This week we started doing 6 centers a week. This means that the students were split up into smaller groups to work on literacy and math activities. Doing centers not only helps with learning skills but also with working independently, working in partners or groups, taking turns, and work endurance. Check out these kids working so hard!
As a part of our apple unit, we work together to make applesauce. Each student had the opportunity to use the apple crank to peel, slice, and core an apple. We made two different pots (one plain and one with cinnamon). We then tasted both and made a graph to see which flavor the students liked the most. We decided that cinnamon applesauce was liked by more.
Kindergarten is all about hands-on learning. One way we like to do that is by allowing students to explore and manipulate different things right away in the morning to get their brains thinking. Each morning, students walk in, put their things away and get right to their table spots where a basket is waiting for them. In these baskets are things like letter LEGOS, number sorting cards, letter matching cards, pattern blocks, geoboards, or other themed activities. These morning activities not only get them ready to learn for the day but it also provides them an opportunity to chat with their table mates and practice taking turns.
This week we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and learned the letter Mm. We did some fun Chicka Chicka centers and even used our 5 senses to explore a coconut!
We did centers this week. This is a time where the students rotate to different stations and do different activities. They played with letters, read stories, and did letter and playdoh stamps. This is a great way for them to be exposed to letters and numbers as they start reading. We also did a beautiful mosaic name activity that can be seen in the hallway by our classroom.