Kinder Buzz

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“Kinder Buzz”      10-24-14

We have been trying to imagine what it would be like if we could not observe the world around us with our eyes. What kinds of shapes and colors can we see in our class, in our school, and in nature? What kinds of changes can we see in the season of autumn? This class loves questions!! They very often respond with mature and thoughtful ideas in our discussions. In our study of the senses we have been focusing on our sense of sight.

Our math plan for the next few weeks will include exploring 2-dimensional shapes, reinforcing spatial relations vocabulary and concepts, ordinal numbers, symmetry, focusing on teen numbers, number writing, introducing estimation, and continuing to pattern, graph, and do measurement comparison activities. We did a fun activity when I gave them a positional word and they had to go around the room and show how to display that word with their body. They were very creative in showing the words “between” and “under.” We have begun doing “calendar math” by asking such questions as “What day of the week is October 30 on? or “ How many Thursdays are in the month of October?”

We will be doing a survey with our classmates and third grade buddies to find out people’s favorite colors with learning to recognize and write color words being a focus. There are such fun stories that focus on colors: We have read Cat’s Colors and Seven Blind Mice with Dr. Seuss’ My Many Colored Days, It’s An Orange Aardvark!, The Day the Crayons Quit, and a non- fiction book about colors called Color For Thought.

We have begun some syllable work and continue to focus on rhyming and other sound awareness activities. Retelling stories, identifying characters in a story, identifying the relationship between the illustrations and text, asking and answering questions about texts, exploring words with multiple meanings, and exposure to poetry are some of the reading activities we have been engaged in. The children love making class books and “pour” over them during rest time, reading the predictable text and contributions from each child in the class.

In Writer’s Workshop there has been great excitement about sharing their first published book in Author’s Chair! Now they have a better reference frame as they understand more about writing for an audience.

Our Song and Poem binders are expanding as we continue to add pieces to practice tracking print with fun pointers and reinforce our content areas- science, math, social studies, and language arts.

Our science activities have been focused on finding out how our eyes work, learning the parts of the eye, using our eyes, magnifying glass, and microscope to examine objects carefully, Coming up: With our third grade buddies we will use our predicting and observation skills in a sink and float experiment and a favorite color survey.

Our second field trip coming up is to see what senses we will use as we visit the fire station. Thanks to those who have volunteered to drive!

In class we have shown some different ways that the children can choose to do their Family Senses Project. I hope that you have had a chance to talk with your child and think about how they want to present their interest and knowledge in the area of our five senses.

Upcoming activities:

  • Field trip on Thursday, Oct 30 to the fire station- thank you to those who have volunteered to drive- if you are not driving, please leave your child’s labeled car seat in the front lobby across from the elevator on that morning
  • Be looking for an email about our next trip to the grocery store on November18
  • Our “Super Senses Celebration and Project Show” is Thursday, Nov. 6 from 2:15-3:15 where the children will present their Family projects, and participate in learning stations together with their parents.
  • Please also mark your calendars for our Thanksgiving Feast (which the children and I will cook for the parents) Thursday, November 20 at 12:00 noon (You may not want to purchase school lunch that day if you normally do)
  • Tentative date for our Hanukkah play is Wednesday, December 17 at 9:00 am

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Class time in the AJA sukkah!