Friday, October 10, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
We’ve been in school for almost a whole quarter…what have we been doing with all that time? Here’s a look back at our past few weeks!
We started the year “anchored in Christ” as part of our school wide theme. We made these cute little pirates to hang in the hall because we “ARRRRR” anchored in Christ!
Nearly every day we’ve had station time! We have stations set up all over the room, almost 20 of them! They each have a purpose. Some promote our language skills, others work on our fine motor skills, problem solving skills, math skills, and sometimes the only goal is to work on those all-important social skills. Here you see the puzzle and game station, the drama station, the computer station, the listening station, and the classroom library.
Reading Rotations is one of our favorite times of the day. After we finish our whole group language lesson for the day, we split up into groups and rotate through 5 activities. Each group does one activity a day. Children participate in Phonics Fun, Write the Room, Sight Word Work, ABC Work, and Teacher Time. It’s a very quiet, structured time in the classroom, but even so the children look forward to it each day! Here are a few pictures from our early Reading Rotations.
And…drumroll….we ARE LEARNING HOW TO READ! We read in whole groups, in small groups, by ourselves, and with partners. It’s getting exciting as each week we learn more sight words, and more sounds to blend into words.
Grandparents day came during the middle of our apple/pumpkin study, so our special visitors were treated to an apple themed bulletin board, songs and fingerplays about apples, and an apple craft to take home! Here is part of our apple bulletin board…
We’ve been learning to write the kindergarten way! (D’Nealian) Here, the children are practicing with handwriting pages in a large zipper bag that turns our papers into magic dry erase pages! We use dry erase markers first, then we are ready, we take the papers out of the bag and use our pencils!
We’ve been doing lots of counting, working with shapes, acting out story problems, patterning, printing and recognizing numbers, and so much more! Here, the children are playing “What’s missing?” They put number cards in order, then one partner closes his/her eyes while the other removes a number from the line. Eyes are opened, and the partner guesses the missing number.
And of course, our trip to the Orchard!
When we came back, we compared and contrasted apples and pumpkins, and tasted apples to determine our class favorite.
Have a great day….from KA