Kindergarten students and teachers were thrilled to have parents join us to participate in Morning Meeting on Wednesday. Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Morning Meeting has four components: Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity, and Morning Message. Students practice social skills in structured ways during our daily greetings. They learn the valuable life skill of greeting another person while making eye contact and saying the person’s name. During the Sharing part of Morning Meeting, students learn to articulate their thoughts and feelings in a positive manner. During the group Activity portion of our meeting, students build community with classmates through active participation. Finally, academic skills and community building are both embedded through class discussions about our daily Morning Message.
Daily Morning Meetings help to create the positive power of community in our classroom! Students are able to fulfill the need to belong, to feel significant, and to have fun! Each day, your child is being taught the skills of friendliness and social interest through sharing, listening, inclusion, participation, and speaking in front of a group. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we do!
Preparing to Publish
Brave writers have been quite busy preparing their best piece of writing for a very special audience! Students sorted through their writing folders to find their most interesting and detailed piece to take through the publishing process.
Writers met with their “Strawberries and Bananas” writing partners to share their best piece, and to give and receive feedback about how they could make their writing even stronger. Partners helped support each other in deciding what kind of details would strengthen and add to their stories.
We explored mentor texts and familiar books to see what real authors do to get their readers interested. Students discovered that writing an amazing story beginning that includes details including who, where, and what happened, leads to an interesting and catchy beginning to a story.
Young pumpkin enthusiasts are all about pumpkins this week. Kindergarteners learned about the purpose of pumpkins, the history of pumpkins using a timeline, and started our class “Pumpkin Jack.” Pumpkin Jack is a decomposing pumpkin. We will observe him for the next 20 days to see what how he breaks down and decompose. We read The Pumpkin Book, Pumpkins, and Pumpkin Jack. Our young scientists learned about the life cycle and parts of a pumpkin. They know that the beautiful yellow flowers that grow from a pumpkin vine are the promise for a future pumpkin.