What’s been happening…
“I think I can! I think I can!” The Kindergarteners had a chance to listen to the fantasy story “The Little Engine That Could” retold by Watty Piper and new art by Loren Long. Most adults have read this famous story at some point in their lives, but children may be hearing it for the first time. The lessons about knowing when and how to ask for help can be difficult for children to learn and this book helped us see that asking for help isn’t a bad thing. We discussed that asking for help is a great tool to have, but also to try things first because we may surprise ourselves and be able to do it without help!
In our grammar lessons we worked more on subject-verb agreement. We read sentences and had to correctly fill in the blank with the proper verb tense. We had to ask ourselves when is this taking place? Did it already happen? Or will it happen later? This ended up being a fun activity by turning into a silly sentence contest. We each made up silly sentences and the rest of the class had to correct what was wrong!
We have also been working on our individual word family packets. We are getting to the point where we need very little help for most of the packet. The parts we do need help with are mainly trying to sound out difficult words that we haven’t learned yet. We are becoming quite the little reading group!
The Kindergarteners completed Chapter 11 in our mathematics studies. We learned how to compare objects for height, length, and weight. We used terms such as taller or shorter than, longer or shorter, and heavier or lighter. To measure height we see how tall an object is, the length is measured from side to side, and the weight of an object is how heavy or light it is. This was a short chapter that we flew through. Our test was on Friday and we were awesome! Next week we will begin Chapter 12, our last chapter before our end of year review and test!
With all our talk about animals this week, we have all been talking about our experiences at the zoos we have visited. Revisiting a zoo, such as the Philadelphia Zoo, can enhance your child’s experiences. It can help your child remember animals they have seen before and give them the experience to see new animals. Talk to your child about the animals they see. What are their characteristics? What do they eat? Where do they live? While all these questions are science based, they allow and encourage interest into other subject domains as well. Why not learn more about geography? Or mathematics?
Up next week
Monday: Amazing Athletes (wear sneakers), McDonald’s Lunch Sign Up
Tuesday: Digging for Bones, Dance (if signed up)
Wednesday: Library, Wendy’s Lunch Sign Up
Thursday: Dino Races, Gym Class (wear sneakers)
Friday: Show-N-Share, Soccer Shots (wear sneakers), Pizza Lunch Sign Up