Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Each afternoon we have math time using the TERC Investigations math program. We have been spending the first few days learning and using the many different manipulatives that we will be using over the course of the year. The children are enjoying using these materials! There have been some wonderful creations made!
|sorting Teddy Bear counters|
|building with Geoblocks|
|creating designs with pattern blocks|
|lots of fun with snap cubes|
Friday, September 14, 2012
One of the tools that we will using this year to learn is our SMARTboard. This technology allows the children to interact with the material that is being presented to them in ways that could only be imagined a few years ago. We have been spending time learning about how it works and feeling comfortable with using it. The children LOVE it!
|Here is one of my Kindergarteners experimenting on the SMARTboard|
Monday, September 10, 2012
Today was our first full day of Kindergarten! After having two weeks of half days, we were able to have the children spend a whole day with us. The first day was very busy with many new things to learn and experience. This afternoon they had music class for the first time with Mrs. Corey. She sang songs and also introduced us to two musical instruments - a xylophone and a recorder.
|Playing the xylophone!|
We had a fantastic first day of Kindergarten! Coming to Kindergarten Camp seemed to help many of the children feel more comfortable with their teachers and being at school. We did lots of talking about the expectations of Kindergarten and what it looks like to be an Academy "STAR" (S=sit up straight, T=track the speaker, A=ask and answer questions by raising your hand and R=respect those around you). There was lots of time on the playground, we took a tour of the school and learned about the different materials in our room.
For three days 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 for camp this year was insects. We read lots of books and created a beautiful ladybug bulletin board for outside our classroom. Everyone had a great time!
|Painting the sky for our mural|
|Finger painting ladybugs|
|Putting the ladybugs together|
|Our finished product - it is so beautiful!|