Language Arts & Math
We had a wonderful first week of school! Thank you so much for sharing your children with us! This week we jumped right into our first Language Arts unit: La escuela. We had a lot fun reading about Henry and his first day of Kindergarten in ¡Preparáte, Kindergarten, Allá voy! This was a great way to discuss the different things we might be feeling as we embark on our new school year together. Throughout the week we sang the abecedario, sorted and listed personas/people and animales/animals, sequenced events from the story, and talked a lot about all the materiales escolares/school supplies. Through all these activities we worked on establishing routines (keeping our supply flower organized, pushing our chairs in, putting our names on our papers, raising our hands to share, etc.)
We will spend a LOT of time doing our daily calendar. During calendar they will learn the correct order of the days of the week and months, counting by 1’s, 10’s, 5’s, and 2’s, and patterns. We introduced how to keep track of the number of days in school with a 100’s chart and straws.
Students jumped right in, using their Spanish and repeating, to earn class tallies. I was quite impressed with their willingness to use their Spanish!
Social Studies & Science
Wow! We had a great first week of kindergarten! This week we had fun getting to know one another by doing several “getting to know you” activities and learning school procedures. We read stories and sang songs. Be sure to ask them about their magic playdough!
Our focus during the month of September in Character Ed will be kindness. We will be getting to know our new friends, reconnecting with familiar ones, and learning to demonstrate kindness together. Our primary means of teaching will be through read-aloud books and stories, followed by fun activities to engage each student to pursue this trait. ~Ms. Lisa
I enjoyed meeting the new kindergarteners in Art Class this week! We looked at a photo of the famous portrait “Mona Lisa” and learned how to follow her example of sitting quietly when the teacher is talking. For our art project, the students observed the shapes and colors of a variety of apples, and they made beautiful apple drawings, with some watercolor added for fun. ~Ms. Kelly
For our first music lesson together we learned “araña pequeñita,” the Spanish version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider, complete with hand movements. We also introduced the concepts of louder and softer sounds, with the song John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.” ~Señor Kit