These last two weeks, the kindergarteners listened to a story called The Frog Went A Travelin. This story is Russian folktale about a frog who wants a different life and decides to travel south with a flock of ducks. The frog’s pride gets the best of her when villagers notice that the frog is traveling with ducks. She wants to fly lower for them to see and ends up shouting that she is the one who thought of the idea, and ends up falling and landing in a pond.
The kindergarteners practiced reading the underlined parts of the story aloud with me. They are improving in reading on their own and knowing when to read their part. They also completed art and writing acitivities.
This week we talked about what a portrait and a self portrait means in art. Each of the students drew a picture of themselves using crayons and colored pencils and then we made a “silly” self portrait similar to Pablo Picasso famous cubist art! The students loved talking about their silly portraits and what crazy things they were adding to their faces!
Week of May 7th
The students enjoyed making clay pots a few weeks ago so we got out the clay and created some goofy monsters! Watching them use their imaginations to create something only they could envision was so much fun. Each one was truly unique!
Week of May 14th
This week we talked again about self portraits and how we could make a portrait more “life-like”. Using construction paper, the students created 3D portraits that resembled themselves. They really enjoyed finding ways to create hair that stuck out from the paper!
Week of May 21st
For our final art class in Tallmadge I created art stations that involved some of the students’ favorite mediums. We had a really fun sculpture station, a chalk and oil pastel station and a watercolor/paint stamping station. Giving the students time at each one to explore and create was the perfect way to end the school year!
The kindergarteners listened to a set of poems these last two weeks. We defined unfamiliar words and held discussions about the different poems. The group even came up with a poem that was a riddle about a holiday. Their last activity was to create a mural using the words from the Apache poem at the end of the section. The kindergarteners had to work together to create the work of art. They delegated who drew what and the colors they would use.
The kindergartners listened to a story by the Brothers Grimm called the Shoemaker and the Elves. They started a new homework assignment to write a question about the story. They shared the questions and we discussed them in class. The kindergartners acted out two scenes where the elves are making the shoes ( we will be using several shoes from https://vessifootwear.com/ for the play), and when they find the clothes the shoemaker’s wife made for them. We learned some new vocabulary words and completed comprehension activities such as drawing the shoes the elves made, writing how the shoemaker and his wife felt after seeing the elves, and writing a poem.
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks
-The students will be listening to a Russian folk tale about a frog who takes a trip.
-The students will complete writing and art activities.
-The students will write a question to share for group discussion.
This last week we read a poem about a storm. We listened for rhyming words through out the poem and practiced reading the purple highlited words. We discussed if we have ever seen a big storm like the speaker did in the poem. They talked about where they would like to be when their was a storm. They said they woukd like to be inside with their parents. The kindergartners created their own poem, and drew pictures of one of the types of stroms mentioned in the poem.
After Spring Break
-The students will be starting the next series in the Junior Great Books series. There will be different assignments and the format will look different. I will send out more information after spring break.
These last two weeks, we read a story called The Tin Forest. It was about an old man who lived far away from anyone and lived amongst trash. At night he would dream about a beautiful forest with plants and animals. He decided one day to build the forest of his dreams out of the trash. The students got to participate in vocabulary activities to enhance their understanding of the words, discuss questions about the strory, and complete writing prompts. They really enjoyed acting out the scene where the old man builds the forest out of trash.
A Peek Into Next Week
-The students will listen to a poem about a stormy night.
-The students will learn vocab words: howling, prowling, and whine.
We had a fun month together in Art Class! We continued our travels back in time, all the way to Ancient Greece! We learned about the Ancient Greeks and how they told their stories through art on vases. We talked about how important story-telling is in art and how the ancient artists displayed their artworks all around them (on ceilings, floors, walls and their every day objects). We learned about the different styles of Greek vases and what the parts of the vases were called. Then we made Greek vases and told our very own stories, about our families, on them using colored pencils. It was really special to see each student draw their families and pets on their vases!
In celebration of Valentines Day this week, we used our liquid watercolors and q-tips to practice the art of Pointillism. The students very carefully traced hearts and then carefully added dots of color along the edges and inside of the hearts. Watching the students focus on this art project was wonderful, as they worked on placing their dots on the lines.
In Art this month we also learned about Eric Carle’s Draw Me a Star and talked about the color and methods this author, illustrator and artist uses in his work. Then we got to work making our very own star, similar to the one in the story! Each student was given a pre-drawn start and asked to carefully cut and glue squares of tissue paper onto it. After they finished, each student cut out his or her star and glued it onto a blue “sky” background. For the finishing touch, we added fingerprints of white paint on top of the tissue paper to recreate Eric Carle’s beautiful work! The students enjoyed cutting and pasting the tissue paper on to create a colorful collage!
Over the last two weeks we read a story of a little girl who got to go buy eggs all by herself for the first time. Her parents told her not to dilly-dally and come right home. On her way home, she wanted to pick apples and ended up dropping the eggs and breaking them. Her parents found out, but showed her grace and forgiveness. The kindergartners practiced reading the purple highlighted words, and continued to practice discussing and listening to each other. They participated in reading comprehension activities by drawing pictures, writing responses, and acting out a scene where Hetty walks across the stream with the eggs. At the end of the story, the group filled out an evaluation on how well they worked in discussion. They came up with a goal to listen to friends’ ideas and reasons.
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks
-The students will read a story of a man who dreams of a different life.
-The students will participate in vocabulary activities.
-The students will learn about the genre fantasy fiction.
Over the last two weeks, we read a story called Screen of Frogs. It was about a lazy man who didn’t want to work. The moral of the story was that our actions affect others, and hard work goes a long way.
The kindergartners acted out a scene where the frog grabs the man’s leg. They had to react how they thought Koji would act. They responded to interpretive questions and completed worksheets that went along with the story. The kindergartners shared ideas with each other and even did an evaluation on how well they listened to each other.
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks
-The students will listen to a story of a girl who gies to the store by herself for thr first time.
-The students will continue to work on evaluative questions.
-The students will learn vocab words: stumbled, examined, and nudged.
Over the last couple weeks the kindergartners read a poem called Every Time I Climb a Tree. The poem is about a little boy who enjoys climbing trees, and describes what all he sees while he’s in the tree. To start the reading we went outside and observed the trees and discussed what we saw and heard while observing. We then read the poem together and talked about how poems have rhythm, so we clapped out the rhythm together while I read aloud. The students got to write their own poem of a place that makes them feel free like the boy felt in the poem. They also drew what things the boy sees while he’s up in the tree. Because, it was the end if the volume, the students got to pick a character from the last three stories we read to ask a question.
A Peek Into the Next Two Weeks
-The students will listen to a story about a lazy rich man.
-The students will answer interpretive questions and complete activities about the story.
-The students will evaluate how well they shared and listened to each other during the story.