This week the students walked into a newly set-up classroom with a whole new set of routines and they were incredible. It was as if both kindergarten classes had been together all along.
We started our week off with a gift from our classroom fairy. She let us know that she had heard how amazing we were at caring for each other so she decided to bring us a classroom pet to care for. She also let us know that the classroom pet was going to go through a big change, just as our class had. She left us a song about the characteristics of living things and had us guess what the living thing was. We learned in the song that insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts. When we saw that this was one of the clues about our pet we guessed it was an insect. A few students shared that caterpillars went through a big change. They guessed our pet correctly!
The more we studied our caterpillars and the life cycle of a butterfly, the more it made us think of patterns in nature. The students found repeating segments on the caterpillars and made caterpillar patterns with 2D pattern blocks. Students spoke about how the life cycle is a pattern that repeats over and over again. They acted out this process in song, through drama and drew this process.
Students explored symmetry and reviewed their primary and secondary colours while making different butterfly art projects.
Students also wrote about what they had learned about the butterfly life cycles. It was wonderful to see so many ages and stages of writing. Some students worked on their pencil grip by holding a small magic crystal in their hands and wrapping three fingers around it. This helped them hold their marker with a pincer grip.
Our senior kindergarten students started sounding out their words and copied scribed sentences about the butterfly life cycle. The junior kindergarten students worked on letter recognition and fine motor skills by tracing over words relating to the butterfly life cycle. We also incorporated math and shapes as they created symmetrical butterfly art. As we played with shapes we ran out of hexagons. Students learned they could put two trapezoids together and three rhombuses together to make hexagons.
What a week filled with enthusiasm and new learning. We can't wait to see what next week brings.