Thursday, September 14, 2017

Our First Forest Kindergarten Adventure

We are excited to announce that our kindergarten will be participating in Forest Kindergarten this year!  What is Forest Kindergarten?  Forest Kindergarten is a chance for young children to play in nature, explore the natural world, and interact with each other in genuine and spontaneous ways.  

Two times a week, our classes will go out to the woods on our school property and be given time for free play and exploration.  This we went outside and our Antioch University Intern, Sarah, began teaching us to use our five senses.  The focus this time was on our hearing!

Mr. Paciulli Reads To Us

Every Wednesday Mr. Paciulli, our principal, comes in to read to the Kindergarteners.  It is such a wonderful time where the children not only get to spend quality time with him, but they also get to hear a book read aloud as well. Today he read a great summer counting book titled How Will We Get To The Beach?

Using Our Sense Of Sight In The Forest

Today our focus in the forest was on our sense of sight.  Sarah gave each student a colored paint chip and they were asked to look around the woods and find something that matched their color.  We realized that it is very easy to find the brown, green, yellow shades, but more difficult to find something that is pink or purple.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fundations Fun!

We have started to pull more academics into our schedule.  We have been working with our names during star of the day.  It has been a great way to learn about one another.  We have started learning about the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make through a curriculum called FUNdations.  This program introduces anywhere from one to three letters per week.  It teaches each letter in a distinct sequence and with a letter name - keyword - sound.  We also work on being able to write each letter properly. We have learned one letter so far Tt - top - "t" and next week Bb - bat - "b" and Ff - fun - "f".  We are working on making sure that we clip the letter sounds short: "t" instead of "ta", this is VERY important!! 

Kindergarten Camp 2017

For three days in  June, we had Kindergarten Camp for the children in my classroom. It was such a wonderful opportunity to spend time getting to know one another.  The children had the opportunity to spend time touring the building and to play on the playground.  The theme of this years camp was flowers and planting.  We talked a lot about about becoming an Academy Star and created a beautiful flower garden bulletin board for outside our classroom.  Everyone had a great time!

Maple Tree Through the Seasons

This week we went out into our school garden to look at the great maple tree that we are observing over the course of the year.  We can actually see this tree from our classroom window. We did our observational picture that will become part of a special book we are making.  We have been spending lots of time talking about things we wear and do during summertime.

Star Of The Day

Star of the Day"!!!   This person is treated like a star for the day.  We interview the star to find out how old they are, what they like to eat, their favorite color and to find out something that they like to play.  This person gets to wear a star necklace and be the line leader for the whole day.  The other part of being the star is that we focus on that student's name.  We look at how many letters are in their name, what letter is in the beginning, what is at the end and we try to name other objects that start with the same letter sound.  We also sing to the star (to the tune of "Twinkle, twinkle little star"): "Special, special, special star.  How we wonder who you are. ___________ are you here today? Stand up tall and then we'll say.....welcome, welcome special star we're so glad your who you are!"  The most fun is when we cheer that child's name as loud as we can! This is a great activity for the beginning of the year to get to know each student and for literacy awareness.  The kids are excited to see who will be the next STAR!