Sunday, September 17, 2017

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom this week, we completed several alphabet activities, crafted a project to show letters falling from a coconut tree to form our name, and then we took a taste with coconut flakes. The children had to decide if it was "yummy" or "yucky" and we graphed the results together. 

 Our first STREAM activity involved engineering an alphabet tree using blocks, sticks and letters. The challenge was to build a structure that could hold the most letters without falling! They worked hard and I was proud to watching their team building skills develop!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

First week Complete!

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With the first week complete, I have found my Kinder-babies to be adjusting nicely to their new way of life!

We spent A LOT of time talking about routines (how to come to the carpet, how to line up, pushing our chair in, raising our hand, how to walk in the hallway, etc.), but mostly we have discussed KINDNESS IN KINDERGARTEN.

Each child is learning how to be a learner in their new environment, and how to navigate through their day with 16 other little ones. It is a process. There WILL be bumps along the way, but I promise will be AMAZED at their growth throughout the year!

Below, I have attached a few pictures to show you how busy your little one has been already!

This activity allowed the children to become more familiar with their name in print, as well as strengthen their fine motor skills while crumpling and gluing the tissue paper. 

This is another activity I use to practice counting and recognizing numbers 1-10, while again working on building our fine motor skills. It is also SUPER FUN when you get to EAT the materials!

Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes. The complex levels of manual dexterity that humans exhibit can be attributed to and demonstrated in tasks controlled by the nervous system.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shark Week!

Kicking off Shark Week!
This week we will discover the world of sharks. Yesterday, we began our research on Tiger Sharks.  We read Tiger Sharks, a nonfiction texts to gather facts. We also watched Jonathan Bird's Blue World documentary on Tiger Sharks.  
During Writer's Workshop we worked on a factual, description piece and put our use of adjectives to work! 

Today, we read I Am A Shark, reviewed the difference between Facts and Opinions, and learned more about the Bull Shark! We also watched Jonathan Bird's Blue World and learned that Bull Sharks are thought to be more fierce than the Great White!

During Writer's Workshop, the kiddos worked on some more opinion  writing. Today's topic: "Which do you like more: a dolphin or a shark?" The students had to voice their opinion and then support it with details. Most of us are writing three to four sentences when given a topic. They are so amazing!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dying Easter Eggs! 

Buffalo Museum Field Trip!

Fossil Casts 
The children used liquid glue, tissue paper and molds to create their masterpieces!

As we continue with our author study on Eric Carle, we read Pancakes! Pancakes!
So naturally, we HAD to  make pancakes!