Homes Unit

We have been very busy the last two months exploring the concept of homes. We have discussed homes people live in as well as animals. We have been seeking answers to the following questions:

What types of homes do the people in my community live in?

How are animal homes and people homes alike/different?

How do people and animals make homes?

We have been engaged in many activities to help us explore these questions and the many more that have been raised during the unit.  We have been critical thinkers, builders, creators, readers, artists, story tellers and so much more during this unit. Here is a sneak into some of our hard work over the last two months.

Building Homes with a Variety of Materials

 

   

  

 

 

 

  

  

Drawing A Variety of Houses

  

  

  

 

Making a Display of a Community

   

 

 

  

 

Participating in a Tower Challenge

  

  

 

Creating the Three Little Pigs houses and Retelling the Story

 

 

 

Telling Stories with the Doll House

 

Playing in our Tent Home

 

Building Homes in the Block Area

 

  

  

…and a short video about our unit

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Field Trip to the Tet Display

On the last day before we left for the Tet holiday, we took a field trip to the Tet display put on by the Phu My Hung corporation at the Crescent Mall. Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us and help out. We had a wonderful time exploring all of the decorations that were so beautifully set up this year. Because it is the year of the rooster, there were so many chickens to be spotted!

  

  

  

 

   

 

 

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Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Lunar New Year! We had a great time preparing our classroom for Tet and loved all of the Tet events that our school put on this year.

We read several books that helped us know what to do to prepare our classroom for Tet. We also learned the Vietnamese names for many important aspects of Tet. We attended some wonderful Tet events at school and reenacted some of our own!

Hoa Mai

  

 

Making Dragons for a Dragon Dance

  

 

Chuc Mung Nam Moi signs

 

Making a Lion head for a Lion Dance

 

Performing a Lion Dance

 

  

Wearing the traditional dress, Ao Dai

 

Attending the Tet Assembly

 

 

Attending the Lion and Dragon Dances

 

 

 

 

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Sports Day!

As with every year, we had a blast at Sports Day! It is such a wonderful tradition and such a great time. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers!! This day would not be possible without you!

 

  

  

  

 

  

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Making Gingerbread

After reading so many versions of the Gingerbread Man before the holidays began, we of course wanted to make gingerbread cookies. We followed the recipe off of the back of The Gingerbread Man and made a big batch of gingerbread dough. We rolled it, shaped it and baked it just as it was done in the books. What delicious fun!

 

 

 

     

Here are some of the versions of The Gingerbread Man that we read in class.

  

 

The Making of a Christmas Tree

As we approached the Christmas holidays, many children were interested in decorating our classroom. They really wanted a Christmas tree for the classroom so I suggested that they could make one. They were thrilled about this idea and within 20 minutes we had a Christmas tree.

We gathered paper from the resource room and set to work cutting the tree and making the decorations.

  

 

 

 

Living Things Unit

In December, we concluded our Living Things unit. Everyone enjoyed learning about the many living things living and growing on our playground and around campus. Our essential questions for the unit were:

  1. What is a living thing?
  2. How do living things grow and change?
  3. How to do we care for living things?
  4. What is our responsibility towards living things?

Here’s a little peak into the many activities we engaged in during the unit to help us answer these questions.

Gardening

 

  

  

 

 

 

  

Exploration in the Pod

 

  

 

Exploration On the Playground

  

 

Nature Walks

 

 

  

 

Observational Drawings

  

 

  

  

 

 

 

Seed Art

  

Making Pumpkin Ice Cream

  

Class Pets

 

View our previous posts about our class pets:

Our Praying Mantis!

Our Praying Mantis!-Continued…

The Snails Are Out!

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Math in the Second Term

During the second term, we were involved in lots of activities that helped us increase our math skills. The following skills were the focus for the second term.

  • MD1: Children will begin to develop an understanding of numbers
  • MD2: Children will extend and create simple repeating patterns.

We developed our math skills during our math small groups, individual play during center time and within routines such as calendar. Here is a peek into some of the activities and games we played to help strengthen our math skills.

Increasing our Understanding of Numbers

 

  

  

 

Extending and Creating Simple Repeating Patterns

  

  

  

We also did a review of our shapes by going on a shape hunt around campus with our buddies!

  

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Kindergarten Postal Service

The Kindergarten Postal Service returned this year just before the holiday break. We were busy writing letters and postcards to our friends and family. Kindergarten provided a wonderful postal service to the school. They set out mailboxes around the elementary school and each day they collected, sorted and delivered the mail. They delivered over 3000 pieces of mail!  I know our class definitely helped out in making that number as high as it was. We mailed and received over 150 pieces of mail just from the 18 of us.

 

They drew pictures, they copied words such as “I love you!” and “You are a nice buddy!” and they wrote their own words. Each child let me know what message they wanted to write and I wrote it out for them and they copied it.  We talked about how important it is to sign your name so that the person receiving your mail knows who sent it and who to say thank you to.

  

We also talked about addresses.  Kindergarten doesn’t know who all the children are in the school or whose class they are in.  It is our job to tell them on the envelope where to deliver the mail.  This was a great, authentic way to talk about the importance of numbers. On all of our envelopes and postcards we included the recipient’s name and their class room number.

 

  

We wrote letters, postcards and packages. We made sure to put a stamp on every piece of mail we wrote.

  

After writing a letter, putting it an envelope and stamping it, we were ready to visit the mailbox.

  

At the end of each day, Kindergarten would greet us with “You’ve Got Mail!”  It was so wonderful to see the joy and excitement the children had when they heard those words and even more so when they received a letter.  This has been an exciting and meaningful project that has built literacy skills in the children and strengthened our elementary community.

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