Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tub Time in Kindergarten...

Many times a Kindergartner comes home and provides limited insights to what goes on in class. We hope you will watch our video and see what we do during TUB TIME!
A big (and FUN) part of our day is TUB TIME! During Tub Time we work on our math skills. Right now we work on may different skills such as sorting, counting, graphing, and more. At Tub Time we can build with blocks. We play with Uni-fix Cubes. We can trace templates of shapes. We look at treasures (key, buttons, shells, bottle caps, etc.). There can be 5 kids at each tub. There are 9 tubs to choose from. We go to a new tub whenever we want. We don't have to wait for the lights to go out or for Mrs. Blakely to tell us to change tubs. We just have to clean up where we are working and then go to a different tub. We have geo-bands and Geoboards. We play with dominoes, pattern blocks and tiles too. Take a look at the kids working hard and having fun at TUB TIME: (note: the PM class helped write this post) ;-)

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Letter Sound Song...

We are learning to put sounds together for reading and writing. We sing this song in class and refer to it often when we are working:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Animal ABC...

Take a look at this video about all kinds of animals and the letters that begin their names:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

An Alphabet Video...

This is a video I made a while back to help young learners recognize letters of the alphabet in the environment. Be sure to help your young child look for letters when you are out and about!

Friday, September 10, 2010

More Graphing...

After reading books about children with long names, we decided to graph the number of letters in our names. First we spelled out our names on the graphing strips, then colored them with our favorite colors. Our teacher made a graph with columns for 3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9+ letters in our names. Take a look at the graphing results. See if you can answer the following questions about the graph: (note: the first strip in each column is there just to show the quantity, it's blank so don't include it in your counting)
Look at each class separately:
  • Which column had the most?

  • Which had the fewest?

  • Were there any columns that were the same/equal?

  • Were there any columns that didn't have ANY?

Next compare the AM Graph with the PM Graph:

  • Are there any columns that have the same/equal number of names?

  • Was the column with the most the same for both classes?

  • Was the column with the fewest the same for both classes?

  • Was the column that didn't have ANY the same?

What else do you notice about the graphs?

AM Graph:

PM Graph:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Playing Name Games...

All this week we have been reading stories, playing games and singing songs that highlight our names. We read two fun books, Chrysanthemum and Tikki Tikki Tembo. We thought it was fun to read Chrysanthemum with 13 letters in her name, only to read Tikki Tikki Tembo who has 50 letters in his name! Take a look at what a few friends in the morning class chose to do during Center Time:

Nice job boys!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Boy & Girl Graph...

We have many friends in class. Some of us are friends from before Kindergarten; and others we are just getting to know! We made a graph of the girls and boys in our class. Take a look at the photo and use it to answer the following questions:
  • In the A.M. Class, are there more boys or girls? How many more?
  • In the P.M. Class, are there more girls or boys? How many more?
  • Comparing the A.M. girls with the P.M. girls, which class has more girls? How many more?
  • Do the same for the A.M. boys & the P.M. boys.
  • Which class has the most students?
  • How many students in all?
  • What else do you notice about the graph?

Left side=A.M.

Right side= P.M.

(boys are on left side of each graph)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back To School Picnic....

It was so nice to see so many families come out for the Back To School Picnic. There were lots of old friends and new ones too. There was a DJ who had an assistant who was in Kindergarten with Mrs. Blakely a long time ago! We danced and had a hula-hoop contest. Kids played on the playground and grown-ups had time to visit each other. Take a look at some of the fun we had:

It seems the quality of the video is better with the smaller veiwer (not fit to screen). I will see if I can get better quality. (sorry!)