The Cooper School Daily

Wrapping Up Pumpkin Unit!

Wrapping Up An Exciting Pumpkin Unit

This week, Kindergarten pumpkin experts shared all of their pumpkin knowledge with Kindergarten families during our beautiful Pumpkin Feast! This festive event was truly special for Kindergarteners, as they have been working quite hard to prepare their pumpkin facts, create a unique pumpkin necklace, learn pumpkin songs, and practice speaking in front of an audience. Kindergarten pumpkin experts did a fabulous job sharing all they know about pumpkins! Parents did a lovely job supplying a fabulous spread of pumpkin foods, and we thank you!   img_2400

In our classroom, students practiced finding interesting ways to sort our pumpkin museum by attributes, observed and illustrated the “Case of the Decomposing Pumpkin”, and conducted exciting experiments to see if pumpkins sink or float in water. img_2392

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, and 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’ interest, 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.

Vivid Vocabulary

Kindergarten scholars have been learning sophisticated words each week during their vocabulary study. These rigorous words come from our Text Talk curriculum. In this curriculum, we focus on one book each week. The book is read aloud to the class on Monday and Tuesday with frequent pauses to scaffold comprehension. Students develop deep understanding through comprehension skills such as summarizing, identifying problem/solution, recognizing story structure, clarifying story ideas, making inferences, and building prior knowledge throughout each story. Wednesday and Thursday’s lessons each explicitly teach 3 new words with robust conversations about the words in child-friendly examples. Students extend their understanding by illustrating examples of our vocabulary words. Kindergarteners are so excited to be learning these robust words. They delight in hearing these words outside of our vocabulary instruction and enjoy applying them to different situations throughout our day. 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 31st Halloween Carnival 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, November 4th Parent Lunch 11:00-11:30 (Free Dress Day)
  • Monday, November 14th Parent Conferences 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 15th Parent Conferences 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 22nd Harvest Feast and Concert 11:30 Dismissal