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What do you do all day? November 21, 2012

Filed under: Learning Stories — mrsmarshallkd @ 1:50 am

I was listening to a TED talk today and I heard an interesting quote by Tim Brown in his talk, “Tales of Creativity and Play” He says, “Play is not anarchy, play has rules.” Sometimes I think we adults forget about what it means to play.

In Kindergarten we talk a lot about “play based learning”, but we don’t always define what we mean by that. Do the kids just play all day? Do they do whatever they want? How can they learn if all they do is play? Here is a peek into the classroom and a chance to see what we mean by play based learning:

Learning our letters is more than just knowing what P looks like, or how to draw the letter. We also need to know what sound that letter makes. We work on words that make that sound. One way we emphasize this is by labelling items in the classroom that begin with that letter. Here is a sampling of some of those labels:

Another great activity to emphasize our letter knowledge is using our own names. Our names are some of the first words we recognize, so it is easy to use those to help us learn about the alphabet.

Another important part of our literacy development is listening to stories. When we go to the listening centre, we not only hear the spoken word, but we begin to associate the written word on the page to the story.

Creativity is an important part of childhood and of Kindergarten. Having the opportunity to play and create helps us in other areas of the day. We begin to see the relation of our play with our learning. And it is through our play that we begin to apply our learning:

Through playing games in the math area, we begin to understand some pretty abstract concepts, such as a number is made up of different parts. If we take the number 5, we know we can break that down into 2 and 3, 4 and 1, and 5 and 0. It is through hands on experiences that we begin to understand this concept:

And in science, we not only have the opportunity to do experiments, but we also have the chance to slow down and observe changes that take place over time. When we record our observations in our science journals, we can go back to them later and compare our findings.

This isn’t a complete look at our day, but I hope it gives you just a snapshot of some of what we are doing from 8:30 until 2:30.

Mrs. Marshall


Pumpkin Fun and Weekly Update November 5, 2012

Filed under: Learning Stories,Weekly Updates — mrsmarshallkd @ 12:46 am

Hey Parents! Can’t believe it is already November! It is another 4 day week, one that we will be spending most of our time on Remembrance Day activities. We will be focussing on the number 5 in math. In literacy we will be reading books around the theme of Remembrance Day and Peace. We will be covering the letter B and the sight words like, the, see, & can.

We are having so much fun with the vegetable stand, so much social learning going on there.

On Halloween Day we enjoyed not only a party in the afternoon, but we were able to have some pumpkin fun as well. We asked some questions about pumpkins and were able to find out the answers.

1.Can a pumpkin float?

Why Yes, yes it does!

2. Can you estimate how much string it will take to go around a pumpkin?

More of us over-estimated the circumference of the pumpkin, some of us under-estimated the circumference, but Four of us were just about right!

3. Do all pumpkins weigh the same?

No, but there were pretty close!

4. Do all pumpkins have the same amount of seeds?

No, it depends on the size of the pumpkin.

Here are a few things to remember for the week:

Monday night 6:30- Home and School Meeting

Friday: No School- PD Day

Monday Nov. 12- No School for Remembrance Day

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Here’s to the first week of November!!!
Mrs. Marshall