“Kindergarten”

Learning About Singular and Plural

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This Kindergarten aged child has become quite interested in learning about grammar!  She is reading and sounding out words at the three letter consonant-vowel-consonant level and knows many sight words.  The purpose of this “work” is to have the child understand the difference between nouns that are singular and nouns that are plural.

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She places the tags at the top and a teacher helps her to understand that one says singular and one says plural.

She then reads each card and places it in the appropriate column.

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One by one she places the tiny objects next to the cards.  A lightbulb goes off!

It is a concrete way to introduce beginning grammar!

 

Sewing Your Own Stuffed Animal

Many of the children have been working hard to learn various sewing stitches.

We have learned the straight stitch and the whipstitch.  We also learned how to sew on buttons.

Put all of these skills together and you can sew your own stuffed animal!

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Step one (after a teacher has cut out all of the shapes): sew wings on with a straight stitch.

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Step two:  sew on button eyes and a beak.

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Step three:  sew ear to ear with a whipstitch.

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Step four:  stuff! (Use a lot to make the stuffed animal cozy!)

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Step five:  Using a whipstitch, sew the top closed.

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Step six:  hug and love!

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Reptiles!

We recently studied our third type of vertebrate- the reptile!  Some characteristics of reptiles include:  They are covered in scales.  They breathe with lungs.

Most lay eggs.  Almost all are cold blooded.

The afternoon children took a field trip to the Great Lakes Zoological Society to check out more reptiles.  http://www.glzszoo.com/

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We were able to see many types of reptiles!  After our experience with the guide, we walked around the zoo and completed a scavenger hunt.

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The younger children were also able to experience a reptile when one of our students (and dad) brought in his pet snake Sly!  Sly happened to be molting and was slightly duller in appearance than normal but he was as good sport.  All of the children were able to take a close look but we didn’t touch him.  We were also able to match reptile cards and read many reptile books.

 

Sewing neckwarmers!

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Our sewing practice has paid off!  The children have been sewing so much this year.  First, they practiced with a running stitch.  We sewed on vinyl and cardstock.  We then practiced sewing a whipstitch on vinyl and then with small felt tubes.  The children that are ready and have been practicing began to sew neckwarmers last Friday!  They are happy to have them to keep their necks warm!

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Sewing helps with the development of fine motor skills!  It is also a very important practical life skill to have.

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The children were very happy and proud of their neckwarmers!

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Addition With Golden Beads

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This third year child is beginning to add with the golden beads.  He has had practice with a variety of other math work in preparation for advanced math.  He was able to use the concrete math materials to learn 1-10 both in symbol and quantity.  He then learned to match symbol and quantity.  Several other lessons were given and he was very excited to move onto this!

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Bringing the units down.  He places them in a row for easier counting and proceeds to count each bead.

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Next up is bringing down the tens.  He counts the tens and records his work.

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He records the sum.

If a child cannot write the numbers independently, we have various methods to helping him be able to add (if he is cognitively ready) but the fine motor has not caught up yet.  We will often “dot” the number for him or even use a dotted stamp.  We also have number cards that we use and no writing is necessary.  The child in a Montessori program is able to learn math concretely this way.