Our Circle Time book The World is Not A Triangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid, is a story about an architect who, despite having to face discrimination based on race and gender, became a world renown figure in architectural/art history. We read how Hadid and her design crew were inspired by nature to design unique and organic looking building structures. Later, Kindergartners journaled about a structure that they would design and construct if they could and what their inspiration would be.
Choice times were filled with structure building using small cubes, geometric solid minis and paper crafts.
On another day, Kindergartners painstakingly assembled cardboard cubes from scratch but not before bedazzling each one with intricate sharpie marker designs. The construction process took some patience and risk taking for the children who were not completely convinced about what they were actually making.
Two other Math lessons this week challenged Ks to use their spatial awareness skills and patience to build a triangular prism using only sticks and masking tape to assemble a triangular prism.
Augustus was so pleased to have her Mom Victoria read the endearing, The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman (protege of Dr. Seuss). Afterward, Gus' Mom assisted with a discussion about ways we might
treat others although we do not even know them. Mom and Augustus offered different strategies (like asking questions instead of making assumptions) if you are unsure about something or someone.
Lulu’s sister also stopped by and read Paper John by David Smalls, a story about a man who was very handy at handling an adversary and crafting paper structures.
Graham just so happened to bring in a book for Sharing Day and graciously read Eric, The Boy Who Lost his Gravity to us during P.M. Snack. It was a very "dinner theatre cafe-like" atmosphere while we munched:) By the way, Kindergartners have a very wide range of abilities when it comes to reading readiness. Reading is a very individualized skill!
Please visit our K Gallery at the entrance to the Kindergarten classroom for a closer look at our pastel drawings. Additionally, the Kindergartners listened to an excerpt of Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, supposedly the catylist to one of Kandinsky’s vivid experiences with synesthesia. After only a few moments, however, some of the children spontaneously asked that the music be turned off because it made them “feel sad”. Listen to a taste at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqk4bcnBqls
“Extremi-tees" involved no-sew methods to create pillows. There were many attempts to thread sewing needles for beading, disassembling of some treasured Rec and Ed tee shirts, and some bright splashy acrylic paint designs. Other children came back to the classroom literally tooting their own horns that they made from scrap art materials.
(left.) Kindergartner Henry's keen eye for color and energetic multimedia design created with fabric markers and acrylic paints!
I am pleased to say that Kindergarten had 100% of our K families participation during Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. It was wonderful to discuss your amazing children’s progress so far and to hear all of the positive comments about our school and K program. Please remember that there is no school on Monday, October 15th to allow for conference note compilation and to make up for extended days this week.