Teacher and learner math game

Below, the children are playing a math game where one person is the ‘teacher’ and the other person is the ‘learner’ who covers their eyes. The ‘teacher’ then covers a number on the number line 1-10. The ‘learner’ opens their eyes and figures out what number has been covered. The kids decided it was a pretty easy game so next time we will use numbers from 11-20. Even if it was easy, the children loved taking turns being the teacher.

Learning how to care for our earth

We are learning how to care for our earth. We first discussed what the earth was and decided it includes things like plants, trees, flowers, grass, animals (including us), water, clouds, sky, and land. Then we talked about how to take care of our earth so it won’t ‘break’. The children suggested we shouldn’t throw our garbage on the ground. They said it would start to smell and not look nice. Then one child said, ‘My dad said it’s OK to throw an apple on the ground because it will disappear.’ So we did an experiment to answer the question, “Will food will disappear if we put it in the ground?” We used a red pepper. I suggested we also put some plastic in the ground to see if it will disappear. We are going to wait until ‘all of October is over’ to discover the answer. Later, during snack time, the children wanted to put some things from their snack in the ground to see if they will disappear too. So, we will be looking for lots of things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have also touched on recycling, where paper comes from and where our garbage goes once it is in the garbage can. These will be future topics of conversations and research.

To help children understand what might happen if we don’t care for our earth, I have been asking them some ‘What if…’ questions. For example, “What would it be like if all the trees were gone?” We went outside and sat under this beautiful tree to think about this ‘what if…’

Here are their responses:
The ground might break apart.

There would be no more trees.

There would be no nest for baby birds.

The birds couldn’t live in the trees.

The birds couldn’t eat the bugs in the trees.

Monkeys couldn’t climb the trees.

Bananas couldn’t grow to feed the monkeys.

The monkeys would die.

Our air would disappear.

There would be no shade for us from the sun.

We’d get wet when it rained because they’re like an umbrella.

We wouldn’t have any fruit.

Let your child teach you a math game

We have learned a new math card game using numbers to 10. It’s very easy. Let your child teach you. You need a deck of cards and 20 counters (beans, coins or anything small). Split the deck in half and each player turns over one card to show the number. The person with the highest card picks one counter. Continue playing until all counters are taken. Count to see who has the most counters. If you both turn over the same card number, you decide if each person takes a counter or no one takes a counter. You can also play it by having the person with the lowest card pick the counter. (We haven’t played it this way yet so be warned…your child may think you can’t play it this way.

 

Reading

Dear Parents,

Today is your child’s first day of reading homework. Each day, Monday through Thursday, your child will bring home a book to read to you. Your child has practiced these books at school, so they should be able to read it independently. Remember, reading includes a variety of factors…

  1. One to one correspondence: point to each word that is spoken
  2. Fluency: read at a nice, even pace, paying attention to punctuation marks.
  3. Comprehension: remember and discuss what was read.
  4. Expression: changing the tone of one’s voice to make the text sound more interesting when read aloud.

Here are some guidelines you can use when your child is reading…

Child:

  • hold the book
  • turn the pages
  • point to the words
  • care for the book
  • put the book back in their take-home bag when finished

Parents:

  • listen to your child read
  • ask questions about the book
  • be encouraging
  • give your child time to think about and correct their own errors before helping them

Child and parent together:

  • sit together in a reading friendly location
  • have a conversation about the book
  • enjoy your time together

Thank you for supporting our Kindergarten literacy program. If you have any questions, please ask.

 

Upcoming Kindergarten events

We have a special hour planned for you on Wednesday, October 18 from 8:00-9:00. Come join us during our class activities and be a kid again. You will get a little peek inside our day and also spend time with your child.

On Friday, October 20, Kindergarten is going on a field trip to Evergreen Park. This field trip will enhance our new unit on plants and animals. I am looking for about 5 volunteers to help supervise children while we are on the field trip. Please send an email to me if you are interested. scormack@sis.org.cn