Tinkering Minds in Learning Centers
Kindergarteners were introduced to a new Tinkering Learning Center in their classroom this week. Our Tinkering Learning Center is filled with many objects, from beads to rubber bands to bottle caps, that are awaiting the bright and unique minds of Kindergarteners.
In the Tinkering Learning Center, students create an illustrated plan for the materials they choose to work with. Once students have illustrated their plan, they attempt to build their “plan” and compare it to their tinkered piece. Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students’ interests, engagement, and understanding in science and the arts. Student exploration during tinkering supports science learning through providing opportunities to deepen engagement, innovation, and, understanding, as well as supporting self-expression through the arts.
Clothing and Fabrics Come Alive In K!
Kindergarteners eagerly embarked upon an exciting new study on clothing and fabrics during Science and Social Studies this week. We explored students’ knowledge of clothing and fabrics and then shared wonders about the topic. Students are excited to explore the many purposes of clothing including: decoration, communication, modesty, and protection. In our Imagination Station Learning Center students are exploring clothing worn for decorative purposes. They are finding many creative ways to explore fancy clothes!
We Are Savvy Spellers!
Kindergarteners have delighted in learning their first set of spelling words. These savvy spellers are given a sort without words and with their “eggs and bacon” partner they work together to sort the words into their spelling pattern. During this time, they talk about the sort, discuss other words that are a part of the sort, put the words in context and discuss what the words mean. Kindergartners meet with us twice a week to explore the words even further and to check for understanding. At the end of the week, the children glue their sort down and get quizzed on 5 out of their 10 spelling words. We are thrilled to tell you that all of the Kindergarteners passed their first spelling quiz with flying colors!