Look what arrived in our class this week! We started our new theme...Chicks. As a part of science we will be studying the life cycle of chickens. We are counting down to "hatching day"! Ask your child to tell you how many days it takes for the chicks to hatch.
The children have enjoyed looking at the eggs with our magnifying glasses and also looking at some of our non-fiction books about chicks at our "egg centre".
Our "Chick" theme vocabulary is in our drawing & writing centre. B. and A. are doing some pictures and printing in chick booklets.
On Wednesday we celebrated our 100th day of kindergarten with a variety of activities!
Our 100 Day glasses.
We had fun building with our 100 cups! They fell down a lot!
Weighing our 100 Day collections. Can you get the scale to balance? Some collections are very heavy.
Working on our 100-link chain. We used 10 loops of 10 different colours to get 100.
As a part of Math we have been practicing the concept of sorting using our Treasure Boxes. Our Treasure Boxes contain small items, such as pom poms, popsicle sticks, buttons, teddy bears, etc. The children are encouraged to sort by such things as colour, size, or shape. Many of the children are even able to sort by more than one attribute or come up with some creative ways to group the items!
We discussed important aspects of "Friendship". The children brainstormed what friendship looks like, sounds like, and feels like. You can see their ideas. These all fit so well with our "bucket filling" class philosophy. We all drew pictures of our faces and put them in the portholes of our "Friend Ship".
Our Friendship Poems
We created a vocabulary list of words that describe friends. The children then used this vocabulary to write their own "We Like Friends" poems. We then practiced reading it back to a partner. After they were done reading the listener gave the reader a compliment about their poem or about how well they read it. Not only are the children practicing their reading skills, they are practicing their listening skills as well as giving compliments to their classmates. We talked about how compliments make us feel. They all agreed..."it filled our buckets!!" That all helps create a positive classroom and school environment.
Our reading partners
This was what greeted the students last week - our table of Chinese "artifacts". This is called provocation - a way to provoke the curiosity and learning of students. J. and N. enjoying a chance to explore our table. All of the students made their own Chinese lanterns using tissue paper and lots of gold glitter! Our Chinese "food" at our playhouse was a great place to practice using chopsticks. What a challenge!
We finished off our Chinese New Year theme by joining our friends in the other kindergarten class for a Chinese lunch. Following Chinese tradition we brought our friends a gift - an orange, which is a symbol of good luck and wealth. It was a great experience for the children to try foods that many had not tried before!
I'm Mrs. MacDonald. Welcome to a window into our kindergarten classroom. My goal of this blog is to give you an opportunity to see some of the things that we are doing at school. Enjoy!