Kindergarten Corner – Turtle Unit

Last week we finished our sixth unit on turtles and the letter T. Not only did we talk about turtles but we also learned about perseverance. We had a lot of opportunities to remind ourselves of this unit’s Biblical concept of “I don’t quit; I persevere.” I think by the end of the week the girls were getting tired of me encouraging them to persevere in whatever they did.

This unit had another snack that involved peanut butter, so I tried to find an alternative. The original snack involved making a turtle with bread and peanut butter. Our snack wasn’t nearly as healthy, but it did require the girls to persevere in one of their most difficult tasks-waiting. We made a batch of cookie dough using my go-to sugar cookie recipe. We colored most of the dough green and left the rest alone. We made turtles by rolling balls of the green dough and “scoring” it with toothpicks. Then we added a head, tail, and four legs. We ended up making plenty of cute little turtle cookies. We had to wait for the butter to soften, then the dough to chill, the cookies to bake, and then to cool. That is perseverance!

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We started using a blend ladder to help sound out three letter words. It is so cool to see the girls pick things up so quickly. On Tuesday morning the girls learned to read the word “sat” and Sarah was able to write it out later that evening with no help.

We ended the week by reading the story of the tortoise and the hare. I found a file online with all sorts of animals you could make into puppets using paper bags. We used the kangaroo for the hare and a turtle to make our own puppets and reenact the story. The girls had a lot of fun with this.

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One of our daily activities involves the girls calendar notebooks. We keep track of the day of the week, month of the year, date, weather, and learn about a new state every three days. I got the printables from 1+1+1=1‘s blog. Along with this we keep track of the day of our school year using a number chart and straws. Up until this point I had been collecting straws in a large baggie. When we get to 10 straws I bundle them up and put them in a box. Well, while looking for ideas from this unit I found Our Little Monkeys blog and saw how they keep track of their days. I did the same thing with cups this week. This should make it easier to visualize how many days of school we’ve had and place value.

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