Friday, May 20, 2011

What A Week!

During Writer’s Workshop the children are in the final stages of illustrating their How-To Books. We hope to see you at our Author’s Celebration. The children also began writing letters to orphans in Africa. Jen F. (Kai’s mom) has a student (Matt) who is connected to the orphanage in South Africa. Matt enlisted our lovely kindergarten cuties to help bring a smile to the orphans faces through their letters, drawings and crafts. There are 47 orphans and it is our goal to write a letter to each orphan. 19 down, 28 to go!

In Science we have begun our plan study. Early in the week we “planted” seeds without soil and made predictions on whether or not they would grow. Each child was responsible for making their prediction and explaining why. My favorites were “It will stay alive because the flowers we have (in a vase) are still alive.” and “The will die because soil is important.” Three children predicted that they would grow, while 16 predicted they would die.
After learning about stems, the children placed a single flower in colored water and made predictions about what would happen. If you have the chance, stop by Room 5 and see what happened to our white flowers! During our root study we had a root taste test with taro chips, radishes, beets, carrots and cassava root (to name a few). If you would like to participate, please feel free to bring roots, stems or leaves for community snack.
In Math the children have mastered reading the clock and measuring with centimeters and inches while continuing to work on their addition and subtraction facts. Next week we will begin our formal assessments in preparation for our end of the year reports. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child and how to keep them reading/writing over the summer please let me know.

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