Katie I. had a fabulous idea to post your favorite picture on our blog. I just added mine :) Children have the opportunity to comment on a classmate's picture and post their own. They can also write a CAPTION for the picture. We have been studying captions in English Language Arts --- yay for skill reinforcement!
If you need directions for uploading a picture, please see the pictures below.
We love Kidblog, as it gives us a purpose to write and share. In our "global community" these days, it is important for children to develop skills that include reading and responding to others.
This week, we have been discussing the job of a researcher, to better prepare for our animal project:
Researchers get information from lots of different places...EVEN CAPTIONS! Captions are a feature of informational texts. They give us information about pictures. We practiced writing our OWN captions and looked for captions in several books!
ALSO...please look at kidblog.org/missweinsteinskindy to see our posts from this week!
Next week in STEMagination Station, we are going to create a "pulley" system to lift the house off the Wicked Witch of the East. WHY WOULD WE EVER DO THAT, YOU MAY ASK...
STEMagination Station engineers have been exploring the concept of point-of-view. Buddy teams thought about reasons why people would want to help the Wicked Witch of the West save her sister after the accident. They created "pleas" using an app called FACE TALKER on the iPads. Check out a few of the projects from the link below:
What do you think? Are you persuaded? Would you want to help the Wicked Witch of the West?
Check out the totally safe, amazingly simple class blog that we created!
Go to: www.kidblog.org/missweinsteinskindy
This week, we are selecting our favorite piece of writing from our writing journal to publish. It would be so AMAZING if YOU AS PARENTS could comment on your child's post. I would love to see specific praise/encouragement such as:
Wow! Nice spaces in-between words!
I love how you used capital letters!
Nice details in your writing!
The kids are blogging COMPLETELY INDEPENDENTLY using the iPads during Daily 4. Soon, I will introduce commenting on each other's posts, responding to literature prompts, and revising posts.
Directions for getting on KidBlog:
1. Click on the post titled "Please type your favorite piece of writing from the story."
2. If your child has posted, find his or her post and hit REPLY.
3. Type in your FIRST AND LAST NAME, a comment, and hit SUBMIT COMMENT.
4. Your child will receive a message in his or her KIDBLOG inbox, saying they have a comment "awaiting."
5. E-mail me with any questions. We will have all posts done by the end of the week - I HOPE!
Now that your child has the tools to “decode” a word – that is, to look at the letters, the context, and illustrations – it is time for reading fluency. Fluency refers to not only recognizing the word, but also choosing the right pace, stresses, phrasing, and smoothness in reading a sentence to show the reader really understands the sentence’s meaning.
In our class, we call this reading so our voices sound like warm chocolate syrup – smooth and silky! When we are reading something for the first time, our voices may sound choppy like waves. Fluency improves through multiple readings of a text. This week, we are practicing the poem called, "The ABC's - Forwards and Backwards." By the end of the week, this poem will sound smooth and silky, just like chocolate syrup - mmmmm!
Our iPad project this week aligns with the Common Core State Standards for Geometry that you can find here. We used an App called "Perfect Captions" to create "talking" shape art.
Great job with your projects, Cori and Paxton!
While the students enjoyed a nice Tuesday day-off, I attended a workshop discussing the importance of creative and divergent thinking in the classroom. Inspired by my professional learning, we have now added "The Daily Brain Game" to our morning routine. From logic puzzles to picture sudoku, we LOVE exercising our minds!