Learning how to write skillfully in cursive is a long process that starts in Kindergarten and will be continued in 1st grade.
Our PK2 students already train on a large scale to make and then draw some loops. To practice they will use blocks and trace the loop around, or use a cord to make a loop around the block. Then they will try to draw as many small loops as possible with a piece of chalk.
In Kindergarten, the students will train on a smaller scale to make loops using different tools and material: ribbon, play dough, and eventually they will draw loops on a whiteboard using a marker.
The next and final step will be to learn how to write letters in cursive when following a line, and to stay in between two lines. A major step to master before entering in 1st grade.
Gardening in Kindergarten
As part of the Kindergarten curriculum, “Exploring the World”, the students need to observe the stages of germination, learn to care for and observe the development of a plant.
After observing different seeds, the children made hypothesis on how the seed will transform: into a flower, a tree, a turnip or a pumpkin…
The last chapter of this Learning process was to plant and grow some wheat.
The Kindergarten were very happy to see the wheat they had planted last month had grown and was showing nice “wheat ears”.
Charlotte and her classmates make sure they get enough water but not too much! A true skill they need to master: “Take care and observe the developme
nt of a plant”.
Physics in PK2
Yes our students are exposed to some concepts related to Physics.
In PK2 they had to understand and resolve a few new concepts: what shapes of objects will be able to roll or slide down, and how to increase their speed when rolling down.
They spent a few classes building slopes using cardboards or papers, creating some more or less steep slopes, observing the kind of objects that would roll better, and making conclusions.
In our French curriculum, all the Math skills have the power to help our students develop some important tools to structure their way of thinking. One of the skills the Kindergarten study is “Reproduce an assembly from a template (puzzle, tiling, construction)”.
The children will have to manipulate after a precise observation which will help them to understand some abstract concepts such as space visualization.
Another skill they need to master is “Count to compare two given sets”. This skill may appear an easy one but to achieve it you need to have fully understood the quantities which is a difficult skill that our students at SDFAS start to learn from PK0, with a quantity of 2 objects, then 3 objects in PK1, 5 objects in PK2 and finally they will easily master the quantity of 10 objects.
Our PK1 students spend some time acquiring this next Math skill:”Identify a pattern and continue the sequence”. This particular skill will allow them to develop their logical way of thinking and prepare them for problem solving.
Being able to count is not being able to recite the numbers. This is only one of the various Math Number sense concepts our students will master by the end of Kindergarten.
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A tool to help our students progress with their French oral
One of the favorite tools our French teachers use with their students to help them improve their oral vocabulary and language are the “Oral album”.
Those albums are created to teach the students how to strengthen their oral and improve their speech skills. The story is told by the teacher, not read as with a normal book, to the children.
The main goal is that the students get fully familiar with the language used to tell the story, by listening to the CD audio which comes with the album as often as they wish and individually.
At the end, the students are invited to tell the story using their own words usually greatly enriched by the appropriation of the vocabulary and sentences used in the story told.
Those albums offer different levels of oral skills (PK1, PK2 and Kindergarten levels).
Door decorations in Kinder
More pictures will come as we also have lot to show in the preschool!
Congratulations to our teachers for their inspiration!
Les sacs à histoires in Kindergarten“Les sacs à histoires”( bag with a story). It is a French story with an audio file, recorded by the teacher, that you can access thanks to the QR code.Each bag contains a book, a QR code, the list of the materiel (a puzzle, some puppets representing the characters of the book, and some bookmarks) and the activities you can do with the materiel provided.Those bags can be brought home and parents can play with their child by making puzzles, putting bookmarks at the right page or retelling the story with the muppets/characters provided.Let’s build this craving for reading by using the bags with stories.
After reading the famous album “Les trois petits cochons”, the PK2 students all knew how to build houses using either stones, straw or wood.
But which ones will be the most resistant?
Preliminary work: We studied the photo-book: “Le cartable qui fait atchoum”.
We learned new vocabulary about the forest and discovered the animals that live in the forest.
First we sorted out all the items found in the nature: leaves, branches, pieces of bark, pine cones…
In groups, we created a forest inside some boxes that will become our story-boxes.
Later we will model some animals with play dough and we will make our stories come alive using our “forests in a box”.
Last week our students in Maternelle learned a lot about the different tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, salty… and they discovered how to prepare a smoothie, and how to cook pizzas, cakes, or toasts. All those tasty experiences happened during Taste Week, a yearly event that brings some parents into the classrooms to help the teachers prepare games and a lot of tasting.
Thank you to all the parents involved and Babeth who did all the shopping!