I've missed a couple of these and I'm so glad I can check it off of my to do list this week! We have been working on so many things this week - I can only capture a few on camera!
Every year we start off by learning the colors through the color monsters! We have been introducing and reviewing them throughout the last couple of weeks - today we started working on their own book to take home. The color monsters are not only great for identifying colors, but they introduce rhyming as well. We focused a lot on underlining rhyming words today while going through the book.
Another big focus this week is learning how to identify and write our names. I wanted to check out how well my kiddos can cut, so I had them cut up strips of paper for this activity. To help them with knowing how to write their names, they traced prewritten letters with glue sticks to stick the papers on. For my students who know how to write their names already, this is just good extra practice and helps them to sharpen their cutting skills.
Another name activity! These are our name trains. We compare how long each name is with the others. This one is fun because it has a graph to go with it and it's something we can do whole group. It not only helps with writing and cutting, but also number sense and value. We did a lot of counting activities with this activity! I love practicing writing with names at the beginning of the year because it shows me so much about their abilities early on. I'll be starting to work with some of my other name activities soon when my students are a little more independent - you can find on them on my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
We're doing a big push on stamina this week! With 25 4 and 5 year old kindergarteners, stamina is a tough concept! We made a list of agreed upon expectations for our centers today (which I'll add photos to later) and talked about why they are important. We then read The Little Engine That Could to help motivate us to work hard during reading centers. It really helped! When students have something to relate to, even if it is a little train, they feel much more encouraged.
This afternoon we had The NED Show come in for an assembly! It was fun to watch my kids experience their very first assembly - they were amazed at absolutely everything the presenter did. The NED Show has a great message for kids to always do their best to make good choices in life. The presenter was really enthusiastic and kept the kids engaged the entire time - I'm always amazed at their ability to captivate 300+ kids in an un-air conditioned gym!! It was a great way to send the kids off for Labor Day weekend - and a great way to wear the teachers out just in time for our 3 day weekend :) Enjoy yours!