Last week was a super fun-filled week! Monday was President’s day. We spent some time in the morning brainstorming what kinds of things we thought the president does for his job. The kids drew pictures of what they thought the president does all day. The results were pretty hilarious and amazing!
After brainstorming, we read a couple books about past presidents and watched an informational video about President’s Day. Throughout the day we created a circle map about the job of a president. We added new things to our map as we learned them. We also read the book “If I Were President”, and the kids got to take some time and write about what they would do if they were president. I was really blown away by their responses! The kindergarteners are really coming along with their writing! They are writing sentences 100% independently, sounding ouT words, and using resources in our classroom (such as our word wall) to help them with their writing. They are rock stars! As for our pre-k kiddos, they are rocking it too! They have been working hard putting spaces between their words and generating ideas for what they want to write about. Gone are the days of copying what their neighbor wants to say! Their critical thinking skills are improving daily.. I CAN’T WAIT to see what they are writing like in kindergarten next year! Here are their writings, I do believe we have a couple future presidents in this class!
After our writing, it was time to have some FUN! We spent some of the day researching Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. We learned how these two men helped to shape our country into what it is today. Then the kids got to choose which of the two presidents they would like to be.
With President’s Day all wrapped up, it was time to dive into dental health! We started by watching some fun videos and listening to songs about brushing and flossing. We made a flow map that portrayed the steps to brushing your teeth. After that, the kids lined up shoulder to shoulder and pretended to be teeth. We “ate” some cotton balls and some of the cotton balls got stuck down in between their shoulders (much like food when we eat). I used a “toothbrush” (ball of yarn and a broomstick) to try and scrub away the cotton balls. Some of them came off, but many still remained so we used floss (a jumprope) to clean between their shoulders. All of the cotton balls were cleaned away! This was a super fun activity that showed the kiddos why brushing AND flossing is so important. The kids also got to practice flossing using large legos, yarn, and play dough.
The next day we spent some time researching foods that are good for our teeth and foods that are bad. After our research, it was time for a partner project! I love partner projects because it teaches the students valuable lessons on working together. Here are their teeth that they created with their partners:
On Wednesday, we had a little fun exploring how animal teeth are different from our teeth. We read the story “What if you had animal teeth” and then each student got to choose which animal teeth they would like to have. Here are their self portraits with their animal teeth of choice and their writings about why they chose that animal:
Thank you to Kadence’s mom for our fun tooth snack!
On Thursday, we studied the parts of a tooth. We learned about what a cavity is and why they can be painful. The kids got to make and label a tooth:
One of the student’s favorite activities we did this week started with a fun story about what the Tooth Fairy does with all of the teeth that she collects. Here are some of the kid’s guesses on what the Tooth Fairy does with all of those teeth:
Also on Thursday, we had a special visitor… The TOOTH FAIRY came to talk with us about dental health. She told us how important it is to brush our teeth, showed us some tools that a dentist uses and what they use them for, showed how to correctly brush our teeth, and brought each of the kiddos a tooth brush. It was SO fun to watch their faces light up while she was there!
As if Thursday wasn’t busy and fun enough, the kids also threw in a little surprise party for me for my birthday. We came back from what I thought was a restroom break to a home made cookie cake and a gift card tree. I was completely shocked and blown away! I know that it must have taken a lot of planning to pull off. I want to thank each and every one of my parents and kids who had something to do with it. I felt so loved and blessed for my birthday! I have not only formed relationships that will last a lifetime with these kids, but their parents also. Thank you!
Whats coming up?
We will be having another Kindergarten Night on Thursday, March 5th. There are only SIX spots left in our kindergarten class for next year. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the last Kindergarten Night, be sure to mark this one on your calendar!
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I love getting the chance to teach your kiddos!