Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ideas are Flowing!

Hello Kindergarten Families,

How are you?  I am great.  Each day brings more ideas shared and unique ways the kids explain things.

Last week Lukas shared images of his uncle Jim's discovery of a mammoth tooth and jaw piece.  The students were interested and had some further questions.  This week, Lia was inspired to share a book on mammoths.  She was particularly interested in showing the group the skeleton structure.  The friends thought of some of the similarities and differences between these extinct animals and elephants.  They also began questioning why mammoths became extinct.  The students were able to bring many important elements into their theories.  We began a list of questions to send to Lukas' uncle, the expert!  It has been so neat to see how student's information and interests infect others with an excitement and curiosity.

Last week we had our first parent reader.  Malaya introduced us to her mum, Raquel, who read three books that the students love.  Thank you for taking the time out of your week to share them with us!

On Friday we took some time to listen to the vowel sounds.  I made some simple reference pages for our wall.  We found the soft and hard sounds of each vowel, in names of our class members.  Many friends are just on the cusp of remembering the subtle differences in the soft vowel sounds.  Knowing these by heart can help the students when they are sounding out words to write.  

Last week we were also able to have a friend from first grade, Maximus, come and show us an inspirational example of symmetry, using the pattern blocks.  This reminded the students in our class of the many materials we have to show pattern, symmetry, balance and planning through our mosaic work.  Here are some examples:

by Haden

Sun by Rachel  

Send The Balloon, by Amelie

Fish Bubble, by Natalie

Mountain, by Rachel Lee

Owl, by Natalie

There are a thousand other amazing things we are up to.  I hope you can take the time to come into the class at least once a week to see your child's work, either before or after school.  And remember:

I can't wait to see you there!

Love, Jennifer

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