Friday, August 20, 2010

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We’ve completed four days of kindergarten and we’re going strong!  School started bright and early Tuesday morning.  With students and drivers learning the new bus routes, we waited for all our new friends to make it to class, but we had a great time coloring and chatting during our morning work time.

We have 19 adorable students in our class.  We are an ESL classroom, so we have students from a variety of countries with us. 

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was one of our favorite stories this week.  We can all now ‘read’ the story together.  We tied the story in with letter identification, printing practice, and building community.  The bulletin board in our hallway reads, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Look who’s in our room” and the little poster has a poem about 2 of the teachers in our room.  Ms. S. is with us now also, but we haven’t written a verse for her yet.  Interestingly, in all the years I have taught Chicka Chicka at the beginning of the school year, I have never been asked why I don’t have a tree in my room.  Not only was I asked this year, but I’ve been challenged to build one.  It won’t happen this week, but we may just see a Chicka tree in our room soon…

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was another favorite story.  We read the story and then took a tour of our school, looking for the animals we’d read about.  Each time we found an animal in the hallway, we learned about the room he was ‘guarding’ and met the person who could be found there.  We met the custodian, the cafeteria workers, the office staff, and the counselor, along with the librarian, art teacher, phy. ed. teacher, and computer lab teacher.  We had puppets we brought with us to help us remember the sequence of animals we’d read about so we could make sure to find all the animals and important people in our school.

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