This week we introduced a new routine - Star Names. A different child's name will be selected every two weeks and the children will explore the letters in that name. They will look at what the letters sound like, look like, and their name. Sammy was our first Star Name and the children had fun with different activities to develop their fine-motor skills and letter formation. They also had the opportunity to develop their questioning skills by interviewing Sammy to find out all about him.
We had fun counting and writing numbers this week. The children spotted different amounts of objects around the school and took photos of them using the iPads. We then printed out the photos and stuck them in our Number Journal and tried to write the number next to it. The children were great thinkers and explained that they could find the number 4 written down somewhere and then copy it into their books if they didn't know how to do it. It was great to see the children using their problem solving skills so early on in Kindergarten.
We also explored measurement a bit more this week, connecting it to our Unit of Inquiry and exploring 'Who We Are.' The children compared themselves to their friends to see who was the tallest and who was the smallest. They then had fun ordering each other and different objects by their size.
This week the children also had the opportunity to extend from last week's self-portraits and create self-representations using different media. They used modelling clay and tools and explored making different marks and using different techniques to vary the shapes they were making. They looked closely at the shape of their noses and how to make different mouths in the clay to show their emotions.
The children also used the iPads to create digital faces and record their descriptions of themselves. We talked about the colours they saw in the mirrors to help them choose matching colours on their digital face. We also talked about using loud voices when we record so that they can listen back and hear themselves. Look out for these on the blog next week!
The children have had a super second week at school. They have remembered their morning routine of unpacking their bag, signing their name and then going to play. We welcomed Reika to school this week and the children have been very caring by helping her to find things in the class and to follow the morning routine.
This week, we introduced the first Unit of Inquiry in K1 - Who We Are. When I asked the children what they thought we might find out about during this unit, they came up with the following list -
We began by exploring the Key Concept of Form by identifying what we looked like. The children used their observation skills by looking in the mirror and seeing the different shapes and colours of their faces. Throughout the week, the children have had many opportunities to apply their knowledge of what they look like. Ms Hima joined us to create charcoal self-portraits, and the children used play dough and various resources to make their faces. Take a look at the children in action.
We also spent time this week exploring our names and the letters that are in our names. We talked about what makes our names special and read a number of stories about names and the alphabet. The activities also helped children to work on their fine-motor skills and spatial awareness as they cut, stuck and collected the resources they needed.
We have already completed our first week of school! It has been wonderful welcoming the children to their new school and helping them to settle into their class. Already I have seen the children organise themselves, taking responsibility for their things and becoming more confident to join in with the different learning activities. At this point, some children choose to observe their peers before interacting with them, something completely common at this age. As time goes on, we will see the children getting more involved in shared play but also choose to engage in individual play at times.
I have really enjoyed spending time getting to know the children in K1 this week. It has been great learning about their likes and dislikes, discovering their personalities and listening to their stories. Take a look at some of the things we have been up to this week.
The Kissing Hand
We read 'The Kissing Hand' by Audrey Penn, a story about a young racoon's first day of school. Mummy racoon kissed his hand and told him that if he ever missed her when he was at school, he could put his hand onto his cheek to feel his mother's love. The children made their own kissing hands to help them think of their family if they are missing them at school.
Our Class Agreement
We also talked about how to make sure we have a happy and safe class and came up with a set of agreements that we said we would keep.