This past Friday, your child should have brought home a box with their individual Gift to the World. This was our focus in Mindfulness. Isn’t that a beautiful thought; we each have a gift we bring the world. You should have heard the truths of your children. They mentioned things like Love, Kindness, Giving, Sharing, Joy, Laughter. I don’t think we could have a more precious, kind centered group of kids. Please ask them to share with you their “Gift to the World”. You’ll see…have a hanky handy.
Our Native American Wall (see photo above) is finally complete. I encourage each of you to visit and see their incredible Core thematic work. It is actually unbelievable in quality, hard work, and attention to detail. There is no bar set for our little’s and they truly soar to new heights because we believe in them. Please celebrate your child.
In writing, we are taking our Narratives to a new level. We are working avidly on adding more detail to our pictures and our stories. We are making sure our illustrations match our stories. We are remembering to start answering the questions: Who, What, and Where, and to write in the details as they talk their story out. You will see two finger spaces, readable writing, phonetic spelling, as well as use of our classroom tools for our sight words. Please take a minute to browse your child’s writing notebooks. Again, my pride in their efforts is overflowing with joy. I hold them accountable, and they are blooming.
In math, we are continuing our exploration of writing number sentences for 8, 9, and 10. Many of our children are grasping this concept quickly and therefore are pushed to explore and expand their thinking. Their “hows”, “whys” and “wonders” are all welcomed during math time.
It’s already December and a new year is just around the corner. In art class we have been working hard and learning all about the elements of art and the life and style of some well-known artists. In November, Kindergarteners learned more about shape and experimented with creating art using a variety of shapes. Taking that a step further they learned about form. They used 3D shapes to create a sculpture. Extending their lesson on form and sculpture, the students then learned all about artist Alexander Calder and his amazing mobiles and circus creations. I am sure they will have a lot to say about both their quirky wood animal sculptures and the artist who created mobiles. Ask them about these. Looking ahead, we will end the year with some seasonal creations. In January, we will do a unit on self-portraits, a perspective lesson connected with the class unit on fairy tales, then move onto looking at some art movements and the artists connected with them. In the middle of all this, the students will work on a collaborative piece to be sold at the annual school celebration/auction in March. If you are interested in helping with this project I would be happy to talk with you further! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten art meets from 1:45-2:35 Mondays and Wednesdays. Feel free to drop in or come in and help.