Summer is almost here...
So let's celebrate our last week of JK!
Monday: Game Day!
The girls brought their favorite board game or puzzle from home to play with at school. We also had a special visitor today... Mrs. Morrow! The girls had so much fun visiting and catching up with Mrs. Morrow!
Tuesday: Our visit in Kindergarten!
The girls had a fun morning exploring the Kindergarten classrooms and the big playground!
Wednesday: My Favorite Book Day!
The girls brought in their favorite story from home to share with their classmates.
Thursday: Bring a Toy Day!
The girls brought in their favorite toy or doll to play with and share with their friends.
Friday: Ice Cream Sundae Send Off into Summer!
The girls celebrated our very last day with ice cream sundaes on the playground to celebrate a great year!
Centers from the past two weeks...
Number Station: The girls played subtraction smash! They were given two numbers in a subtraction form. The girls set out the correct number of play dough balls they needed to start with and ‘smashed’ the number of balls they needed to take away. Then, they would announce how many were left by saying the entire equation aloud. Please ask your daughter about the Subtraction Smash Game. The girls also practiced their number writing in a packet and illustrated the correct number. They completed a work mat by counting by tens. We practice counting by tens and sometimes fives everyday during Morning Meeting time. They will be more than ready for Kindergarten! Please ask your daughter to count by tens for you!
Everyday Math Games: The girls played an Everyday Math game Sorting Vehicles. However, the girls sorted bugs instead! The girls sorted the bugs in various ways: insects and not insects, color, wings and no wings, etc. Please ask your daughter to sort various items around your home. The girls also worked on the Everyday Math game Weaving. They used and described position and spatial relationships, such as in, out, over, under, and through, while weaving ribbon. The over/under pattern of weaving provides a concrete and kinesthetic patterning experience for children.
ABC Center: The girls practiced sounding out and spelling the phonics spelling words from the past two weeks: men, get, bin, beg, tag, rug, bag, had, pen, red, dig, did. The girls did this by using the iPad whiteboard app and dry erase boards. Then, they wrote the words on an iPad Spelling sheet. Please ask your daughter to sound out and spell the spelling words. The girls also practiced introduced sight words on a mat by saying the word, building the word, and writing the word.
Science Center: The girls completed a game involving more, less, and equal by counting insects. Please ask your daughter to provide two objects that are equal in number. The girls also completed a beginning, middle, end, setting, and main character sheet for the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We read the book as a class, and then the girls completed the sheet on their own. Please have your daughter retell the story to you. Ask your daughter about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. The girls also practiced their color words by coloring the appropriate color butterfly.
Pond Observation: By wrapping up our Pond study, the girls were given a small book titled My Pond Observation Book. The girls had two weeks to observe Hutchison's pond through the windows and then record their findings. Please ask your daughter the different observations she found for over those two weeks.
As we passed the pond one day on our way to lunch, the girls noticed there were some ducks in the pond chasing each other. This caused the girls to be very curious about ducks. Later that afternoon, we researched ducks by reading a book and watching some videos. This led the girls' interest to learn about other animals that live in or near the pond. We studied turtles, frogs, and fish. The girls kept a journal about each pond animal in their "My Pond Journal."
A few weeks ago, the girls were provided with an Everyday Math game called Creating 3-Dimensional Shapes. This game provided tactile experiences with 3-dimensional shapes. We first discussed the shapes that were flat were circles, triangles, squares, and so on were called 2-dimensional shapes. When we made those shapes stand up, they are now called 3-dimensional shapes, such as cubes, spheres, cylinders, cones, and rectangular prisms. The girls were able to build, transform, and manipulate 3-D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks using fine motor. The girls created any shape they wanted.
The girls used their knowledge from the Everyday Math game to help them create a pond animal using Lower School's 3D printer in the Innovation Lab. Before we went to the Lower School building, the girls voted on one pond animal they would like to create that we have studied over the past few weeks. The girls will be able to use the Innovation Lab when they get to Lower School, so they were super excited to get a sneak peek into next year! Please ask your daughter about this fun-filled, learning experience!
The 1st graders have been working all year exploring different types of books. As part of their exploration, they created their own book. We were happy to have them visit and share their creations.
The past few weeks in JK, we have been studying about our Earth. We've talked and discussed the three parts that make up our Earth: water, air, and land. We watched videos, read books, and researched all about our Earth. The girls learned about reduce, reuse, and recycle. They learned that there are many different ways to save, clean, and help keep our Earth beautiful. The girls did several activities in our classroom centered around our Earth. The girls observed images of air, water, and land to strengthen their appreciation of our Earth’s beauty. After selecting a topic to represent, the girls used fine tip pen and watercolor to represent an image of Earth.
After observing the three parts of our Earth, the three JK classrooms took one of the these parts and researched them. Our class decided to study Earth's land. The girls researched and created art work based on our classroom’s chosen focus of the earth (land) to create a class comprehension poster. Each girl completed a journal page to add to our poster. The girls answered the following three questions to help teach our other JK friends about land.
Presenting to our JK friends!
After presenting to our the other JK classes, the girls were paired up to brainstorm different ideas on how we can help keep our Hutchison environment clean, safe, and beautiful!
Then, came Earth Day! The JK girls rotated between the three JK classrooms to help work on the projects they brainstormed. For water, the girls drew pictures and made signs to help remind Hutchison friends to keep our water clean and not waste the water. For air, the girls worked on a wind chime made out of recycled materials that would make beautiful sounds on our playground. For land, the girls planted flowers in pots and mint on the playground to help keep our playground beautiful. Please make sure you take a look at these projects around our playground and in our classrooms your girls worked so hard on!
For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don't have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do it naturally. All children can learn science and all children should have the opportunity to become scientifically literate. In order for this learning to happen, the effort to introduce children to the essential experiences of science inquiry and explorations must begin at an early age. In JK, each student has had the opportunity to be the "Scientist of the Week" and present a simple experiment to their classmates. Through a weekly science activity, a love of science is fostered. Please take a look at your little scientists in action!
We always enjoy welcoming our families to our classroom! Thanks for coming! We loved showing you around and sharing our musical talents!
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The Upper School girls came to EC to explain the importance of "hydration" while exercising. Their presentation included several videos about our bodies need for water and drinking water throughout the day, and especially during exercise. The Upper School girls returned for the Trike-a-Thon and assisted the girls with their bikes, cheered them on and provided a water station.
Scott Throckmorton, Director of Security at Hutchison, spoke to the girls about bike safety. He explained the importance of having proper protective equipment. Good bike safety always includes wearing a helmet to protect your head. Mr. Throckmorton also demonstrated using wonderful volunteers, how to "spread out" while riding.
Finally, the big day arrived! We peddled for the children at St. Jude and raised over $10,500 this year and more than $100,00 over the last 12 years! What a great way to teach our Hutchsion girls about giving back to the community and a passion for service to others!