Kindergarten HUNTS for books
Kindergarten students can check out one book every week starting the first week of school. The pattern of checking out a book one week and returning it before the next week is the goal for our students. This is a new responsibility for many of them. Help them establish a pattern and schedule for returning their books before the next library times. Encourage students to show you what they have checked out. Read it with them. Ask them to put it back in their backpack and return it to school the next day. Books come home in plastic ziplock bags because there have been many water bottle/snack/unknown substance encounters with library books. This gives the student one more layer of showing they are responsible when they return their library book in the ziploc bag.
Going on A Bear Hunt
More Bears - drawing, naming and being interviewed by parents
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Bears of the world - a scientific and artistic inquiry of bears - Kindergarten can do research!
There are eight kinds of bear in the world: panda, black, brown, sun, moon, spectacled, polar, and sloth. Kindergarten students will be learning about the different types and where they live in the world. Our goal is to ask questions, They will be sketching, coloring and labeling the bears. This is a form of research called inquiry.
Books Invite the reader in
Mo Willems - Elephant and Piggie can dance and Pigeon still wants to drive the bus
When we find characters that make us laugh, make us feel empathy for them, and find that they are all very human in their personality, we keep coming back to reread their books. Mo WIllems has created a dynamic duo in Elephant and Piggie, a story of longing and dreams with Pigeon, and connected our undying love for our first stuffed animals in Knuffle Bunny.
Click the image of the bus to play the Elephant and Piggie Dance Game.
Monarch Award - Children's Choice Award
2020 Monarch Award Titles
Time to RHYME with Mother Goose
Kindergarten students are introduced to key Mother Goose characters with this book: The Queen and Knave of Hearts, Old King Cole, Jack and Jill, Old Mother Hubbard, and many more. In the coming weeks we will be creating a movement interpretation of Hey Diddle Diddle. Mother Goose rhymes are still relevant today for rhyme, pattern and order of storytelling. They are short bursts of literacy that both parent and child can recite together. They make a bridge to the past and give you and your child a sense of shared literature, plus some of them are plain weird and can be really funny. Just enjoy!