Today we learned about collaboration. We started by figuring out what it means to collaborate by watching three short videos of animals collaborating to avoid being eaten by a predator. Ask me to tell you how the animals are collaborating.
Although we didn't see it, we know that somehow the animals worked together to make a plan. We also read a story called Friends, by Helm Heine. This is a story of three animal friends who work together to do things they couldn't do alone. Ask me to tell you what Johnny Mouse, Fat Percy and Charlie Rooster did in the story.
In the afternoon, we practiced collaborating by building towers using paper bathroom size cups. The great thing about building with the paper cups is that it is fairly quiet. The kids have to concentrate and carefully place the cups. They learn that it's okay if the cups fall because they can rebuild. We talked about being encouraging others by noticing and complimenting as we notice what other groups are doing. For some groups, it took some time to understand they needed to work together and build just one tower, but soon, as they saw what others groups were doing, they worked it out and began building one tower. Check out these builders!
Thank-you again for helping us get off to such a great start this school year! The kids have adjusted so well and are coming in ready to unpack and do their morning routines. They learned to sign-in on the promethean board to show whether they are packing and buying. They know to unpack, put their folder in the green basket, but their lunchbox on the bottom of their tall cubby and sign-in. They are reading books, getting drinks and using the restroom before we come together to say hello. They are learning each other's name and greeting each other every morning. I don't want to jinx it, but this has been the easiest kindergarten start ever for me!
Have a nice evening!