We started our day with a collection of pictures. The children studied the pictures, talked to their partner/s, and worked together to find out how these pictures all go together. After telling them ten thousand times it was not Halloween, LOL, we determined it was fall. I think they just might be a little bit excited about Halloween!
It's been a busy couple of days with LOTS of testing. I'm trying to get through this so we can get into a more normal routine. We made good progress, but there is still so much to do, so Tuesday and Wednesday will be big testing days. I'm hoping it will be done by Thursday.
Today we listened to a story called Decibella, by Julia Cook. This book is provides children with practice and good examples of how loud they should be at different times and places. The author uses the word "slurpadoodle" to practice the different levels of loudness. I'm attached part of the chart I used with the children.
September is the month we practice the emergency drills. Yesterday we had an earthquake drill. The children got under tables and held on to chair and table legs. Today we had a weather drill. We went out the hall, faced the wall, and crouched down like turtles. The children are doing well with the drills and taking them very seriously. They are not shouting out to friends or siblings, just following directions as quickly as possible.
We practiced writing a response to a book today, as part of our literacy station practice. They didn't have to write much, but they practiced finding the title of the book and writing it on their paper, then some tried to write about why they liked the book. Then they drew a picture that showed a favorite part from the book. This is a station they will go to when we start rotating in literacy stations.
In math, the children looked at different ways to represent numbers and did a coloring paper.
The children really did an exceptional job this afternoon working and playing quietly so I could test and hear the child. I did need to remind them a few times, but they really were considerate of their peers.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!