Dodgeball in the classroom!
Kindergarteners were invited into our middle school to participate in a special kind of game called Gaga Ball. Gaga Ball, also known as Israeli dodgeball, is played with a circular court, one ball, and an undefined number of players. Middle school students have been designing a Gaga court as a new playground structure during their Design Elective and wanted to test their prototype court in a classroom with the kindergartners. The game was so well received, the court is now in construction phase and will soon be seen on our playground. Thanks middle school students for introducing us to a new and exciting game!
Art with Mrs. Santucci
It’s all about castles and fairy tales in art right now. We learned how to draw castles adding extra elements to make them look like they have dimension. The kids enjoyed adding their own personality to the pieces by choosing to add things like windows, flags and a variety of other details.They finished them off with bright watercolor paints. Moving forward, these young artists will create a 3-dimensional castle using wood pieces and paint. It will be so much fun to see what they create with their vivid imaginations and a few materials! Look for these in the art show coming up in May.
Make a pinball machine! Kindergarteners took their creativity to the design lab to use their recently acquired knowledge of ‘motion’ (kindergarten science standard) to build a game using gravity, cardboard, and a marble. Some machines were made with a clearly defined path while others had obstacles and even challenge courses. Could these prototypes inspire a come back of pinball machines? The kids hope so!
The foundation of learning is being genuinely curious. Kindergartners are great at asking “why” questions for most topics and we want to encourage that same curiosity in math. Using “Math Talk” is a learned skill and allows students to be more engaged and playful with numbers. Recently, students have been practicing talking about numbers with scripted language. They have now adopted this language into their everyday “Math Talk”. In kindergarten we talk a lot about numbers!
Sight words are words that you know at a glance and do not need to sound out. Memorizing sight words helps Kindergarteners with reading and writing. We have been busy learning our sight words by practicing writing them in colored sand and in shaving cream. We have used movement and games to practice with our bodies. We even decorated a sweet holiday candy cane treat with some of our most common words. We have fun while we learn!
We dove into our monthly core virtue, Charity, by reading the book The Quiltmaker’s Gift. Kindergartners sat alongside their third grade buddies, as we read the tale of a generous quiltmaker who gave quilts only to the poor. An unhappy and greedy king demanded one for himself. The quilt maker decides to give one to the king only after he changes his mindset from greed to generosity. The book inspired the children to reflect on what makes one happy, “to get or to give”. This book was perfectly timed for the holidays and to think about the importance of giving.
Music with Mrs. Miller
Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!
Kindergarten has been learning about the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. We had our own fall harvest celebration to commemorate this event and to reflect on what we are thankful for. In preparation, we all brought a vegetable to school, cut it up, and made soup for the feast. We then invited the Pre-kindergarteners to our celebration, served them bowls of soup and applesauce, and entertained them with drumming and storytelling. This event was a fun way to start the holiday season!
Kindergarteners are learning how to write true stories with a beginning, middle, and end. They are learning how to use classroom tools and an array of writing strategies to build a foundation of writing. Learning to edit their work was the toughest challenge, but perseverance paid off. All of their hard work was showcased at their first writing celebration when they presented their first “published” stories to the Pre-kindergarten class. It was a proud moment for us all!
Kindergarteners partnered up with their third grade buddies for a fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenge. The challenge was, Who could build the tallest tower out of a simple materials list of two items? Materials included balloons and tape, marshmallows and spaghetti, index cards and tape, foil and straws. They planned, worked together, redesigned, struggled and finally measured their structures.
Art with Mrs. Santucci
The leaves are falling and in art class, Kindergarten is learning all about the elements of art through creating a variety of fall-themed art pieces. In learning about color, your budding artist was introduced to Henri Matisse and created Apples on a Yellow Plate. To learn about line, they created bird line drawings. Wait until you see how adorable they are! To learn about texture, they created painted paper and collaged a colorful fall tree. Using shapes, we read the story of Pezzetino by Leo Lionni, and they created their own creatures and thought about how we are all unique and made up of many pieces that create the whole of who we are. There is no end to fun as we learn how to use paints, texture tools, pastels and sharpies, among other things, explore art mediums and creating something new each day.