Pike Road Schools

Mrs. Cobb's Kindergarten Community

December 4, 2015

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Exploring the Alphabet

This week we read a number of books about the alphabet, including The Alphabet Tree, Eating the Alphabet, Alphabet City, Alphabet Under Construction, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Discovering Nature's Alphabet, and ABCs Naturally. We brainstormed different words that started with certain letters. You can see from our alphabet webs that the children are able to identify initial letters sounds of words. We created our own ABC line for the school hallway using cardboard, paint, beads, and natural materials. We used new games to reinforce our letter sounds and practice writing sight words. We also took turns playing ABC Memory.

Alphabet Soup

On Thursday we made our own Alphabet soup:

1 box chicken broth

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 box alphabet pasta

1 can cooked carrots

Directions: Simmer all ingredients in the croc pot on low for 3 hours, season to taste, and serve with crackers.

Ramps and Pathways

The children continue to be fascinated with the process of designing their own marble runs with simple materials such as cove molding, gutters, and blocks. Each time they face a challenge with their designs, they increase their problem-solving skills and learn determination as they pursue their goals. I love watching the ways they collaborate to solve their problems. This week they even built a ramp that started in our room and ended in Mrs. Allen's room.

The ideas behind this work come from a book entitled Ramps and Pathways, A Constructivist Guide to Physics with Young Children. I am currently participating in a book study on ramps and pathways with a group of other PRS Lead Learners. We are so excited about the learning that takes place as the children explore together. I've attached a link to the University of Northern Iowa's Early Childhood Research Center for further information on the benefits of working with Ramps as a part of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction.

Ramps and Pathways K2

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