Friday, September 27, 2013

Doing it the Kindergarten Way

Smartboards are a brand of interactive white boards, used in schools to teach students. These white boards link traditional white boards with technology. Smartboards assist teachers in all curriculum areas. Teachers and students can write on the white boards just as they can write on the traditional boards. The possibilities are endless. The Smartboard is hooked up to the teacher's computer.
 This Smartboard was being used for a math lesson. The students were at their desks watching this kindergartner "in action". She was coloring in the object in the row that was different from the other objects. Their teacher uses the Smartboard for stories, letter and number recognition, a variety of language activities and songs. YouTube has a wealth of songs and stories to connect up to the Smartboard. The class loves to sing and read along. 
And to keep the class up with technology a cart of iPads has been purchased for the kindergarten classes to share.   
Today the music teacher came to class and caused quite a frenzy of activity with music and yellow scarves. As the music played kindergartners used their yellow scarves to imitate several movements and march around the room. 
I was rather relieved when the class went off to gym class. It got real quiet so I could now concentrate to get some work done. Guess I was off task as the teacher would say. 
Remember this children's song? 
It is is a song with a cumulative structure which  means a song that has a simple verse structure modified by progressive addition so each verse is longer that the verse before. Probably the best-known version of the song was released in 1953, and sung by Burl Ives. .
Just in case you need to refresh your memory...  
I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a bird,
How absurd to swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a cat,
Imagine that, to swallow a cat!
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a dog,
My, what a hog, to swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a goat,
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a cow,
I wonder how she swallowed a cow?!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat,
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don't know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she'll die.
I know an old lady who swallowed a horse,
She's dead, of course!!
I really think my husband needs to pay a visit to the classroom. Each time I come home and relay all that went in the room he doesn't seem to understand todays the kindergartner way. He wonders what ever happened to nap rugs and playtime! 

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