For germs that is! Kindergarteners finished their unit on living and nonliving things by studying the smallest forms of life, microorganisms. This group includes bacteria, germs and viruses. We learned more than we ever wanted to know about healthy bacteria that live all around and on us! Next, we explored how to keep ourselves healthy and germ free. We conducted an experiment to see the most effective way to remove germs from our hands, In this scenario, purple glitter played the part of germs, much less gross and much easier to see. Students predicted what method would work best, some answers were very creative! Then we put each method to the test, seeing if it really did remove germs and prevent germ transfer. We proved once and for all that warm water and soap is the best way to keep your hands clean!
Those kind kindergarteners are at it again. Students learned that each person carries an invisible bucket that hold all their good thoughts and feelings. We have been learning about how to use kind words to fill each other’s buckets. After spreading kindness around our classroom, we decided to move on to the school community. In a tradition that we all have come to love, the kindergarten kindness elves crept to the parking lot to leave anonymous notes of kindness on the cars of faculty and staff. We hope our notes brightened your days and stay tuned, the elves loved it so much they are already working on more notes!
This year, 8th grade has linked during their Friday math class and are spending that time working with the kindergarteners. Each week, the 8th graders will lead a different math lesson for kindergarten through various activities and games. We are excited about this linking opportunity!
With Halloween looming, the kindergarten class has turned some of our mindfulness focus to fears. Specifically talking about what are we afraid of and what we can do when we feel afraid. We have read stories about ghosts and goblins that have just been created by overactive imaginations. We have talked about the way our “mummies” comfort us when we are scared. We have written letters to the monsters under our beds. We have shut our nightmares away in a closet! In one particularly moving activity, we drew pictures of the things that frightened us most, then faced our fears. Students looked their monsters in the face and shouted “I’m not afraid of you!” Then we ripped up the drawings and jubilantly threw them into the air!
During Unquowa’s Earth Day the PreK and Kindergarten classes made apple boats using decorated leaves for the sail, skewers for the mast, and half an apple for the hull. We tested them out and are pleased to say that all of them are sea worthy!
On Monday, October 8th, our early childhood students and teachers spent the day in the great outdoors, celebrating the earth by creating our own version of Forest Kindergarten. It was a day filled with explorative play, nature-based crafts and activities and community building! Children enjoyed making muddy faces, sun catchers and headbands out of natural materials. Our literacy activity revealed how children felt when in the forest. We came inside only briefly to wash our hands and prepare a delicious make-your-own trail mix! The extended time outside allowed for building intricate block structures. Lunch was also hands on as we cooked our own snodbrod (or Danish hot dogs wrapped in dough) over the fire. The afternoon consisted of making boats out of leaves and apples and testing their buoyancy. We capped off the day with an outdoor obstacle course. Many thanks to all those who made this day possible, a great time was had by all!