Teachers in the Early Education Department have changed some things up to provide more small group instructional opportunities. With the inclusion of Words Their Way in the elementary, there was no time like the present to get the younger students introduced to instructional language they would eventually hear in Kindergarten. Sorting is one strategy the teachers have decided to use in their instruction on concepts. As the rest of the year goes along, students will be sorting to share their learning with their teacher and other students, plus it will help them explain why things fit into the categories they put them into.
In Pre-K, Mrs. Krivanek is working with her students on sorting pictures and objects that need to fit a particular category.
Here, students are sorting according to color.
Mrs. Krivanek shares with students how she sorts things that are related to Christmas and NOT related to Christmas. She offered reasons why she put them into categories and had the students help her come up with reasons too.
In Preschool, Mrs. Sitzmann gave students their own sorting bags to try and sort things that were Christmas related and NOT Christmas related.
Throughout the week, the students get the chance to rotate to different stations that involve the "sort" idea they are learning about.