Monday, September 3, 2012

Welcome Parents!

Hi Parents!  I am so happy that you have taken the time to visit our classroom blog!  Please stop by our blog this year to see the fun activities, projects, and literacy/math stations we are completing in our classroom.  

One of the first projects your child completed is the activity pictured below.  We read the story The Kissing Hand.  This story always becomes a class favorite and this year was no different!  Chester is a raccoon who is nervous about starting school.  After reading the story we discussed our feelings about starting school.  Students then picked one or two feelings that they felt on their first day of school and glued them to their paper.  They then drew a picture of themselves on their first day of school.  Finally they made and assembled Chester.  These projects will be coming home soon with your child!

(Source: Rhonda Baldacchino)

Another project was the All About Me Glyph pictured below.  Students made a person to look like themselves.  This is a standard we have in kindergarten, to identify physical attributes.  We talked about our eye color, hair color, etc.  We then made the glyph.

Dress= I am a girl
Shirt/Pants= I am a boy
buttons= my age

We have since counted the boys and girls in our class using the display pictured below.  

Another class favorite is the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  Students love the rhythmic text of this book.  In the book, letters climb up the tree before all falling down.  Students made a coconut tree and then glued the letters of their name climbing up the tree.  

In Social Studies we have been learning about classroom rules.  We have been learning the importance of being a good citizen in our classroom and throughout the school.  We read the story David Goes to School.  We identified the bad choices David made throughout the book.  We talked about the difference in being a Peacemaker and a Peacebreaker (see charts pictured below).  Finally we made David and shared how we can be peacemakers in our classrooms.  Their idea was then written in the speech bubble. 

(Source: Julie Lee from Mrs. Lee's Kinderkids)

The next five pictures are the literacy stations students have been completing.  The activities in these stations change every six days.  Your child will visit each station one time.  The next time they rotate to a particular station, it will have a new activity in it.  These are the "have to" stations students complete during literacy station time.  After completing their "have to" station, students rotate to a "can do" station.  I'll be posting more in the coming days about our classroom's "can do" stations.

At the car station, students used the alphabet arc pictured below to put the foam tiles in ABC order.  

At the truck station, students used pattern blocks to form letters.  

At the mail carrier station students used play doh to form letters of the alphabet.  Students formed capital and lowercase letters.

At the train station students found the matching flip flops.  Students then wrote the matching capital and lowercase letters on their paper.  They then colored the flip flops on their paper to match the flip flops from the basket.  

(Source: Deanna Jump and Julie Lee)

At the caboose station students clipped clothespins programmed with a letter of the alphabet to the matching letter on the letter wheel.  

Thanks again for stopping by.  Please feel free to comment below to let me know you found my blog!  I'll be posting more about our "can do" stations and math stations in the next few days.  

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  1. We love it! The stations are a favorite.

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by to check out the blog!