Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 10 in Kindergarten/Back to School Night Sept 2

We're just ten days into the school year and we're humming along nicely already. The class routines are pretty well established and we're continuing to make clear what behaviors are okay and which aren't.

We had a math lesson today exploring the pattern blocks.

Students were introduced to some new words we'll use in the math program to describe shapes. You might ask your child to point out the rhombuses (light tan and blue), the trapezoids (they're red), the hexagons (yellow), and the squares and triangles you see in the photos below.

Ask, too, how many side these shapes have.

Besides learning about geometric shapes, we also talked about sharing the blocks and borrowing from your neighbors—pro-social behaviors that we emphasize here. The students did a good job here. To get more blocks, it was necessary to ask for them by name. "Mr. Gurney, could I please have three trapezoids?" would get you three red blocks.

"I need some more yellow blocks." wouldn't get much of a response from me.

It was great to hear the students use the names that they're supposed to learn.

 A little flute music just before beginning snack.

At the end of the day we got out the wood building blocks for the first time. The class did a great job playing with them and cleaning them up well within the three minute clean-up period.

I hope you'll all be able to come Thursday, September 2  for the Dunham School Back to School Night. Remember, students do not come to this event. This is time set aside for teachers and parents to talk about the school year ahead. Readers of this blog have a good head start on some of what I'll say.

The evening will begin at 6:30.


Anonymous said...

You might want to edit your post to say hexagons rather than pentagons :)

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Anon! See what a little sleep deprivation will do to the accurate recall of those Greek prefixes.

Teddy Cruz said...

Great preschool facilities and great heart of a teacher. You are a blessing to next generation. Teddy

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Teddy—

Yes, Rainbow Bridge is one of the great preschool facilities out there. The kids come really well prepared for kindergarten. Thank you for saying so.