Kindergarten Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: April, 2014

Art

Kindergarten artists will spring into April with a study of painter Gustav Klimt's work. We will focus on pattern and line and will look closely at his "Tree of Life". Using this work as inspiration students will create their own tree full of vibrant patterns, sprawling spirals personal expression and life!

Library

Kindergarten begin folk tales this month. We will read tales every child should know, and some funny trickster tales. We will read The Egg Tree, an old Pennsylvania Dutch story, and decorate paper eggs to create our own egg tree.

Music

The Kindergarten students have done a great job listening and learning about the instruments of the orchestra. We will be using this knowledge as we do a unit study on “Peter and the Wolf.” Kindergarteners will be using their knowledge of characters, setting and plot to compare several different versions of “Peter and the Wolf.”

P.E.

In physical education class we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength with a focus on core. Our floor hockey unit begins with the basic introduction of how to hold and swing the stick as well as stick handling, passing and shooting. Following this introduction to floor hockey, we will turn our attention to juggling and how to juggle with one, two and hopefully three items at a time. Also, t-ball, baseball, and kickball will be presented and students will begin to learn and practice the skills associated with those games.

Science

Kindergarteners continue to explore wood and paper during the month of April. After trying to reshape wood with sandpaper, students learn that sawdust is created. We discuss if sawdust is useful and then, students use the fruits of their labor along with a glue matrix to make new wood or particle board. We will figure out if there are particleboard trees and see what misconceptions have been changed during our explorations. Students will also make plywood and explore several types of paper. Though our investigations, we will decide if some types of paper are better for certain things than for others.

Spanish

In April we will finish up our clothing unit with a culminating technology project that will push our Spanish reading skills! As the month continues we will talk more about the four seasons and their characteristics. We will focus on spring and learn lots of new vocabulary for things found in nature as well as warm-weather activities. As always we will emphasize listening comprehension and speaking and we will continue to practice asking and answering basic questions in Spanish!