Almost every morning the musical transition to come to the carpet is James Taylor singing Oh, What a Beautiful Morning. On Fridays our transition is still Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, but this time it's Ray Charles singing. We talked about how the song is the same but different because the singer is different, as well as the style.
We started our day studying these four pictures to determine what was happening in each of them. We looked at the emotions of the children and determined they were frustrated. We talked about what frustration means. We talked about frustration as being upset over not being able to do something or have something turn out the way you want it to be. Ask me to tell you want is happening in each picture. We watched a short clip to think more about the word frustration. The children really enjoyed this clip so I thought I'd pass it along!
We read the book Saturday by Oge Mora. This beautiful book is about a mother and daughter who look forward to Saturdays because the mother works all the other days of the week. They have planned a very special Saturday, but things go wrong for each of the activities planned. Ask me to tell you some of the things the mother and little girl were going to do and what happened. The little girl and the mother both become frustrated. Ask me what the mother does when she gets frustrated.
We practiced a shelter and lockdown today. Mrs. Kemp emphasized to the students that this was a drill, not a real event. We were on our way to music when the shelter drill started so the children were with Mr. Sheetz during the lockdown. He told me they did fine, although a couple children told me they were a little scared. I suggested they hold the hand of the person next to them if they are scared, as I have had classes do in the past.
In math we did more with connecting items that were the same but different. They talked with their table, then with the class about what made them the same but different.
In Really Great Reading we reviewed first and next. We introduced part and whole as well, so the children looked at items and identified which was whole and which was a part. Finally, they reviewed rhymes. We read a fun rhyming story and picked out the words that rhyme.
Have a great weekend!
We started our day looking at these beautiful birds. We talked about how they are the same and different. Ask me to tell you about these birds. The same, the same but different, and different are words we are using in both math and our RGR work. Most of these birds were familiar to the children because we chose which bird we were most like the first week of school. We met with the other birds in our group and talked about why we chose that bird. Ask me to tell you which bird I picked.
We talked about our Calming Corner today. I demonstrated strong feelings by throwing a book on the floor pretending to be very angry. The book is called When Sophie Gets Angry, Really Really Angry, but Molly Bang. We read the book and noticed Sophie's strong feelings, then listened to find out what she did to work through her strong feelings. Ask me to tell you what Sophie did to calm down. We will continue to talk about how we can calm down and stop ourselves from doing things like throwing a book down, or hitting, kicking, etc. Then we looked at our calming corner and some of the "tools" in the calming corner. I told them these are tools we use to help calm down, not toys to play with. We will look at them again and take time for children to try them out.
We used our math bins and sorted magnetic alphabet letters. The children were to work in two groups at each table, so the groups had 3 or 2 children in them. Getting them to make a shared collection is tricky, but this is the second time and most understood more what they needed to do. Most groups first sorted by color, but then I suggested looking at the lines or curves to sort the letters.
In the afternoon I was trying to start doing the testing online we need to do from the state, but the app wasn't loading. Apparently I wasn't the only one with that idea in Maryland. Finally it loaded but I didn't have time to test, so tomorrow we will be doing some testing. This testing will be done one on one, or with two children on the app. There are several questions that I have to be there to score even though it's on the app. The other children were making line drawings on the big paper so I had time to test, but my plans were foiled by the app. The children made their line artwork anyway. We studied the ideas above and then they worked on their own. Tomorrow is another day, and we will get through this mountain of testing!
Have a nice evening!
The kids did a great job coming in today and remembering our morning routines. I'm still back with them beside the cubbies with reminders but I will be pulling back soon. We talked about what responsibilities are today in Social Studies and they remembered what they are responsible for in the classroom. We also talked about about rules we have at home. We read the book Bella's Rules by Elissa Haden about a little girl who only wants to follow her own rules. Ask me what rules Bella made for herself.
We started our Really Great Reading program today. This program starts with the same vocabulary we are working with in math. We talked about the same and different and noticed differences and similarities in pictures.
Since we have no specials on Tuesday I am doing an extended Social Emotional Learning lesson. Today we learned about self-control. We read the book Oh No, George, by Chris Haughton. George is a dog that tries to be good, but when left alone, he loses his self-control and gets into some trouble. Ask me to tell you what George does when Harry leaves. We defined self-control as stopping yourself from doing something even though you really want to do it. We talked about stopping and thinking about the choices you have instead of acting too quickly. Then we practiced our own self control. I had a bubble wand that I waved over them. The rule was they could not reach up and pop the bubbles or move their body to pop the bubbles. If they did they had to go back to their seats. They did a great job, although a few friends had to go to their seats and watch the others.
In math, we practiced two routines and did a quick problem set. We learned how we would follow a path to get supplies. Knowing this routine will make it easier for students to get supplies quickly and get to work. We learned about using a ruler to draw a straight line. We also learned how to tear one math page out of our math book at a time. The children did really well with that although we had a few tear more pages out than I needed them to, but we can deal with that! It's not easy, but I want to be able to send home their classwork so you can see what we are doing and how they are doing. Today they just had to draw a line to connect animals that were almost the same.
I hope to see you tomorrow evening at Back to School Night. I added a book trailer for Oh No, George at the bottom of this page. It's a really sweet book not only about self-control but also unconditional love. Have a nice evening!
Week one in the books! The children did a great job this week learning so many new routines and rules. Today we read a silly book about rules called The Rules by Marty Kelly. ASk me to tell you some of the silly rules in this book!
We learned about fire safety and fire drills. We watched a quick video that explained what to do on a fire drill as well as a few fire safety tips. We had our first fire drill in the afternoon. I knew the drill was going to be around 3:00 so when I saw a couple friends getting sleepy, I had to try and keep them awake. We have a few things to work on for the next drill, but they did a great job for the first whole school drill. The most important thing about all the drills we will have is that the children need to remain quiet and listening for directions.
We opened another station for play time. Today we looked at our art station. Right now they are limited to just a few things to use, but we talked about where they would work and what supplies they could use. They seemed to really like the hole punchers! The hole punches are a great tool for kids to use to build the strength in their hands. We also have fancy scissors, crayons and markers for their use. We will add to what they can use as time goes on. We also revisited the toys in the cubbies they can bring to the carpet to use. We had to pause once to play quieter, but otherwise they did great! They are so good at cleaning up!
Today we also drew a picture that tells a story. This is important for us in getting ready to write. We talked about getting an idea and adding details. This is another paper we will be putting in our time capsule.
It's been a busy, fun and great week. The children, and I, really need the three day weekend!
I hope you all have a happy, fun weekend! Be safe!