Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Some administrative details to note:  

  • Friday, May 19, will be an “Indoor Dismissal” due to EATS set-up in the Garden.  If your child is a 3:00 p.m. pick-up, please come to the Kindergarten porch and we will bring your child to you (like we do in inclement weather).  The Garden will be filled with volunteers preparing for that evening’s EATS festivities.  25th Street will be closed off to traffic between South and Naudain, and parking spots for pick-up will be available on South Street between 25th and 26th Streets.  
  • If your child has a summer birthday and you’d like to come in to celebrate by reading a book (we do not share edible treats for birthday celebrations), please let us know so we can schedule a time.
  • Thursday, June 1, will be the Kindergarten Learning Celebration starting at 9:00 a.m. with our Kindergarten Plays in the Garage, followed by a classroom tour and cast party in the Kindergarten rooms.

It was another week full of play-related events and activities!  We welcomed some more experts. Melissa, who ran a children’s theater group, taught us about directing and blocking, then led us in an activity that helped prepare us to act in our own plays.  Carrie taught us about costuming and how a costume can help an actor feel like a character, as well as help the audience recognize that character.

We are now moving on from the research phase of our “putting on a play” project to thinking about the plays we will perform for you.  This week we read a number of different fairy tales and compared elements of those stories: characters, setting, problem, and resolution.  Groups will advocate and vote for which story, or version of a story, they will perform. Over the next weeks we will work on casting, writing scripts, and designing and costumes and sets.  

Following is a note from Chris, our music teacher:

“This week in music the kindergarten is feeling great after their performance on Monday for Grandparents Day.  They shared with me how much they loved having their families in the garden and their classrooms.   We continued the week by connecting to the theme of 'how to put on a play' by watching a DVD of a children's ballet version of Peter and the Wolf.  We had questions in mind as we watched, such as: How was the story told?  How did the dancers show their various characters? 

The students were able answer the questions in detail. The story was told by the narrator, the music, and the character's movements. The actors showed their character part by their faces, make-up, costumes, and body movements.  They were also able to name a number of props used to make the story more realistic.  They have learned so much about plays already!" 

In mathematics this week we played a game that reinforces addition equations, recognizing quantities, and adding on from one addend to another.  Our calendar pattern for May focuses on addition and subtraction problems to and from ten, using story problems and equations.   

Questions to ask/activities to do with your child this week:

  •  What did you learn from Carrie about costumes and from Melissa about directing?
  • How do you feel about becoming an actor and putting on a kindergarten play?
  • What are some of the fairy tales you read this week?
  • Play a math game - count up to 100 together, taking turns to count each number.  
  • Make up some addition story problems for one another to solve. For instance, "If I ate three carrots and then ate six more, how many did I eat all together?"  Discuss how you solved your math story problems.
  • While you are eating a meal together, discuss if any of the vegetables on your plate are roots, stems, or leaves.  Look carefully at other parts of plants you may be eating.

Enjoy Spring!

The Kindergarten Team