Rocking our Routines
This week the students in room 128 have done a fantastic job in familiarizing themselves with our classroom routines. Each morning when they come in they have been working on independently taking out their special folders from their backpack and putting it in the right bin. They have also worked to change into their indoor shoes and to sign in before coming to the carpet.
Other routines the students have been working on have been to listen to their bodies when they are hungry or need to go to the bathroom. We have worked on the steps each day on what to do when you have that "gotta go" feeling including the importance of washing our hands when we are done. Students have also learned that they can put one finger up during a lesson to give me a secret signals that they have to go to the bathroom or put up two fingers if they are thirsty. Students have an opportunity to have their snack during our morning and afternoon centres time. They learned this week that when they have had their snack they can move their magnet to the checkmark board. This helps our Kindergarten Team keep track of who may still have a rumbly tummy.
The students in room 128 also discovered that we had a series of characters living in our class this year. A fairy named Felicity came and brought a puppet who did not have a name to life. The students worked together to vote on different names for our new friend. After the results were tallied, Lightning was the winning name chosen for our green monster friend.
Felicity the Fairy really wanted to get to know all the names of our students. She gave the students a challenge to cover their names from natural material found in our school garden. The students worked hard to find natural materials and make their name cards.
As the students found natural material to make their name tags we sorted what we found. The students played "Guess My Sorting Rule" and uncovered I had sorted the sticks, leaves and wood chips by colour, size and shape. We also looked at how some of the sticks were curvy and how some were straight and this was the same as the lines in our names.
On Friday, when the students had finished decorating their names, Felicity the Fairy left us a gift to uncover in our school garden. They were stones with our names on them and a book. We found out that these stones were worry stones and whenever we felt worried in the class we could hold it to our heart and it would make us feel better.