The past two weeks have taken us all the way to the letter Z in Handwriting! We also started answering a couple of journal questions, putting into practice what we have learned thus far. Our two journal questions so far have been “What is your favorite color?” and “What will you be for Halloween?” The goal is to have the children begin to expressively write on their own and to practice their letter formation on paper. I’m so proud of their progress so far!
I would encourage you to help your child practice their handwriting at home by phonetically spelling words on their own. Why not have them help you write the grocery list this week?
This past week in academic enrichment the children were introduced to numerals and quantities of the decimal system using our golden bead materials. They discovered what the numerals look like for different quantities from 1 to 9000.
A look into next week: Introduction to addition
- Working with 9 tray / 45 layout
- Using single units, 10 bars, 100 square and 1000 cubes
The Kindergarten Students, as promised, are learning how to tell time old school! We identified what the minute hand and the hour hand are. We first learned how to tell time to the hour/O’ clock/ :00. We then learned how to tell time to the half hour/ half past/ :30. Next we looked at telling time to the quarter hour/ quarter past, :15 and of course we looked at quarter til/ :45.
The kindergarten students can now count to ten in 13 different languages (English, Sign Language, Latin, Spanish, German, French, Greek, Japanese, Arabic with the Lebanese dialect, Itlaian, Russian, Romanian, and Swedish).
A Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
Telling time to the minute
Synonyms of the Week:
Sight Words of the Week:
With Ms. Faith
The last two weeks the kindergartners listened to a story called, Jamaica’s Blue Marker. This is a story about a little girl who has a classmate bother her. In the end, she finds out the little boy is going to move and is upset about it. She gives him her blue marker as a going away present since he didn’t have any art supplies of his own. The students completed writing and drawing activities such as, if they were Jamaica, would they be happy or sad about giving Russell the blue marker, and they had to draw a picture of what Jmaica’s face looked like when she yelled at Russell to stop.
A peek into the next two weeks
-The students will listen to a poem about a cat who has no home.
-The students will learn what a poem is.
-The students will continue to practice choral reading.
Parts of Plants: The children learned the characteristics and parts of trees, flowers, leaves, insects and arachnids by using and working with the plant puzzles and control charts in the classroom.
A peak into next week: Introduction to 9 Tray/ 45 layout/composing numbers
- Learning what is and says ( 1, 10, 100, 1000)
- Reinforce by placement and identification of numbers within each decimal place
- Reinforce number placement with creation of numbers
The first week of October found us discovering where we live. Not only our street address but even bigger things. We started out with one of the biggest things, our galaxy called the Milky Way and dwindled down to our street address and ALL things in between. Here is a breakdown of “where we live”…
Galaxy: Milky Way
Cluster Of Planets: Our Solar System
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America (U.S.A.)
City, Address, Phone Number…
The kindergartners continued with the subject of Geography by studying land forms. We looked at Island/Lake, Cape/Bay, Peninsula/Gulf(not the sport), Isthmus(not Christmas)/Straight, Archipelago/Chain Of Lakes.
The kindergarten students can count to ten in 12 languages (English, Latin, Sign Language, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Arabic w/Lebanese Dialect, Italian, and Russian)
Sneak Peek Into The Next Few Weeks:
We are going to learn how to tell time (old school). Clock faces, hands, and such.
Synonym Of The Week:
Sight Words Of The Week:
In handwriting , the children are continuing to make progress in writing in cursive! We currently have worked on I through Q, practicing writing the letters by themselves, then writing a sentence containing the letter we are working on that day. The Kindergarten students have also been asking me to write more words once they are finished! Please keep encouraging your children to practice their handwriting at home as well! I’m so proud of their progress!
This week was our last week on the story Big Wolf and Little Wolf. One of the activities that the children had to share was why or why not they would have left the little wolf under the tree. We then led a group discussion about their thoughts on this question. I love when we have discussions like this! I then wrote all their answers on our white board so they could write out their answers. Our last activity the children were able to discuss how they felt about the story and then write about what they would like to do differently the following week.
Landforms: The children learned and explored the difference between a lake, island, bay, peninsula, gulf, harbor, cape, isthmus, strait, chain of lakes, and archipelago.
Parts of Animals: The children learned the characteristics and body parts of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish by using and working with the animal puzzle and control charts in the classroom.
A Peek into Next Week: Parts of Plants!