The KinderKids classroom is filled with routines, lessons, learning activities and much more. Here are some pictures that help show what we do each day.
In our Work on Writing time, the KinderKids are learning to tell true stories about things they do or things that happened. They are learning to add detail and to tell with a “storyteller’s voice” . They are learning to tell what people said in their story. We practiced writing a story together. It is about our hike to Blue Job with our eighth grade big buddies. We will make copies of this story for our classroom. We wanted to share it with you so you can tell us what you think about our work.
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
Ms. Smith asked her friend Chris, a soldier in Afghanistan if we could meet him on Skype. He said yes and stayed up late to talk with us. We had lots of questions for him and we loved talking to him. You can watch and listen to some of the things we talked about.
After our skype call with Chris, we read a book by Phil Cummings and Owen Swan about an Australian soldier from long ago. He was far away from his family and in a war. His wife and daughter made Anzac Biscuits (cookies) and sent them to him.
Anzac Biscuits were baked for soldiers, especially the Australian and New Zealand soldiers because they were nutritious and could last the journey to the other side of the world. They reminded the soldiers that the people back home were thinking about them. Anzac Biscuits have now become a common cookie in Australia.
We decided to make some Anzac Biscuits for Chris to remind him that we are thinking about him. We also drew pictures and wrote stories to send in the package.
These are the pictures we made for Chris.
The KinderKids discussed the difference between needs and wants. They want to share their needs and wants with you.
Some children are not represented due to illness. We hope you are back to school soon.
For the last month we have been learning all about elephants. As a final project, each of us wrote two facts that we learned about these BIG animals. Some of us wrote about the different parts of an elephants’ body, while others wrote about things elephants are able to do. Once our writing was complete, we all drew beautiful pictures of African and Asian elephants. The sentences and pictures were pasted into a big book which we have sent to our new friend, Chris. He is a soldier in the Army who is currently deployed in Afghanistan. We learned that soldiers sometimes live far away from their families, and it is nice to send them special letters and packages to bring them happiness. The package that Chris should receive soon is still a surprise to him! We hope to teach Chris, and all of you, lots of interesting things about elephants.