After looking at our own classroom Hundred Chart and discussing the Patterns we see…we discovered how the patterns on a hundred chart are formed. We watched a lesson from the Khan Academy. We then had lots of fun beginning our Under the Sea Mural and creating our very own Rainbow Fish from the actual story.
This week, we began a new initiative in Kindergarten…Documenters of the Day!
Every day, two children will practice their technology skills and design fluency, as well as their media and information literacy. The development of these skills are in keeping with our North Stars: We own our own learning, and We learn better together.
As it was Tu B’Shevat, we began by looking closely at a tree outside our classroom window (the weather has been a challenge) and implemented Project Zero‘s visible thinking routine in Hebrew:
אני רואה/רואה ,אני חושׁב/חושׁבת ,אני מדמיין/מדמיינת
(I see, I think, I wonder)
We practiced saying the words in Hebrew and then added observations, thoughts and imaginings such as:
the tree has no leaves….אני רואה
it will have buds that look like flowers in April… אני חושׁבת
if the tree is happier in the summer? … אני מדמיין
Part of the documenter of the day’s job to photograph the tree to record how it changes. Stay tuned for our results!
We also had an amazing program with our beloved Shinshinim Liam and Inbar. This week they guided us in a Tu B’Shevat play featuring many fruit and nut bearing trees in Israel.
Dear Kindergarten Parents,
Using Osmos and our Witch’s Fingers to practice our reading!
Today the Kindergarten used a rotation chart on the Smart board to use the Daily Five. We focused on Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Study, and Writing. Here are some pics and videos!
The Kindergartens have officially caught Flipgrid fever – there has been a lot of talk and excitement at school about how much the students love sharing their favourite story books at home, as well as watching their classmate’s videos.
Here are a couple of great examples of students sharing their favourite stories!
One more thing:
In order to up the privacy on Flipgrid (I’ve had a few parents approach me about the subject), I’ve changed the settings so that only those with an @theojcs.ca (teachers and students) email address can access the grid. Many of you signed into Flipgrid using your own email account, however, the generic Kindergarten Email/Password will need to be used from now on. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to: https://flipgrid.com/
Enter Flipcode: ojcskindergarten
Select: Login with Google
Enter: Email – email@example.com
Password – flipgrid4k
Keep up the good work parents and students !
Can’t wait to see what happens to our water from our science experiment!
What a wonderful first week back from winter break!
In addition to starting the second book of the Torah…Shemot, we introduced Tu B’Shevat which will be here in a couple of weeks. We learned some new songs, one in Hebrew: Hashkediyah Porachat, and one in English: Tu, Tu, Tu B’Shevat. We also got to do a special mitzvah and K1 had their turn to visit Hillel Lodge to spend time with the residents and bake cookies together.
Look at all the great things we’ve been up to in our class!