A big part of the learning we do in kindergarten is exploring and creating on our own and collaborating with others. We spent a couple days doing those exact things using Pixie4. Pixie is a program on the computer or iPad that allows children to create pictures, write words, create stories, and record their voice and even take photos. Right now the children have learned how to paint, add stickers to their creations and add some words. This is a program we will continue to use throughout the year. It was very neat to see what each group was creating and talking about together.
If you are interested in learning more about Pixie, just ask! This is a great educational program. You can also get this prpgram on an iPad as well.
Before writing our class promises below are a few of the stories that guided our discussions and our thinking. Ask your child about these stories and what message the author is sending.
After so much reading, thinking and talking we created Our Promise. We worked together to write the promise and then we all signed it with a drawing of ourselves as well as our names.
On Friday, we learned that a patriot is someone who loves their country. We talked about The USA and how it is made up of 50 states. We looked at our flag and noticed the 50 stars for each state. We noticed the 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies. We each made a small part of the flag and then brought our pieces together to make one big flag.
Counting and recording how many are two important math skills. We read Mouse Count by Ellen Stolls Walsh and then counted a set of objects in our classroom Counting Jar. We each showed how many objects there were and then shared our work. We came up with different ways to show how many. Take a look!
Problem Solving on the Farm
Taking risks and making mistakes is all in a days work! We had fun singing Old Mac Donald's Had a Farm and then thinking about farm animals as we solved math problems. Drawing pictures was very helpful as we worked on the problems. We discovered that there are different ways to solve some problems. We listened to our friends share their solutions. When someone makes a mistake, it's ok! We know that mistakes are a part of learning!