“Letter K is for Kindness Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

“Letter K is for Kindness Week” was Kingly, Kooky, Knowledgeable and of course, Kind!   Throughout the entire “Letter K is for Kindness Week”, the students brought in some great letter K shares!  Whether they sent in sets of keys, kaleidoscopes, kazoos, ketchup, or Kangaroos, one thing was for sure – everything had to do with the letter K!  Read on below to learn about all the fun that was had and learning that took place.

The students spent both Monday and Tuesday morning working one on one with the teachers to complete their Letter K identification/fine motor activity sheets.  The teachers were so impressed with how easily the new students recognized the letter K and also how well the older students remembered all things “K” during their morning work!  In the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, the students created the eleventh letter list of the year!  Naturally, the letter K list was full of Koala-ty answers!  🙂  As a whole group, the students took turns brainstorming and contributing words that begin with the letter K and also hunted around the classroom for letter K items!

 

 

Do you see any Letter K Shares?

Answer:  Kindergarten book, letter K, Kazoo, Ketchup, and Kangaroo!

The day began on Wednesday with a discussion of the theme of the week – Kindness.  The teachers began by asking the question, “What does it mean to be Kind?”  The students took turns contributing their answers to the question.  It was determined that KINDNESS is all about being nice, helping others and treating people the way you would like them to treat you.  When asked for examples of kindness, the students certainly did not have a shortage of ideas and tips!  For their morning work throughout the week, the students created some beautiful artwork inspired by some special books featuring the characters learning all about kindness!  Here is what they were up to!

On Wednesday and Thursday, the PPA students enjoyed a reading of Mo Willem’s wonderful Elephant and Piggie story, Can I Play Too?, in which the characters learn it is much more fun when EVERYONE gets to play!  Click below to view the story!

 

 

Afterward, the students colored and added assorted craft materials to a ball like the one from the story!   Once the balls had all been created, the teachers went to work assembling a special Kindness classroom bulletin board.  After rest time, the students were SO EXCITED to see their artwork come to life on the classroom wall!  Be sure to take a peek on your next visit to PPA!

 

 

Also on Thursday, the students explored the theme of kindness at the classroom puppet show!  With a little help from some classroom puppets, the students took turns putting on and participating in partner puppet productions demonstrating various forms of kindness!  They did such a fantastic job directing and starring in the shows!

During the afternoons of “Letter K is for Kindness Week”, the students participated in music class as well as Spanish class where they continued reviewing the Mi Cuerpo (My Body) vocabulary.  Here is the song they practiced to help remember their new vocabulary.

El Canción de Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas y pies

The Head Shoulders Knees and Toes Song

(sung to the tune of Head Shoulders Knees and Toes)

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas y pies
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas y pies
Ojos, orejas, boca y nariz
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies, rodillas y pies

 

Speaking of songs, they also LOVED singing the following Kindness song!  The song borrows the tune of “If You’re Happy And You Know It” but instead required the students to fill in the lyrics with kind acts!  Here are a few of the lyrics they came up with!

 

If you’re kind and you know it, share a toy.

If you’re kind and you know it, share a toy.

If you’re kind and you know it and you really want to show it,

If you’re kind and you know it, share a toy!

 

Fill in the following lyrics and repeat

If you’re kind and you know it, hug a friend.

If you’re kind and you know it, say, “Hello!”

If you’re kind and you know it, help your brother/sister.

 

Friday morning began with another amazing story where the characters learn all about the importance of being kind – Dr. Seuss’s, The Sneetches!  Click below to watch the story of the Sneetches come to life!

 

 

Here is the art project the students created to help them remember the importance of being kind to others – even when they look different than you!

 

 

Friday afternoon wrapped up with a technology presentation all about KINDNESS and the letter K!  The teachers introduced the students to a concept called – COLOR YOUR WORLD WITH KINDNESS.  The following short clip proved very effective for fostering discussion of how acts of kindness make the world a better place.  Get inspired below!

 

 

Of course, those KooKy StoryBots made an appearance as well!

 

 

Well, that is all for “Letter K is for Kindness Week” but please Keep the Kindness going always! 🙂  We hope you enjoyed this week’s blog entry.  As always, thanks for reading and we’ll see you next week!

-PPA

Reminders:

School Closed Monday, 1/21

Observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Theme for Next Week:

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