Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Tuesday was the 100th Day of School. Kindergarten celebrated by starting our day drawing what we think we will look like when we are 100. We then rotated through six optional activities related to 100 - making crowns with 100 stars, doing a "100" olympics, creating a design with 100 stamps, making a necklace with 100 beads, and making a structure with 100 legos. For snack children could choose to eat ten of ten items, counting out each group of ten to reach 100! We counted by tens, fives and ones to 100. Fun was had by all!

Kindergarten is deep into research about bicycles and electricity.

Kindergarten A welcomed many experts. Art teacher and bike mechanic Rick Jacobsen took apart a bike for us and showed us how each piece is connected to the others. Ben Warrington, Primary Unit Teacher and avid cyclist, taught us about Philly Bike Share as we took a walk to the Indego Hub on 23rd and South. Kaitlyn Cino, Primary Unit teacher and avid cyclist, taught us about why people use bikes and different bike parts. We learned about some simple machines and how they work together to make bicycles move. We learned about cranks, gears and cogs as we experimented with creating gear systems and looking closely at crank/gear systems made out of legos. We read some bicycle magazines and watched a few videos about how bikes are made. We also re-created a bike in our classroom using some real bike pieces and some that we made ourselves. Students have also created a timeline of the history of the design changes of bicycles. This morning we went on a walking trip to former TPS parent Lee Roger’s bike shop, Bicycle Therapy. The children sketched what we saw in order to keep track of what to include in our classroom bike shop that is taking shape under our loft, which now houses bikes, bike parts, and tools. Lee taught us about how and why it is important to keep bike wheels aligned, about bike safety and bike safety equipment.

Kindergarten B continued our research by inviting in several experts. David Hudson, Judah’s dad and member of the TPS facilities team, gave a general overview of how electricity works and built a model of a circuit to explain how electricity gets into TPS and our homes. He lent our class a snap circuit set to continue exploring how electricity moves. Tom Panzerella, Lena’s dad, is a robotics engineer. He shared examples of the various types of robots that exist, and he talked about the process of making robots and emphasized the importance of trial and error in scientific research. He also brought in a robot called Double and let the students try to operate it to move from one side of the classroom to the other. Matt Murray, our school’s technology integrator, talked about the need to make a circuit for electricity to work. He built one for the children and then had them go off and try to make their own working circuits. The students had to learn from their mistakes and try new approaches. After learning about how electricity gets into our homes, we walked to the Grey’s Ferry generating station. We did field observations there and sketched the various parts of a power plant and its surroundings. Today we went back in time and tried to experience what life was like before electricity was so accessible. We learned about important historical events and figures. We learned about Benjamin Franklin and lightning, Alessandro Volta and the battery, and Thomas Edison and the light bulb.

In Seed to Table we continued our talk about recipes by following a simple recipe for vegetable fried rice. As we cut veggies, cooked on a griddle and used our senses. We discussed many of the different ways that rice can be prepared, connecting to our discussion about different kinds of bread from last week.

As mentioned last week, If you would like to set up a conference with a specialist please see the following links:

Kindergarten A Art Teacher, Catherine Bogart-Rome:

Kindergaretn B Art Teacher, Kait Renna:

Movement Teacher, Meg Waldron sent her link out to you in a separate email.

Music Teacher, Chris Gignac:

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • Which 100 Day activities did you do on Tuesday?

Kindergarten A:

  • How do gears work?
  • When/how were bicycles invented? How did they change over time?
  • How are bicycles made?
  • How does a gear system work?
  • What did you learn at Bicycle Therapy?
  • What is Philly Bike Share?
  • How are bicycles good for us?

Kindergarten B:

  • What was the experience like seeing Double the robot move? Was it difficult to make it move?
  • Did the circuit that you made work the first time?
  • What are some toys that you played with that didn’t require electricity?
  • Go on a walk in your neighborhood and have your child point out transformers, power lines, power poles and transmission towers.

An activity to do:

  • Count out 100 objects (paper clips, cheerios, chocolate chips, etc.), separate them by tens and count up by tens.

Have a great weekend,

The Kindergarten Team