We end our Opinion Writing with our “What We Want to Be When We Grow Up Parade”! I couldn’t be prouder of our kindergarten authors. They each came to school dressed in support of their dream. They wrote convincing letters to their parents about their dreams of being someone in the community! Our class was filled with pilots, doctors, a veterinarian, a chef, two astronauts, a teacher, a gymnastics coach, a professional baseball player, a farmer, a fireman, and an organic farmer. Their writings are displayed proudly on our bulletin boards because they wrote fantastic, kindergarten readable writing! This was an epic experience in Kindergarten.
Kindergarten continues to be full of life. In honor of our Mother’s Day Celebration we made paper bonnets. The students served their mom’s cookies and tea and presented to them their “My Favorite Recipe” Cook Books.
In Kindergarten, we completed our Painted Lady’s Butterfly Unit with the release of our hatched Painted Lady’s. The children have also helped bring in Spring by planting herbs in our school garden. The joys of new life have been so present, exciting and supported by our hands-on activities, class art, wonderful stories and writings. We have moved into our Opinion Writing learning to use writing in terms of persuading someone as to how to do something with logical reasoning. The children went on a field trip across the street to witness the new construction happening in our school neighborhood and have been working on individual letters to the construction crew as to what they think should be built and focusing on the many reasons why our ideas should be heard! Such joy in writing combined with real world application!
Kindergarten is awake with the winds of Spring. We have entered one of our lively times of learning! We are raising butterflies, learning about life cycles, and working on taking care of the earth. The children are doing a retelling of Eric Carle’s Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar through some art creations. Their afternoons are filled with making caterpillars, chrysalis’’s and then butterflies. We will also be working on the Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly. We are completing our Information Writing Published pieces and moving into Opinion Writing.
With hope for the new buds of spring and the promise of flowers, Kindergarteners used flowers as the image for learning about and creating calligraphs for printmaking. There are all sorts of ways to create prints, and this one was a favorite! Coming up next, we will be working with clay. What is clay made of, where does it come from, how does it harden, how do we make the pieces hold together? These are all questions to be answered as the students dig their fingers into this medium.
Buen trabajo, Elementary Spanish! I am so proud of all my students this year. My greatest reward in teaching them is seeing their improvement in their conversational skills and written sentence constructions we have been working on since the beginning of the year. I am definitely witnessing it in the classroom. I know some parents have shared with me their enjoyment in having their kids help, by listening and speaking, in the Spanish-speaking countries your have recently vacationed in this past Spring Break. I expect that, and told them before they left, not to be shy. However, practicing their conversational skills with strangers is never as easy as doing it in the comfort and familiarity of our classroom at SPS. I can not begin to tell you how grateful I am for the loving atmosphere, enthusiasm, happiness and the great attitude your kids bring to class everyday. Their willingness to learn, participate, and practice with their peers always goes beyond my expectations.
I would like to witness with your own eyes the progress they have made. In the next few days you will be receiving an email from me inviting you to watch them “show off” how they are developing their gift of a second language. I know they can’t wait and I hope you can find the time to come to watch them. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to meet with you during a time that is more convenient.
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. In the final two months, I will be gradually immersing your kids further in to the language. There will be a little confusion during the first couple of days, but I know by experience they will find it a lot of FUN. Let’s all remember that, at their age, FUN plus IMPROVEMENT is what should be about! Muchas gracias for sharing and trusting all your child to me.
In Kindergarten, we are wrapping up our Fairy Tales Unit with some time on Little Red Riding Hood! The students worked actively on the setting of Little Red Riding Hood and making silhouettes of the main characters. They then worked on character sticks so that they can retell the story in partners. In addition, we learned that the middle schoolers created a Spanish retelling of Little Red Riding Hood! The middle schoolers were so appropriate and lovely in their play acting. It was fun to hear their Spanish retelling and then amazing to see the kindergartners loving the storyline! The kindergartners were delighted with the play and we cannot wait for more!
PK and Kindergarten music have been working on keeping the beat to various songs as well as expressing our emotions through music with rhythm sticks, ribbon wands and drums. We had a pretty cool thing happen one day – as we were dancing to music that makes us happy, a giant double rainbow appeared just out the music class window. We stopped and marveled at the beauty in the midst of the rainstorm and danced it out together. It is a joy to teach these energetic young people!
The flurry of activity in Kindergarten has been heart filling! We are deep into Fairy Tales. This week, we have been concentrating on the retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff! What a success! The kindergarteners have been working on hands on learning! You see, the plan was to design a raft to cross the river and beat the troll to the other side! The children worked actively using simple materials – tongue depressors, small pieces of balsa wood, foam shapes, wine corks, pipe cleaners, and glue. Using their endless creativity, each student sketched a design plan onto paper, built their design using these materials, and then we let them dry. The next day, we made a prediction graph and attempted to float our experiments!!!!! This was an exciting day in Kindergarten. These children are amazing scientists exploring the language of hypothesis, prediction, and result.
We are immersed in our Fairy Tale Story Boards. Please watch the attached video as it shows the incredible energy from our Kindergarten afternoons. The students are actively working on creating their characters, and the setting. They are working on their retelling of the story and focusing on the sequence of events based on the characters of their storyboards. Our kindergartners will then share their storyboards with their 4th grade buddies next week! I am so proud of their efforts.
In Kindergarten, we are working avidly on finding patterns in our reading. When a student comes across a long sentence or an unknown set of words, they now have the tools to figure out the pattern in the text to help them remember words. They have been working extremely hard at all of their reading strategies. Once the child discovers the pattern, they realize and are empowered to read almost every page of their book. Reading is a joyful adventure and opens the door to all of our language discoveries. Kindergartners enjoy using their reading strategies with partners. We are such hard workers in kindergarten as every minute of our morning reading strategy time is used so that WE ARE READERS.
This winter junior kindergarten and kindergarten have been moving non stop in the gym. They have been learning how to participate in a relay line, how to throw and catch scarves and how to move like different animals. We have also been practicing skipping, hopping, jumping, running, and fine motor skills.