Hey everyone! The last couple weeks in kindergarten have been a blast!
We just wrapped up an awesome two-week unit on fire safety! Here are some of the highlights:
We made a circle map about fire fighters and we made ourselves into fire fighters with this fun art project!
We learned about what fire needs to burn. Air, fuel, and heat. We did a fun experiment where we took away each of those things, one by one and observed whether or not our fire (birthday candle) would continue to burn.
The next day, we learned about fire extinguishers! We talked about how they work and how to use them. We learned that they are best used on small fires. We did a fun experiment that demonstrated how a fire extinguisher works. First, we ripped up red tissue paper in a clear cup (fire) with some baking soda in the bottom. Then we added some apple cider vinager and watched the magic happen! As the cider came into contact with the baking soda, it foamed up and consumed the paper in the same way that the foam from a fire extinguisher puts out a small fire.
Then we got an emergency call! There was a “fire” on a play house at the playground! They needed some kindergarten help putting it out!
The next day, we talked about the various things around our homes and school that help with fire safety. We went on a scavenger hunt around our building looking for fire safety items.
Next up was learning about stop, drop, and roll. We practiced crawling under the smoke and talked about what to do if our clothes caught on fire. We had some fun with finger paints by painting some fire onto a shirt.
Then we learned all about fire trucks! We made a brace map and listed the parts of a fire truck, made a fun fire truck snack, made shape fire trucks, and wrote sentences about fire trucks.
We also got to dress up like fire fighters!
On Thursday, the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department came to visit! They talked to us about fire safety and they showed us their fire truck. We were so thankful for the visit! When we got back to class, we spent some time brainstorming why we’re thankful for fire fighters and we wrote some letters to give to our visitors and to the Decatur Fire Deprartemnt at our Friday field trip.
We also worked together as a class to create a fire safety video!
Our first Friday field trip was so much fun! The Decatur Fire Department was awesome and gave us a great tour of the fire station!
In ELA, we have learned all of our letters through the letter Hh. Our goal with learning each letter is that by the end of the week we will be able to
1. Identify the letter
2. Know the letter’s sound
3. Know how to correctly write the letter
The kiddos are doing so awesome and they are getting more independent every day! Here are some pictures of us working on our ELA boxes and working in our new “October Centers”.
In Math, we’ve been building our calendar skills and we have learned about our numbers through 4. We also moved from counting orally to 30 up to 50. Next week, we will learn about the number 5 and work on measurement.
In our bible lessons, we’ve been learning about Noah and his faithfulness to God.
We have also been learning about kindness in class. Kindergarten is a hard time in a child’s development as they move away from a “me centered” mindset and begin to learn to work cooperatively with others. The amount of social skills learned in kindergarten matches the amount of academic skills. We have been struggling a little with using kind words with each other. To help us out, we implemented a “kinder kindness jar”. Every time I hear someone respond kindly to another member of our classroom family, I add a cube to our jar. However, if i hear unkind words, I will remove a cube from the jar. When the jar is full, we will have an ice cream party! We talked about what kindness looks like in our classroom and discussed the fact that we are a family and that we need to love each other the way Jesus loves us.
Next week, we will do a unit on pumpkins. I’d love for everyone to send a pumpkin by Tuesday that we can use for our unit. It is going to be so much fun!
Here are some things to be thinking about:
RAZ Kids- Y’all are doing SO awesome with this! Some students are ready to level-up! I have had a few parents ask about the “test” questions with each book. It is completely okay for you to read through those questions with your child and help them to understand them. It is okay to change wording on the question as well. Over time, they will become more acclimated to vocabulary such as “author’s purpose” and “main idea”. 🙂 The most important thing is that we are not only practicing reading, but also comprehension. As your child reads each story, encourage them to point to the words and take it slow. Take time to look at the pictures and ask questions throughout the story such as “What are they doing in this picture? How do you think they are feeling?” These kinds of things will help them with their comprehension of each story. We are also beginning to learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction. I am so excited to watch these kids grow as readers this year!
Sight words- Each week, we have three new sight words. the goal is for your child to get to where they can look at the word and know the word within three second. Try to steer away form teaching your child to sound out a sight word, because it can be confusing if they try to transfer the same skill to another sight word. We have already learned 14 words and we will continue to add to them. Sight words can be a difficult thing for kids starting out. Sometimes it helps to be creative in practicing them! I have a bunch of game ideas! If you are struggling at home with sight words, please reach out and let me know so I can help.
Next week’s words are big, little, and orange.
Donuts with Dad is THIS Thursday at 8:00 am.
We will have our first class party on Thursday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Keep an eye out for a sign up sheet!
I am so thankful for each and every one of you and your kiddos! This is such a fun class and we are having an awesome time laughing and learning together! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, concerns, or even if you just want to chat. It’s going to be another great week in kindergarten!