Our Big Idea: All things have a BEGINNING and change over time
Literacy Daily Six and Writers Workshop
In Kindergarten, we spend our Literacy time each day exploring letters and text using the Daily Five Framework. This program requires the students to work independently and requires time to set up correctly and build stamina. Eventually, your child will go to one of six daily five choices during each literacy rotation. They will also meet for small group instruction with Ms Jenna and Ms Diana. So far, we have learned: Read to Self: I sit by myself and read the whole time. I can either read the pictures, the words or retell a story. Work on Writing: I create a piece of writing on my own. I add pictures, details, labels, words and colors. Read to Someone: I read a story with a friend. I use a soft reading voice and read one book together. Word Work: I play a letter, word or story structure game independently. Soon we will learn Listen to Reading which will complete our Daily Five. In our classroom we will also add in Computers as a choice with makes ours Daily Six.
We have also begun our literature studies through a focus on comprehension. Some of the strategies we have learned to enhance our comprehension include: -asking and answering questions about a story -connecting to a text with personal experiences -analyzing text through familiar stories.
Over the course of the past couple of months, the children have been exposed to many different stories both fiction and nonfiction and have used these comprehension strategies to better understand the text. The children have also learned that there are three ways to read a book… read the pictures, read the words, and retell the story. This strategy has become very helpful during our literacy time.
Writer’s workshop in Kindergarten is a time for children to learn that they too can be a writer. They have learned their role as a writer, and that writing includes pictures and words. They as writers have learned to choose a topic, draw pictures, add details to their work, label pictures by stretching out words, solve problems, build stamina, and that when they think they're done ... they have just begun!
Our Unit: Naming
Our Big Idea, which ties back to each unit of the year, is Beginnings. This helps us understand that all things have a beginning and change over time. We’ve discovered that we start to know about people, places, and things by first finding out their name. Our current unit is entitled: Naming. In this unit, students have been learning about the purpose of names in our big, wide, world. We’ve learned to label and identify people in our new school, and the importance of having a name for people and things. Activities that we’ve done with our names include: Making a Name Quilt, magazine name tags, bean name tags, labeling the classroom, and much more. During Writer’s Workshop, students learned that they could add letters and word labels to their writing.
Blake working on his Bean Name.
Our Core Values
We have learned about 6 Core Values so far. They are Cooperation, Perseverance, Stewardship, Integrity, Empathy, and Gratitude.We’ve made banners, read books, and played games to illustrate each of these characteristics. For each Core Value banner, the students decorated it in a manner that showcased the Core Value itself. For Cooperation we colored the letters together, for Integrity we painted independently, for Empathy we used hearts, for Gratitude we drew things we are Grateful to have, for Perseverance we decorated using only dots (which took a long time!) and for Stewardship we collected trash and used it to decorate our letters. As the year goes on we will learn the last of Riverview's 7 Core Values and then cycle back through them. Our goal is for the students to recognize and name each of these Core Values as well as begin to showcase these characteristics in their everyday lives.
It's hard to believe that your children have been in Kindergarten for around 35 days now! We saw the students enter our classroom and new school excited and a little bit scared. We spent the beginning of the year working hard to get to know each other and become a community of learners. As an extra special treat we also have the privilege of spending time with our 8th Grade Buddies every week. We have spent time playing games, getting to know each other, decorating our names and reading stories together. It's a beautiful thing to watch these relationships bloom! We look forward to seeing them every week and plan to see them at least once a week for the remainder of the year.
Math Shapes, Counting, Colors, Numbers, Patterns and more!
Over the past couple of months in math, we have learned that math is "shapes, colors, numbers, symbols, counting and figuring things out". We began the year by exploring with various math manipulatives and seeing what our brains could come up with! We then review colors and shapes through a variety of activities. Some of these included a color hunt around our classroom and a shape hunt around the school. We also drew shapes with chalk and practiced making and finding them. In addition to shapes and colors, we have also focused our learning on writing and identifying numerals 0-10 and counting objects. We have loved playing math games and even learned how to subitize (recognizing a number without having to count).
How many letters are in your name?
Jamayc'a showing off her piece of our Name Quilt.
Playing "Drop the Sheet" - one of our favorite Name Games!
Getting to know each other!
Soil Tunnel We absolutely loved our soil tunnel in school field trip! The amazing ladies from Beaufort County Conservation came to our school and brought a soil tunnel so that we can see what’s happening under the ground. They also brought in live worms for us to hold, observe and learn about. It was great fun and an exciting way to begin our new unit: Elemental Forces.
The Read-a-Thon is coming to an end. We have had a wonderful time celebrating with Mystery Readers, Dress as Your Favorite Character Day and more. Thank you for your support and participation! Please begin collecting your pledge payments and turn them in by Friday October 6th.