Buddy Time!

Last Wednesday afternoon, we spent a little bit of time getting to know our buddies a little bit better.

They came to our classroom, we drew portraits of each other then we wrote a little bit about each other too.

We really had fun and our teachers, Lauren and Miss Sharp were very impressed with how well we worked together! Miss Sharp was most surprised by how quietly we worked too, considering we had over 45 students in one room working together! 🙂

Follow this link to visit the 5/6 class blog and see some pictures of us enjoying our time together.

Letters and Sounds

In Prep, it is very important that students learn both the names of the letters and the sounds that go with them – called phonemes. We practice cued articulation to help us learn the phonemes.

We love this clip, called Alphablocks, and we watch it and practice the names of the letters, the sounds and the cued articulation action.

Have a watch at home and see if you can say the letters and sounds!

Special Person’s Day

Today we invited some people who are special to us into our classroom for a session. We really enjoyed having them visit us. We took them for a tour of the school, shared some of our work with them, showed them how well we can sign in Auslan and read our take home books to them. We also create some beautiful artwork with them which we hope to display on our blog soon!

Prep JS would like to say a really big THANK YOU to all the special people who took the time to come and be with us. Your kindness is what makes you very special to us! <3

Patterns

This week in Maths, Preps are learning about patterning. Patterning is a very important skill in maths. It is a critical building block in their mathematical reasoning. Studies have shown that encouraging a child’s understanding of patterns contributes to their counting strategy development, problem solving, generalizations about number combinations, and algebraic thinking (Copley, 2000).

Patterns are everywhere in the world around us. Sometimes they become so familiar to us that we barely notice them. Today we were trying to identify some patterns in our classroom. What we discovered is that a pattern is not just a sequence on its own, for example red, yellow, blue, but it must repeat in order to be a pattern, such as red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue. It must repeat in exactly the same order.

We had lots of fun exploring patterns in our groups and rotations. We created some hungry caterpillars, some patterns using unifix cubes, and used some coloured teddies and animals to identify and continue patterns. We also explored a program on the computers called Painting Patterns, which helped us to identify the pattern and fill in the missing elements.

At home, you can work on patterns too. You can find some patterns around your home, make some pictures using patterns, or build some patterns using Lego.

Try some of these games:

Moonrock Patterns

 Pattern Mania

 Pattern Matcher

 Share with us what patterns you see around you. 🙂

Reading In Prep

One of the strategies we are focusing on in Prep this week is Getting Our Knowledge Ready. This helps us to tune in to what we will be reading in order to develop our comprehension.

We use this time to start predicting what we think we will see in the book or what might happen in the story. We look at the front cover and the title of the story and use these clues to visualize what will happen. We also make connections to our own experiences to make a prediction.

Today, we looked at Mrs Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley.

Mrs Wishy Washy

Here is what some of Prep JS thought we might read about in this story:

Nikki – she will wash some clothes.

Indy – She will clean.

Zoe – She will bake.

Tyler – she is going to wash animals.

Jamie – I think she might wash dishes.

Blake – She will wash tables.

Lucas – She will wash dogs.

Hannah – I think she is going to dry using  the towel.

Bella – she wished that she didn’t have to clean anything.

Bryce – I think she will wash the floor!

Nathaniel – she is going to make a cake.

Izzy – She will wash her house.

Oscar – She might wash little cats.

Elizabeth – I think she is going to buy some new shoes.

After we shared our ideas, we took a picture walk. This means that we looked through the pictures in the book to get a better idea of the story. Here is what some of Prep JS thought then:

Nathaniel – She will wash the cows.

Abbey – A cat will eat cat food.

Jamie – I think they will wash the ducks.

Indy – They are going to wash the pig.

Oscar – They will wash the cows.

Hannah – She needs to wash the animals because they got muddy!

Bella – They got dirty again and she kept on having to wash, wash, wash, wash!

Did our ideas change much after the story walk?

We also use this time to identify some words or vocabulary we might come across while reading.

We listened to the story and decided if our predictions were accurate or not!

Are you familiar with the story? Did our predictions make sense? Let us know in the comments!

Click here to watch a version of the story on YouTube!

 

Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to another wonderful year at Killara. I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday, it certainly flew by for me but I am very excited to start 2015. This year, I am teaching Prep C, so this will now be a Prep blog. Please continue to visit us on this blog to see what fantastic learning is taking place in the Foundation year of our school.

We started our first day back today. Prep C were filled with a mix of nerves, excitement and were very brave leaving their families for their first day of Primary School. It can be a bit scary at first, lots of new faces, new things to learn, new rules and a big, big school to find our way around. So, if any of you lovely Killara students see one of our Prep students around the school, give them a little smile and say hello, manners don’t cost anything and they mean a lot, especially when you are feeling shy and a little bit lost.

Today we spent some time trying to get to know each other and all of our names. We also did some writing, colouring and sticking activites, some were very tricky but Miss Sharp was very proud of how hard we all worked. It was a long day for us, but we are looking forward to coming back to school tomorrow for some more learning. We are also meeting our brilliant buddies tomorrow, yippee!!

Thanks for visiting, we hope to do a lot of posting this year!

From Miss Sharp and Prep C. 🙂

Roll a Can

This afternoon, we were exploring physical science. We completed an experiment (found on Science Bob’s website) which involved a can, a blown up balloon, some crazy hair and static electricity. It was quite a simple experiment, but it was really fun!

Here’s how to do it:

1. Get your materials together and ready to start.

2. Place the can on it’s side, on a smooth flat surface like a table.

 

3. Rub the balloon back and forth through your hair really fast. Teachers with crazy hair work best!

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4. Now the fun part – hold the balloon close to the can without actually touching it. The can will start to roll towards the balloon without you even touching it! Try going both ways.

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Things we discovered:

It doesn’t matter if the person holding the balloon is the person who rubs it on their hair or not.

It works better with long hair.

The can won’t move if it is not on it’s side.

Miss Sharp has crazy and highly entertaining hair.

If you rip up a tissue into pieces, the balloon can pick the pieces up and make them join onto each other.

 

What would we rate this out of ten? A definite TEN!

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Walktober

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the ‘Walk to School for October’.

Our class managed to total 325 walks to and from school! That’s awesome! We must have lots of happy and healthy people in Room 24. 🙂

The teachers at Killara loved walking from the red post box so much, we have decided to do it every Friday for the rest of term! Feel free to meet us there at 8.30 on Friday mornings.

Last Friday in October!

Whiz, Bang, Pop, so far.

We are thoroughly enjoying our inquiry into science this term. Our experiments are well underway and we have been becoming very familiar  with the vocabulary associated with conducting experiments and attempting to explain the science behind each of our experiments.

Some have been more successful than others, but these are all part of our lessons learned and give us opportunities to redo experiments with some hindsight.

Today, we collected some answers from our class to the question:

Which experiment have you enjoyed the most so far?

We collected our answers on this padlet.

We are very much looking forward to conducting more experiments as the term progresses, and we cannot wait to explore more chemical and physical science.

We promise to add some pictures of us playing scientists very soon, so keep checking! 🙂