As a part of Math, we did some estimating. We had to guess how many jingle bells were in the two jars. We started with the big jar. Once we had estimated and then counted that one, we then guessed the number in the small jar. Once we knew how many bells were in the big jar, we knew that there must be fewer in the second jar because it was smaller. Our guesses are below. The students' initials are beside their guess.
I set out "loose parts" to provoke some learning. The focus was on the Core Competency of Creative Thinking. Loose parts allow for open-ended learning. Because they aren't "glued down" the children can adapt and manipulate the pieces in a variety of ways. Then it's easy for a child to change and re-design their creations, especially as their thinking changes. This time I provided the students with objects to see what would inspire them. Watching and communicating with their peers also allowed for new inspirations and ideas. They were very excited to try many new creations with the same materials.
We created Family Banners this week. The children drew the faces of the people in their immediate family. Then the children presented their Banner to the class and explained about all the people in their family. This is an important part of practicing their oral language and can be very intimidating to present and speak in front of all of their peers. They all did an amazing job!
We have continued with our “Me; My Family; & My Community” theme. The class has been a busy place with a lot of oral language and dramatic play. Our playhouse has become ‘Westmount Restaurant’. Our puppet centre has become a ‘Westmount Fire & Rescue’ truck. The children have been busy writing and sending letters to each other through our ‘Westmount Post Office’. Many of the children have been making chef’s hats, mailbags, fire hats, police hats & badges.
As a part of our "Me; My Family; My Community" theme, the children had a chance to focus on themselves at the Discovery Centre. Using "loose parts" the children had a chance to create themselves. The idea behind loose parts is that you use different materials to explore, build, create, and design an infinite number of 'masterpieces'. This allows for the students to focus on the Core Competency of Creative Thinking.
Check out some of the students' creations:
The School District runs a program called "You Can Count On Me" to help promote math skills. It was great that so many parents were able to attend the session to learn math games and then teach and play them with their child. What a fun way to spend time with your child and also practice math! Families that were able to attend got to take home a package of math materials to play the games. We hope that this will encourage families to play math games throughout the year to help further develop math skills.
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!