Guest Teacher, Mr. Zjako, taught the Kinders about traps that don't kill. Mr. Zjako explained how these traps function, what he will do with a mouse after it is trapped, and the food chain. Some Kinders changed their traps into traps that capture, not kill. Thank you Mr. Zjako for sharing your knowledge with us.
When a problem arises, engineers work to solve the problem. Kinders are working to solve a problem that has presented itself in our classroom. During Morning Meeting a mouse decided to join us, for learning. We discussed if and why this is a problem. Kinders thought about this problem ALL day. So, during STEAM exploration the little engineers discussed, planned, prototyped, changed designs and worked together! Here are some of the traps. We'll see what the outcome is!
The current topic in Math is measurement. Children are using their skills learned from math focus lessons during their play time call STEAM exploration. Kinders use a ban balance scale to weigh items from the dramatic play kitchen and using math language "heavier and lighter". Learning through play, it's fun!
The next step in the interview process is to report your data. Kinders recorded the data from their interviews and had to share out.
Another component to the Superkids program is teaching speaking and listening skills. Yes, we all learned those skills growing up. So how do you teach those skills? The lesson today was to do an interview. Kinders had to greet, ask a question, thank their peer, and report out to the group. This was not as easy as it sounds. We will continue to work on speaking and listening skills with more interviews and recording the report.
The last day before vacation? What to do? Go to the Montshire Museum. Kinders explored the forces of magnets with teacher Miss Amy. After having lunch, Kinders spent free choice time in the Museum exploring all facets of developmentally appropriate science. Enjoy the video!
An additional component to the Superkids reading and writing program is that each unit provides a lasting lesson (good habits). Unit 8 Superkid is Icky. Icky likes to watch TV and pretend to be on a TV show. The lasting lesson was that while watching TV (or using electronic devices) is fun, we should limit our usage. Here you see Kinders pretending to be on TV. They made a back drop and used the Superkids figurines to act out a story that they created on their own. Learning is fun with the Superkids program!
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