Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere...
We have dived head first into studying patterns!
We made patterns with partners!
We made patterns with cubes and transcribed them on paper!
We even made patterns out of our Snack Fairy food!
Science meets Writers Workshop...
The Mighty K morphed into different animals or bugs that would live in our garden.
We talked about using our 5 senses to describe what the animals would experience in the garden.
We observed animals and bugs in the garden.
Then we wrote what our animal/bug tastes, touches, hears, smells & sees in our garden.
The 6th Grade Buddies helped!
Carole invited the Historical Jazz Society of Los Angeles to share a jazz experience with the school.
It was interactive, fun and we learned facts about Black History Month!
MIGHTY Ks FIRST PUBLISHING PARTY!!!
The members of Mighty K are officially authors and illustrators of their very own books!
We studied wordless picture books and made our very own non-fiction books about real events that happened in our lives!
We celebrated our success by sharing our books and drinking sparkling cider!
TAPTAN-New Math Game
We learned a new math game called TAPTAN!
It is very similar to tic-tac-toe but has a few different rules.
It will be a morning choice so feel free to play with us!
We had three guests that brought activities for us to do at explore time on Friday!
James & Will's Nana from England made "flap jacks" or granola bars as we call them in the USA.
Wendy and Sam, Henry's mother & brother, made "very red smoothies"!
Jeff, Oliver's dad, helped us build the Parthenon in the block area!
We are excited for the second semester of Kindergarten!
In the Mighty K we have lots of feelings.
This week we introduced the "Feelings Chart" to help identify how we are feeling in the moment.
In the morning, the students put their picture on a feeling. Throughout the day they can move their picture
depending on their mood.
RAIN RAIN GO AWAY...
With so much rain this week, we had to play and learn indoors.
The teachers introduced the "Crayon Melter"!
We take old and broken crayons and melt them on a warmer.
Once the crayon is melted you put a piece of paper on top and it makes a design.
At choice time the teachers provided students with construction paper, glue sticks, and strips of colored paper.
They were allowed to use their imagination and come up with their own design.
What emerged were beautiful line collages!
We continue to explore letters and letter sounds in Mighty K.
This week we focused on what shapes we need to form different letters, using wooden blocks, chalk boards, and dry erase boards.
Cooking with Mighty K: Frozen fruit dessert
Marty brought in her Dessert Bullet which transforms frozen fruit into something like frozen yogurt but with out the dairy or added sugar!
It was awesome!
As we enter the new year, please be reminded that safety is a top priority at school. There have been reports of students climbing on stair railings and jumping down stair cases both inside and outside. If you witness these activities, please help us remind students that it is not safe and not allowed at school.Thanks!
MATH EXPLORATION THROUGH GAMES:
We played a new game this week called "QUARTETTE".
The object of the game is to get all of your chips in a row but you CAN'T go diagnol or jump over your oponents chips.
It was tricky and we had to use different strategies.
WINTER SING REHEARSAL!
The Winter Sing is next Friday, December 18, 2015.
We are singing a special song with our 6th Grade Buddies.
Here is a sneak peak:
FAMILY TRADITIONS: KWANZAA
This week we are studying the holiday tradition of Kwanzaa.
We learned about the different customs and traditions of the Holiday!
We weaved Kwanzaa mats called a MUHINDI.
Next we made a Unity Cup called a KIKOMBE out of clay.
We made a KINARA out of recycled materials.
Many friends noticed this held 7 candles sort of like a Hanukkah Menorah that holds 9 candles.
We also realized that you light one candle each night just like Hanukkah!
Kwanzaa is a harvest celebration.
Each family has a Kwanzaa table in their home where they display the mat, the unity cup and the candles.
An ear of corn represents each child in the family.
We made corn to represent each child in our Kinder Family.
We made cornbread, which is typically served at the KARAMU-the big feast on the last day of Kwanzaa.
In Kwanzaa its typical to give hand made gifts because creativity is one of the 7 principles.
All week we worked on different gifts to give to friends.
Can you eat a stem?
This week the Mighty K ate all the parts of a plant!
Everything from the seeds to the flower!
As part of our Family Study we are talking about Holidays that we celebrate with family & friends.
This week we learned about Hanukkah.
At math time we played the Dreidel game, we even got a treat Hanukkah Gelt! (chocolate coins)
We learned about the tradition of lighting the Menorah.
We made menorahs out of beans and tissue paper.
During Hanukkah, many traditional foods are made with oil. Lucy's mom and Grandmother made potato latke's with the class!
Sasha's Mom, Ellen, came to share her family recipe "Grandma Shelia's Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips".
It was a big hit!
Dramatic play opened up in the block area!
We started using our light table!
Marshmallows and hot chocolate on a chilly day:
In Math this week we worked on making bar graphs.
We wondered how many Kindergartners loved hot chocolate?
We decided to keep tally marks on the white board to make sure our number was correct.
Once we discovered that EVERYONE in the class loved hot chocolate, we did an activity that involved counting marshmallows then we put them in our hot chocolate for a nice treat!
"I counted how much marshmallows I had-I thought I had 17 but I really had 18! We got to put them in hot chocolate and it was yummy and gooey!"-Ely
"I was counting marshmallows, then I drawed a number there it was 13 but Angel helped me count it again and it was 15!"-Oliver
"I'm drinking hot chocolate. We did that for math, we counted the marshmallows. I had 14!"-Basel
Planting pea shoots and the 4 parts of a plant:
Dante's Dad knew that we had a beautiful garden but he noticed nothing was growing on our fence!
He suggested coming in and helping the children plant pea shoots that will start to climb up the fence and sprout sweet smelling flowers in the spring.
"Were planting flowers. They will grow in four months."-Addie
The conversation about the sweet smelling flowers that will cover our fence in spring led us to talk about the different parts of a plant and the functions.
We created our own flowers with all 4 flower parts!
"Were making flowers. We made them because we're studying how flowers breathe and stuff. They breathe through their leaves."-Lucy
The Mighty K assembly is on December 4, 2015! We are getting ready!
Making Hummus with Jada & her Dad
The tragic events in Paris last week haven't come up in Kindergarten, but in case the topic comes up at home Ted has issued some guidance in talking with your child about the event.
The last few days the news has been filled with coverage of very scary and troubling events. As a school for young children, we need to be very careful and thoughtful about addressing these issues at school. Our faculty has been discussing appropriate ways to address what may come up from the students.
In order to be helpful during this time, I am providing you with some resources we have found to be useful to families. These resources were crafted in the wake of prior tragedies, but they are relevant guides when addressing the current tragedies we face today.
What do we tell our children? How do we reassure them of their own safety?
Here are some things for adults to keep in mind:
Don't project your fears onto your children.
You can't hear the news about violence without thinking about how you'd feel if they were your friends, children, your neighbors. The outpouring of care and empathy for the families who lost loved ones will be powerful, and...we all worry it could have been family members or friends who died. Identifying with the senselessness and randomness makes us all feel more vulnerable. But we should remember that children don't always see things the same way that adults do, and it won't be helpful for them for us to fall apart. They need to see that we care, that we feel terrible about this tragedy, and that we will do everything we can to keep them safe. They will take their cues from our behavior.
Try to limit their access to the recurring news and exposure to the tragedy over and over.
Over-exposure to the graphic and emotional news can be overwhelming for children. Some children who repeatedly watched the footage of planes crashing into the towers on 9/11 thought it was happening again and again. Too much exposure can fuel their fear, so don't let them sit and watch the news over and over. Better yet, set the example of not doing so yourself as well.
Understand that you can't completely shield them from what happened.
It would be next to impossible to hide this event from children, as much as we wish we could. You might be able to shield your own child in your home, for example, by not turning on (or owning) a television, but you can't protect your children from hearing about it from other kids. The fact is, they will hear about it, so although they don't "need" to know about it, pretending we can shield them is probably not realistic. Model truth-telling and build trust with your children by letting them hear things, even hard things, from you directly.
During free choice many of the members of the Mighty K started making books. With so many children excited about book making, we decided to jump start our book making curriculum!
We began exploring picture books with help from our librarian, Gail.
We had discussions about how readers not only read words in books but pictures too.
"I love the picture book Free Fall its like an I-SPY book. it doesn't have words but you look around and so many things are mysterious! There are lizards and snakes-so many details. I look up, down, or all around those books have so much details!"-Ely
Over the last few weeks we have been storytelling-telling stories that have really happened to us to the entire class.
Each student has told two stories and picked which story they wanted to turn into a book.
Teachers introduced the concept of a "rough draft", to help them remember all of their ideas for the story.
"I was writing about the pumpkin patch when I didn't get to go on the ride. I did use a lot of colors on my draft so I could remember my story."-Dante
Next week we will start on the final drafts.
NEW MATH GAME & PROBLEM OF THE DAY:
We learned a new math game called "Blink"!
It's a card game made by the makers of Uno.
"We had to put cards in the middle. It was fun!"-Raphael
We continued learning new problem solving strategies from each other during our bi-weekly Problem of the Day.
"It was about who forgot their lunches. I used counting my fingers to figure it out."-Nellie
YEAR BOOK COVER: SNEAK PEAK
Right after Assembly we took the year book cover in the big yard with out 6th Grade Buddies!
"We were taking a picture with our buddies for the book."-Georgia
LUNCH TIME FUN!
Who is in your family?
This week we made a transition from our self study to our family study.
We made homes with symbols of the people that lived with us.
We talked about all of the different types of families we have, and that all families have love..
Our Seeds Sprouted!
We did our final drawing of our seeds that we germinated a couple of weeks ago.
We discussed which beans sprouted faster: the red kidney beans or the black beans.
Each student got to take their bean sprout home.
Next week, we will start to discuss the parts of a plant.
New Math Games!
This week we learned two new physical knowledge math games:
The students have to figure out the best way to configure the pins so they will be knocked over in one roll.
They take two objects and make a prediction about which one will blow the fastest & test the theory out.
To finish out our self concept we are making clay sculptures of ourselves.
This week we focused on our head shape and our hair.
Our buddies were around to help us out!
Dana, the drama teacher, brought in a mask expert to this Friday's assembly.
He showed different masks with different emotions and personalities.
Drake and his Mom, Bootsy made mango, blueberry , and banana smoothies with the class today!
We continued our self-study with an eye lab. We read a book about different parts of the eye, then students were given mirrors to study their eyes. Students then drew their eyes and decided what color category their eyes fell into: brown, blue or hazel.
"We were doing our eyes. Kamilah gave us an eye and then we colored it in." - Oliver
"We were looking in the mirror and looking at our eyes. Then we colored the place where our eye color was." - Colton
"Your pupils get big and small by light and darkness. Your pupils are black." - Sasha
We started reading groups this week! Students read in small groups or one-on-one with a teacher.
"We're learning how to read. The book you're seeing us on today is 'Fruit Salad'. It's about these rabbits that make a salad with only fruit." - Joseph
Teacher: "What was the book about?"
Jada: "We had bananas and we had grapes and we have apples and we have oranges."
We created a chart to help us learn how to count by 5s. Kids painted one of their hands yellow then made a handprint on a big piece of paper. Once everyone's handprints dried we counted the fingers and wrote the numbers in each handprint's palm. We counted all the way to 100!
"It's 5, 10, 15....100. It's counting by 5s to 100 by using handprints." - Ely
"We counted by 5s. We got to 100. We painted our hands yellow and then we did 5, 10, 15..." -Addie
"We put handprints and we each did one handprint with our right hand." -Lucy
We also had a special visitor twice this week: Brooke. She used to work with Ted. Brooke came to show us how her students do math and to observe how we do math in kindergarten at The Oaks. Students were introduced to Problem of the Day, We will start having Problem of the Day twice a week. This is a fun activity that focuses on students' strategies in problem solving.
"My brain was like 'okay I have to do this' - it had to be smart. My brain knowed 3+4 is 7 and my brain was really smart and that's it." -Henry
"Henry's telling Brooke what he did on his problem of the day. We figured out how many pumpkins that Brooke had and how many pumpkins that we had." -Drake
We began exploring clay this week. We had four stations set up for students to rotate through. Stations included: tools, nature, mirrors and simply clay.
"Making a flower machine out of clay and flowers." -James
"I made a nature house and it was cool I thought and there was a flower in it and the leaves shaded the flower and the dirt was the clay for the flower." -Sadie
Students shared one piece of their Halloween costume. We had a big variety of costumes this year from a zombie football player to Glenda the good witch from the Wizard of Oz.
"A bat. We showed our costumes." -Will
"Wearing a ninja belt. Will is my new best friend and he's having bat ears." -Atticus
Sara and Sam, Georgia's parents, came in and cooked Creepy Crawly Riced Crispy Spiders with us.
"Mommy, daddy cooked the rice crispy things." -Georgia
"We were making little spiders with Sara and Sam, Georgia's mom and dad." -Oliver
This week we became Botanists and learned about the three parts of a seed.
We looked at a kidney bean and discovered the seed coat, the seed food, and even saw the baby plant/embryo inside the seed.
"That's my seed. It's going to be a flower."-Jada
Next, we made a replica of our seed, showing all three parts using art materials.
"I'm making a seed. I was making a little embryo."-Oliver
"I'm making my bean! The baby plant is the special part."-Nelly
Our next assignment as Kindergarten Botanists was to germinate a seed.
We watched a video of a seed germinating and concluded that when a seed germinates "It will grow from tiny to big."-Lucy
We learned the three things that seeds need to grow:
Soil, Water, & Sun
We took seeds that had been soaking and placed them in plastic ziploc bags.
"I'm putting seeds in there to make plants grow. I think it will grow into a red bean plant. It needs sun, soil and rain."-Raphael
Taking our experiment further, some of the class used wet paper towels as soil and the other half used cotton balls.
We recorded what the seeds looked like on the first day. We will record if they have changed again on Monday.
Dealing with ANGER!
Anger is a feeling that has been coming up in Mighty K lately.
Some of us deal with anger by shutting down, others hit, and some yell.
Teachers introduced the "Cool Down Kit".
It holds different items that you can use to help calm yourself down:
A squeezey toy to squeeze when you want to hit.
A pinwheel to remind you to breath, and a stuffie to cuddle with.
Students are encouraged to grab this anytime they are upset and need to cool down.
"I used it today. it really calmed me down. I used the stretchy thing because it stretches out all the anger.
The spinning wheel makes me take deep breaths.
The heart stuffie I could make flat, it's very good to be peaceful with it."-Sasha
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