Five Sense Fun

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Hi everyone! We just finished up an awesome unit on our five senses. It was so cool to see the kids learn about each sense and explore the ways that we can use them. The first sense that we explored was our sense of sight. We read the Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? and spent some time discussing the colors that we could see in our classroom. Then we grabbed a clipboard and decided to go out side and do some exploration!

The next day, we got a little more specific with using our sense of sight. We went outside on the hunt for something big, something little, something blue, something sharp, something round, and something square.

The next sense that we explored was our sense of hearing. We read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear?, listened to the “Ear Song”, took a listening walk around the outside of the church, and used cups and strings to create “telephones”. Unfortunately, I had a dead phone this day and we didn’t get any good pictures!

Here is a link to the “Ear Song”:

Five Senses- The Ear Song

The next sense we explored was our sense of touch. We read I Can Touch With My Hands and discussed textures. The kiddos created a page in their interactive journals that highlighted the textures we learned about.

Sense of taste was a fun day! The kiddos got to do a taste test! We tasted something sweet, bitter, sour, and salty. They got to record whether or not they liked each item. There were certainly some fun faces!

Here are some of the student’s favorite things to taste:

The last day of this unit we explored our sense of smell. We read The Nose Book and brainstormed good smells and bad smells (this got VERY interesting 🙂 ). The students played a game where they smelled cards and matched them up. It was a fun learning experience!

What other fun things have we been doing? I’m glad you asked!  Here are a few shots from math time. During math, the students get to sit in “free seating spots”. Basically, they get to grab a clip board and sit anywhere in the room that they would like as long as they are completing their work. This has proved to be a good strategy to keep them engaged even with the “after lunch wiggles”.

So far, in ELA, we have learned the letter Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Oo, Uu, and Tt. We are working on writing these letters, identifying these letters, blending with these letters, and producing their sounds. Everyday the students put an entry into their interactive journal that has to do with our letter. Its fun to watch the kiddos learn new things!IMG_3610 IMG_3602

Apart from their interactive journal, each student also has a writing journal. Lately we have been focusing on pencil grip, touching the lines correctly, tracing sentences, and adding pictures with details. We will be moving toward the students creating sentences independently. I have been so proud of their progress!

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How is homework going? Based on assessment… everyone gets an A+! Every student in our class has memorized the verse, learned the sight words, and made progress on their individual goal for both weeks! Here are some pictures of kids getting their prizes for their efforts!

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I can’t believe our first month of school is already gone! Here are some things that are coming up in the month of October:

  • Donuts with Dad on the 8th
  • Bad weather drill on the 8th
  • Goodies with Grandparents  on the 22
  • First Friday Field Trip to the Decatur Fire Station on the 23
  • Fall party on the 29

In October we will be finishing up our unit on families and moving on to fire safety and then on to pumpkins. We will continue to learn a new verse and three sight words a week. I will also continue to adjust your child’s goal weekly as they master their current ones.

Have you checked out the new GraceKids website yet? It’s awesome!

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I want to end this post by bragging on your sweet kiddos. We have only been in school for a few short weeks and I am already in love with each of them! God couldn’t have picked a better mix of talents, hearts, and personalities to live life together this year. they are each unique and a true blessing to our classroom. It’s going to be an amazing year!

First Week Of Kindergarten

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Hi everyone! It has been such a fun, wild, and amazing first week of kindergarten! Here is a peek at some of the things that we did this week:

The first day of school was super fun! We spent most of the day getting to know each other, going over procedures, and getting acquainted with the classroom.

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We read a ton of books on the first day! One of our favorites was “Wemberly Worried”. After reading this story, we drew pictures of ourselves on the first day and we talked about how we were feeling on the first day.

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The kiddos practiced using crayons by coloring these fun “First Day of Kindergarten” hats.

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We also spent some time building those fine motor skills by q-tip painting our names.

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With the first day of school behind us, we dove right in to our curriculum! On Wednesday, we learned about the letter Aa. We talked about its sound, how to correctly write it, and we brainstormed words that started with the sound. The kids did so good! The kiddos also got to create the first page of their interactive journal. We will be using this journal in all subjects this year! On Thursday, we explored the same things with the letter Bb.

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On Thursday, we also had our very first fire drill! The students did so well and set a great example for all of the younger kids!

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Everyday this week we have spent some time talking about Honor and how we can demonstrate honor in our classroom, school, and our in the world. One of the aspects of honor is to treat other people as special. Here are some drawings the kids did to answer the question “How can we treat our classmates as special?”

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We also spent a lot of time this week exploring the things we love about ourselves. We talked about similarities, differences, things we were good at, and how God made each one of us different and special. The kiddos created self portraits.

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Here are some other fun pictures from this week:

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We had an amazing first week of kindergarten! I am already in love with all of your little learners!

Some things coming up:

  • Next week will be focusing on writing our names with correct letter formation and pencil grip. It is very important that your child learns these skills in order to be successful with writing for the rest of the year. Pencil grip is a developmental skill that is hard for some kids at this age. It takes a lot of practice and some times their little hands get tired. We will be doing a lot of fine motor activities in class to help strengthen those hand muscles. If you are interested in things that you can do at home to reinforce pencil grip and fine motor development, let me know!
  • We will start homework next week! Every night (Monday-Wednesday), your child will need to read their book, practice their sight words, practice their memory verse, and work on their “weekly goal” (this is different for every student). Our first sight words will be I, See, and A and our memory verse is Romans 12:10. Every Thursday we will have a “test” on sight words and our memory verse. Please be sure to sign the reading log and the planner in your child’s folder each night.
  • Next week will begin studying our 5 senses in science. It will be fun!

Upcoming Events

  • Muffins with Mom- September 24
  • Donuts with Dad- October 8
  • Friday Field Trip Pumpkin Patch (tentative date)- October 23
  • Goodies with Grandparents- October 22
  • Fall Party- October 29

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Never hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns! Thank you for blessing me with your little learners!