After celebrating International Dot Day last Thursday we spent some time on Friday reflecting on what we learned and how much fun we had. We decided to make a video. I really love this video. There are a few reasons why. KC made it themselves. We set up the iPad on blocks in the bag room outside our classroom. We have been doing this over this term. Each video we have made has gotten a little bit better as we practise our film-making skills. Up until now KC have had an adult helping them. Sometimes this has meant that the adult has been the interviewer, camera person or they have reshot footage to get it right. Thanks to Miss Quoyle and Eden’s Mum particularly for helping us during literacy groups.
This time was different.
We have been very lucky to receive a brand new lapel microphone (Mike) that plugs into the bottom of the video device so that the sound quality is improved (and we look like tv newsreaders!). We would like to thank Liam’s Dad Scott for generously donating Mike.
Once we had it all set up the Kindy students went out into the bag room (studio) in pairs to video each other and do it all themselves. I didn’t see the videos until that evening so there was no way to go back and reshoot or remind anyone of anything. I am so proud of their effort. They are technology experts who are getting better and better every time we have a go. The children know how to plug everything in. They have worked out how to signal each other so that they know when to start. They remind the person in front of the camera of what they are going to talk about before they start. They think about eye contact and not moving around too much. They even review their film so that they can check if they have to record another take. There are some things that we are still practising but I think you will agree that they have done a great job.
Every day I am reminded not to underestimate what Kindergarten kids can do. They love using technology, they learn from their mistakes and build their skills. They teach each other. Giving them opportunities to explore their ideas, build their skills and have a go is incredibly rewarding. They are excited to see the finished product. It is important to keep trying even when it seems like the first few attempts are disappointing. The great thing about digital photos and videos is that you can download, delete and have another go. I am looking forward to seeing what my class come up with next term.
Dot Day 2016 from wahroonga public school on Vimeo.
September 15ish is International Dot Day . We read the story The Dot by Peter H Reynolds. The message of the book is that even if you don’t think you are good at something you are. You can Make your Mark and See Where it Takes You. We had lots of fun this year being a part of #DotDay. We experimented with lots of different ways to make a dot. We are all artists, we are all creative and we can all make a dot. We took lots of photos (some taken by the teacher but lots taken by #studentphotographers.
We have made a video as well. Stay tuned for the next post!!
Over my four weeks with KC, as a student teacher I have learnt so much and enjoyed having the opportunity to teach this class greatly. Together we have been exploring our bears unit. We have done lots of writing about bears both in relation to the books we have been reading and our own teddies at home. I have loved helping KC create these beautiful bear artworks.
We explored what different bears look like by creating watercolour paintings of both a grizzly bear and a teddy bear. We had lots of fun creating the colours and making connections between this activity and ‘We Are Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosenberg, a book that we read in week two of term. Some of the children decided to paint their grizzly bears in the ‘long wavy grass’ or a ‘deep dark cave.’
Together we also created our Clem pictures taken from the book ‘I’m Freezing’ by Shane McG. We designed jumpers for him to wear like those that he receives in the book and after that we created a space station for him to stand on.
Here you can see some of our marvellous artworks.
Lauren (Miss Quoyle)
Today is Father’s Day so we made a video for our Dads. We hope you enjoy it.
Happy Father’s Day 2016 from Ruth Carlos on Vimeo.
Last week was the NSW Department of Education’s Education Week. This year the theme was ‘Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities’.
In KC we love sharing stories. We love reading and we thought we would share some of those stories with you so you can see how clever we are. During Literacy Groups we are learning to video each other reading aloud. It helps our fluency and expression as well as our technology skills. During these videos one of our clever Mums is helping us, but there is a clever student behind the camera as well.
Here are just a few examples from last week.
KC Sharing Stories 1 from wahroonga public school on Vimeo.
KC Sharing Stories 2 from wahroonga public school on Vimeo.
KC Sharing Stories 3 from wahroonga public school on Vimeo.
Our Buddy class is 6TB this year. They are also really clever. They are mathematicians and technology experts as well as being great friends to us. Listen to their brand new podcast.
Today was the biggest and most amazing assembly of the year. It is Education Week this week and so we have an assembly which showcases the amazing talented kids at our school. Who better than to perform the assembly item than KC with their 6TB buddies. We have been practising counting to 100 over the last few weeks and we decided to share a great song and dance with the whole school. It was so much fun!
Thanks to our 6TB buddies and their teachers Mr Tomlins and Miss Bosman for helping us work out the song and dance. Thanks to Miss Quoyle for helping us paint the decorations and videoing the performance.
It is a great, fun song and it has really helped our counting especially our skip counting.
Check out our amazing performance and don’t forget to leave us a comment.
KC 6TB Assembly Item from wahroonga public school on Vimeo.
On Tuesday Miss Cannon made us look like we were 100 years old. We think we look really funny. We had lots of fun making the 100 day photo frames. Thanks Miss Cannon.
Here are some photos to show you just how busy we were.
Tuesday 26th July was the 100th day of Kindergarten. We celebrated with a really big party day. We had lots of fun writing 100 words, counting to 100, building a 100 and doing something active for 100 seconds at a time. We made a cool artwork and a 100 day frame. Check out the video we made about our fun day.
KC 100 days from wahroonga public school on Vimeo.