*What to expect in Kindergarten - fun, safe, new friends
*Kindergarten classroom set-up and procedures
*Learn one another's names
*I will make new friends with the parents of my friends
*Managing oneself in school
*Taking care of self - needs, feelings
*Recognize their friends' parents
*Able to separate from their family
*How to be safe and have fun in a group
*Complete tasks working together
*Represent their thinking and experience through special projects and art activities
*Children make individual journals, class books, and experience charts about their field trips
*Can the children identify their classmates?
*Field trip to Hoyt Arboretum
*Field trip to Sauvie's Island
*Field trip to Audubon Society
*All kindergarten families are involved in the classroom activities and field trips; a fall term study of ourselves and our families culminates in a kindergarten family open house
*Names and roles of family members
*There are many kinds of families
*Different physical characteristics of different family members.
*Physical characteristics come from their family.
*Different sizes, homes, hobbies.
*Families are both alike & different.
*Families are made up of people of different ages
*Characteristics of families
*Each child creates a family museum
*Represent family with pictures & words
*Mix paints to match their skin color
*Create a drawing that extends photos, adding what the camera did not include
*Graph and compare family configurations
*Construct a model to represent self in relation to family through a collection of objects
*Expressive language - describe what family museum diorama contained & why
*Patterning: choose & create patterns; i.e., ABABA to border photos
*Interview other children about their dioramas
*Child's participation and engagement
*Children verbally describe the contents of their museum box
*Children act as host and hostess at a culminating event where parents visit each family museum
*Books about families
*Books on friendship
* Children's families of all types are honored and celebrated
*Differences in families are important
*Differences in physical characteristics are highlighted in a positive way
*Families are alike and different
• What makes fall -- fall? • What do animals do in the fall? • How does the fall change how the outdoors looks? • What local foods can we harvest in the fall?
*Creating and imagining *Gathering data through all the senses *Responding with wonderment and awe
*Nature and the outdoors change in fall *Fall can look different in different parts of the world *Weather changes in the fall where we live *Animals get ready for winter *What happens 'above the ground' and 'below the ground' *Fall is a time for harvest *Holidays happen in the fall
*Represent fall through collections, close observations, drawings, and paintings *Create fall habitats for mice and squirrels *Celebrate fall through costume and parade *Cook with apples, fruits, nuts and berries that they have harvested
*Teacher observation *Anecdotal records
Fall field trips -Campus -apple orchard -berry farm -farm to harvest corn -pumpkin patch
*Cultural celebrations begin in the fall: -Halloween -Thanksgiving -The Day of the Dead -Election Day
• How does a letter get from one friend to another?
*Questioning *Posing problems *Generating ideas *Persisting *Applying past knowledge to new situations *Thinking and working interdependently
*Letters have names, addresses, and stamps *The Postal system has many parts *Sequence for moving mail from one location to another *Many people with different jobs help move the mail
*Recognize and write numerals *Sort mail into categories, then individually *Match addresses to post office boxes *Handwriting: letters and numerals *Create post office system in classroom *Manage classroom mail within the system
*Teacher observation *Anecdotal records
*Visit the Post Office *Invite postal worker to visit class *Visit school mail processing center
*Postal workers can be of any ethnicity, either gender