I am excited to see how we are building community in our classroom. We are really getting to know each other and beginning to form the foundation of a strong classroom community. We continue to learn and practice routines in the classroom, as well as other places in the school while following our 3 important rules. (Be Safe, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of the Classroom)
Our year in academics has gotten off to a great start. We are learning that there are many ways that people read and even if you are not yet ready to read the words in a book, there is still a lot of reading work you can do. We have talked a lot about looking closely and thinking about what you see to help you read. Students are enjoying many stories being read aloud and love to join in on the reading of big books, poems and songs in the classroom.
In writing, we are putting lots of our ideas on the paper by making a picture in our mind. Kindergarten writing can range from having a simple picture to some words or even sentences. Students are encouraged to do their best to show the picture in their mind. We are beginning to add labels in our pictures and stretching out sounds to write words that match our story.
In math, we are working on our first investigation: Is it Fair? In this investigation students count, compare and figure out how to make two sets of items equal. This investigation revolves around a “special snack.” Different amounts of snack are given to different students. Students quickly notice the unfairness of others getting more or less snack than them. Students then work with a partner to find a way to share the snack equally. For example, if I have 4 crackers and you have 8 crackers, how can we make it fair?