Today we read a very funny book by Robert Munsch called "We Share Everything!" This is the story of two children, Amanda and Jerimiah, who go to kindergarten but don't know how to share. They fight over everything and the teacher always tells them, very sweetly, "Now, LOOK! This is kindergarten. In kindergarten we share. We share everything!" After a very messy argument over painting, the two children decide to share. Ask me to tell you what the children share!
We thought about the key details in the story. We took a picture as we listened to the story again to help ourselves remember the setting and characters during important parts of the story. The students used pencil to draw the illustration they were remembering, and were told to label at least three things in their picture that helped to show where the story was happening. I did this because their first few attempts at illustrating a setting didn't really show enough details, which told me I needed to revisit this and break down the task to show how to do this. We looked at different things in the illustrations then got to work drawing. I had the children use their pencils because they can show more details with a pencil than with a crayon. They did a really great job of illustrating, and then labeling. They stretched out the words and wrote the sounds down they heard.
In Social Studies we talked about symbols. We know the flag is a symbol, but we looked at symbols that represent other things. We made flags that would represent each of us, using symbols we created to answer these questions:What are you like?
What is important to you?
What do you like to do?
What are your favorite colors?
Then the students designed their own flag. The most difficult part for them was to remember they were using a symbol and not drawing a picture. As inspiration for our flags, we watched a video from Sesame Street with Will.i.am siging "What I Am." I'm posting the video so you can watch with your child. They really enjoyed it!
The other kindergarten classes sent home Read to Me, Talk to Me books today. I ordered copies of the books because our collection is getting quite ragged and torn, so I used the money PTA gives each teacher to purchase paperback copies of the books. The books arrived today, but it will take me the weekend to print the directions and get them ready to go home. I'm going to send them home in a drawstring bag, and I'm going to have the children make a promise about how they take care of the book when they are reading it and when and where it should be when they are not reading it. I'll be adding a few more books to our collection from our Scholastic order and some may be hardback, but most of them are paperback books so we just need to be extra careful with them. Look for a book to come home Monday, and thanks for your patience!
Monday is Parent Visitation Day, from 9:30 - 11:30. This is a great opportunity for you to see what happens in school each day. In all my years of teaching, this day either goes really quiet, with the kids not saying or responding as they usually do. Or, we have a few kinders go rogue and a few more follow along. Either way, you will see typical routines and lessons!
Tomorrow is an early release day. Students will be released at 1:20. They will have lunch but no recess.
Enjoy your evening!