The kindergarten students are continuing to work hard as the winter holidays approach, especially on their growth mindset. Students are embracing a growth mindset using positive interactions with their peers. Teachers taught “A bug and a wish” [It bugs me when (insert problem). I wish you would (insert solution).] for students to communicate problems and solutions with peers. Students have been actively using this technique to solve problems in class (and at home, as a few parents have mentioned)!
In our CKLA-Knowledge lessons, students are reading one-syllable short vowel CVC words with greater ease. They are also becoming more adept at reading decodable text that incorporates the letter-sound correspondences that have been taught in class. As the children practice these skills at home, they are blending words with greater accuracy. Students are writing additional lower case letters, as well as producing the corresponding sound of each. As the students are becoming more skilled with reading words, your help at home becomes essential to their progress.
In our CKLA-Knowledge curriculum, we have been learning about non-fiction, specifically farms. We were able to take our learning from inside the classroom and experience it outside of the classroom at Sugar Roots Farm. Students connected some of the things we’ve been learning about animals throughout this unit as they were observing and interacting with live animals.
In math, we have quickly moved through 2-D flat and 3-D solid shapes where students learned to identify, describe, compose, compare and sort shapes based on their attributes. We also learned to use and follow directions using positional words such as beside, above, below and next to. We are now beginning to measure and compare items by size, length, height, weight and capacity.
The Kindergarten classes are looking forward to our “Holidays Around the World” celebration before our Winter Break where students will rotate through classrooms to learn about holiday traditions of other countries!