Line Time: Hemispheres- We learned a few weeks ago the Earth is the shape of a sphere. We are going beyond that and learning the Earth is divided into hemispheres. Hemi means half or divided and sphere states the obvious. We have an imaginary line that runs east/west called the equator and an imaginary line the runs north/south called the Prime Meridian. These lines divide the Earth into Hemispheres (northern hemisphere, eastern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, and western hemisphere).
Handwriting: We practiced our cursive cups and trees, trees and loops, upside down and right side up cups. Your children are doing a nice job.
Cultural Subjects: We now can count to ten in 7 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, and Greek).
Lesson- North America and Surrounding Water and Countries
Weekly Lesson: Cardinal Directions- The Kindergarten Students learned about the Cardinal Directions. We learned north is always on top, south is always on the bottom, east is always to the right, and west is always to the left. We went into a bit more detail when using the Cardinal Directions. In between north and east is called northeast and so on… We traveled from continent to continent asking what direction we needed to go to get to the appointed continent.
Handwriting: We continue to practice the pre-cursive writing exercises big and small loops connected, tents (upside down v) not connected and connected.
Cultural Subjects: We now can count to ten in 6 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, and French).
Weekly Lesson- Hemispheres
Synonym of the Week- sad (miserable, gloomy, depressing, downtrodden, glum, unhappy)
Weekly Theme: The first week back to school we looked at the globe of the Earth. It is in a shape of a sphere. We noticed the Earth is covered mostly in water but does have land. The pieces of land are divided and called continents. There are seven continents and each have a fun fact. North America is where we live, South America has the Amazon Rain Forest, Europe has many countries, Africa has really cool animals, Asia is the biggest continent, Australia is an island and is called The Land Down Under, and Antarctica is the coldest continent and no humans live there. We went over what countries are in each continent (except for Antarctica).
Handwriting: We are practicing our introduction to cursive exercises by writing simple symbols such as the big and small loops (look like cursive e and l) upside down and right side up cups (n and u), circles and flat tops (o and r).
Cultural Subjects: We now can count to ten in 4 languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, And Spanish).
Next Week: Weekly Theme: Cardinal Directions (N,S,W,E)
Synonym Of The Week: FAST (hurried, speedy, brisk, quick, swift)
This week we learned about ending punctuation. We discovered the period and when using is just kind of gives a statement without much excitement or emotion. We learned more about the explanation point and when used there is excitement and emotion! Finally, we learned the question mark is at the end of a sentence when a question is asked. These children are smart, right?
Our last official weekly lesson was on Capitalization. You children now know that the word at the beginning of the sentence it is always capitalized. When you refer to yourself with “I” the I is always capitalized. Also, any proper nouns are capitalized.
Interjections!!!!!! We learned that the Interjection enhances the message of the sentence. If the Interjection is followed by a comma the emotion is not strong but if the Interjection is followed by an explanation mark that emotion is pretty intense.
This week we learned about Adverbs. We now know Adverbs describe Verbs and is represented by an orange circle with the grammar symbols. Adverbs usually end in “ly” and if anyone asks how you are doing the Kindergarteners know to say I am doing WELL.