We read a wonderful book called Big Friends, by Linda Sarah. This book is about two little boys, Birt amd Etho, who are very big friends. They love playing with two big cardboard boxes, and they use their imagination to be kings, astronauts and pirates. But most of all, they are always big friends. A new little boy, Shu, finally has the courage to bring his own box and ask to join in. Ask me to tell you what courage means and why this little boy needed it to join in with the other two boys as they played. Soon, Birt feels that Etho and Shu are playing together more and he feels left out, then begins avoiding the other two. Ask me to tell you what avoid means. The has a very fun ending. Ask me to tell you how Etho and Shu get Birt to join in and play with them once again. We stopped a lot along the way as we read this book today to make text-to-self connections. It isn't always easy to play with two other children, especially when one child has been a very special big friend to you first.
We practiced finding the missing part with numbers today. We looked at a number, then lifted one flap to reveal one part of the number, then used the "counting-on" or "counting-back" strategy to find out the missing part. We shared other strategies some children used to find the missing part as well. Then we introduced a new game to play during our math workshop. We played math hopscotch. We threw two beanbags on a hopscotch carpet. We added the two numbers and got to keep the points if we were able to hop to ten and back without touching down on the squares with the beanbags.
Have a nice evening!