During Writer’s Workshop, we have been writing a lot! We have been working on nursery rhyme books and baby books; they go right along with our study of ourselves as babies and the rhymes help with our reading fluency. We are super excited to read our Nursery Rhymes to the littles ones at Savvy Apple and Little Brown School for our Spring service learning project. Did you know that being read to as a young child greatly influences your own reading ability? We can not wait to share our love of reading with the little ones! We wrote about our eagles that we have enjoyed observing and we are finishing up our Beginnings animal research projects! Our writing has come so far, we are now successfully using sentence structure, punctuation, and writing more than one sentence!
Math this month has focused around MEASUREMENT! We began by comparing different objects and deciding which ones were longer, shorter, and taller. We have used special math tools like rulers, yard sticks, a balance, and a scale to compare different objects in our classroom. After learning how to compare objects with real math tools, we turned our focus to nonstandard measurement. We measured objects with cubes, paper clips, and more! We continued our measurement unit by comparing our own weights and lengths of when we were born. We created graphs to show who was the lightest and heaviest baby as well as the shortest and longest baby! This was a lot of fun for the children! They were amazed to see how they compared to the others in class.
We began a new unit Origins. We will explore and discover how things begin and change over time! This unit begins with animals and then moves into ourselves. We begin by learning about animals that are born from an egg. After observing eaglets hatch and be cared for by their parents through an “eagle cam”, it was exciting to receive chicken eggs from Mrs. Beverly from the 4H club! We were able to track the baby chicks for 21 days. Using a technique called “candling”, looking at photographs and viewing a video on the Smart Board; we were able to see the changes that happen on the inside of an egg shell before the babies hatch. It was fascinating to discover how the embryo was changing each day and what was happening inside of the egg.
After the 21 days, it was exciting to be able to see chicks hatch. After staying in the incubator for 24 hours, we put them in a large tub where we watched them eat, drink and sleep. A week later, we saw how much bigger they grew and the changes that were already happening such as tail feathers and wings growing longer. The chicks have now gone off to their forever homes and we miss them but are grateful that we get to visit them sometimes!
After observing the chicks, students became interested in how other life begins. We have spent the past few weeks learning and research, asking questions and exploring animals and their beginnings. We are now working on creating projects to demonstrate our learning and will then make this learning personal by learning about our own beginnings.
Welcome to Mrs. Lindsey and Mrs. Ellen's kindergarten class!! We value educating the whole child through meaningful learning experiences! As teachers are passionate about an innovative learning environment, meaningful lessons, and creating a hands on learning community. I truly enjoy working with children, educators, and families to inspire and support innovative learning. Our classroom community aspires to make a difference in education and our community. By believing that every learner deserves a dimensional education, assured self-concept, positive motivation, experiential learning, good peer relationships, a desire to learn, as well as fundamental knowledge of reading, writing, and math we will continue to grow into problem solvers and information seekers!