Kindergarten learning cannot progress forward until we know how to write our names on our assignments! Students have been working the past week or more on holding their pencils, crayons, and writing their names. Today, we built up those fine motor skills that we need to hold a pencil with appropriate grip by tearing little pieces of paper to write our names with. This was certainly messy, but it was even more fun and worth it! Some even had time to write last names! Please come visit to see your child's handiwork.
What a day! Our students had, arguably, the most fun in kindergarten today learning and experiencing the Monterey Zoo (where the "wild things" are). The experience will be serve as information that students will be able to write about later. It was humorous to see students pointing out things on the road that they surely have seen before but that take on new interest when traveling with the class on a bus! (i.e. McDonald's and teacher's favorite, Starbucks).
Afterwards, students got to let their energy get out like animals themselves playing at Tatum's Garden!😂
I know that not everyone that wanted to volunteer had the chance to today. The parents were chosen at random, but I wanted to make it up to you. I took pictures of as many children as I could so you could feel the experience with your child as well! Thank you for your continued support, your donations, your understanding when mistakes happen, and everything!
Our students are now 100 days smarter! Today, we completed 100 days of kindergarten, and to celebrate, we had various activities involving the exploration of the number 100. This culminated in counting 100 fruit loops to make a necklace. Most of these didn't make it home but, rather, in stomachs! Here's to 80 more days of school before it starts over again!
Students in kindergarten must be able to "participate in...conversations with diverse partners...in large groups," "follow agreed-upon rules for discussions," and ask and answer questions." (CCSS SL.k.1, 1a, 3) To this end, some participated in an adorable share and tell. Though this was an informal arrangement, the participants took it upon themselves to bring something to share without reminders. Kudos to them!
We had many events go on today. Students got to go to the Roar Store, listen to Show and Tell, and watch a movie with the wonderful eats and drinks you helped provide (and thank you so much for doing so!). This celebrates the half-year of learning and progress your children have made. I look forward to a half a year more!
One of kids' favorite games is the classic Duck, Duck, Goose! We had a chance to get outside today in supreme weather for a huge game of DDG. Both kindergarten classes participated, and students were able to run the game, literally.
Twice a school year, students, parents, and teachers meet together in conference week to get updated on learning progress. Students and community members look forward to this week for those reasons but also look forward to the book fair that goes on. Students especially become enthused with reading and picking a book with which to do so. Our students had a chance on Tuesday to "window shop" for books for their parents to purchase. Yes, you can thank Mr. Firme for your child being persistent in asking for that book you got them. 😅
On Tuesday, our bus drivers taught our students, many of them that have never been on the bus before, what to do in the event of an emergency. The drill culminated in getting to jump out of the bus!
Today, we had our first student of the month assembly of the year. Though students seemed to be confused as to what being a Student of the Month means, they quickly became motivated to perform at their best to reach this goal! "Bucket Fillers" were also awarded, and students learned what it means to be a nice community member and to fill others' imaginary "buckets." Congratulations to all of our SOTMs and Bucket Fillers for this month! We'll see who gets picked next time!
As a culmination of learning throughout the week, our students participated in diverse activities. They got to visit the Roar Store for the first time, get extra exercise outside, and do some fall finger painting to learn of the colors of the season. It was definitely a good day!
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