What a busy week we have had in kindergarten. We are building stamina in our Daily 5
routines. The children have become more independent in their Listen To Reading on the iPad.
This past Friday we introduced Flashlight Friday for Read to Self.
We practiced our printing with HWT
And math is integrated throughout the day, as we practice counting and numeral recognition in our calendar routine, as we make patterns, use a Pan Balance and create number bonds with Math Talk .
Our new unit of study is the Farm and our Kinders are creating a farm bulletin board.
On our Wonder Wall we have wonders about farms, that will lead to more questions and hopefully discovery when they visit a local college farm.
Our Kinders are learning not only about the 3Rs, but are navigating waiting, taking turns, being kind and respectful. At times this is much harder for them to grasp, then the 3Rs. But that’s what we’re here for, to nurture and guide them. I have found that play is not something to toss away. It sets the stage for learning. As we balance an academic program with their social emotional development, play becomes a conduit. It is imperative that we allow and provide opportunities for constructive, passion-based, child initiated play. I think that #geniushour will be one or our creative learning responses to play. In our outdoor environment we stand back, with watchful eye, as our children maneuver not only the wheel toys, but their growing skills in cooperative, rewarding, fun-filled play.
Has this been a busy time for you and your students? How do you balance play and academics in your programs?