November/December begins a new theme unit, Identity. During Circle Time, Aditi explained so eloquently that "Identity means who or what you are." We will be investigating the "who" or "what" of several topics beginning with ourselves.
One of our "whats" was the discussion of experiencing "Daylight Savings Time" over the weekend. Ks appeared rested and perky and commented about how light it was outside. We chatted about this phenom more and learned that "daylight saving time" was first conceived by none other than genius, inventor, writer, and an American Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin! When it was mentioned that Benjamin Franklin was also featured on U.S. currency, Aditi also said, "Yes, he's on the 100 dollar bill. That is what is left out for the maid!" It is awesome that Kindergartners can make real life connections with classroom learning! (And that we should all be so blessed!;) We also practiced reciting an Old English Proverb published by none other than Benjamin Franklin!
Early to bed,
Early to rise,
Makes a man healthy,
Kindergarten Math is designed to be hands-on, relevant, and hopefully fun! This week's Math lesson was centered around the use of the calendar. We initially identified its purpose as a tool to "keep up with things that are important to us"-Nico then located the name of the month, the year, and days of the week. We also practiced our writing and sequencing while filling in the numbers 1-30. We charted the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday celebrated by most families in our class, Noa's upcoming birthday, and our stay home days. We will also add our upcoming Hanukkah celebration this year beginning the evening of Thanksgiving. On another day we discussed the "teen" numbers and their unique pronunciation-(not three teen or five teen as one would suppose) then played "Guess Shan's Number." This process of elimination game proved to be a bit of a challenge for the Kindergartners and was not achieved until after 3 rounds of guessing! Afterward everyone wanted blank calendars to play this guessing game with their families at home.
Our identity theme began with listening to a picture book called Quick As A Cricket by Audrey and Don Wood. Many observations about the story were made by the class i.e. "Hey, there are rhyming words" and "toads are different than frogs." We also noted that although this book was filled with words that were "opposites" (fast and slow, sad and happy, tame and wild) that all of these describing words or adjectives can apply to just one person. We will delve into these concepts of similes and metaphors further as we create "About Me" Books. By the way, Kindergartners were as "quick as crickets" while playing football at playground time. They even learned to "take a knee" for injuried players!
We heard a story called Picasso's Trousers and read that Pablo Picasso, one of the most well known artists of all time, loved wearing striped clothing! It is imagined that he even went so far as have a tailor create some striped apparel especially for him. After the story we took an informal survey of our clothing and found that the whole class was wearing some type of stripes! Because we felt Picasso-y after that, we decided to create Picasso inspired portraits. We talked about how Pablo Picasso had many passions during his long lifetime and experimented with almost all art media! One passion included drawing and painting women and used various female models for his art sessions. Serendipity ensued when Kindergartner Marcel's Mom walked in for a visit that afternoon. She became our muse and graciously modeled for us! Here are some of our amazing and impressive portraits!
We heard another story titled The Hueys in the New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers about a boy who tries to be unique only to find that everyone else tries to be unique exactly like him! Later, we made a graph of some of our unique characteristics.
#1 "I chew my socks." Six Kindergartners identified with this!
#5 We found out that three of our Kindergartners can actually curl their tongues!
Our Kindergarten lost tooth count is up to 5! Sean lost his just this week!
Kindergartners participated in their first K Buddies with Mrs. Carpenter's 1st/2nd grade class. We began with a story about a dog having an "identity crisis" who desired to experience being a wolf. The story was read by our Media Specialist Mom Mrs. Crain. We were then paired with our K Buddy for some shared reading time. We also had an opportunity to check out books to take home. Our next K Buddy time will take place in early December due to our scheduled field trips on the next two Thursdays. We are looking forward to our next K Buddy time!