In September, the kindergarten students spent time becoming familiar with classroom routines and establishing rules. Morning meeting interactions enabled them to become better acquainted with one another. They learned about each other’s names, families, birthdays and more during the literacy/social studies block. They also created self portraits during these “All About Me” lessons. They filled in clues about themselves to build "All About Me" riddles. Reading workshop lessons helped the kindergarteners learn about parts of books, directionality of text, and how to read with a partner. Writing workshop got students into writing routines and following proper directionality. They learned to make one mark per word of intended text. In science, the students began to study the seasonal changes we see in the fall. A seasonal highlight of each September is the celebration of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and learning some interesting facts about this American folklore legend. Math lessons incorporated the numbers 0-9 forwards and backwards, shape review, and graphing as a group.
In October, the kindergarten students will be focusing on several letters of the week. They will learn to recognize up to three weekly letters, print the letters, and identify and produce their sounds. The students will begin to fill their class word wall with newly introduced sight words. They will continue to practice printing their names using the correct letter formations. The concepts of reading and writing from top to bottom and left to right will be reinforced. In reading, students will begin to match words to pictures by observing first letters in words. Students will apply what they know about letter sounds during their writing workshop unit, “Writing Labels", by using patterns to help them to write more simple words. In math, the following concepts will be reviewed and introduced: counting, using a “5 Frame”, and comparing numbers. In science, the students will explore trees and weather changes. The kindergarteners are looking forward to their trip to Shady Brook Farm. There, they will pick pumpkins, go on a hayride, and meet some farm animals. They will learn about the important job of our community helper the firefighter when they visit a local firehouse. Our month comes to a close with the celebration of Halloween. The children will participate in a school wide parade and a classroom party. Check our site at the end of the month for pictures of the learning fun!