Monday, August 22, 2011

A full day of kindergarten...

Well, today was our first full day of kindergarten. I was hoping that going 5 days last week (even though they were half days) would help out today. I have to say, the kids did great!!! They all came in like big kids. I only had to remind a couple of kids to get their folder. That was impressive. Since the last time I posted we have have accomplished a lot. After painting our mural, the kids brought in items from home and we put them with their color family (sorted by color). They did a great job.  They were very excited about sharing their object with the other kids. After we finished, I had the kids go back to their table and draw a picture to represent the item they brought to school. I have to say, I have a few little artists in my room this year. After drawing, the kids put a nice little glue dot on the back of their picture and glued it to the correct color on the mural. They were very proud. Below are some pictures:

Today we started our colors, shapes, letter introduction, name cheers, centers, and math stations. Believe it or not, they were fabulous!! Today's color was read and our shape was a square. We sang the R-E-D song by Frog Street Press and practiced spelling red by tossing a red ball around a circle. We also took a picture of everyone wearing red to use in a class book. The letter introduction began with the book, The Letters are Lost! It is a great ABC book. After reading it, we had to look for the letter Aa. We talked about the sound and learned our motion that represents the sound. I use No More Letter of the Week to teach the sounds. I like the movement. I have found that the kids remember the pictures and movement and then can transfer that knowledge to other flashcards and letter and sound memory. Today we did name cheers for the children that begin with the letter A. We then added their picture to their name page in our friend book. They loved being cheerleaders 
and using "tall voices" inside.

Our centers were very simple and consisted of small groups of kids going to our centers and doing retelling, puzzles, etc to practice working together, staying in their center, and rotating to the next center. Math Stations were with table partners. We rotated activities from table to table. Today we used our shape and color in math stations. They sponge painted a red square onto a red square construction paper. Another activity was tracing a coloring a square red. We also sorted a cup of skittles onto a Skittles Sorting Page and recorded our results on the paper. The last activity was making a scribble art red apple. The kids seemed to really enjoy math stations. This was most of our first full day of school! We had a blast and can't wait to see what's in store tomorrow.

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