Wowie! Our Kindergarteners have been working hard this year. They have learned so much!
They strengthened their fine motor skills while they practiced using the mouse. They learned how to double-click, “Click-Click!” They practiced using different menus and icons. We made shapes in the drawing programs, “Click it, Hold it, Drag it out!” They learned how to make a small window bigger, “maximize.” We learned how to navigate websites, choosing games, videos, and stories that interested us. Kindergarteners scrolled their Internet window down and exited programs when they were done. They practiced finding letters on the keyboard and they even learned how to unlock the login screen, “Control, Alt, Delete,” then type in their username and password.
* For some summertime fun, we wanted to share our super cool version of the alphabet with you.
Mrs. Moore went to an awesome education conference this past weekend called, EdCamp Detroit. It was full of amazing Michigan educators who love helping students learn! We had many great conversations and shared a whole bunch of cool ideas. When I told Mr. Medvinsky we were creating How-To videos, he shared a cool app with me called,SnapGuide. Guess what? I loved it and couldn’t wait to share it in class!
We jumped right in and made our first guide. Take a look at what our 1st graders created. Each photo is captioned and there are even videos at the end.
In celebration of Earth Day this past April 22nd, we made our third annual Paperless Earth Day books. You can see our past Earth Day books by clicking here (Earth Day 2011) and here (Earth Day 2012) . We used KidPix4 and TuxPaint to illustrate our ideas. Take a peek at some ways we take care of the Earth.
Kindergarteners know how important it is to learn what their letters look like and the sounds they make. So, we thought we should practice our early reading skills in the lab too. Since we are Techie Kids, we thought we’d try to use technology to support our learning and have some fun along the way.
When our 2nd graders heard about what the Kindergarteners were doing, they wanted to help. They spent their first time using a digital camera in class to go on a scavenger hunt to look for all the letters in the alphabet. It’s important to be able to recognize letters in uppercase, lowercase, and many different font styles.
* For some extra fun, try out the Techie Kids’ favorite early reading websites.
* PBS Kids Super Why!
* The last website was shared by Richard Byrne and we are so glad since it fits perfectly with what we’ve been working on. You can also download free flash cards, coloring pages, and a poster featuring the Alphabetimals.
The Kindergarteners have learned so much this year! It is wonderful to see how they’ve grown.
Mrs. Gaedcke is one of the fantastic Kindergarten teachers in our building. Her class has been reading poetry all year. They also focused on writing poetry. The book, Kids’ Poems Teaching Kindergarteners to Love Writing Poetry by Regie Routman, served as a good resource. Mrs. Gaedcke shared Kindergarten writing examples from this text as an introduction for her students. Then the children tried out their poetry ideas on their own writing.
Mrs. Gaedcke had a great idea to share her students’ writing with their families in a nice, published manner. So, each child selected their favorite poem from their portfolio to share with you. The class poems were turned into a Photo Story. Each student practiced reading their own poem aloud to develop their fluency. Then the children recorded their voices along with their writing so you can hear the poem straight from the authors themselves.
Please leave a message to encourage our little poets and show them that their writing can reach many people.