Every Kindergarten class comes to my room during the four day resource rotation. Every class begins with a gadget. The “gadget” is something I have found in an antique store that the class tries to guess what it is and what it does. This is also a great way to practice brainstorming. I have heard some very creative ideas so far this year. Brainstorming is one of the big focuses in kindergarten. We practice this with every activity we do. For Kindergarten I have a set curriculum (P.E.T.S.) the district purchased that I teach. P.E.T.S. is a systematized enrichment and diagnostic thinking skills program. Lessons are presented in convergent analysis, divergent synthesis, visual/spatial thinking, and evaluation.
Ms. Mary's class came to my room for the first time today. We talked about what to expect when they are with me and the class saw their first gadget today. Check out Gail's Gadget Page to see if you can guess the gadget. They also listened to the book "Kindergarten Rocks" and they shared what they are enjoying about kindergarten. Tomorrow they will work on a picture to go along with what they are enjoying about kindergarten! When the pictures are complete I will be posting them on this page. Make sure you stop back to check them out.
Ms. Mary's Kindergarten Rocks Book:
Ms. Molly's Kindergarten Rocks book:
Ms. Kata's Kindergarten Rocks book:
Ms. Maura's Kindergarten Rocks book:
Ms. Katie's Kindergarten Rocks book:
The Kinders have learned a new work this rotation...Brainstorming and we have been doing a lot of practicing using that new word. We listened to the story "Little Bear's Trousers" where little bear has lost his trousers and spends the day looking for them. He visits all of his friends to see if they know where they are. All of his friends have seen them and they have used them in a new way: as hump warmers (camel), a sail (sailor), a ski hat (rabbit), a two bone bone holder (dog), a backpack (zebra), a flag (duck), and frosting bag (Bromwell Brown). After the story, the class brainstormed more new ways to use a pair of trousers and they are working on creating a picture showing Little Bear using the trousers in this new way.
Check out Ms. Miley's classes trouser pictures!!! This class came up with some amazing new ideas:
Check out the pictures from Ms. Molly's class! They did an awesome job thinking of new uses for Little Bear's Trousers:
Check out the creativity that came from the learners in Ms. Kata's class! They came up with some cool new uses for Little Bear's Trousers:
Ms. Maura's class did an amazing job thinking of new ways for Litter Bear to use his trousers. Check out their pictures:
Wow, it must have been very cold when Ms. Mary's class started their pictures of Little Bear's Trousers. Do you see a theme? Check out their pictures:
All of the Kindergarten classes have finished their Little Bear Challenge and we are on to our next unit. All of the K classes will be working with KNEX. K'NEX (a variation of connects) is a construction toy system that consists of interlocking plastic rods, connectors, gears, wheels, and other components, which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models, machines, and architectural structures. Kindergarteners will be working with four different KNEX kits. They will first try to create a spinning top (There is magic happening with this kit! Make sure you are your kiddo about it!). After the spinning top, they will create a helicopter, an swinging pirate ship and a see saw. I will not be giving any verbal directions for these kits. The kindergarteners will only be getting a picture to look at to help them build each kit! Below are pictures of each kit, the pieces used and the finished product.