How we express ourselves: Images
Last week in KG we wrapped up our second unit of inquiry, Images. The children discussed various works of art, sharing their interpretations of what the artist may have wanted to communicate through the image and noticing how each of us had our own perspective. They also thought about how colour could be used to express emotions through art, and then applied these ideas by adding watercolour paint to the line drawings they created the previous week. To assess the children’s thinking and understanding of our Central Idea for this unit, we documented their reflections on images they created or brought to school, discussing the form of the image, how it was made, and the meaning it could represent.
To read some of the ideas the children shared during discussions about images throughout the unit, check out the slideshow on our page for UOI 2, just below the artifact slideshow.
Where we are in place and time: Family Histories
Last week we also dove in to our third unit of inquiry, Family Histories. Our Cultural Showcase on Monday was a great success, provoking the children’s thinking about where our community’s families come from, as well as our similarities and differences. (Scroll down to the previous blog post to view more photos and videos of the day.) The children have also begun to bring in artifacts related to their family and cultural identities, sharing their reflections what these items mean to them. To learn more about the elements of culture and identity, we have been viewing videos about different countries, and talking about the different ways that culture manifests itself.
Continuing to draw from our incredible cultural resources in Kindergarten, we would like to invite any parent/grandparent who would like to come into school and highlight their culture. It might be to read a book from your culture (either in your mother tongue or in English), cook a dish you eat at home with the children, create a work of art, sing songs, or play games that represent your family’s culture or traditions. Family members could also tell stories or talk about what it is like in your home country. We loved having families in the classroom for our Cultural Showcase Day and would love to find more opportunities for you to be included in your child’s learning. Please get in touch with the KG team and we will organize a time for your visits.
Last week in literacy, we focused on the vowel sounds, as well as reviewing previously learned digraphs and adding a few new ones. Digraphs are two-letter combinations that represent a single sound. So far, the KG children have looked at ou, or, ar, th, sh, ch, ee, and oo. The children are also writing sentences to express their ideas. We are focusing on remembering to include spaces between words, capital letters to begin sentences, and full stops (periods) at the end of a sentence. We are reviewing high frequency words, which the children should learn to spell correctly and automatically (such as I, can, see, and, the, you), while encouraging them to spell other new words by sounding them out.
Upcoming December Concert
The KG children have begun rehearsing their songs for the upcoming concerts, and are getting excited about the big day. This year, the children will be making their own costumes at school, to give them a greater sense of ownership in putting the show together. No need for parents to be worrying about costume preparations, you have big kids now!
Each KG class will be singing a different song, so check out Mr. Chris’ KG Music Blog to find out what your child will be singing if you’d like to practice with them at home.
Friday November 24th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Parent/Teacher Basketball Game
Friday December 1st – House Day (children are invited to wear house t-shirts)
Tuesday December 5th – HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday (school closed)
Thursday December 14th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm – KG Holiday Party (more info to follow)
Friday December 15th, 9:00 – 10:00 am – Holiday Concert
Friday December 15th – Last day of Term 1 (11:30 am dismissal)