We listened to a story called Pinduli, by Janelle Cannon. We read this story to identify external features of animals. Pinduli is a little hyena who encounters other animals with similar external features, but those animals make fun of him. Ask me to tell you what external features they teased Pinduli about. Pinduli tries to hide in the water from some animals, and when he gets out of the water rolls in dry white dust. He no longer looks like himself, but instead like a ghost. This scares the other animals who think he is a spirit and confess their bad behavior to Pinduli. It turns out the animals had been teasing each other and this bad behavior was passed along to others. This book has a lot of lessons in it, and is worth rereading and discussing!
We studied plane and solid shapes in an art book called I Spy Shapes in Art, by Lucy Micklethwait. This book has famous paintings that have shapes. We studied the pictures and found the shapes, and the children needed to use positional words to describe where the shape could be found in the painting. We also talked about using words such as corners, angles, sides and equal in talking about the shapes. Although the kindergarten curriculum focuses on squares, rectangles, circles, triangles and hexagons, we will study other shapes as well since most of the students can identify these shapes. They do need additional instruction in talking about the shapes. We studied a photograph this morning that opened up discussion about other shapes. Ask me to tell you about the shape is in this photograph.