Saturday, August 9, 2014

Week one, done!

The first few weeks of Kindergarten are a HUGE transition time for 5 year olds but they are also full of learning and growth. No longer do students get to play all day in centers as they did in PreK. I hear multiple times a day- When can I play in housekeeping? When do we get to play blocks? Kindergarten is a change for many students. Students go from having up to an hour of recess time in PreK to 15 minutes in Kindergarten.  They go from having an hour nap to 30 minutes or none at all.

We often use books, games, chants, songs, and rhymes to help us learn Kindergarten standards. We do a lot of authentic reading, writing, and problem solving. We practice routines and rules daily. We introduce new things slowly. We explain EVERY thing from exactly how they should unpack their book bags to how to open a glue bottle to how much soap to use. 

We review our school and classroom rules/expectations daily. We have put a movement with each rule to help students remember it. See if your child can tell you them! We have 3 school rules- Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Property. We have 5 classroom rules- 1. Follow directions quickly, 2. Raise your hand to speak, 3. Listen when someone is speaking, 4. Always do your best work, 5. Be a caring friend

During this first week of Kindergarten we have practiced sorting objects by color, shape, and size.
We brainstormed a list of shapes we know! We knew a lot of shapes already!! 
We practiced our poem of the week, ABCs, each day and on Friday recited it together. 
I am excited about week 2! They are working so hard! You will be amazed at how far they go this year!

First Day of Kindergarten 2014

(Sorry for the delay in posting!) 
What a fantastic first day of Kindergarten we had! 

We started off the day reading The Kissing Hand by Aubrey Penn and went on a school tour by trying to find Chester the Raccoon who had jumped out of the book! We visited the library, computer lab, gym, front office, counselor, art, music, and the lunchroom.  

At the end, we chased Chester back to our room where he jumped back into the book. But, he left us a special surprise before he went- cookies! 
We talked a lot about the rules and expectations in Kindergarten. We will continue talking a lot about those over the next 2 weeks.