The group listened to a story called Screen of Frogs. It was about a lazy, rich, man who refused to work. He bought many things with his money and ended up having a lot of debts. The man was going to sell his land and mountainside to pay off his debts. While he was measuring his land, Koji got tired and fell asleep. He was suddenly awoken by a large green frog dressed in weeds. The frog pleaded with Koji to not sell his land so that the animals don’t go homeless. The man decides to keep his land and work in order to pay back his debts.
The kindergartners participated in interpretive and evaluative activities to aide in comprehension. They wrote down what they were wondering about while listening to the story, drew what Koji was thinking about when the frog talks to him, drew Koji’s land, and whether they would sell the screen if frogs or not.
These students are sharing their drawings of what they think Koji’s land looks like:
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks
-the students will listen to a story about a girl who gets to run an errand o her own for the first time.
-the students will learn the vocabulary words: stumbled, examined, and nudged
-the students will participate in discussions and evaluative activities.
In art classes students have been learning about the elements of shape, the basics needed to make any shape:
Dots, circles, straight lines, curve lines and angled lines.
We’ve done a variety of exercises to help students identify and create these elements.
We’ve played with noodles and the lines they can make; we’ve used markers and scissors and glue to explore their forms and practice skills; and now students are combining these elements in there own way with paints.
Next month we will be working at putting these elements together to make geometric shapes and organic shapes and create textures. We will even attempt to look at objects around us and try to recreate them on paper!
For Reading Group these last two weeks, we read a poem together about a child who likes to climb trees. The kindergartners learned about how poems have rhythm, so while I read we clapped to the beat of the poem.
The group participated in activities such as drawing what the child saw while she was up in the tree, writting their own poem, and writting down what question they would ask a character from previous stories.
A Peek Into Next Week
– The students will be reading a story about a rich lazy man.
– The students will be learning the vocabulary words: wealthy, valuable, and admire.
– The students will be participating in evaluative activities.
The last story the kindergartners listened to was The Fire Cat. The story was about a cat who got into trouble a lot and didn’t have any friends. One day he chases a little cat up into a tree, and ends up getting stuck. A fireman comes to rescue him and ends up taking him to the fire house to become a fire cat.
Throughout the story the group was able to participate in discussion, share their opinions, and practice reading parts of the story aloud. They also completed comprehension activities that went along with the story.
The students are sharing their drawings of the fire cat chasing smaller cats
A Peek Into After Break
– The students will be listening to a poem called Every Time I climb a Tree.
– The students will learn about rhythm in poems.
– The students will learn the vocabulary words: skin, dodge, spot.
Ms. Dayna, the new art teacher, took this time to observe the students abilities and enjoy the season with them. We can’t wait to see what new projects she comes up with for after break! Welcome Ms. Dayna!
This month in art classes students were presented with seasonal projects in a variety of mediums: oil pastels, water color, tempera paints and paper.
Primary students made snowflake paintings using crayons to resist the water color and experimented with the effects of salt in watercolor. They also worked in tempera paints in a guided painting of snowmen.
Lastly, all s the students made paper ornaments to take home for the holidays. Primary students practiced threading with their ornaments and the elementary students flexed their origami skills folding German stars.
Our last story we read was called Me First. It was about a brother and sister who argue and have to be first for everything. Towards the end of the story, they end up helping eachother and allowing the other to go first.
The group discussed how they choose who goes first when they are playing a game. They wrote if they think the siblings should get on trouble for arguing, and they said no because they started being nice to eachother, and no because that means they would be in time out.
A Peek Into the Next Two Week
– The students will be reading a story called The Fire Cat.
– The students will participate in discussions and writing activities.
– The students will learn the vocabulary words: Mixed up, suddenly, wonderful.
This month I focused on colors while contiuing to practice with art materials. The primary students learned about warm and cool colors. They found out that warm colors make you think of warm things like fire and the sun, and cool colors make you think of cold things like water and the earth. The students used oil pastels to color their papers then cut them up in strips and glued them to construction paper.
Next, the Primary students learned about complimentary colors. They found out that complimentary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel, and when they’re combined in the right way create white light. For our project, the students glued down the center of a flower and then glued the complimentary color of tissue paper around for the petals. Then to add a finishing touch, the group decorated the center of the flower with different lines, which they learned is a segment that has a start and an end.
Over the last two weeks we read a story called The Three Wishes. It was a story about a couple who worked really hard every day, but still struggled to make end meets. They come across and Imp who needs some help. After helping the Imp, he gives gives the couple three wishes.
The students got to come up with a wish they would like to have. They discussed what the husband and wife were thinking about when they ended up wishing for sausages and the for the sausages to hang from the man’s nose, and even got to draw what they thought the Imp looked like.
A Peek Into Next Week
– The students will read the story Me first
– The students will learn new vocabulary words: Arguing, sprinted, trotted
In reading group, the kindergartners listened to a poem called The Stray Cat. It was about an old alley cat who wasn’t very pretty. Despite the fact that the cat was dirty and old, a child brings it home and names it Beauty.
The students learned about poems and how the speaker in the poem is the person who is talking, that stanzas are groups of sentences, and that most poems use rhyming words.
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks.
– The students will learn what a folktale is.
– The students will learn the vocabulary words: trudged, slumped, and useless.
– The students will participate in discussions and evaluative activities.
We have been studying Pop Art and the artist Andy Warhol. They learned how to shade objects on one side to create a three-dimensional look. We made a series of the same object in four colors on bright colored backgrounds like the artwork of Andy Warhol. Look for their Pop Art to be hung in the hallways soon!
We also studied the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his painting of eccentric circles. I had the students draw several circles in two rows. I then had them draw circles inside the main circles. We then used markers to color each of the circles and inner circles different colors as like Kandinsky did in his painting. The students really enjoyed choosing their own colors and making it unique to them.