We started our day with an activity that focuses on executive functioning skills. We worked on working memory and following directions. We had a scavenger hunt with four items the children needed to find items that fit the directions. I gave the directions twice, then gave the children time to hunt for the items. I gave the directions one last time after most had returned just to give another chance to children who were not able to remember the all the items.
We listened to a classic story by Virginia Lee Burton called The LIttle House. We were looking at how humans change the Earth, but also noticed the change in seasons. We studied illustrations from the story to see how humans changed the land around the little house until it was unrecognizable. The children chose to draw a picture to show the little house either in the country or how she looked when the city grew up around her. We looked at the different lines in the two settings to help the children draw curved lines in the country, and mostly straight lines in the city. Below are illustrations from the book, in sequence, that show the changes that happened. Ask me to tell you about the changes I noticed.
If you would like to enjoy the story, The LIttle House, by Virginia Lee Burton, I have posted it below.
In math, we did a little final testing to write numbers that were more or less, just using the numbers, not sets. We also wrote the numbers from 1-10, and also 10 - 20 to see how the children are doing with writing two digits numbers in order. They did a great job! The children need to be able to write the numbers with no reversals of the numeral.
In the afternoon, we listened to The Map Book, by Sarah Fanelli. This is a book filled with unique maps that appear to be drawn by a child. Then, the children made their own maps. They needed to included a landform, a body of water, a human-made feature and a natural feature. The really enjoyed making and sharing their maps! I was so excited to see almost everyone anxious to share their map!
I hope you enjoy the weekend!