1st Grade Week 2: Here’s What We’re Learning
The First Day of First Grade
Rex was all in on going with a Transformers backpack this year. Last year, it was Batman. We’ve come a long way from preschool when it was all about Elmo. Isn’t it funny how, even at this young age, they’re influenced by what their peers are interested in? I’ve made a point with each of them to talk about being a leader versus a follower and that it’s alright to learn about new things but it’s not a good idea to like something just because everyone else does. We talk often and I casually ask questions to get a feel for the reasons they ask for the things they do – like Beyblades and Nintendo DS to make sure they aren’t just asking to have the same things all their friends do, but because it’s something they’re actually interested in. We’ll see how this year shapes up, what new friends they make, new skills they learn, and how they progress. Hope you’ll stick around with us!
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P is for Popcorn, Peach, and Pet
Here’s one of Rex’s homework assignments. He worked on writing and drawing for the letter P. Worksheets are a big part of kindergarten but they don’t have to be boring. In this assignment, they got to draw a picture to go with each word. As you can see he was focusing on P is for popcorn, peach, and pet. Not bad for a lefty!
I’ve been so proud of the way the Dayngrous Duo have been writing and drawing, and the progress they’ve made throughout kindergarten that I recorded it for posterity. He had a really great teacher in preschool that helped him learn to write his entire alphabet and learn all the sight words so he had a great headstart going into kindergarten.
What are your kiddos learning in kindergarten?
Kindergarten Science: My Second Experiment
This year my son and I had the opportunity to work on our first kindergarten science project together. As I mentioned in my previous post about my daughter’s first kindergarten science project, these projects sure have evolved since I was a 5 year old. In this project, we learned what solution would be best for cleaning pennies.
I’m not sure which one of you out there is cleaning your pennies but if you need to know which solution is best, you might want to try this experiment. Here’s how you can recreate it at home.
Kindergarten Science: Cleaning Pennies
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Soap and Water
- Lemon Juice
- White Vinegar and 1 tbsp Baking Soda
- 4 bowls
- Pen or Pencil
- Paper or Post-it Notes
Procedure: Place one penny in each bowl. Cover each penny with one of the solutions. Label each as you go. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rise and dry. Note which solution cleaned the pennies the best.
You can also try these ingredients, too!
- Soy Sauce
- Hot Sauce
Need some ideas for fun and easy science projects to do with your kids? Try these:
- Walking Water Rainbow Science Experiment
- Super Cool Lava Lamp Experiment
- Ice Color Mixing Science Experiment
- Bubble Droppers Science Experiment
- Glowing Bouncy Egg
- Color Mixing Pouring Station