We each choose a book. We sit side by side, knee to knee and elbow to elbow. We take turns reading our book. We talk about the pictures and the words. When Read with a Friend is over, we put our books away.
Mrs Knee makes maple syrup at her house and she taught us all about it. We read books about maple syrup too. One day, after it snowed, we collected some fresh, clean snow in bowls and Mrs. Knee cooked the syrup until it was thick. Then we had sugar on snow – just like the kids in a story we read. On another day,Tim and Wyatt’s mom made pancakes for snack and we put Mrs. Knee’s maple syrup on them. Some families went to visit Mrs. Knee’s sugar house to see how Mr. and Mrs. Knee make syrup. They had syrup with donuts and pickles.
We have lots of time to work in the block area during our afternoon activity time. There are so many wonderful benefits to working with the wooden Unit Blocks. The blocks are called Unit Blocks because they are proportional in size.
When working in blocks, the KinderKids learn counting, comparison of length and width, names of shapes, and how to combine some geometric shapes to make other shapes. They are learning the basics of addition when they discover that two short blocks are the same length as the next size block.
The KinderKids learn science when they experience gravity as their constructions fall. They learn the use of simple machines such as ramps when building. Their language skills and vocabulary improve as they talk about their creations and tell the stories that they are representing with the blocks. Children learn to write as they make signs and as teachers help them write stories about what they are building.
Children learn cooperation and sharing when they work together with the blocks. They develop problem-solving skills and learn good work habits since they are responsible for picking up when they finish.
So, when your child tells you they played in blocks at school, they actually were learning math, science, and literacy while enjoying themselves through working with blocks.
We read a book called The Monster’s Party. The monsters were having fun at a party. They did lots of things. We made monster masks. This video shows the things our monsters can do.
Our days and weeks are filled with lots of activity. The KinderKids have adjusted well to their classroom schedule. There is a variety of work through the day. Here are some examples of the work we do. As you can see, we have very busy days.
Math activities – sorting and counting
The KinderKids enjoyed hearing many books read to them by friends from all over the world using skype. We became experts at setting up for skype and we learned to be very good listeners.
Thank you to all our friends who read to us. We loved the books you chose.
We enjoyed the many Gingerbread Boy stories we read this month but we were especially delighted by Jan Brett’s stories of The Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Friends. We made plans to make gingerbread houses similar to the one that Matty made for the Gingerbread Baby. Although we didn’t catch a gingerbread baby, we did have lots of fun.
We read different versions of the story, Stone Soup and began making plans to cook the soup ourselves. This story is a folktale that has been retold in many countries, each having its own version. It is a story of hungry travelers, looking for food, who arrive at a village and the people are fearful of being generous. The story ends with the realization that when each person makes a small contribution, the collective impact can be huge. The people learn about the pleasures of sharing – soup from a stone, fancy that!!