Well obviously now it is apparent that school is in full swing (today marked day 25 in Kindergarten) and we are no longer settling into routines, but following them (or at least trying to for the most part.) Time seems to be going by quickly…our days are getting busier it seems…
Last week I introduced our Fall Journals to the children. We will be writing and drawing in our journals at least twice a week. Children are focused right now on thinking of a story to tell orally that then they draw it in their journals. They will dictate their words for now, eventually moving on to inventive spelling.
ORAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT is a HUGELY IMPORTANT. It is very important to TALK to your child about their experiences and encourage language throughout the day when they are home. Being able to tell a story that makes sense and has a beginning, middle and an end is the first step in becoming a writer. And yes, we are becoming WRITERS!
This month we are also focusing on Nursery Rhymes. Many young children do not come into Kindergarten knowing classic nursery rhymes. Mother Goose (whoever she really was) understood that children who could hear and recognize rhymes would learn to read easier. Do you have a nursery rhyme book at home? Children love to recite and take ownership of these simple poems!
We are also doing some seasonal science and social studies this week. We will learn a bit about Christopher Columbus and start to talk about the life cycle of a pumpkin.