Tuesday, September 30, 2014

All About Emotions!

We have been reading books about emotions this week. One area that we've been focusing on is how to cope with our different emotions. We made charts of feelings that we have and then what to do about those feelings. Here were some of our examples: 

- share with others
- smile
- laugh
- give hug or high fives
- color
- sing

- ask for a hug
- find a person with a listening ear
- take a break 
- buddy up with a stuffed animal
- ask a friend to play

- count down
- write/color
- take a break (away from the situation)
- talk about your feelings

Then Brynn decided we should make masks with different emotions on them! After we made them, I would give a story example and the students would have to say if that particular situation would make them feel happy or sad! It was such a fun activity and hopefully it got them to understand how to different situations may effect them. 

This is a great conversation to continue at home as well! Come up with strategies, safe places and activities to do in your home, with your family for all different emotions! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Math: Partner Match

Today in math we played a game called Partner Match. The objective was so students would understand the concept of things that are shorter vs. longer and bigger vs. smaller. Each student randomly received a blue strip and when I said go, they had to find the other student with the matching strip. The difficult part for them was that they had to line the strips up from bottom to top. Some partners measured theirs in the air, while others laid them on the ground to compare. 

After finding their partner, they were to sit facing each other. Once everyone found their partner for that round, they had to answer a quiz question (Tell your partner how many siblings they had, if any. Talk about your favorite place. Share your favorite color).

To practice at home you can walk around and find 2 objects that are the same length. Then find something shorter and something longer. Make sure that they are lining up the items from bottom to top. This helps when we get to our measuring units! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

1st Day of Kindergarten!

Our First Day of School! 

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Well the day has finally arrived and already passed - can you believe it?! We started our day talking about how to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe Robots. But most importantly we discussed how to Try Our Best each and every day! Then we read the story "The Night Before Kindergarten" and shared drawings with the class.
Next we went on tour of Hoover Elementary! There are so many new rooms and places to see! During the tour we discovered that we have an office, a library, a computer room, a music room, an art room, a gym, a cafeteria and A LOT of teachers and classrooms! As one Robot said, "It is a really big house. But I like our room the best!"
We also read "The Kissing Hand" and painted our own hands on puzzles and placed hearts in the middle. This symbolizes how a parent can kiss a child's hand and their love will stay with them throughout the day, no matter where they are.
We had a very busy, yet fun-filled day! We cannot wait until tomorrow! 
Day Two...Bring it On!

Welcome to the Robot Room!

Welcome to our Classroom! Please watch the Classroom Tour below to see how our classroom is set up, as well as daily expectations for your child! Enjoy!