December has been a busy month for us! It's a really exciting month too! Have you heard the saying that usually things click for kindergarten kids AFTER Christmas? Well, I can happily say that things have really clicked for our classroom AFTER Thanksgiving. Almost all of my students know their letters and sounds and have a huge bank of sight words that they know. They are becoming so much more independent. I love sitting back and watching them work. This allows me to work with small groups or to get assessments done.
We do our journal writing daily. The kids are pros at taking a picture with the Seesaw app and adding it to their journal. They touch the pencil under their picture, hit the record button and read their sentence. I LOVE that I can go back into their journals and read what they wrote or what they are trying to say. I also love that when they touch the screen, it leaves a dot under the word. I can tell if they have one to one correspondence down and if the words match what they are saying.
During the winter I do my "If I Lived in a Snow Globe" project. I am going to change my final result this year...details to come, but I will be using our green screen for it. :) I made a bunch of snow globe centers for my classroom to use throughout the winter.
We answer a bunch of questions of what we think is happening and why.
In December, I do a bunch of gingerbread activities. Our kindness elves brought us this fun gingerbread house. They told us that if the kids are being kind or are following directions, they will get to sit in the gingerbread house to do their work. They love it!
We worked on rhyming words this week. I absolutely love Miss Jenny songs (Edutunes). We use them all the time. I played the song "All Rhymes End With the Same Sound". I then gave my kids a card with a picture on it. Kids danced around with their card to the song one more time. When the music stopped, they had to find their rhyming word partners.
Once they found their partners, they linked arms. They sat in a group of three.
During our center time, we are working on CVC words, sight words, spelling, rhyming, letter identification and making equations.
I hope you are having a great week!