Dear Kindergarten Families,
This was a short week with lots of special events. Yesterday was the 100th Day of School, and it was full of math activities. We rotated through optional activities related to 100 -- making crowns with 100 stars, doing a "100" olympics, making a necklace with 100 Cheerios, making a structure with 100 Legos, and drawing yourself at 100 years of age! We counted by tens, fives, and ones to 100. Fun was had by all! We also played math games this week that reinforce addition facts to ten, writing addition equations, and looking at the number line from 11 to 30.
On Wednesday morning we watched the 8th graders perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Prior to seeing the play, we read a kindergarten-friendly synopsis so the children would know the story.
Kindergarten A is jumping into its toy study and Kindergarten B is focusing on gymnastics. We are working to incorporate reading, writing, math, and science into our projects.
Kindergarten A started our week categorizing the questions the students have about toys so we could better focus our research. We read nonfiction books about toys with partners and shared out facts we think we learned. We read books about how children have been playing with toys for hundreds of years, how toys have changed over time, and how people all over the world play with toys. Keep your eyes peeled for a separate email with some requests about our toy study.
In Kindergarten B, we began our research by reading nonfiction books and sharing what we learned from the pictures and words. One of our research questions is “How did gymnastics become a sport?” We looked at images from 3,000 years ago up to current day to learn the history of the sport and to see how it has evolved. Our dramatic play area has become a gymnasium complete with apparatus and accessories that we learned about in our research. Today we investigated the importance of balance. We read, watched a video, and practiced using a real balance beam.
A few parents have recently asked if it is developmentally appropriate for children to be whiny or emotional in kindergarten. We find that this time of year is often one full of emotion. Some children seem more fragile than usual and are quick to tears; others are showing a sassier side than is typical. Reminders of our expectations, reminders about showing respect and empathy, and reminders to take deep breaths to calm one’s self down can be helpful.
Questions to ask your child this week:
- What did you think of the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
- What did you write about in Writing Workshop?
- What did you enjoy about the 100th day of school?
- Which activities did you do on the 100th day?
- Who plays with toys?
- Why do people play with toys?
- How has gymnastics changed over time?
- How do gymnasts use balance in their practice?
Activities to do:
As you are playing together, focus on what kinds of toys you are playing with. How are you playing with them? Think about who designed them. How were they made? Who else might play with that kind of toy?
Practice standing on one foot. See if you can hold it for longer periods of time and raise your foot higher.
Enjoy the weekend,
The Kindergarten Team