What has our little kindergarten joy boy been up to this month? Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
We’re still working our way through the alphabet– strictly letter recognition only, no writing– and this month we hit on R (Rumpelstiltskin), S (a made-up story about a discontented little stream), T (The Three Bears) and U (The First Umbrella). We’ve also started some listening games with different letter sounds, listening for words with similar and different beginning and ending sounds.
A major focus of Nicholas’s kindergarten year has been strengthening his small motor skills. We’re still fingerknitting together and he’s actually able to do a couple stitches completely on his own now. Using Cuisinaire rods to make shapes not only helps with that, but also familiarizes him with the manipulatives we’ll use when we start Miquon Math next year. We’ve been doing a fair bit of work with tongs and small objects like marbles and pom poms. Nicholas enjoys placing them into the compartments of egg cartons.
We’ve been keeping track of lion and lamb days in March, and Nicholas has really enjoyed getting outside more.
March also brought lots of lion, lamb, rainbow, and leprechaun crafts and activities. We had two weeks of a teatime circle, a week of St. Patrick’s Day, and have now moved into two weeks of “Winter, Goodbye!”
Some math concepts we have been exploring are joining (addition) and taking away (subtraction) stories. We have been telling these with little wooden animals on the farm and have had lots of fun.
Mostly, Nicholas has been having fun, which is what kindergarten is for!