We have had a fantastic first full week in JK! This week, we focused on
recognizing our first names in print and learning the names of our classmates. We
loved playing memory match with our friends’ faces! For our own names, we used
paint dabbers to “dab” large letters in our names. We created our very own coconut
tree that correlated with the book Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom and letter stamped our
names on the tree. We read the book A, My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer which
sparked our thinking about things that start with the same beginning letter as our
first names! We created collage portraits of ourselves to go with our ideas, and they
are brightening up the walls of our classroom! We counted the letters in our names
after reading Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and graphed the names of all of our
friends in our class!
We read the book, Chicka Chicka 123, and worked on recognizing the numbers
0-5. We reinforced our recognition of numbers with a beanbag tossing game and a
number search. We had a fun activity of who could build the tallest tower using
unifix cubes rolling a foam dice.
With all of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom study, we needed to investigate a
real coconut! We did a “See, Think, Wonder” thinking routine on a real coconut and
described how it felt. We then got to crack it open! We also got to taste shredded
coconut that Astro left for us!
We continued the study of our rules from last week. We talked about what
makes a “weak choice” and a “strong choice,” and sorted different actions that might
arise in the classroom!
Reminders and Looking Ahead:
September 2 nd - Labor Day /no school
September 7 th - 9:30am, PDS Jamboree,
September 20 th - 7:50am, Donuts with Dads and Dear Ones
September 26 th -Individual Picture Day
October 4 th - Parent/Teacher Conferences ( student holiday)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Look who’s in our classroom!
What a great first week we have had welcoming our JK boys to our classroom. We have had fun reading about our letters through Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and getting to know new friends in our class! We are learning friends’ names and focusing on the letters in our own names. Making name necklaces, watercoloring our names, and name puzzles have been helpful activities!
It was such a treat when Astro left us a clue to begin a scavenger hunt! We visited Mrs. Todd's office, talked to Mr. Hancock, and checked out the gym and Special Area classrooms before our last clue led us to letter cookies…what a fun snack!
We learned to build Mat Man out of wood pieces, which we later will utilize to build capital letters in JK. After making Mat Man’s portrait, we created our own self-portraits! They will be turned into a special book to share in our classroom very soon.
We have introduced the rules and procedures in our classroom and will continue to review over the next few weeks.
We are off to a wonderful start in JK and can’t wait for next week!