Hi Kinder Families! I hope you're enjoying this chilly Sunday as you cheer on my fave football team in the playoffs. :) I'm here with a few updates and pictures from the past couple of weeks . . .
Composing and decomposing numbers: To precede our work with addition and subtraction, kinders have been working on composing and decomposing numbers to 10. Composing and decomposing refers to putting together and breaking apart numbers in different combinations. We played a fun paper snowball fight game where students had to clear their side of the rug of the paper snowballs (10 in all). After I counted down from 10, each participant had to stop and we recorded how many snowballs were on each side. This game was a crowd pleaser! We'll have to play again soon with all the snow that continues to fall!
Practicing tally marks: In addition to working on combinations of numbers to 10, students continue to work on the correct arrangement of tally marks for quantities in math. We are working hard on that "1, 2, 3, 4, shut the door" rule!
Third grade reading buddies: We finally got to meet our reading buddies from Miss Hubbard's third grade class. We got to do a fun meet and greet where our big buddy asked us some fun questions in a survey they brought so that we could learn more about each other. Team 111 is looking forward to reading with our big buddies again this week!
Learning the story of La Galette: One of our kinder mom's, Mrs. Klunk, came in to teach us the story of La Galette. The french story bears a strong resemblance to the well-known story of The Gingerbread Man. We loved acting out the story, learning some words in french, and trying the La Galette cake. One special tradition of eating the cake is that whoever gets the small porcelin piece (don't worry - visible and not sharp!) in their piece of cake gets to be the king or the queen for the day. Look who found the piece in our class!
Jan Brett books: January is a great month to study the author/illustrator Jan Brett, as many of her stories carry a winter theme. We have been learning how to retell stories in detail including all of the following: characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end events. Our team acted out one of her most popular books, The Mitten. We will act out another later this week. :)
As I write this, the Patriots are working on scoring some touchdowns. So I'm off to continue cheering them onto the Superbowl! GO PATS!