Can you think of any words that begin with `e'?
We read stories and ate fruit break together.
We went up to top oval to play `Duck,duck, goose' and `Stuck in the mud' together.
Then we went back to our classrooms. We made our paper chain friends. Have a look!
What a fun day!
Today is Harmony Day. The message of Harmony Day is `Everyone belongs'. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world (Harmony Day website).
The Kindergarten children are going to listen to this story `Whoever you are' by Mem Fox.
We are going to make some paper chain friends and share and talk about them to the other Kindergarten classes. It will be lots of fun and we might even make some new friends!
How will you celebrate Harmony Day?
KD have been enjoying reading Pamela Allen's `Mr McGee' books. This week we read `Mr McGee and the Biting Flea'.
Mr McGee has many funny adventures. In this story he is enjoying flying his kite by the beach, when a noisy dog comes past chasing the seagulls and making a din. Poor Mr McGee suddenly has an itch. He has been bitten by a flea! He begins jumping and leaping, squealing and sqwaking, rolling and reeling as he tries to find the flea.
We drew pictures, then used the flea on a paddlepop stick to bite Mr McGee as we retold the story to a partner.
Where do you think the flea that bit Mr McGee came from?
The KD kids have been subitizing. `Subitizing' is the strategy of not counting a group but relying on your intuition to know how many objects the group contains. As you look at the group, you suddenly know how many objects it contains (Natural Maths Strategies for parents). We subitize dots on plates, we roll dice and subitize. Sometimes we use the `Subitize tree' app on the ipads and subitize - this is one of our favourite ways to practise.
We like to read and recite the rhyme before we play the game (we do a groovy dance to the drum beat too!)
You can subitize at home too. Dice games are an excellent way to practise. Roll the dice, then cover with your hand. See if you can answer these questions before checking if you are correct.
What did you see? eg. "I saw 4".
How did you see it? eg. "I saw two at the top and two at the bottom" or "I saw one in each corner and I knew that made 4".
Have fun subitizing!
We have been making patterns with many different things - beads, links, peg boards, pictures and even ourselves! We have also used the computers and ipads to help us.
We love playing maths games to practise our skills.
We read `Mr McGee' by Pamela Allen.
We got such a surprise when Mr McGee sent us some slinky apples to munch on.
We are having fun and learning more everyday!