All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderfulThe Lord God made us all!
‘Hello and welcome to a slightly altered version of Kindergarten at Assumption Academy! We have been holding class online through Zoom four mornings a week and sharing assignments, Scholastic News magazines, and virtual field trips through Google Classroom. It feels like Kindergarten straight out of The Jetsons! It's certainly new to most of us, especially the teacher, but we are happy to be able to see and talk to each other as well as continue our Kindergarten adventure together.
Math time is time indeed, as we are practicing reading analog and digital clocks to tell time on the hour and the half hour. We use our previously learned skip counting by 5's skills to figure out 60 minutes for the hour and 30 minutes for the half hour. Identifying events that require more or less time to complete and unscrambling timelines in order to correctly arrange events to tell what happened first, next, and last are part of our time unit as well. From measuring time we are moving along to measuring length, height, mass (weight), and volume. We will be trying out both non-standard and standard units of measuring to compare and see for ourselves which works better. The story “How Big Is a Foot?” by Rolf Myller has always been an enjoyable read together in class but this year we are going online to watch it in video form because we are just so high tech!
We explored the beautiful world of symmetry in science. There are several kinds of symmetry but we concentrated on reflective, or mirror, symmetry. Butterflies are one of our favorite examples of reflective symmetry so we crafted our own unique and symmetrical versions from cardboard, construction paper, glue sticks, and markers. They looked wonderful and could really flutter their wings, with a little help from us, of course! We made symmetrical versions of our names which were a bit of a challenge to cut out (without cutting them apart), but they turned out to be fabulous and really cool, even though they looked a little bit like aliens! Several of us have begun planting outside at home so we took some time to investigate worms, snails, and slugs. We learned that slugs and snails are gastropoda that create slime to help them move around. Eew! A fact that made us laugh, though, is that snails can rush along at one mile an hour! Of course, then we had to have a snail and slug race so we could witness this speed for ourselves. We did a STREAM activity that had us brainstorming items from around the kitchen that we could use as slime. A homemade ramp (think pile of books and a propped up cookie sheet), a couple of homered gastropods (play dough, tin foil, or even a pair of paper clips to play the part) and some maple syrup or ketchup or honey or dish soap or ?? and we had a lot of fun indeed! A strip of tissue paper wrapped around a pencil and then slid off made us each our own resting worm. We added a few drops of water to wake them up so we could see them really squirm and stretch. More garden creature fun!