We started our discussion of trees and seasons this week. Again, there was a lot of science this week. I feel that at this time of year, it gets easier to have the abstract concepts of science in the room as they have a stronger foundation on the basics.
We labeled the parts of a tree by writing the sound we hear first on the line. We are getting good at Labeling a Diagram. Some of our friends are able to do this almost independently, and some of us are still working on letters. The cook part of these projects is it allows us to teach to the level each child is ready for.
Students then made another model, this one of a tree. Students cut out their hands for the branches. They then glued cotton balls on the fingertips and stamped them green. They then put the branches on the trunk (tube). They then pulled apart a string to make roots. Though this seems like a simple project, it really worked on their fine motor skills.
We then talked about how the trees change in the seasons. Students started with writing the sound they hear first on the seasons. Again, this was tailored to each child's ability. We then stamped their hands 4 times. (they helped count). Then students talked about what they see in nature in each season and they glued that on their trees: leaves from basket stuffings, fall leaves falling from colorful paper, glitter for snow, and crumpled tissue paper for buds. This again worked on their fine motor skills again.
Students then watched the following video. They thought it was very cool how closely their pictures paralleled to the video. They really liked this video!
The letter of the week was Zz. We learned the sign language for a letter, the literacy link sound symbols, the letter sound, and looking at and writing it in both capital letters and lower case letters. Click here to view the many ways we learn the letter of the week!
Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters. Check out these videos with you child! Click HERE.
The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter Zz with Zig-Zags. On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, Z is for zebra.
A big part of kindergarten readiness is making sure the student can correctly and efficiently use their tools. It is also that their letters are written (and identified) correctly so they can begin the reading and writing process. PLEASE help your child hold pencils and scissors correctly, name the letters and numbers, and correctly write the letters and numbers.
|pencils need to be held in a "tri-pod/pincher grip. |
Pointer and thumb should pinch the pencil and the
pencil should rest in the middle finger on the top
kuckle. The thumb and the pointer should make
a round/circular shape
|Scissors need to be held thumb up, cut|
away from the body, and pushing foward
as the fingers and thumb open and close.
Writing the numbers is equally as important as it is essential in communicating their math answers. Please help your child name and write the numbers they best they can (ideally: count objects to 10, write up to 10, identify up to 12, count orally to 20, ). Please note how the numbers look in the image. This is how we write our numbers including the 2, 4, and 9 (not as they show up when typing).
Please note that the year is very busy (and only 8 weeks left!). There are many events, forms, permission slips, and more that need to returned to school. Please refer back to this blog weekly and check your child's folder (both classroom and school issued) every night to ensure you see everything.
PLEASE RETURN GRADUATION PHOTO ENVELOPES & GRADUATION FORMS BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 22
Theme: Earth Day.Recycle
Number of the week: 0 1 2
Snack: Fischer (Obermueller) Family