We started our day studying photographs of the celebration of Diwali. We watched a short video to learn more about this holiday, then read a book called The LIght Within You, by Namita Moolani Mehra. The Light Within You is a beautiful story of a little girl's love for her grandmother who lives in India. It's a beautiful story about know who you are and being confident which lets the light inside you shine for others to see.
In Really Great Reading, we started learning three Heart Words. We learned how to look at the word, spell it out loud, and how to tap from their shoulder, to the inside of their elbow, to their wrist as they spell the words. We looked at the tricky parts of the words to know these are the parts we are to memorize.
We learned how to listen to dictated words and finger stretch them, then write the letter that goes with the sound down. We did this together, but in the future I will spread the children out so I can see what they can do on their own. We also took a quick sound test for one of the units in Really Great Reading.
In math, we began working with shapes. Today we were looking at a variety of shapes to determine if they had a curve or not. This was tricky for some of the children who looked at shapes such as a hexagon and considered it's shape a curve. I also think the poor format of the workbook page made the children think they had to place the shapes evening on the T-chart. A big part of our geometry instruction is learning vocabulary to identify and compare shapes.
Have a nice evening!