February just FLEW by! I simply cannot believe we are approaching March (which speeds by even more quickly with Spring Break tucked in there), which means Spring is just around the corner.
As usual, we had tons of fun together this month. There were a couple of BIG celebrations in kindergarten!
We celebrated the 100th day of Kindergarten. We each made awesome crowns decorated with 100 dots, necklaces with 100 beads, a woven placemat with 100 squares, and a snack with 100 pieces. We had a parade through the entire lower school. We shared our collections of 100 items and created a "100 Museum" that people could tour. We played several games with 100 as the goal (roll the dice and color in that many squares until you get to 100; roll the dice and make that many tally marks until you get to 100, stack 100 cups challenge, 100 puzzles, etc). It was a GREAT day!
In the blink of an eye, it was Valentine's Day!
We loved decorating the bags to hold our valentines. It was fun to be the "mailman" and deliver the special valentines we'd made for our friends!
On the day of our party, we played valentine bingo, made 'love bug"snacks, created stick puppets out of hearts, and enjoyed opening our valentines. It is always so sweet to watch them open their cards and thank each other for their little gifts.
Our Bio-Buddies came to help us learn about the circulatory system and the heart. Together, we created models of the circulatory and respiratory systems. Then we had a fun experiment. We wondered if our heart rates would change if we were active (we thought they would). Our Bio-Buddies listened to our heart beats with stethoscopes while we were at rest. Then we exercised for one minute and they listened to our hearts again, to see if there was any change. There was! Our heart beats were faster when we were active!
In social studies we learned about symbols. A symbol stands for something else (for example, a heart is often a symbol for Valentine's Day).
There are many symbols for our country. We learned about some important U.S. symbols, and what they stand for--the bald eagle, the American flag, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty were some of our favorites. We learned how to draw the Statue of Liberty and a bald eagle. We were so proud of our drawings! We especially loved learning about the Statue of Liberty and had a lot of questions. We read several books, and watched a great Brain Pop, Jr. video about the statue. This one was our favorite:
We also learned about two important presidents--George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We know that these two presidents also have special monuments to honor them in Washington, D.C. This class is such fun to have discussion with--while reading about their lives, several children made connections to Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as to each other. They often pick up tiny nuances that escape most of us adults! They are truly amazing thinkers!
In math, we are becoming rock stars at number bonds! We have been enjoying telling stories using little animals or characters. Then we put them into a number bond and tell the equation.
Scoopy Whale is our new reading buddy. Once we are familiar with a text, we can re-read it, "scooping" the sentence (or phrase) together more smoothly. We are trying to make our reading sound more like talking. We really practiced Scoopy with our most recent Readers' Theater installments! We are also becoming more adept at reading with expression! Those Readers' Theater plays are often so silly, we just HAVE to make our voices match the character! Such fun!
We are wrapping up our latest unit of study in writing workshop. We revisited personal narratives. This time we introduced the concept of a "small moment", where you zoom in on one tiny part of your day. We can compare a small moment to a watermelon seed: for example, "We went to Florida" would be the whole watermelon; "We went to Disney World" would be a slice of the watermelon; "We saw Mickey Mouse" would be the watermelon seed. We want to zoom in to the "seed", and add lots of detail. We have been delighted with the detail and time the children have put into both their writing and their illustrations!
We are looking forward to sharing all of the growth and progress your child has made during our conferences this week. We appreciate your support so much!