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.