Saturday, January 28, 2012
Everyday we have a leader of the day. This is an opportunity for children to read the morning message with the class, ask questions, interact with the activities on our SMARTboard, make connections with peers, use a variety of technologies that promote the idea of being a responsible digital citizen and build self confidence. Kindergarten children are amazing. They love being the leader and sharing their ideas and observations with their classmates.
We have lots of different materials that encourage children to create and design ideas and understandings of things they experience and see. In the block area the children have lots of opportunities to work in collaborative groups to create structures, share ideas, make connections with each other and reflect on what thy created.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This morning Ms. Heather came back to Kindergarten. Today she introduced a new vocabulary word to us, expected. We had a wonderful discussion about what is expected of us when we are in school. When we are using "whole body listening" we are able to do what is expected. We use many different body parts to help us listen and focus when others are talking. When we practice this we discovered that we are able to listen in a way that we understand what is being said! Thanks Ms. Heather for coming and sharing these ideas with us. If you are interested in learning more about Social Thinking go to their website at: http://www.socialthinking.com/
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Every week the children check their email and reply to their parents and other family members who have sent an email. This is a wonderful way for the children to begin to understand the importance of becoming a safe, responsible, digital citizen. The children gain extra reading practice when they get to read their new email. Then when they reply, they simply type their message. As young reader's and writer's we have been sounding out words we wish to use as well as leaving spaces between our words. We discovered that we can do this on our own and that our message is clearer when we leave spaces between our words.In Kindergarten we are learning about writing for purpose. This is another great example of that! We are using email not only to practice literacy skills, but to make connections with others and to share what we are learning and exploring during the day.
Ms. Heather will visit Kindergarten each Wednesday morning for 5 more weeks to read us stories about how to use our bodies to become active listeners.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Here are some of the wonderful things that the kids children had to say about email:
"Why would we want to use Gmail?"
instead of using my mom's iPhone I could send an email,instead of texting, you can make an email to a friend
"It helps our learning by"......it helps us learn words when we type a message, you can practice writing your name and then people know who you are, you sign your name when you write a message
"It helps us with our reading because".......
you can learn new words, you re-read what you write, you can read your message, email has lots of words to read
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