As a part of our Physical Education program, the children will be taking part in three skating sessions. This was our first day at the arena. For some children it was their first time on skates. There was such an improvement in their skills in our hour on the ice! Thanks to the parents and grandparents for driving and helping out! Looking forward to our second session next Tuesday (March 8).
It's hard to believe but last Friday was our 100th day of Kindergarten. Time flies!! We were involved in a variety of activities throughout the day (and also into this week).
We created our 100th Day Banner. We counted 10 groups of 10 hearts to get 100 hearts.
It was a lot of cutting!
We created our "counting by tens" crowns. Some children chose to decorate them.
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. When we measure id, it ended up being 4 children long!
It was Pink Shirt Day last Wednesday. We spent much of this past week talking about how to be a good friend. We read many books about bullying and created a list of "bully behaviours".
We agreed that it was much better to be a buddy and not a bully!
We had a "hear-to-heart" morning with the rest of the school. Each child got a half of a heart with a number on it and then they had to find someone in the school who had the other half of the heart. It was hard to find our buddy but we had fun searching! Once we found our match we had to glue our half hearts to make a whole heart and then write something about how to be a great friend. Our hearts are all on display in the hallway.
The children have become authors lately - writing their own stories in their I Am An Author books. They draw pictures and then practice sounding out the words phonetically. It's a very difficult job stretching out all of the sounds, hearing them in words, and then putting them down in print. They have done very well for their early attempts at 'kidwriting'.
The first part is to partner talk. During partner talk the students have a chance to discuss what they are going to draw and 'kidwrite' about. For students this collaboration is an important step to plan out their thinking so that they don't get to the table and not have any idea what they are going to write about. If they are stuck, then their partner can help them think up some ideas.
After the children have had a chance to plan their thinking by partner talking, they head to the tables with their books. They draw their pictures and then "kidwrite" by stretching out the sounds as best as they can. We have been practicing letters and sounds together with a number of songs, big books, and smaller booklets.
The children are all at different stages and abilities when it comes to trying to write. For those students who have already made the connection between alphabet letter symbols and their sounds, writing what they hear is a little bit easier. They can often get the first letter (especially if it's a consonant) and sometimes some of the other consonants in a word. Vowels are a lot harder! For those students who still don't know most of the alphabet sounds, this is a much tougher job. They are encouraged to look around the room and copy letters or words that they know to represent their stories. Every attempt is encouraged and celebrated! With more practice with letters and sounds as well as lots of opportunities to write, they will continue to improve. It is exciting to watch their development!
After "kidwriting", it is important to celebrate their attempts by sharing their work with me and also with their peers. They read back their finished stories to their partner (or to me) using their finger to track their printing. Listening to their partner is also an important skill. When done, the listener must then give a compliment to their partner. It can be about their writing, their reading, their illustrations, their story, etc. Positive comments are "bucket fillers"!
It's always easier to do things when we know what the criteria and expectations are. Below is our story criteria that we use when the children draw pictures as well as when they write.
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!