Hello Kindergarten Families!
What an exciting week! This is such a sweet group of kids! We are going to have a fun year together.
Thank you to all the families who have brought in supplies, and who are causing me to get surprise packages off our class wish list! So fun to get special new items for our year together.There are more spaces, if you are interested in taking a small job!
The daily class journal is on the information table, by the door. The class works together to dictate this when we count the day and do the calendar ritual at the end of each day.
This week's experience was full of getting to know each other and learning how to be at school. We were taking everything slowly in order to really internalize routines and agreements on how to be in a space and interact with so many new people.
Our first class joke- this week one friend said, "Outer Space" and another friend heard "Otter Space". It's come up a few times and even inspired Gabe to create a mosaic entitled "Otter Space". The visual of what "Otter Space" would be like is pretty fun to imagine! :)
Highlights from this week:
Time to line up for school!
Showing letters we know in the Morning Message- putting the kids in the expert role- teaching each other, or realizing it is fine and expected to ask for help if you want to learn something new!
Day 2- taking a walk around campus to see where everything is!
Day 3- We began with a name game in Morning Meeting- students were finding which letters they had in common.
Here is another glimpse into an Open Choice Time. We encourage students to come back to their work if they are involved in something, and also to look at the week and make sure to get around to different activities that will foster various skills. Below, these students added to the story that students began the day before (see the beginning of this story in the reflection page that I mentioned above, in our weekly email!)
On the first day of school, I read a story called Widget. On Friday, some of the students acted this out! This is a first in many acting experiences. The children did well trying to be brave in front of new peers! The audience also had the job of watching and sharing afterward what worked, so that we could make a brainstorm to help new actors next time. (See below)
One of the most important things in learning is to not stop yourself with self doubt! In Kindergarten we are all about trying new things, even things we may previously believed we cannot do. Many of the students shared with me in passing that they cannot write. I showed them some fun tricks this week to help them see that writing is a fun game of figuring out shapes. After each shape to lower case example, the students began to get louder and louder with the name of that letter and their amazed and excited exclamations! They soon began to make predictions of which letters it might be, noticing how that shape could be in many! By the end, most of the class was also laughing after the fun surprise of seeing how one letter becomes another!
My goal this year is to keep us having fun- laughing while we make discoveries that we cannot help but exclaim about and share with anyone who will listen!
Maybe your child might show you some tricks we found this week- did you know how many letters have a simple C shape in them? How many have a lower case l in them? How many have the simple hump of a lowercase n in them? :) It's fun to make so many connections together.
I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of our week! I try to take lots of photos, since it can help your child show you and tell you more about their week. I sometimes get in the moment, or when I am alone with the class, I can't take photos and be in the experience, so hopefully as the weeks unfold you will begin to see other types of activities, discussions and experiences we have each week!
And I will leave you with a silly one- just for fun! Thank you for sharing your lovely kids with us this year! And thank you to Clara for all her help, too! Love, Jennifer
PS- we also watched a short clip on animal nests and then journaled about that, too! Here's the clip: