The kindergarten class has been busy learning the last couple of weeks at school!
In religion, we heard God’s Word and learned about the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus went to the high mountain to pray with Peter, James, and John. Then Jesus appeared in glory shining with rays of light to his disciples Peter, James, and John. Jesus’ “face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” (Matthew 17:2) Moses and Elijah appeared next to Jesus and Jesus talked with them. This shows the eternal life that we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In reading, we worked on our emergent readers and pointed out our sight words. We also have been practicing our phonic sounds and sounding out words. Some of the books we have listened to were written by the authors Jan Brett, Shel Silverstein, and Dr. Seuss. The story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein told of the love that was shared between a tree and a growing boy. The tree gave everything to the boy, including its branches, leaves, and apples. The boy who had grown into a man came back to the tree throughout his lifetime to take and use the tree’s branches, leaves, and apples. Finally, all that was left of the tree was only a tree stump. The tree felt it had nothing left to give because it was only a tree stump. By the end of the book, the man learned he did not need anything from the tree except to enjoy the tree’s love by sitting on its stump. After the story, we talked about how it is important to be giving to others in our lives and thought about loving ways we could show others this at home and at school.
In math, we have been working on adding and subtracting. We also have been working on adding doubles such as 2 + 2= 4 and 8 + 8 = 16. Additionally, the children have done a great job telling time by the hour. We are working on learning the value of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
In science and social studies, we finished learning about the solar system and the planets. We also just started a small unit on dinosaurs. They got to create their own dinosaur and name them.
In art, we have been painting with watercolor and acrylic paints. The children
also enjoyed painting with q-tips and finger painting.
In music, the children did a great job practicing and performing the songs for the school play, “The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White.”
We went on a field trip to the Science Center in Des Moines on March 8. The children really enjoyed all that the Science Center had to offer. Some of the highlights of our day were the giant foam building blocks, the Lego exhibits, and the ball drop. We watched a fire and ice show put on in the theater and learned about solids, liquids, and gases. I appreciate the wonderful parental support to make all of our field trips possible this year!
It was nice to meet with each of the families to talk about each child at the conferences. I enjoyed sharing their child’s successes throughout the year.