Washy Reader's Theater

One of our favorite books is Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley. The children love its simple story of life on the farm with a cow, a pig, and a duck who love to play in the mud. Of course, Mrs. Wishy Washy scrubs the animals clean and when she leaves, they can't wait to jump back in the mud. By using simple props, the students get to act out the story and have lots of fun doing it.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Three Billy Goats Retelling

Using puppets is a wonderful way to retell stories. Students are taking turns using the The Three Billy Goats Gruff puppets to retell one of our favorite Star books. A Star book is a traditional story that the children hear a few times until they are able to "read" or "retell" the story by looking at the pictures and noticing the words. Some other Star books include: Caps for Sale, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Carrot Seed.

Star Name of the Day

Star Name is another kindergarten tradition that not only helps reinforce letters and sounds but helps the children get to know one another. A name is randomly picked out of a box. It is written on the board. We count out letters, clap out syllables, cut up the name and mix it up so that the "Star" can put it back in order and mix it up again to have a friend put the name in order. We also see what the new name has in common with other names that have been chosen. Students get to ask the "Star" questions and then they draw a picture of that person with one of things discussed. We put all the pages together to make a book and the "Star" gets to take the book home as a keepsake.

Partner Reading is beginning

The children are getting into the rituals and routines of partner reading. They include sitting side-by-side with the book in the middle and sharing it with their partner. This takes a lot of practice and patience to get this right. At this age, both students are excited to show their book to their friend but it is best to take turns and look at the book together. This is where the partner can show "Wow" pages of interesting findings and other great pictures to share.

Kindergarten Self Portraits

 One of our traditions is to have the students draw a self-portrait of themselves the first week of school. We cut them out, mount them on construction paper, laminate and display them throughout the year.
 This is a great way to see how the children see themselves. They are very careful and take this project seriously.
At the end of the year we like to have them draw another self-portrait and compare the two. They are the most surprised at their growth as an an artist.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kindergarten is Exhausting!

During Writer's Workshop, one of our little ones conked out while still holding his crayon. It was the third day of school and he may just have needed a little cat nap. How could you not love this picture?

Humpty Dumpty: Our First Rhyme

Our first week of Kindergarten is now behind us. In Skills Block, we have been singing about Humpty Dumpty, pointing out words that rhyme and that are the same, and have also danced to the Humpty Dumpty song. Nursery rhymes are a great way that students can practice phonemic awareness (being able to rhyme words) which is important in reading preparedness.
 Today students had lots of fun making the first page of their Nursery Rhyme book. We will be adding a new rhyme once a week.

Kindergarten Class Picture 2017-2018

Here they are...the Mall-ard's Kindergarten Class of 2017-2018. We have high expectations for this beautiful group of kids and can't wait to see them learn and grow. This was actually the second day of school and amazing that we were able to these five year old children to sit so nicely to get their picture taken!