Feel the love for learning in February kindergarten 1! This month our story character is traveling to other lands, learning about how different animals and cultures can be found in different climates.
Our Froebel gift to play with for the month of February kindergarten 1 is actually two parts for Froebel gift 5. I will introduce them 2 weeks apart.
The first one, gift 5, consists of cubes as with gift 3 except now some have been divided diagonally into triangles. Viewing a cube top as a square, three have been slashed across once to make two triangles, and three have been slashed across twice in an X to make four smaller triangles. Figuring out how to arrange them for the right size cubes to go back in the box is a good challenge.
With this gift, supposedly you can illustrate the Pythagorean theorem, but we haven't tried that. She built castles then I made some more symmetrical arrangements using all of the pieces. I thought one resembled a dressed up person, maybe a tribal dancer with a fancy hat. She then built a village.
The second one, gift 5b, consists of cubes like gift 3 except some have been sliced to have half cylinders inside. I will update about the introduction of that when it happens.
To celebrate Groundhog's Day, also known as Candlemas, we made a groundhog shadow puppet and rolled a beeswax candle for the nature scene. We also read Brigid's Cloak. Again, this is laying a foundation for later, the studies of saints in grade 2, right now it's just a pretty book.
Sam keeps a journal with notes and drawings about what he's learning, so we are, too. We drew a fish in the book, just like we will draw and take notes later for a science journal of nature observations. We did another larger drawing for an ocean scene using oil pastels that we painted over with watercolor paints. It was her idea to get out the deck of Go Fish cards and copy the pictures on those as ideas.
We read some non-fiction books from the library about fish. We're still working our way through the Sophie Mouse series. Right now we're on the one called "Winter Is No Time to Sleep!", how true!
Our nature scene now contains a white carnation sitting in blue water, although it's a little hard to find with so much origami all over. We received the carnation at a STEM library program. We also attended a fun glow party at another library where we learned about phosphorescence and received some glowing balloons which have been great for indoor movement games.
We celebrated Valentine's day with a sticker kit to make a heart box. On the days leading up to the holiday, we made lots of cards for friends and family using paper doilies, a heart hole punch, and colorful papers.
This week in our story, Sam went somewhere warm to meet Sita and several African animals. She chose to have him draw the crocodile, elephant, and lion in his journal, and she also drew those in her journal. We also did some fun movement rhymes and sang Obwisana while tapping a rhythm with blocks.
We read some books about the African continent, made more origami animals, and tried some step by step drawing books. The Tom and Tabby Social Skills lessons were about feelings, so we played with expression eggs (which we've had for a couple of years, a grandparent gift) and drew them.
We also made a little paper sloyd book basket and a couple of books for the gnome home.