Today K1 visited the Singapore Repertory Theatre for a special storytelling experience. We watched the story of Hanuman: The Superhero Monkey come to life through acting, singing, dancing, film and set work. The show was a big hit and the children were immediately excited to start retelling the story in different ways!
Back at school, we reflected on our favourite parts and characters, as well as how the story made us feel. Next week we will explore the different storytelling formats observed and see if we can apply this to some of our own storytelling projects that we have on the go!
During our independent Work on Writing time, we have been practicing 'reading the pictures' in picture books and adding words using sticky notes and our emergent writing skills.
This week we reflected on this work and our questions with a philosophy discussion:
During our discussion, we shared many theories. Some of us even changed our original ideas when we heard and considered the ideas of our friends. Through this discussion, Ms. Alison learned a few key things about our understandings:
Next week we will consider the question: Can one picture tell a story? as this remains a point of cognitive conflict for us.
This semester we have been working on extending our number knowledge by exploring what happens when we combine groups of objects. We have been practicing the skill of counting on to find a total number when objects are combined.
Roll & Record
In this game, we roll two dot cubes. We determine which dot cube is more by counting the dots or subitizing (knowing immediately by recognizing the visual pattern). Then we 'count on' from the bigger number using the twenty number line as support. For example, if we roll 2 and 7 we count on from 7: "7, 8, 9". Through this game we are learning what happens when two groups of objects (or two numbers) are combined, and how best to organize our counting (counting on).
Toss the Chips
In this game we can choose any number of chips to start with. Usually we have been choosing 5, 6 or 10. We take turns tossing the chips and sorting them by their colours when they land: one red group and one white group. Then we count how many chips we find in each group and record these numbers. Through this game we are playfully learning different combinations of numbers that equal the same total.
Racing Bears is our absolute favourite game! Many children chose to play this with their parents at the Student-Led Conferences. In this game we work together with our partner to roll a dot cube and move four bears towards a jewel. Through this game we are practicing counting and counting on, as well as learning to analyze and evaluate how to make combinations of numbers which equal ten.
This week Kindergarten 1 started our swimming unit in PE. We now go to the pool every Thursday morning. Here are some photos and a video from today's swimming lesson!
And here are our reflective journal entries after the experience:
Here are some of our reflections:
Back in October, some children worked together to construct a treehouse using the wooden house, big wooden blocks, foam letters, and mini-animals. They called it “Gracie’s Treehouse”. The project lasted for a week and evolved to include everyone in the class.
Ms. Alison was very interested in how student interest had continued in this project even after many months had passed. She also saw a connection to our new unit of inquiry:
STORIES ARE SHARED AND RESPONDED TO IN MANY WAYS:
As we reflected on our previous work and play, we wondered:
Can the story of Gracie's treehouse be told in any other ways?
Here’s what we have thought of & explored so far:
Can you think of any other ways we can tell our story?
If so, please leave us a comment!
We took turns pretending to be Max and the Wild Things and inventing answers to the Star Name questions based on what we remembered from the storybook. Here is what we asked:
For Wild Things:
We have also practiced retelling the story Where the Wild Things Are in different ways, which connects to our unit of inquiry line of inquiry 'How stories are told':
In our Library session, Mrs. Grant read us a story - or did she? This story wasn't read with any words, we could only see the pictures!
In our main classroom, Ms. Alison asked us: "Can you tell a story?" We could use any of the materials in our classroom to help us!
In our Art class, Ms. Caz asked us the same question: "Can you tell a story?" - this time using visual art materials. Three stories were started in small groups. Two of them have continued in our classroom this week, including a story told with play dough about ninjas and zombies and a story told with drawings and words in book format about nightmares.
In the coming weeks, we will continue with our stories in progress and explored how stories can be told in different ways.
On February 26, Ms. Alison read an article in a Singapore newspaper about how local school students were helping to clean their classrooms. She shared the article with our class, who responded with excitement and enthusiasm.
Following our suggestions and enthusiasm, Ms. Alison collected some cleaning supplies for us. This week, we followed through on our ideas and cleaned our classroom. We showed amazing dedication and excitement for this task - dusting, wiping, sweeping, and scrubbing with all our strength. What great action K1.2! And what a great demonstration of your sense of responsibility.