Dear Kindergarten Families,
We started the week learning how to use our third “friendship tool”- the break it, fix it tool. After a child uses his “I Statement Microphone” to share his/her feelings with a friend during a conflict, and that child repeats, “I hear ….,” the children hold up their “break it, fix it hammer” and say, “Let’s fix it!” It is a way to discuss solutions to the conflict. This tool also teaches children how to engage in an apology of action rather than merely saying “sorry.” Sometimes apologizing may be all that is required; at other times, further action may be needed fix a problem. Children learn to take responsibility for independently repairing problems, such as getting a friend an icepack or band-aid if they have knocked them down, fixing someone’s Lego structure if they have broken it, or making a friend a “sorry card” or a picture if they have hurt their feelings. Next week we will learn how to use the “Win-Win Solution Card,” which teaches children how to compromise. We role played conflicts as a way to practice using the tool.
Our growing button calendar pattern this month has lead us to some interesting activities. Children have been figuring out different ways to compose and decompose quantities up to five and predict how the pattern will grow by color and button quantity.
Our “word wall” is growing as we added “like.” As every week, we are reading together and reading to ourselves, and writing during Writing Workshop, as well as throughout other times in the day.
As always, Spanish is incorporated into your child’s day. We are using phrases like, “Me gusta” and “No me gusta” (“I like it” and “I don’t like it”) connected to our Seed to Table activities. Children are also focused on feelings words in Spanish like “triste” (sad) and “feliz” (happy). This week in Seed to Table the students made “cooperation quesadillas,” where they worked with a partner to create a delicious, healthy snack. This cooperation activity connects well to our Friendship Study as the children have another opportunity to learn how to thoughtfully negotiate with one another.
A message from our classroom parent representatives: The Preschool/Kindergarten parents are getting together on Wednesday, February 17, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Garage for a potluck, and we would love to have you all join us!
Questions to ask and activities in engage with your child:
- How do you use the “break it, fix it” tool?
- How did you use your friendship tools this week?
- If I called your teacher tonight what would s/he tell me about you?
- How did you help somebody today?
- How did somebody help you today?
- Create a meal/snack with your child. Discuss how to you can cooperate to make it. For example, “You spread the peanut butter on the bread, and I’ll spread the jelly,” etc.
The K Team