Communication

Communication is how we let others know how we feel. We can do this by talking, or by showing with our bodies. We can use sign language to talk woth our hands. Writing is another important way of communicaing. When you say something it disappears, but when you write it stays for a long, long time.

The tone of our voices helps to communicate, too. We can sound excited and happy, or we can sounds frustrated or mad. The same words can mean different things by using a different tone.

If you walk towards someone that communicates that you want to talk to them. If you walk away it can communicate that you are mad, sad or frustrated.

Someone showed us that she was feeling sleepy by looking like this:

  
Mr. Robertson showed us that he is feeling sad by looking like this:

  

Someone showed us that she loves the baby by cuddling and hugging it.

  
Baby Sammy can communicate what he is feeling by smiling, laughing or crying. When he is happy he smiles. He might cry or yawn if he’s tired.

Mr. Robertson read us the book Dear Juno by Soyun Pak. It is a story about a boy whose grandma lives very far away. They speak different languages but they learn to communicate without speaking or writing.

  

  

Juno and his grandma sent each other envelopes filled with pictures that they drew that told a message. Juno’s pictures told his grandma that he missed her and he loves her. His pictures also gave her information about his tree, himself and his house. Juno also put a leaf from his oak tree inside the envelope. 

We looked on our map to find out where Juno’s grandma lived. Seoul, Korea is a long way away!

We talked about how nursery rhymes communicate with babies. We practiced Humpty Dumpty so that we can say it for Baby Sammy next time he visits.

  

  
We also practiced Pat a Cake, This Little Piggy and Eensy Weensy Spider, too.

  

  

A baby learns to communicate by learning nursery rhymes. He learns to alternate his fingers in action songs like Eensy Weensy Spider.

The Wiz – Learning About The Story

Next week the KinderPals will be going to see The Wiz performed by the Yale Secondary Musical Theatre class. Mrs. Hiebert’s son, Matthew, is going to be The Tin Man. He even came to our class to show us his costume. He made it himself! This is what Matthew looks like in his costume with his silver make-up…he didn’t look like this when he came to visit!

 

The KinderPals have been learning all about the story of The Wiz so that they will understand what they see on stage. The story is similar to The Wizard of Oz. The main characters are Dorothy and the friends she meets in Oz: The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion.

Ask any of the KinderPals and they should be able to retell the story of how Dorothy got to Oz and how she eventually got home after her adventure! Below you will see the artwork that the KinderPals created to show the four main characters in the story.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

   
   

New Year’s Goals

In the KinderPals class, we have been discussing the importance of setting goals and then working towards achieving those goals. This is a really tricky concept for little ones! Sometimes goals are easily achieved, some goals take a really long time to achieve, and sometimes we never do accomplish them. We are trying to figure […]

Getting Cozy When We Read

Every afternoon (and sometimes in the morning, too!) the KinderPals love to get cozy and listen to Mrs. Hiebert read books. So far, we have read NINE Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park. We hope to finish the whole series by the end of the year!

  
To set the mood, Mrs. Hiebert puts a video on the SMARTBoard to help us feel calm. You can see the choices of video we have on the “Reading Ambiance” page of our website. Since it is close to Christmas, we love the Yule Log at this time of year.

  

Getting Ready to Read

Each day at school, the KinderPals have many opportunities to interact with books and print. These pre-reading activities are helping to prepare them to learn to read independently. We share stories as a whole class, we look at books with our buddies and we look at books by ourselves. When we look at books, we […]